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ETH Zurich ›› Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences ›› Chair for philosophy ›› people ›› Karim Bschir

Karim Bschir
Dr. Karim Bschir

Professur für Philosophie
Clausiusstrasse 49
CLW D 1
CH-8092 Zürich

Tel: 0041-44-632-7180

Fax: 0041-44-632-1048

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After finishing his undergraduate studies in biochemistry and philosophy at the University of Zurich, Karim Bschir obtained a PhD in philosophy of science at the ETH in 2011 with a thesis on scientific realism (Wissenschaft und Realität, Mohr Siebeck: 2012). He held visiting research positions at the London School of Economics, the Leibniz University in Hannover, and the University Roma Tre. He is also affiliated with the Collegium Helveticum and an affiliated research fellow at the Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences at California State University Sacramento. From September to December 2014, Karim was a visiting fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research focuses on the philosophical implications of scientific uncertainty, and is supported by Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship.

 

projects

Realism and Scientific Practice (finished)

The Concept of Potentiality in Natural Philosophy (finished)

Uncertainty in Science

 

teaching

Winter 2016 Values in Science

Spring 2016 Uncertainty in Science

Spring 2015 Topics in the General Philosophy of Science

Spring 2014 Induction, Causality, Law of Nature Philosophy of Biology: Darwin's Theory

Winter 2012 Atomism from Democritus to Einstein (Leibniz University Hannover)

Winter 2011 Philosophy of Science Classics: Popper and Feyerabend.

Winter 2010 Atomism

Winter 2008 with Michael Hampe: Philosophy of Biology – Evolution

Winter 2007 with Ursula Renz: Realism in Philosophy and Science.

Spring 2007 with Michael Hampe: Philosophy of Biology – The Concept of Information in Biology.

 

grants and fellowships

2012  Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellowship
2004-2006  Forschungskredit, University of Zurich
2009-2010 Fellowship for prospective researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation

 

publications

Books

  • “Wissenschaft und Realität – Versuch eines pragmatischen Empirismus”, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, 2012.
  • “Prediction and Uncertainty in Science” (manuscript in progress).


Editorial Work

  • Special issue of Synthese on “Systematicity: The Nature of Science” (together with Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge and Simon Lohse, Leibniz University Hannover; planned publication: Autumn 2016).


Journal Articles

  • “Risk, Uncertainty and Precaution in Science: The Case of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern Approach in Food Toxicology” forthcoming in Science and Engineering Ethics. 2016.
  • “Realism, Empiricism, and Ontological Relativity. A Happy Ménage à Trois?” In Laura Felline, Antonio Ledda, Francesco Paoli, Emanuele Rossanese (eds.) New Developments in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Proceedings of SILFS Triennial Conference. 2016.
  • “Feyerabend and Popper on Theory Proliferation and Anomaly Import: On the Compatibility of Theoretical Pluralism and Critical Rationalism” HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 5 (1): 24-55, 2015.
  • “Decoherence: A View from Topology” (with M. Epperson and E. Zafiris, in progress).
  • Pahlich S, Bschir K, Chiavi C, et al. “Different Methylation Characteristics of Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 and 3 Toward the Ewing Sarcoma Protein and a Peptide”. Proteins 61 (1): 164-175, 2005.


Contributions in Edited Volumes

  • “Potentiality in Natural Philosophy”. In: Timothy E. Eastman, Michael Epperson, and David Ray Griffin (eds). Physics and Speculative Philosophy: Potentiality in Modern Science. De Gruyter: Berlin 2016.
  • “Free Will From a Grammatical Perspective”. In: Abstract – Ideas, Facts, Fictions, published by W.I.R.E Think Tank of Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd and Collegium Helveticum, Volume 3, 2010. Republished in German in: S. Achermann, S. Sigrist, B. Varnholt, M. Wannaz, G. Folkers (eds.). Was zählt – 2013. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2012 (in German).
  • “Transient or Fundamental? The Code Metaphor in Molecular Biology”. In: A. Gleiniger, G. Vrachliotis (eds.). Code – Between Operation and Narration. Birkhäuser, Lepizig, 2010.


Encyclopaedia Articles

  • “Dialectics“, “Eristics“, “Elenctics“, “Classification“. In: Stefan Schierholz & Herbert Ernst Wiegand (Eds.), Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikations-wissenschaft WSK Online. de Gruyter, 2012.
  • “Teleology”. In: Enzyklopädie Philosophie, Meiner, Hamburg, 2010 (together with Michael Hampe).


Review and Newspaper Articles

  • “Regeln der Wissenschaft”. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January 2016.
  • “Hoyningen-Huene, Systematicity, The Nature of Science”. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, April 2014.
  • “Harrison et al. Wrestling with Nature – From Omens to Science”. In: Annals of Science, 2012/2014 (online/print).
  • “Stengers, Isabelle. Cosmopolitics I”. In: Annals of Science, 2011/2014 (online/print).
  • “Chalmers, Alan. The Scientist’s Atom and the Philosopher’s Stone – How Science Succeeded and Philosophy Failed to Gain Knowledge of Atoms”. In: Annals of Science, 2011/2012 (online/print).
  • “Boi, Luciano. Symétries, brisures de symétries et complexité“. In: Bibliographie de la philosophie, 2007 (in German).
  • “Siggen, Michel. L'expérience chez Aristote“. In: Bibliographie de la philosophie, 2006 (in German).


