The Ruhr University’s annual lecture series on Interdisciplinary
Philosophy of Mind,
Language and Science

2024 Carnap Lectures

TIME: March 14th-16th, 2024

Thursday 10.00 a.m. to Saturday  1 p.m. (13:00), Berlin Time

VENUE: Beckmannshof

This is an in-presence workshop. However, all keynote lectures with Lisa Feldman Barrett can also be accessed via Zoom. The other talks will only be in presence. The program will be announced later.

Speaker 2024

More about Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, our main speaker for 2024.

Program 2024

The program for the lecture period from March 23rd – 25th.

Call for Papers

The CFP for 2023 is out now – the deadline for submissions is the 25th of January 2023.

Archive of Past Lectures

Past lectures from 2007 – 2023.

Travel and Venue

How to get to Bochum, and where to stay. Image Copyright © RUB, Marquard

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 2007. 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), Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts), John Campbell (Berkeley), Patricia Churchland (San Diego), Frank Jackson (ANU), Thomas Metzinger (Mainz), and Frances Egan & Robert Matthews (Rutgers), Cecilia Heyes (Oxford) (see Archive).