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An International Journal of Scientific Philosophy

Editor-in-Chief: Hannes Leitgeb

ISSN: 0165-0106 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8420 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10670

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Founding Editors: †Hans Reichenbach and †Rudolf Carnap

Refounding Editors: †Carl G. Hempel, †Wolfgang Stegmüller and Wilhelm K. Essler


Hannes Leitgeb, Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Germany

Supervisory Board

Michael Friedman, Stanford University, CA, USA
Hans Rott, University of Regensburg, Germany
Wolfgang Spohn, Faculty of Philosophy, Konstanz University, Germany

Associate Editors

Berit Brogaard, University of Miami, U.S.A.
Eleonora Cresto, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and UNTREF (Buenos Aires), Argentina
Michael Esfeld, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Kristie Miller, University of Sydney, Australia
Marcus Rossberg, University of Connecticut, U.S.A.
Frederik Van De Putte, University of Bayreuth, Germany and Ghent University, Belgium

Reviews Editor

Ralf Busse, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
Peter Brössel, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Editorial Assistant

Thomas Meier, Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Germany

Editorial Board

Nancy Cartwright, Durham University, Durham, UK
Dagfinn Føllesdal, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway;
Bas C. van Fraassen, Princeton, New Jersey, USA;
André Fuhrmann, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany;
Maria Carla Galavotti, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy;
Ulrich Gähde, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany;
Clark Glymour, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA;
Wolfram Hinzen, Durham University, Durham, UK
Andreas Kamlah, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany;
Bernulf Kanitscheider, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Germany;
Andreas Kemmerling, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany;
Theo A.F. Kuipers, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands;
C. Ulises Moulines, University of München, München, Germany;
Felix Mühlhölzer, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany;
Julian Nida-Rümelin, University of München, München, Germany;
Martine Nida-Rümelin, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland;
Gerhard Schurz, Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany;
Brian Skyrms, University of California, Irvine, California, USA;
†Ladislav Tondl, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic;
Rainer Trapp, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany;
Ryszard Wójcicki, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland;
Thomas Zimmermann, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany;

Honorary Board

†Jaakko Hintikka, Boston; Franz von Kutschera, Regensburg; †Hilary Putnam, Cambridge, MA, Patrick Suppes, Stanford

About The Editors 

About The Editors

Hannes Leitgeb 

Hannes Leitgeb
Hannes Leitgeb completed a Masters (1997) and a PhD degree (1998) in mathematics and a PhD degree (2001) in philosophy, each at the University of Salzburg, where he later also worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy. After spending an Erwin-Schrödinger Fellowship at Stanford University in 2004/2005, he took up a joint position as a Reader at the Departments of Philosophy and Mathematics in Bristol in 2005, where in 2007 he became Professor of Mathematical Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics. In autumn 2010 he moved to Munich where he became Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Language, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, and Head of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at LMU Munich. His research interests are in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and the history of logical empiricism.
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Berit Brogaard 

Berit-Britt Brogaard
Berit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy at Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri, St. Louis. Her publications have appeared in journals such as "Journal of Philosophy," “Nous,” “Philosophy and Phenomenological Research,” “Philosophers’ Imprint”, “Analysis,” "Consciousness and Cognition," and "Cognitive Science." Her book Transient Truths appeared with Oxford University Press in 2012. In her academic research she specializes in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences.

Philip Ebert 

Philip Ebert
Philip Ebert is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in 2006 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arché Centre, St Andrews, from 2005-7. Since 2007 he works at the University of Stirling. His main research interests are in Epistemology (traditional and formal), History of Early Analytic Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mathematics.

Michael Esfeld 

Michael Esfeld
Michael Esfeld is full professor of philosophy of science at the University of Lausanne since 2002. His main area of research is the metaphysics of science, with a particular focus on the ontology of quantum physics. Michael Esfeld received his PhD in philosophy from Westfaelische-Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster in 1994 and the Habilitation in philosophy at the University of Konstanz in 2000. He was lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in 2000, Heisenberg professor of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 2000-2001, and associate professor of epistemology, philosophy of science and logic at the University of Cologne 2001-2002. In 2008, he reiceived the award of the cogito foundation for dialog between human and natural sciences, and in 2013 the Humboldt research award. Since 2010, he is fellow of the "Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina", the National Academy of Germany.

Kristie Miller 

Kristie Miller
Kristie Miller is associate professor of philosophy of the University of Sydney, and joint director of interdisciplinary Centre for Time. Her research interests focus primarily in metaphysics, in particular on the nature of time and objects in and through time. She also publishes on personal identity, composition and vagueness.

Marcus Rossberg 

Marcus Rossberg
Marcus Rossberg received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, in 2006. From 2006 to 2008 he was a research fellow at the Arché research centre in St Andrews. Since 2008 he has worked at the University of Connecticut. He is Associate Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy, Aberdeen, Scotland. Rossberg mainly works in logic and the philosophy of mathematics.

Frederik van de Putte 

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Frederik Van De Putte is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bayreuth and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation of Flanders at Ghent University. He completed his PhD in 2012 at Ghent University. His research interests include deontic logic, the logic and philosophy of collective agency, social choice theory, and non-monotonic logic.

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    Erkenntnis is a philosophical journal publishing papers committed in one way or another to the philosophical attitude which is signified by the label 'scientific philosophy'. It concentrates on those philosophical fields which are particularly inspired by this attitude, although other topics are welcome as well. These fields are:

    - Epistemology
    - Philosophy of science, foundations and methodology of science in general and of natural and human sciences such as physics, biology, psychology, economics, social sciences in particular
    - Philosophy of mathematics
    - Logic, philosophy of logic, and all kinds of philosophical logics
    - Philosophy of language
    - Ontology, metaphysics, theory of modality
    - Philosophical psychology, philosophy of mind, neurophilosophy
    - Practical philosophy, i.e. ethics, philosophy of action, philosophy of law, etc.

    One of the objectives of Erkenntnis is the provision of a suitable platform for the discussion of controversial issues; another is the provision of timely, competent reviews of important publications in an ever-growing field of research.

    In recent years, philosophers standing quite outside the pale of analytic philosophy have also paid careful, and indeed most welcome, attention to precision of concept and language, to arguments, and to well-grounded foundations. Erkenntnis provides for them, and for philosophers of all persuasions, a place of meeting, of discussion, and of disputation.

    Erkenntnis was originally founded in 1930 by Rudolf Carnap and Hans Reichenbach, it was revived in 1975 by Carl G. Hempel, Wolfang Stegmüller, and Wilhelm K. Essler. You can find more information about this in the article “Hempel: The old and the new ‘Erkenntnis’” accessible in the tabs to the right.

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