#PhiloBarCamp the 2nd Berlin, 8th of April 2017

The most exciting moment: everybody is looking at each other with their cards in their hands - who will start the day. A day full of Philosophy!

Academic philosophers in Berlin

We started creating the program of the day. Everybody who wanted to give a session wrote their topic on an card. And there is always this moment when no one wants to start. This is when I usually have my moment. Asking: Does anybody have to leave early? NO! Great! A full day to celebrate Philosophy... giving feedback to each other... thinking about ideas you never thought about before.... there is always a new topic at the BarCamp.

Getting ready!

Armin started the day with a talk on Nietzsche

The Death of God, the Revaluation of Values and the danger of Nihilism lead to the path of Nietzsches "√úbermensch" and its counterpart the "Last Man". Are these two concepts still applicable today and can we translate them into current terms?

Now something totally different: What is envy???

Carolin is working on a proposal about this strange thing called "envy".

Envy is said to be an ubiquitous somehow mysterious phenomenon. Not only that it is hard to identify a general definition. Also little has been said about its proper quality. The research project tries to shed light on the quality of felt envy.


John gave a talk with the title: Assertions as Virtual Perception.... or was this the question...

According to the "Principle of Charity" we need to count others as largely rational in order to understand what they are saying and doing. I will investigate the role of rational norms in interpretation and argue that the use of such norms as mere epistemic constraints on the methodology of interpretation is insufficient to account for why we have knowledge of other peoples' minds. I argue that we need a deep account of interpretational knowledge which explains how the methodology of interpretation is directly connected to the existence of such norms and thereby to the phenomenon of conceptual representation. I will outline the idea that we can locate a deep account in the notion of a "virtual perception game", which is the view that assertion is a game-like practice which has the social function of being an emulation of the perceptual system for an intersubjective subject.

All this thinking, discussing and talking makes hungry. So we went out for lunch together: Pizza!!!
open science / open Philosophy

Anna was curious to learn more about open science.

The open science movement intends to change the way scientists work and behave. But there are many obstacles. First of all, people doesn't know about the different parts of open science. There is open access, open documentary of scientific work progress and there is an open community. It still seems to be strange for scientist and philosophers to participate and really work in an open way. There is a fear that new data will be used by other scientist without mentioning where these data came from. Stolen data. Also it seems to be a wast of time to document everything one is doing every day in their research projects.

So what is good about open science? The idea is that scientist should work together and communicate better to improve their work. Many scientist working on similar topics doing the same experiments - but they don't exchange their learnings and data, because they don't know about each other. Open science want to change that. It's still a long way to go... but we are on the right track.

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