GAP statement on the draft law amending the Wissenschafts­zeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Temporary Academic Contracts)

On March 17, 2023, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the key points of a draft bill to amend the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). In response to the vehement criticism of this, not least from #ichbinhanna and #profsfuerhanna, the BMBF has already announced that it wants to discuss the question of the maximum duration of post-doc qualification time limits once again with representatives of trade unions, employee initiatives, universities and research institutions.

The Executive Board of the GAP very much welcomes this invitation to dialogue, because the amendment does not offer any decisive improvement: a maximum fixed-term for the post-doc phase of three years (as in the BMBF’s proposal) is, for example, too short for qualification for a university professorship. Regulations on the duration of fixed-term contracts also cannot guarantee what is needed above all: that the federal states and the universities create more permanent mid-level positions and/or tenure-track professorships.

Instead of new compromise solutions in the WissZeitVG, a joint federal, state, and university initiative would be desirable to provide the financial and legal means for this. Paradigm shifts could also be considered here, such as those already presented by the GAP (in a joint paper with the German Society for Philosophy DGPhil). The paper can be found here (in German).

Death of Ernst Tugendhat

Ernst Tugendhat (1930–2023) passed away on March 13, 2023, at the age of 93. Tugendhat made an important contribution to the new beginning of analytical philosophy in Germany after National Socialism. Stefan Gosepath has written a short obituary in appreciation of Ernst Tugendhat’s achievements.

Working Group on Ecological Sustainability

The working group on ecological sustainability has developed a Best Practices Guide to help make academic work in philosophy more climate-friendly. The document can be found here (in German). 

Photo gallery from GAP.11 is online

September 30, 2022. Here can find photos from our congress “Philosophy and the Public” here (Photographer: Philipp Plum).

Death of Friedrich Kambartel

On April 25, 2022, Friedrich Kambartel passed away at the age of 87. Kambartel was among the GAP’s founding members. Here is an obituary that honors his philosophical lifetime achievement, written by Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (in German).


The ILLC Amsterdam is hosting the fundraising event »Logic4Peace«. All registration fees will be donated to Ukraine. GAP has joined the board of contributing institutions. 

PhilPublica: The First Year

One year ago, GAP and DGPhil launched the web portal PhilPublica. An interim report can be found here (in German).

Franz von Kutschera turns 90

Today, March 3rd, 2022, our honorary member Franz von Kutschera turns 90. With his more than 30 monographs, von Kutschera has expanded the spectrum of analytic philosophy in impressive ways. He has been an honorary member since 1997. The university of Regensburg is hosting a symposium in his honor in July. A laudation by Wolfgang Lenzen can be found here (in German). 

The Frege Prize goes to Martine Nida-Rümelin

Martine Nida-Rümelin (Université de Fribourg) receives the Frege Prize in 2022. Every three years, GAP honors a German-speaking philosopher for outstanding achievements in the field of analytic philosophy with this prize. Previous laureates were Wolfgang Künne (2009), Rüdiger Bittner (2012), Wolfgang Spohn (2015), and Dieter Birnbacher (2018). Martine Nida-Rümelin is being honored for her outstanding and internationally influential work in the philosophy of mind and consciousness. The prize will be awarded on September 14 during the CAP Congress in Berlin. The laudation will be delivered by Terence Horgan (University of Arizona). It will be followed by a colloquium in honor of the laureate, with the participation of Martine Nida-Rümelin, Terence Horgan, Marie Guillot (University of Essex), and Philip Goff (Durham University).

Submission of contributions for GAP.11

As of today, our conference software ConfTool has been activated for the submission of section presentations to GAP.11. There are 17 sections at the congress (September 12–15, 2022) for which all interested persons can submit abstracts. More detailed submission information can be found on the congress website or directly in this document.

For submission you have to register here in ConfTool. You will also need this registration to enroll for the congress later on (starting from March 1st, 2022). The submission deadline is January 31, 2022.

The congress organizers and the section leaders are looking forward to a strong response!

For open and critical academic discussion

Professor Kathleen Stock has resigned from her position at the University of Sussex after facing years of attacks from inside and outside the university. The attacks included public demands that Stock be removed from her post. After careful consideration, the executive committee of GAP has decided to issue a statement. You can find it here (in German).

GAP.11 Satellite Workshops

Following the GAP.11 Congress, there will again be so-called satellite workshops. The 16th and 17th of September are reserved for this.

Satellite workshops can benefit in many ways from a connection to GAP.11 - vice versa, of course. If you would like to organize a satellite workshop following GAP.11, please send us your proposal via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 15, 2021. The proposal should outline the topic and include information on duration and expected number of participants. The organizing committee will respond to your proposals expeditiously. Unfortunately, the CAP cannot provide funding.

Call for Papers for GAP.11

At GAP.11, there will be sections with peer-reviewed papers as usual, providing a comprehensive forum for all areas of analytic philosophy. A new feature will be the section “Fachpolitisches Forum”, for which contributions can be submitted on issues in the profession. GAP cordially invites all interested persons to submit suitable contributions to GAP.11. The submission period begins on December 1, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022. Further information can be found on and in this document.

Access to the FID Philosophy for GAP members

The Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Philosophy provides access to journals, books and databases. GAP members now enjoy benefits upon registering at the FID Philosophy. For more information, see here (in German).