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GAP.10

The GAP’s 10th congress, entitled »Plurality in Philosophy and Beyond«, will take place September 17 to 20, 2018 in Cologne. It is organised by Thomas Grundmann and Joachim Horvath and will be hosted by the University of Cologne. Following the congress, various satellite-workshops will take place at the University of Cologne from September 21 to 22. You will find more information on www.gap10.de.

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.

Doctoral workshop 2017

on philosophy of science, organised by Torsten Wilholt, Uljana Feest, and Mathias Frisch in cooperation with the GAP, May 12–13, 2017, Leibniz University Hannover. Deadline for submissions: April 23, 2017. For further information, see here

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.

Jury Decision on GAP Prize Question 2015: »Which and how many refugees should we admit?«

The GAP is very pleased about the great response with which its prize question about our moral obligations towards refugees has been received by the public. A total of more than one hundred articles were submitted. Among the authors were numerous graduate and doctoral students, young researchers and university professors.

The essays were evaluated by an international jury of nine professors in a fully anonymous procedure. From a final selection of best essays, the jury awarded prizes to the following three authors:

  • 1st Prize: Dr. Matthias Hoesch (Münster University)

Abstract:
There are at least three reasons why we have obligations to refugees: a general duty of assistance, an obligation based on the principle of territorial justice, and duties of restitution. From these three reasons, different criteria can be derived as to which state should admit which refugees and to what extent. If all potential admitting countries were ready to meet their obligations to an appropriate extent, we could specify a fair share for each admitting country. However, because many states in fact admit fewer refugees, the question arises as to whether other states should compensate for this shortcoming. Assuming that massive disadvantages for our population can be avoided, it is here argued that we must accept, without limitation, all those refugees who are on our territory or on its borders, whose return to their home country would be unacceptable; and who we cannot effectively transfer to another potential admitting country that has not fulfilled its obligation to the extent that we have fulfilled ours.

  • 2nd Prize: Marcel Twele (Humboldt University Berlin)

Abstract:
In light of the current »refugee crisis«, we as a European society increasingly raise the question as to what we owe to refugees morally. In this essay I argue that, first, the (universal) human rights prima facie morally oblige us to give every refugee the help needed to protect her essential interests; secondly, that it is of no significance whether a political or economic refugee is concerned; thirdly, that we must grant asylum to refugees if we are not willing or able to aid in any other way; and, fourthly, that we are exempted from this obligation if our own well-being is unduly impaired by fulfilling these obligations; however, I show that, fifthly, this case would only occur under special circumstances, which are not to be expected for the time being.

  • 3rd Prize PD Dr. Fabian Wendt (Bielefeld University)

Abstract:
Justice is an important value, but only one among many. What one morally ought to do depends not only on justice, but also on other values. For the question of which and how many refugees we should admit, the value of social peace is of central importance. The essay first discusses refugee policies from the perspective of justice. As justice and social peace are sometimes considered to be closely linked in one way or another, the essay then tries to show that social peace is in fact an independent value and distinct from justice. In a third step, refugee policies are discussed from the perspective of social peace.


These and seven other essays selected by the jury will appear in a Reclam volume with the GAP Prize Question as title in May 2016 (edited by Thomas Grundmann and Achim Stephan). Beforehand, the three awarded essays will appear in a major German newspaper. The other contributions to the book include the essays by Jan Brezger, Prof. Dr. Marie-Luisa Frick, Prof. Dr. Bernward Gesang, Simeon Imhoff, Dr. Matthias Katzer, Dr. Norbert Paulo, Patrick Thor.

We congratulate the award winners and authors of the book contributions, but would also like to thank all other participants for their contributions. With their essays, all of them have helped to make a highly emotional debate that is dominated by political fringe groups more rational.

The award ceremony for the GAP Prize Question, followed by a public discussion, will be held on May 11, 2016 at Cologne University.

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.

