DANIEL KOSTIC

Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL AND CONTACT DETAILS

University affiliation:                     University Bordeaux Montaigne & Institut d'histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, École normale supérieure Paris, France.

Phone:                                                        +33 (0) 768890295

Email:                                                          daniel.kostic@gmail.com

Web:                                                            https://daniel-kostic.weebly.com

 

Areas of Specialization: General philosophy of science, philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of mind.

Areas of Competence:Metaphysics of science, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of biology

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

2007-2011                                         PhD from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

12th July 2011                                Received a PhD degree in Philosophy.    

Thesis Title                                          “The explanatory gap problem: how neuroscience might contribute to its solution”.

Advisers                                                Michael Pauen (Philosophy), David Papineau (Philosophy), Christoph Herrmann (Biological Psychology).

Examiners                                           Michael Pauen, David Papineau and Geert Keil.  

 

2004-2007                                         University of Vienna, PhD program in philosophy at Vienna University, Austria, then transferred to Humboldt University in Berlin, place offered by Michael Pauen. 

 

1996-2003                                         University of Belgrade, Diploma degree (equivalent to master) in Philosophy.

Thesis                                                      “The Turing test and the Zombie Arguments”.  

Supervisor                                           Živan Lazović.

 

CURRENT POSITION 

2018-2019                                        Postdoctoral researcher at the University Bordeaux Montaigne and Associate member at the IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris I Sorbonne), France.  

FORMER POSITIONS 

2016-2018                                        Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the IHPST (CNRS/ Université Paris I Sorbonne), France.  

May 2016                                             European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the IHPST (CNRS / Université Paris I Sorbonne) in Paris.

2014-2016                                         Research Associate (equivalent to Research Assistant Professor) at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. 

2012-2013                                        Principal investigator at the Laboratory for experimental Psychology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. 

2011-2012                                         Affiliated researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Germany. 

 

 

 

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

                          I.        Edited Works

1.     Kostic, D., Hilgetag, C., Tittgemeyer, M. (2019). “Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks: biological insights and philosophical foundations”, a theme issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

2.     Kostic, D. (2018).  "Unifying the debates: mathematical and non-causal explanations", Special Issue in Perspectives on Science.

3.     Kostic, D. (2016)."Mechanistic and Topological Explanations”, Special Issue in Synthese.

4.     Kostic, D. (2014). “Objašnjenje, evidencija, teorija” (Explanation, Evidence, Theory), Special Issue in Treći program, 163 (III).

5.     Kostic, D. (2012). “Struktura objašnjenja” (Structure of Explanations), Treći program, 56/IV.

 

                        II.        Peer reviewed papers

6.     Kostic, D. (2019).  “Minimal structure explanations, scientific understanding and explanatory depth”, Perspectives on Science, 27 (1).

7.     Kostic, D. (2019). “Mathematical and non-causal explanations: an introduction”, Perspectives on Science, 27 (1).

8.     Kostić, D. (2018). “The topological realization”. Synthese, 195(1), 79-98.

9.     Kostić, D. (2018). “Mechanistic and topological explanations: an introduction”. Synthese, 195(1), 1-10.

10.  Kostić, D. (2017). "Explanatory perspectivalism: Limiting the scope of the hard problem of consciousness". Topoi, 36(1), 119-125.

11.  Kostic, D. (2012). “The Vagueness Constraint and the Quality Space for Pain”, Philosophical Psychology, 25 (6), pp. 929-939.

12.  Kostic, D. (2011). “The Two-dimensional Argument Against Physicalism and the Conceptual Analysis”, Belgrade Philosophical Annual, 24, pp. 05-17.

13.  Kostic, D. (2011). “The Explanatory Gap Account and Intelligibility of Explanation”, Theoria, LIV, 3, pp. 27-43.

 

                      III.        Invited Papers and Book Chapters

14.  Kostic, D. (2012). “Osnove transparentnosti objašnjenja: semantička realizacija” (Foundations of Transparency of Explanations: Semantic Realization), Treći program156/IV, pp. 1-12.

15.  Kostic, D. (2016). “Uloga topološke reprezentacije mozga za razumevanje njegovih svojstava, funkcija i ponašanja (“The role of topological representation of the brain in understanding its properties, functions and behaviors“), in  „Aspekti problema mentalnih reprezentacija (Aspects of the Mental Representation Problems“) edited by Vasilije Gvozdenović, Akademska Misao, Belgrade. 

 

                       IV.        Monograph

16.  Kostic, Daniel (2012). “The explanatory gap problem – how neuroscience might contribute to its solution”,Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, DOI: 10.18452/16447.

