Visiting Fellows

Junior Fellowship in Social Philosophy (for one or two months)

The research group “A Study in Explanatory Power: Philosophical Perspectives on the Explanation of Social Phenomena”, generously funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Center for Mind Brain and Cognitive Evolution invite applications for a Junior Fellowship on a topic that lies at the intersection of the foci of the research group and the Center (for instance: the psychological grounds of social reality, social cognition, social epistemology, or theories of cultural evolution). Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree before the time of application, and they must have a publication record. A letter of recommendation is not required for this fellowship. The research group is based at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The fellow will be asked to join a weekly research seminar and to present her/his work in a colloquium in Essen, in addition to the involvement at the Center described below. Office space will be provided at both institutions (ten minutes from Bochum main station to Essen main station, less than one hour from campus to campus, public transportation roughly every 10 minutes). Applications are due by January 5, 2018. Please send your application as well as requests for further information to Dr. Raphael van Riel (

The Fellow will receive a stipend of € 2000,-, and travel expenses can be partly reimbursed. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The project hosts visiting fellows (up to two months). If you’re interested in joining us, you may contact us independent of any call (please include a short CV and a research outline). We will be glad to assist you in looking for funding opportunities.

Current Visitor

Prof. Daniel Little visits STEP in January 2019.

Past Visitors

Foto pic juanDr. Juan M. Durán (Córdoba/Stuttgart)

Dr. Duran visits STEP from May to October 2015.

Dr. Duran is a fellow at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), and research fellow at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). His main interests are on the explanatory implications of computer simulations.

Foto_Torrengo KopieProf. Giuliano Torrengo (Milan)
Prof. Torrengo visits STEP in January and February 2015.

Giuliano Torrengo is Assistant Professor at the University of Milan, where he is also coordinator of the Center for Philosophy of Time (for more information, click here). His main competences are in metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. On the topic of time, he has published two books and articles in journals such as “Synthese”, “Philosophical Studies”, “Analysis”, and “Philosophia”, among others. His recent research is on grounding and the notion of metaphysical explanation.



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Prof. Kenneth Aizawa (Rutgers)

Prof. Kenneth Aizawa will visit STEP in June 2014.




Foto gillettpicProf. Carl Gillett (Northern Illinois University)

Carl Gillett is Professor of Philosophy at Northern Illinois University and specializes in philosophy of mind/psychology, metaphysics, and philosophy of science. His recent research is on the metaphysics of science, including work on composition, reduction, and emergence in the sciences with a special focus on the neurosciences and psychology. He is the author of Reduction and Emergence in Science and Philosophy (forthcoming CUP) and co-editor of Physicalism and its Discontents (2001 CUP). He has also published numerous articles in journals such as AnalysisNousJournal of PhilosophyPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Faith and Philosophy, among others. Carl Gillett will visit STEP in June 2014

Foto Gabriel TarziuDr. Gabriel Tarziu (Bucharest) 

Gabriel Tarziu will visit STEP from June to August 2014. Gabriel Târziu is a postdoctoral researcher for the Romanian Academy, Iaşi Branch. He obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, in March 2010, with a thesis on the philosophy of mathematics. He has a wide interest in topics related to the metaphysical problem of realism and specializes in the history and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of mathematics and the relation between mathematics and science. His recent research is on the role of mathematics in explaining and conveying understanding about the physical world. He published several papers on logic and the philosophy of mathematics and the book Aplicabilitatea matematicii ca problemă filosofică  (Institutul European, 2013).

Foto treanor KopieDr. Nick Treanor (Edinburgh) 
Nick works on epistemic normativity and its relation to foundational issues in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and language, and philosophy of science. He will visit STEP in June 2014 and, again, in fall 2014.