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Job Announcement"Postdoc"

ERC Advanced Grant project “The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency“

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna is inviting an application for the position of a Postdoc (100%, 2 years) in the areas of philosophy of action, moral philosophy and legal philosophy within the ERC Advanced Grant project “The Normative and Moral Foundations of Group Agency“ funded by the European Research Council and led by Principal Investigator Herlinde Pauer-Studer, Professor at the Department of Philosophy.

Project description:
The project investigates the normative foundations of group agency. The particular focus is on the rational, moral, and legal requirements that constitute and guide group agents (including corporate and economic agents). On the philosophical side, the project will explore the implications of philosophical work on group agency for recent theorising in moral and legal philosophy. The following research questions will be addressed:

(1) what are the consequences for moral theory if we focus not only on the norms of individual rational agency, but also on the norms of group agency
(2) what is the relationship between moral actions of group agents and recent relational accounts of morality
(3) how does membership in groups affect our moral deliberations
(4) what normative requirements must law meet to function as an enabling condition for individual agents and group agents.

The postdoctoral candidate will work within the subproject „The implications of philosophical accounts of group agency for current theorising in moral and legal philosophy“. Specifically, the candidate will work on either one of the following topics: to analyse our concepts of moral agency from the perspective of collective agency; to explore the normative effects of group-affiliation for the (moral) self-understanding of agents (also with respect to issues such as complicity versus independence and resistance to group pressures); to explore the legal framework of corporate agents with respect to personal autonomy; the connection between law and morality in the context of group agency.

The postdoctoral candidate will be either trained as a philosopher (with a special interest in philosophy of action, moral and legal philosophy), or will have a law degree with a strong background in philosophy of action and moral philosophy.

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Salary: in accordance with collective bargaining agreement University of Vienna: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in philosophy or a JD (with strong background in philosophy).

Applications (including CV, certificates, list of publications), a description of planned research (500-1000 words), as well as a writing sample should be sent by email to the Principal Investigator (Herlinde Pauer-Studer) and the project administrator (Florian Kolowrat):


The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018

The starting date is April 16, 2018.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

For further questions, please contact Herlinde Pauer-Studer.



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