Jury decisions on the 2016 essay prize of the GAP and GPS

The Society for Analytical Philosophy (GAP) and Grazer Philosophische Studien are pleased about the interest in the essay question: »Is it always good to be rational?« There were 20 submissions (including four from women). A jury of six experts thoroughly considered the contributions. Each essay was reviewed by at least two jurors, a final selection of essays from all six. After careful consideration, the jury awarded the following two articles as fully equivalent:

  • 1st Prize: Sebastian Schmidt
    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    Why we should promote irrationality (abstract)
  • 1st prize: Konstantin Weber
    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg):
    Is it always good to be rational? (abstract)

These two decorated essays will be published in the Grazer Philosophische Studien in the second half of 2017.

We congratulate the winners and thank all participants for their contributions!

GAP Prize Question 2015

The large influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa is an expression of deepest human suffering and currently one of the most pressing political and humanitarian challenges for Germany and Europe. On the one hand, the right to asylum is anchored in the universal declaration of human rights. On the other hand, the integration of millions of refugees poses a challenge that could threaten the stability of a democracy. In light of the varying and controversial opinions on the subject, the aim of GAP’s prize question is to provide some normative guidance in the debates surrounding the refugee crisis from a philosophical perspective. The focus here is to clarify the moral obligations we have towards refugees. 

In view of the current situation, the GAP calls on philosophers of all qualifications (from student to professor) to participate in the competition. The essays should be argumentative and clearly written, but also comprehensible for a wider public. Footnotes should therefore be largely omitted. The essays should not exceed 4,000 words. The three best essays shall be published in the Neue Züricher Zeitung, and a larger number of selected essays in an anthology with Reclam. The aim is to provide good arguments to stimulate a reasonable public debate.

An independent jury will award the following prizes:
1st Prize €3,000, 2nd Prize €2,000, and 3rd Prize €1,000.

The essays are to be sent until January 15, 2016 in electronic form, anonymized and with a separate cover sheet, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For further information, please contact Dr. Joachim Horvath (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Doctoral workshop 2015/16

Ralf Stoecker (Bielefeld) and Christian Neuhäuser (Dortmund) hosted the doctoral workshop 2015/16 in Bielefeld in May 2016.

Jury Decision on the Essay Award 2015 of GAP and GPS

The Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP) and Grazer Philosophische Studien are pleased about the great response to the essay question for students »Can we decide what to believe?«. There were almost 30 submissions. A jury consisting of five experts has thoroughly considered the submissions; every essay was reviewed by at least two jurors, a selected number of essays then by all five jurors. After careful consideration, the jury awarded the following two, equally prize-worthy essays:

  • 2nd Prize: Sebastian Schmidt (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) for his essay »Können wir uns entscheiden, etwas zu glauben? Zur Möglichkeit und Unmöglichkeit eines doxastischen Willens«
  • 2nd Prize: Simon Walgenbach (Universität Duisburg-Essen) for his essay »Können wir uns entscheiden, etwas zu glauben?«

The two distinguished essays will be published in Grazer Philosophische Studien in the second half of 2016. We congratulate the winners and thank all participants for their contributions!

GAP.9

Ninth Congress: »Philosophy between Armchair and Lab«, September 14–17, 2015, in Osnabrück; www.gap9.de

Essay Award 2014

The essay question was: A pill to make us more moral: Is it possible and should we take it?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Dorothee Bleisch:
    Die Moralpille – über Risiken und Nebenwirkungen denken Sie eigenständig nach und fragen Ihren Philosophen oder Ihre Philosophin
  • 2nd Prize: Philip Fox:
    Agency and the pill that makes us moral
  • 3rd Prize: David Christian Heering
    Breaking Good: Is there a patent recipe for cooking up the moral pill?
Doctoral workshop 2014

on epistemology and related topics in semantics, philosophy of mind and social philosophy, organised by Elke Brendel and Thomas Grundmann, November 14–15, Bonn University

Essay Award 2013

The essay question was: Can I imagine to be another person?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Tammo Lossau:
    Was heißt ›sich vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein‹?
  • 2nd Prize: Eva Lucia Backhaus:
    Kann ich mir vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein?
  • 3rd Prize: Viktoria Knoll:
    Kann ich mir vorstellen, eine andere Person zu sein?
Doctoral workshop 2013

on metaphysics, organised by Tobias Rosefeldt and Thomas Krödel, November 15–16, HU Berlin