Other Publications


Talks

  • „Man braucht nur an das Wetter zu denken... “ – Wissenschaftliche Vorhersagen und ihre Rolle in der Wissenschaftsphilosophie. Kolloquium Philosophie und Wissenschaftsreflexion, Leibinz Universität Hannover, November 2016
  • “Predictions in Science and Predictions in the Philosophy of Science: A Discrepancy.” Quadrennial Fellows Conference of the Center for Philosophy of Science, Lund, Sweden, July 2016.
  • “Does Epistemic Pluralism Foster Scientific Progress?” 6? congrès de la société de philosophie des sciences (SPS), Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2016.
  • “What Is Wrong With Our View of Prediction?” 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), Glassboro NY, USA, June 2016.
  • “To be or not to be? Das ist hier nicht die Frage.” Was heisst wirklich sein? Collegium Helveticum, Zürich, March 2016.
  • “Manipulability and Entity Realism in Wet-Lab Research: The Story of G-Protein Coupled Receptors.” The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism, Indianapolis, February 2016. (co-authored paper with Ann-Sophie Barwich).
  • “Reality as a Relational Property: The Story of G-Protein Coupled Receptors.” 5th Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Düsseldorf, September 2015. (co-authored paper with Ann-Sophie Barwich, Columbia University).
  • “Feyerabend and Popper on Theory Proliferation and Anomaly Import.” Symposium contribution for the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Helsinki, August 2015.
  • “Precaution in Scientific Model Building: The Case of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern Approach in Food Toxicology.” 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), Aarhus, Denmark, June 2015.
  • “Realism, Empiricism, and Ontological Relativity: A Happy Ménage à Trois?” Kolloquium für theoretische Philosophie, Universität Bern, April 2015.
  • “Dealing with Scientific Uncertainty. The Case of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern Approach in Health Risk Assessment.” Lunchtime Talk, Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 2014.
  • “Realism, Empiricism, and Ontological Relativity. A Happy Ménage a Trois?”, Triennial International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Sciences, Rome, June 2014.
  • “Decisions under Uncertainty: A View from Philosophy”, invited talk the Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Zurich, October 2013.
  • “The Concept of Potentiality in Current Debates in the Philosophy of Nature”, Postgraduate Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Urbino, May 2013.
  • “The Concept of Potentiality in Natural Philosophy”, invited talk at the Department of Philosophy and History of Sciences, Charles University Prague, February 2013.
  • “The Concept of Potentiality in Modern Science”, invited lecture, Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences, Sacramento State University, October 2012.
  • “Popper and Feyerabend on Theory Proliferation and Anomaly Import”, International Conference FEYERABEND 2012, Berlin, September 2012.
  • “The Implications of Szabó's Physicalist Account of Mathematical Truth for Scientific Realism“, talk at the Theoretical Philosophy Forum, Eötvös University Budapest, April 2012.
  • “Uncertainty in Science”, talk at the colloquium of the Zentrale Einrichtung für Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsethik (ZEWW), University Hannover, April 2012.
  • “Decoherence: A View from Topology”, 3rd EPSA conference, Athens, October 2011 (with M. Epperson and E. Zafiris).
  • “Scientific Realism as the Quest for a Universal Criterion of Reality“, Tea Time Talk, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, February 2010.
  • “Acategoriality, Archetypes, Emotions and the Limits of Language”, a reply to Prof Reinhard Nesper in the lecture series “The Empiricism of Emotions“ at the Collegium Helveticum, February 2009 (in German).
  • “Scientific Realism and Immediacy”, talk at the World Congress of Philosophy 2008, National University Seoul, July 2008.
  • “The Role of Truth in Science”, talk at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich, May 2008 (in German).
  • “Reality without Language? – Science’s non-linguistic access to reality”, talk at the International Graduate Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, December 2007 (in German).
  • “Realism and Scientific Practice”, talk at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich, June 2007 (in German).
  • “Experience and Reality – A Contribution to the Debate on Realism in the Philosophy of Science”, poster presentation at the symposium of the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich, June 2007 (in German).
  • “On the Metaphor of the Genetic Code”, talk at the Centre for History of Science, ETH Zurich, July 2006 (in German).
  • “The Mathematization of Physics and the Concept of Experience in Galileo”, talk at the colloquium for theoretical philosophy, University Zurich, December 2005 (in German).
  • “On Putnam’s Sense, Nonsense, and the Senses”, talk at the colloquium for Theoretical Philosophy, University Zurich, June 2004 (in German).


links

Society in Science

Collegium Helveticum

Center for the Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh

Centre for Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), LSE, London

Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences (CPNS), California State University, Sacramento