 

                        V.        Book reviews

17.  Kostic, D. (2018). “The ultimate articulation of the account of explanatory understanding”,  Metascience, DOI: 10.1007/s11016-018-0368-1.

 

                       VI.         Work in progress or submitted

18. Kostic, D. (2019). "A pluralist account of topological explanations: vertical and horizontal counterfactual dependencies.” 

19.  Kostic, D. (2019). "Mathematical features and ontological commitments in topological explanation". 

20.  Kostic, D. (2019). “Non‐causal explanatory asymmetries in topological explanations”. Invited contribution to the theme issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

21.  Kostic, D., Hilgetag, C., Tittgemeyer, M. (2019). “Editorial: Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks”. Invited contribution to the theme issue in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

22.  Kostic, D., Giron, A., Marrelec, G., Rutanen, K., and Le Van Quyen, M. (2019). “Investigating functional brain interactions in neuroimaging: The need for a foundational approach”. 

23.  Kostic, D. (2019). “Non-causal understanding via spatially embedded networks in the brain”. 

PEDAGOGICAL EXPERIENCE 

v  Teaching

W. semester 2018-2019       Master level: “Theories of explanation in philosophy of science” at the Philosophy Department, University Bordeaux Montaigne, France.  

W. semester 2018              Undergraduate and graduate level: “Intensive course on topological explanations in neuroscience”, at the School of Philosophy, Beijing  Normal University, China.  

W. semester 2015-2016           PhD level: “Introduction to philosophy of science”, within the graduate program “Models of knowledge and explanation in psychology” at the Department of Psychology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. 

W. semester 2015-2016           PhD level: “Introduction to metaphysics of science”, within the graduate program “Models of knowledge and explanation in psychology” at the Department of Psychology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

v  Supervision

01 June 2018-                          Co-mentor (with Cedric Brun), PhD thesis by Mrs. Marie Penavayre, dissertation title: “Epistemological Issues of Judicial Use of Neuroscience”, at the Philosophy Department, University Bordeaux Montaigne, France.  

 

PROJECT ACQUISITION AND COORDINATION EXPERIENCE

 

v  Project Acquisition

 

2016-2018                                         Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (European Union's H2020-MSCA-IF-2015 Programme). Total amount: 185.076 €.

May 2016                                            European Philosophy of Science Association Fellowship at the IHPST (CNRS/Université Paris I Sorbonne). Total amount: 1.905 €

2014-2016                                        Philosophy of Science Association (USA) Travel Grant. Total amount: $210

2012-2014                                        Research Grant of the  Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research (Serbia). Total amount: 11.032 €.

2009                                                        Villigst grant for a research stay at King’s College London. Total amount: 5.000 €.

2007-2010                                        Villigst Doctoral Scholarship. Total amount: 41.400 €.

May 2007                                            Research Grant of Otto-Von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (Germany). Total amount: 850 €.

2000-2001                                        AAEN (Alternative Academic Educational Network) Scholarship. Total amount: 1800 €.

v  Awards

2000                                                        Award of the Royal Norwegian Embassy for the best 1000 students in all disciplines and from all Universities in Yugoslavia. Total amount: 1000 €.

 

v  Coordination Experience

 

Ø  Organization of international conferences 

 

7-12 July 2019                                Organizer of the symposium:“Idealizations in Computational Neuroscience: Facticity, Pragmatics and the Coding Heuristics” at the 2019 Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology that will take place in Oslo, Norway. 

5-6 February 2019                      Co-Organizer (with Kareem Khalifa and Cedric Brun), Inaugural Workshop “Scientific Understanding and Representation (SURe)” at University Bordeaux Montaigne, France (https://daniel-kostic.weebly.com/sure-workshop.html).

4-6 April 2018                                 Organizer, International workshop "Levels, Hierarchies and Asymmetries" at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. (https://daniel-kostic.weebly.com/workshops.html).

03 November 2017                     Organizer, International workshop "Understanding from models" at the IHPST in Paris (https://kostic-workshops.weebly.com).

28-29 June 2017                            Organizer, International workshop “Unifying the debates: mathematical and non-causal explanations” at the IHPST in Paris (http://kostic.weebly.com).

6-8 November 2014                   Organizer, Symposium “What’s New in Network Analysis” at the Twenty-Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Chicago. Participants: Danielle S. Bassett, Carl F. Craver, Philippe Huneman, Sonia Kéfi and Daniel Kostic.

09–10 May 2014                            Co-Chair (with Duško Prelević) of the Organizing and Program Committees, Interdisciplinary conference  “Explanation,  Evidence, Theory”  at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

30-31 May 2013                            Chair of the program and organizing committees, International conference “Mind and Life: Mechanistic and Topological Perspectives”, held in Belgrade.  

