Announcements

Launch of the GAP Youtube channel

Our new Youtube channel "gap: die Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie" (gap: the Society for Analytic Philosophy) is now available online on this website.
Here, interviews with philosophers and short explanatory films on philosophical problems are shown and the collection will be continuously expanded. 
Should you be interested in the production of your own films for the GAP channel, please click here for some guidelines on design and further information. 

New guidelines for the funding of conferences and workshops

The partial funding of conferences and workshops through the GAP is steadily growing in popularity. As welcome as this development is, it has increasingly strained the GAP’s budget. For this reason, the awarding criteria have been adjusted. When submitting your application, please take note of the new guidelines that apply as of now.

Re-publication of the proceedings of GAP.4

The proceedings of the GAP.4 are now available online again. You can find them at the new address www.gap4.de.

Keynote Lectures and Frege-Award Contributions from the GAP.9 now on Erkenntnis.onlineFirst

Fortunately, the following main lectures of the GAP.9 have now been published by Erkenntnis.onlineFirst:

  • Kirsten Meyer: »The Claims of Future Persons«
  • Jennifer Lackey: »Group Assertion«
  • Martine Nida-Rümelin: »Freedom and the Phenomenology of Agency«
  • Wolfgang Spohn: »How Modalities Come into the World«
  • Nancy Cartwright: »Big Systems versus Stocky Tangles: It Can Matter to the Details«

You can download these contributions here.

Information leaflet for drafting publishing contracts

The joint working group »publishing contracts« of the GAP and DGPhil has compiled a detailed and up-to-date information leaflet on the topic »Publishing in Philosophy – Information for Authors Concerning Publishing Contracts« (in German), which you can access as a pdf here. On the last page of the document you will find a very useful checklist in which the information leaflet’s most important points are summarised. Here is the »abstract« by the authors Geert Keil (Berlin), Erasmus Mayr (Erlangen) and Reinold Schmücker (Münster):

»When authors submit an academic  text to a publisher, they are usually asked to sign a pre-formulated contract that settles the rights and obligations of both parties. Many authors lack the expertise, the time, or the desire to study the partly very detailed contracts point by point and possibly negotiate individual clauses. This is why young academics often enter into publishing contracts that take their interests into account only to a limited extent. The executive committees of the German Society for Philosophy (DGPhil) and the Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP) have therefore set up a working group that has compiled the guidelines at hand. They are designed to help academic authors draft contracts by pointing out problems and conflicts of interest, proposing best-practice wordings, and addressing issues arising from the growing importance of electronic publication. Special features of the philosophical publishing landscape and the publication culture are included.

The first section contains general information on the content of publishing contracts and the possibilities for authors to shape the contracts. The second part contains specific recommendations for scholars who want to publish an anthology or publish a book chapter in an anthology. At the end of the leaflet is a checklist that summarises the most important advice.«

Videos of the GAP award ceremony at the University of Cologne

On May 11 the official award ceremony for the prizes for the essay question »Which and how many refugees should we receive?« took place in Cologne. The three laureates Matthias Hoesch, Marcel Twele and Fabian Wendt read their prized essays to a large audience. A panel discussion with the laureates and other invited participants (Christine Chwaszcza, Housam Darwish, Frank Dietrich) followed.

Videos of this event were uploaded to the University of Cologne’s YouTube channel. You can find the following videos there:

GAP award ceremony at the University of Cologne

On May 11 the official ceremony for awarding the prizes for the essay question »Which and how many refugees should we receive?« took place in Cologne. The three laureates Matthias Hoesch, Marcel Twele and Fabian Wendt read their prized essays to a large audience. A panel discussion with the laureates and other invited participants (Christine Chwaszcza, Housam Darwish, Frank Dietrich) followed.

Foto der PreisverleihungAchim Stephan, Matthias Hoesch, Thomas Grundmann (photograph: Rakoczy)

Foto der Preisverleihung
Achim Stephan, Marcel Twele, Thomas Grundmann (photograph: Rakoczy)

Foto der Preisverleihung
Achim Stephan, Fabian Wendt, Thomas Grundmann (photograph: Rakoczy)

Foto der Preisverleihung
Achim Stephan, Matthias Hoesch, Marcel Twele, Fabian Wendt, Thomas Grundmann (photograph: Rakoczy)

Award ceremony for the GAP’s 2015 essay question

The award ceremony for the GAP’s 2015 essay question, »Which and how many refugees should we receive?« will take place on May 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Aula 2 of the University of Cologne. The event will include talks, a panel discussion and a subsequent reception. For further details, please refer to the event poster.

Publication of prized essays

The Frankfurter Rundschau has published an abridged version of Matthias Hoesch’s essay in their edition from April 19 and a short version of Marcel Twele’s essay on April 29. All three of the prized essays (Hoesch, Twele, and Wendt) can be found in full length in a dossier of the Frankfurter Rundschau’s online editorial on this website.

The GAP thanks the Frankfurter Rundschau for their committed support.

Radio-Interview with Matthias Hoesch

On April 3, 2016 Matthias Hoesch presented his philosophical theses concerning the current debate about refugees on Deutschlandradio in an interview with Katrin Fischer on the show Kulturfragen. The interview can be retrieved online on this site.

Joint statement by the DGPhil and GAP concerning Turkey’s actions against university teachers

The German Society for Philosophy (DGPhil) and the Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP) are deeply concerned over the Turkish government’s and Turkish authorities’ ongoing actions against lecturers at Turkish universities. More than 1000 university teachers have recently signed a petition entitled “We will not partake in the crime”. This petition strongly criticises Turkey’s current military operations in the Kurdish region in its struggle against the PKK, mostly because of their impact on the civilian population, and demands an immediate cessation of violence. Subsequently, about 20 university teachers signatory to the petition, several of which are philosophers, were temporarily arrested and prosecution proceedings investigating the support of terrorist organisations and insult to Turkey were initiated against the signatories. Moreover, the government has created a climate of fear through a massive public campaign against the signatories. There are also threats of intramural disciplinary actions.

The German Society for Philosophy and the Society for Analytic Philosophy regard these actions as a serious violation of the university teachers’ constitutional right to freedom of speech. This attack on freedom of speech is particularly grave because it concerns a legitimate and completely self-evident exercise of this right and substantially endangers university teachers’ contribution to public political discourse. We therefore call on the Turkish government and relevant Turkish authorities to cease their repressions against the affected university teachers immediately.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Grundmann
(President of the Society for Analytic Philosophy)

Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler
(President of the German Society for Philosophy)

Cologne and Berlin – January 22, 2016

Open letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The society for analytic philosophy signed the Scholars at Risk Network’s (SAR) open letter addressed to the turkish president Erdogan in light of university teachers’ recently violated freedom of expression. You can find the letter here.