Research Position in Philosophy or Economics (f/m/d)

(either full-time or part-time 65%, E 13 TV-L)

Job Offer No. 2020/010. The start date is June 1, 2020 or by agreement. The position is available initially for two years (full-time) or three years (part-time). In principle, a full-time position can be divided into two part-time positions. An extension is possible.

The University of Konstanz has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and Excellence Strategy since 2007.

The Koselleck project “Reflexive Rationality” of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn funded by the German Research Foundation is about the following issues: The paradigm of homo oeconomicus, as explicated in modern decision and game theory, shapes extensive parts of our social sciences. These theories count as delivering a basically complete normative ideal and hence serve as the critical reference point of behavioral, psycho-, and neuroecono¬mics, which attempt to overcome the empirical deficiencies of those theories. In contrast to this mainstream, the present project takes game and decision theory to be normatively deficient and thus attempts to improve the normative ideal of a homo oeconomicus and to thereby shift the point of attack of empirical criticism. The project does so by rigorously theorizing ‘reflexive ascent’. According to it, a person considers not only her possible actions and their possible consequences, but also her possible (future) decision situations, which entail those actions. This will provide a systematization of so-called dynamic choice, a systematic treatment of (pre-)commitment and self-binding, and in particular a new fundamental equilibrium concept for game theory, which promises a novel treatment of cooperation and indeed a unification of non-cooperative and cooperative game theory.

Your responsibilities

  • Research contributing in particular to the issues outlined in section (3) of the project description
  • Completing a PhD thesis (part-time) or preparing a Habilitation (full-time)
  • national und international
  • Giving 1 or 2 courses per semester in a philosophical or an economic bachelor or master program

Your Competencies

  • Master’s degree for the part-time posi-tion
  • Completed PhD for the full-time position
  • Sufficient competences in microeco-nomics, decision theory and/or practical philosophy
  • A passion for theoretical work and abstract thinking

We Offer

  • An open and motivating interdisciplinary, indeed interfacultative research environment
  • Collaboration with excellent researchers in the stimulating setting of an ex-cellence university
  • Work and life in one of the most beau-tiful areas of Germany

More detailed information is available from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn: We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents a CV, a letter of motivation, a list of publications, possibly a writing sample and a list of courses taught, and copies of academic degree in a pdf-file) until 29 February 2020 via our Online Application Portal.

DThe University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised ( Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).



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