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Postdoctoral position in contradictory logics, Bochum (Germany), Deadline: 15 May 2022

*Ruhr University Bochum (RUB): Post-Doctoral Position (3 years)*.

The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in
Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely combines the entire
range of major scientific fields in one place. The dynamic coexistence of
subjects and subject cultures offers researchers and students alike special
opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Within the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant "Contradictory Logics: A Radical
Challenge to Logical Orthodoxy" (Prof. Heinrich Wansing),
<https://sites.google.com/view/contradictory-logics/home>, the following
position is available at the Ruhr University Bochum.

Post-doctoral position (3 years, 39.83 hours per week).

For the subproject on experiments related to contradictory logics, a postdoc is
sought with excellent knowledge in experimental philosophy and solid knowledge
in non-classical logic and philosophy of language. The project will study
certain contra-classical logics, namely non-trivial inconsistent connexive
logics, bi- and tri-lattice logics, logics with double negation as negation, and
Abelian logics. The goal of the project is to gain systematic and detailed
insights into the extent to which competent speakers of a natural language (by
default English and by contrast a non-Indo-European language such as Turkish or
Japanese) respond positively to (instances of) provable contradictions. Guided
by the insight that the inconsistency of non-trivial inconsistent logics results
from a combination of standard conditions for supporting the truth or falsity of
a statement with less familiar conditions, the subproject will use qualitative
empirical research methods to test agreement with (a) sentences expressing the
unfamiliar conditions and (b) contradictions that are provable in the
inconsistent logics under study. Among other things, the acceptance of the
falsity conditions of conditionals expressed by the so-called theses of Boethius
is to be tested. The postdoc is expected to be familiar with scope distinctions
and phenomena such as negative concord.

We offer a productive internationally oriented research environment; the working
language is English. This is a research position. In addition, support of
project-related activities (workshops, hosting guests, etc.) is expected.

Applications should be sent with the subject line "ERC ConLog, experiments on
contradictory logics" to: Prof. Heinrich Wansing <Heinrich.Wansing@rub.de> and
Ebru Tekin <Ebru.Tekin-m9c@ruhr-uni-bochum.de>. Application materials should
consist of the following: (i) short letter of motivation, (ii) cv, (iii) copies
of all relevant certificates, (iv) two writing samples. All documents should be
submitted as a single pdf file.

At the Ruhr University,  we particularly want to promote the careers of women
and people of color in areas where they are underrepresented and are therefore
very pleased to receive applications from these groups as well as from
non-binary and genderqueer individuals. We also welcome applications from
suitable severely disabled applicants and applicants with equal status.

PROJECT START DATE: October 1, 2022.
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