Several Philosophers Among Winners of Large ERC Advanced Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the recipients of its latest round of its multimillion-euro “Advanced Grants,” and several philosophers are among them.

They are:

  • Samir Okasha (University of Bristol)
    Representing Evolution
    The aim of this 5-year project is to study the ways that biological evolution bas been represented—diagrammatically, linguistically and mathematically—in both the scientific literature and science textbooks, from an overarching philosophical perspective. The project has an inter-disciplinary orientation, drawing on ideas from philosophy of science, evolutionary biology, linguistics, cognitive psychology and science communication studies. (€1.5 million)
  • David Rabouin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
    The Philosophy of Leibniz in the Light of his Unpublished Mathematical Manuscripts
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is one of the most prominent philosophers and mathematicians of Early Modern times. As he himself emphasized on various occasions, these two facets of his work were closely related. Yet, half of his mathematical production is still completely unknown—a dramatic situation which has no equivalent for other great thinkers from that period. Moreover, about half of what has been published appears to have been established without adhering to rigorous scientific standards. The aim of the project is to completely reassess Leibniz’ philosophy through a systematic exploration of his unpublished mathematical manuscripts. (€2.5 million)
  • Jouko Väänänen (University of Helsinki)
    Team Semantics and Dependence Logic
    The project pursues axiomatizations for different logics based on team semantics as well as applications to the foundations of quantum mechanics and set theory. (€2.5 million)
  • Heinrich Wansing (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
    Contradictory Logics: A Radical Challenge to Logical Orthodoxy
    Non-trivial contradicting logics not only allow inconsistencies in theories, but also contain demonstrable contradictions. This project involves systematically examining and developing contradictory logics. If the logic underlying a scientific theory already shows demonstrable contradictions, this requires a paradigm shift in our understanding of respectable logical systems and acceptable scientific theories. The aim of the project is to gain a thorough understanding of certain non-trivial inconsistent logical systems. 

There were 209 awards across a wide range of disciplines. More information about the grants and links to the full lists of grant recipients can be found here.

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