Ø  Commissions of trust

September 2018           Expert evaluator for the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI).

20-22 June 2018           Member of the Program Committee of the second EENPS annual Meeting in Bratislava. 

5-9 Sept 2017                 Member of the Program Committee of the European Philosophy of Science Association Conference (EPSA17), University of Exeter.

24-26 June 2016           Co-chair (with Richard David-Rus) of the Program Committee of the Inaugural Conference of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science Sofia.

Nov 2015                             Co-founder and coordinator of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science. 

Feb-Nov 2015                 DAAD Foundation- Chair of the section for Philosophy and Psychology of the selection committee for Masters Scholarships.

25-26 Apr 2014             The 1st Belgrade University Graduate Conference in Philosophy, member of the selection committee.  

26-28 May 2013            Member of the Program Committee, International conference “French Epistemology”, at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Ø  Service to the profession 

Editorial work                 Guest edited special issues in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological SciencesPerspectives on ScienceSyntheseTreći Program.

Reviewer for                     Philosophy of Science, Synthese, International Journal for the Philosophy of Science, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Minds and Machines, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology, Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, Croatian Journal of Philosophy, Theoria, Belgrade Philosophical Annual.

 

v  Refereed Conference Presentations

 

7-12 July 2019                                “Non-causal understanding via spatially embedded networks in the brain” within the symposium: “Idealizations in Computational Neuroscience: Facticity, Pragmatics and the Coding Heuristics” at the 2019 Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology that will take place in Oslo, Norway.

25-27 February 2019                 “Non‐causal Explanatory Asymmetries” at the triennial conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP.2019), that took place at the University of Cologne, Germany.

19-21 September 2018             “Topological Controllability of the Brain & Non‐causal Explanatory Asymmetries” at the Causality in the Neuro- and Psychological Sciences, University of Antwerp.

4-6 July 2018                                     "Minimal structure explanations, scientific understanding and explanatory depth", at the Société de philosophie des sciences 2018 conference in Nantes.

June 20-22, 2018                            “Minimal structure explanations, scientific understanding and explanatory depth”, at the EENPS 2018 Conference in Bratislava at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, organized by the East European Network for Philosophy of Science (EENPS), in co-operation with the Department of Logic and Methodology of Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava.

23-25 May 2018                              “Minimal structure explanations, scientific understanding and explanatory depth”, at the Workshop: "Explanation and Understanding", Ghent University. The workshop is organized by the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (Ghent University) and the Research Group Philosophy of Science and Technology (VU University Amsterdam).

14-17 August 2017                       “Understanding and the structure of topological explanation in neuroscience: a noetic account” poster presentation at the 25th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the University of Hertfordshire.

14-16 December 2016               "Topological controllability of the brain: a case of non-causal interventionism" at the Third Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Issues (LICPOS), The Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL).

24-26 June 2016                             "Explanation and Understanding in Highly Idealized Topological Models" within a symposium "Explanation and Understanding in Science" at the Inaugural Conference of the East European Network for Philosophy of Science in Sofia, New Bulgarian University, Sofia. 

27-29 June 2016                            "Topological controllability of the brain: a case of non-causal interventionism" at CitSotMaB2016: Causality in The Sciences of The Mind and Brain Aarhus University.

29 June– 1 July 2016                  "Mathematical Features and Ontic Commitments in Topological Explanation" at 6ᵉ congrès de la société de philosophie des sciences (SPS) University of Lausanne.

23-26 September 2015             “Non-causal Features of Topological Explanations: Expanding the Notions of Interventions, Counterfactual Dependencies and Difference-makers”, presentation at the EPSA15, at the Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS) at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany.  

07-10 July 2015                               “Interventionist counterfactuals vs. possible worlds counterfactuals: there can be only one when it comes to explaining consciousness” abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness ASSC19 in Paris.

8-11 September 2014                “Does network analysis provide a novel kind of topological explanations in life and brain sciences?”, at the International Conference “Causality and Complexity in the Sciences”, at the University of Cologne.

25-27 June 2014                             “Does network analysis provide a novel kind of topological explanations in life and brain sciences?”, paper accepted for presentation in 5th Meeting of the Société de philosophie des sciences (SPS) at the University of Lille 1 & University of Lille 3, France. The main theme of the meeting: «Metaphysics of science».

 18-20 June 2014                            “Does network analysis provide a novel kind of topological explanations in life and brain sciences?”, paper accepted for presentation in a parallel session for contributed papers at SILFS 2014 Triennial International Conference of the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Sciences, at University of Rome “Roma TRE”.