Essay Award 2012

The essay question was: Are we allowed to eat animals?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Salim Hirèche / Sandra Villata:
    Eating Animals and the Value of Non-Human Suffering
  • 2nd Prize: Simon Gaus:
    Moralischer Vegetarismus: Folgt aus dem Unwert der Tierhaltung ein Verbot des Fleischkonsums?
  • 3rd Prize: Jens Tuider:
    Dürfen wir Tiere essen?
Doctoral workshop 2012

on the topic »Fundamental Questions in Moral Philosophy«, organised by Peter Schaber and Andreas Cassee, December 13–15, University of Zurich

GAP.8

Eighth Congress: »What may we believe? What ought we to do?«, September 17–20, 2012, in Konstanz; www.gap8.de

Essay Award 2011

The essay question was: Can we trust our feelings? On the value of emotions for cognition and action

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Amadeus Magrabi:
    Can we Trust our Feelings? On the Value of Feelings for Decision-Making
  • 3rd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Do Pain-Accompanying Emotions Mislead Us? – Considerations in the Light of Reactive Dissociation Phenomena
Doctoral workshop 2011

on the topic »Science and the Human Image«, organised by Nikola Kompa, Achim Stephan and Sven Walter, September 26–28, Osnabrück University

Essay Award 2010

The essay question was: What do we owe other generations?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Verpflichtungen gegenüber zukünftigen Generationen im Lichte der Goldenen Regel
  • 3rd Prize: not awarded
Doctoral workshop 2010

on the topic »Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethics«, organised by Neil Roughley, November 11–13, Duisburg-Essen University

Essay Award 2009

The essay question was: Learning from fiction? On the epistemological value of thought experiments or literature  

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Max Seeger:
    Experimental Philosophy and the Twin Earth Intuition
  • 2nd Prize: Sebastian Köhler:
    Thought-experiments, Disagreement and Moral Realism
  • 3rd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Über die vermeintliche Unzulässigkeit physikalisch unmöglicher Fälle in der Debatte um diachrone Personenidentität
Doctoral workshop 2009

with the theme »Mind Knowledge Language«, organised by Christian Nimtz, November 20–22, Erlangen-Nürnberg University

GAP.7

Seventh Congress: »Reflections and Projections – Challenges to Philosophy«, September 14–17, 2009, in Bremen; www.gap7.de

Essay Award 2008

The essay question was: Why search for the truth?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: not awarded
  • 2nd Prize: Stefan Reining:
    Über den möglichen Wert der Unwissenheit
  • 3rd Prize: David Ludwig:
    Die Sorge um die Wahrheit
  • 4th Prize: Susanne Mantel:
    Warum nach der Wahrheit suchen?
Doctoral workshop 2008

on the topic »Philosophy of Language and Analytic Metaphysics«, organised by Hans Rott, September 25–27, Regensburg University

Essay Award 2007

The essay question was: Could we be fully physically determined and still responsible for our actions?

The following essays were awarded:

  • 1st Prize: Lars Dänzer:
    A Neglected Argument for Compatibilism
  • 2nd Prize: Anselm Spindler:
    Über moralische Verantwortung und alternativen Möglichkeiten
  • 3rd Prize: Andreas Maier:
    Weeding in the Garden of Forking Paths – Yet Another Look at Alternative Possibilities
Doctoral workshop 2007

on theory of action and related topics from philosophy of mind, decision-making and rationality, metaphysics, and practical philosophy, organised by Geert Keil and Ralf Stöcker, October 10–12, RWTH Aachen

GAP.6

Sixth Congress: »Foundations and Applications«, September 11–14, 2006, in Berlin; www.gap6.de

GAP.5

Fifth Congress: »Philosophy and/as Science«, September 22–26, 2003, in Bielefeld; www.gap5.de

GAP.4

Fourth Congress: »Argument and Analysis«, September 26–29, 2000, in Bielefeld; www.gap4.de

GAP.3

Third Congress: »Rationality, Realism, Revision«, September 15–18, 1997, in Munich.

GAP.2

Second Congress: »Analyomen 2«, September 7–10, 1994, in Leipzig.

GAP.1

First Congress: »Analyomen 1«, October 9–12, 1991, in Saarbrücken.