The Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures are an annual event started by Prof. Dr. Albert Newen from the Institute of Philosophy II at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany in 2008. The Lectures provide a platform for distinguished scholars to present their work in the form of several talks on their preferred topic. The focus is usually on the areas of Philosophy of Mind, Language or Science. In turn, graduate students interested in these topics get the chance to engage in extensive discussion and get in touch with state-of-the-art research. In addition, some of them have the chance to present their own work on related topics during a graduate conference, based on a peer review process.

The lecture series is dedicated to the philosopher Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970) who was born in Barmen (today: Wuppertal) which is not far from Bochum. He studied Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics in Jena and Freiburg, amongst others with Gottlob Frege, and is one of the main representatives of Logical Empiricism.

Prior Carnap-Lecturers include Shaun Gallagher (Memphis), Alva Noë (Berkeley), John Perry (Stanford), David Papineau (London), Tim Crane (Cambridge) & Katalin Farkas (Budapest), Ned Block (NYU) & Susan Carey (Harvard), David J. Chalmers (ANU/NYU), and Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts) (see Archive).

Carnap Lectures 2016

From March 7-10, 2016, the next RCL will be presented by Prof. em. Patricia Churchland (San Diego), as always in the context of a Graduate workshop including presentations by students and early postdocs. The presenting students who will be selected based on a blind peer-review process will receive a financial support (see CFP).

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If you would like to attend the conference, please send an e-mail with your full name and affiliation to nike.zohm (at) Registration is open until 28th February 2016. There are no registration fees.


Tobias Schlicht & Albert Newen