2-6 July 2012                                     “A topological Integration Model”, abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the 16th annual meeting of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness at University of Sussex, Brighton. 

09-14 April 2012                            “A topological-integration Model for Phenomenal Consciousness” abstract accepted for a Concurrent Talk Session at the Toward a Science of Consciousness 2012 biennial conference in Tucson Arizona. 

07 June 2009                                     “The Explanatory Gap Problem: how Neuroscience might contribute to its Solution”, a poster presentation at the ASSC13 (Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness) conference in Berlin. 

v  Invited talks

11 June 2019                                     "Unifying account of causal and non-causal explanations" at the Duesseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf.

13 February 2019                         "Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks: explanatory directionality” at the Laboratory BOREA - Biologie des Organismes et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques Université de Caen, Normandie.

15 November 2018                       "Topological Controllability of the Brain & Non-causal Explanatory Asymmetries" at the Department of the History of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing (China). 

15-16 February 2018                 “Non-causal Asymmetries in Topological Explanation”, at the workshop: Explanatory Practices: Interaction, Dialogues, and Cognitive Processes, organized by the Center for Philosophy of Sciences (CFCUL) of the University of Lisbon.

11 January 2018                             “Structure, understanding and explanatory depth: a noetic account”, at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade.

12 December 2017                       “Topological asymmetries and the norms for distinguishing explanatory and representational role of mathematics in scientific explanation” at the workshop Applicability of Mathematics: Representation and Explanation', University of Leeds.

01 December 2017                       "Minimal structure explanations and explanatory depth" in the Genoa-Turin Seminars on Neural Mechanisms, Turin.

11-13 September 2016             "Explanatory power of topological models: a description of a mathematical structure or its instantiation" at the Romanian-Polish workshop in Busteni.

20-22 May 2015                              “Interventionist counterfactuals vs. possible worlds counterfactuals: there can be only one when it comes to explaining consciousness”, invited talk at the Slovak/Serbian bilateral conference in Belgrade.

06-07 March 2015                        “Topological models and minimal model explanations”, invited talk at the Meeting of the Danish Society for Philosophy in Aarhus.

12 March 2013                                 "Philosophical Problems of the Brain and Mind Relation", invited talk within the "Brain awareness week" at Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad, organized by the student section of the Serbian Neuroscience Society and the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Novi Sad.

27 March 2012                                 “On the Difference Between the Explanatory Gap and the Hard Problem of Consciousness and why it Matters”, invited talk at the Laboratory for Experimental Psychology of the University of Novi Sad. 

17 Feb-02 Mar 2012                    “Conscious-state Anti-realism” (by Pete Mandik) invited commentary at the Fourth Online Consciousness Conference.

17 October 2011                             “Topological-integration Model for Phenomenal Consciousness and Intelligibility of Explanation”, invited talk at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, the University of Belgrade. 

RESEARCH STAYS

Oct-Dec 2009                                     King’s College London, worked with Prof. David Papineau. 

May 2007                                              Otto-Von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, worked with Prof. Michael Pauen.

 

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES 

 

Since 2018                          Member, German Society for Philosophy of Science (GWP).

Since 2016                          Member, French Société de Philosophie des Sciences (SPS). 

Since 2014                         Member, Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), European Philosophy of Science Association (EPSA), Danish Society for Philosophy, Serbian Neuroscience Society, Serbian Philosophical Society. 

2009 –2010                       Student Member, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

LANGUAGES

Serbo-Croatian                Native.

English                                   Fluent.

German                                  Intermediate (B2).

Russian                                  Intermediate (B1).

French                                    Beginner (A2).

 

REFERENCES

 

Professor David Papineau

Department of Philosophy

King's College London

Tel: 020 7848 2351  

Email: david.papineau@kcl.ac.uk

Professor Carl F. Craver

Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Neuroscience and Psychology Washington University in St. Louis

Tel: (314) 935-7146

Email: ccraver@artsci.wustl.edu

 

Professor Kareem Khalifa

Professor and Chair

Philosophy Department

Middlebury College

Twilight Hall 303A 

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT 05753 

Tel : (1) 802-443-5194 

Email: kkhalifa@middlebury.edu

Professor Robert W. Batterman

Prof. and Dept. Chair
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Philosophy
1001 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel. (o): 412-624-5775
Email: rbatterm@pitt.edu

 

 

Professor Denis Forest

Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne
UFR de philosophie, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris, France
tel - +33 (0)1 43 54 60 36
fax - +33 (0)1 43 25 29 48

 &

IHPST (CNRS-UMR8590)
13 rue du Four - 75006 Paris - France
Email: Denis.Forest@univ-paris1.fr