GAP is celebrating Hans Albert’s 100th birthday

Today, Febuary 8th, our honorary member Hans Albert is turning 100 years old. Read Rainer Hegselmann’s anniversary note (in German) here.

30th Birthday of the GAP: A Message from the President

GAP president Geert Keil addresses the GAP’s 30th birthday in a video message to its members: please find it here.

GAP to become scientific cooperation partner of FID Philosophy

The GAP cooperates with the newly created Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Philosophy (a specialist information service for philosophy, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG) in Cologne. In the near future, the GAP will thus be able to provide access to journals and books for its members that are so far difficult to access online. Further information can be found here.

Impressions from GAP.10

The large GAP-congress 2018 is over now. We would like to thank all who were there. A special thanks goes to the organising team of GAP.10. Below you can find some impressions from the conference – you can view the slideshow by moving the cursor over the picture or by clicking on the picture. We are very much indebted to Filippo Ferrari (University of Bonn) for providing us with the pictures (copyright Filippo Ferrari).

© Filippo Ferrari

Wolfgang Stegmüller Award 2018 and De Gruyter Award 2018

The Wolfgang Stegmüller Award 2018 goes to Romy Jaster (HU Berlin), Benjamin Kiesewetter (HU Berlin) and Tom Sterkenburg (LMU Munich). The De Gruyter Award for metaphysics or philosophy of mind goes to Romy Jaster (HU Berlin).

Margarete Stegmüller (1941–2018): Obituary

On April 18, 2018 Margarete Stegmüller (1941–2018) passed away unexpectedly and much too soon.

A short obituary can be found here.

Position paper on the consolidation of junior researchers

A joint work group of the GAP and the DGPhil has compiled a position paper on strategies for providing an increased number of permanent positions for junior researchers in Germany at earlier junctures of their academic career. The position paper has been approved by both associations and can be downloaded here (in German).

Obituary for Günther Patzig (1926–2018)

On February 2, 2018 Günther Patzig passed away in Göttingen. The GAP mourns its longtime honorary member. Please read his obituary by Ulrich Nortmann and Achim Stephan here.

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

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: