DANIEL KOSTIC

Curriculum Vitae

(ORCID): 0000-0001-5729-1476

 

PERSONAL AND CONTACT DETAILS

 

University affiliation:                     SPH - sciences, philosophie, humanité - EA 4574 Université de Bordeaux & Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Allée Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Bâtiment B2, 2e étage, 33615 Pessac cedex, 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 biology.

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

20 January 2012                           Received a PhD degree in Philosophy from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.      

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”.  

 

CURRENT POSITION 

 

2018-2019                                         Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University Bordeaux Montaigne, 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

 

Peer-reviewed publications 

 

1.     Kostic, D. (2019). “General Theory of Topological Explanations and Explanatory Asymmetry”. Forthcoming in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

2.     Kostic, D., Hilgetag, C., Tittgemeyer, M. (2019). “Unifying the Essential Concepts of Biological Networks”. Forthcoming in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

3.     Kostic, D. (2019).  “Minimal Structure Explanations, Scientific Understanding and Explanatory Depth”, Perspectives on Science, 27 (1), 48-67.

4.     Kostic, D. (2019). “Mathematical and Non-causal Explanations: An Introduction”, Perspectives on Science, 27 (1), 1-6.

5.     Kostic, D. (2018). “The Topological Realization”. Synthese, 195(1), 79-98.

6.     Kostic, D. (2018). “Mechanistic and Topological Explanations: An Introduction”. Synthese, 195(1), 1-10.

7.     Kostic, D. (2017). "Explanatory Perspectivalism: Limiting the Scope of the Hard Problem of Consciousness". Topoi, 36(1), 119-125.

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

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

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

 

Invited publications such as monographs, book chapters, book reviews

 

11.  Kostic, D. (2018). “The Ultimate Articulation of the Account of Explanatory Understanding”, Metascience, 28 (1): 61–64.

12.  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. 

13.  Kostic, D. (2012). “Osnove transparentnosti objašnjenja: semantička realizacija” (Foundations of Transparency of Explanations: Semantic Realization), Treći program 156/IV, pp. 1-12.

14.  Kostic, Daniel (2012). “The Explanatory Gap Problem – How Neuroscience Might Contribute to its Solution”, Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, DOI: 10.18452/16447.

 

Edited volumes

 

15.  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.

16.  Kostic, D. (2018).  "Unifying the Debates: Mathematical and Non-causal Explanations", Special Issue in Perspectives on Science, 27 (1).

17.  Kostic, D. (2016)."Mechanistic and Topological Explanations”, Special Issue in Synthese195(1).

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

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

 

Under review and in progress

 

20.  Kostic, D. and Khalifa, K. "Topological Explanation: A Statement and Defense.”

21.  Kostic, D. “Non-causal Understanding via Spatially Embedded Networks in the Brain”. 

22.  Kostic, D. "Empirical and Metaphysical Commitments in Topological Explanations". 

23.  Marrelec, G., Giron, A., Rutanen, K., and Le Van Quyen, M. Kostic, D “Investigating Functional Brain Interactions in Neuroimaging: the Need for a Foundational Approach”.

24.  Niquil, N., Kostic, D.  “Trinomial and Counterfactual Analysis in Assessing the Health of Marine Trophic Webs”.

 

 

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                          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.  

01 June 2018                                    Co-mentor (with Cedric Brun), master thesis by Mr. Théo Cazemajou, at the Philosophy Department, University Bordeaux Montaigne, France.  

 

PROJECT ACQUISITION AND COORDINATION EXPERIENCE

 

v  Project Acquisition

 

2016-2018                                         Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (EU’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 2019          Expert evaluator for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship programme of the REA MSCA-H2020-IF.

March 2019                Expert reviewer for the VENI funding program of the Dutch NWO Social Sciences and Humanities Board, Netherlands.

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 in 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             Member of the selection committee of the 1st Belgrade University Graduate Conference in Philosophy.  

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                     Theory in Biosciences, Foundations of Science, ErkenntnisPhilosophy 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.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 

 

v  Refereed Conference Presentations

 

11-14 September 2019           Non-causal understanding via spatially embedded networks in the brain”, presentation at the EPSA19, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. 

5-10 August 2019                         Facticity of understanding in non-causal explanations”, presentation at CLMPST2019: 16th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in Prague, Czech Republic.  

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

 

22 October 2019                             "Unifying account of causal and non-causal explanations" at the Institute for Science in Society, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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.

Russian                                  Intermediate.

French                                    Beginner.

 

 

REFERENCES

 

David Papineau

Professor of Philosophy 

Department of Philosophy

King's College London

Tel: 020 7848 2351  

Email: david.papineau@kcl.ac.uk

Carl F. Craver

Professor of Philosophy 

Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Neuroscience and Psychology Washington University in St. Louis

Tel: (314) 935-7146

Email: ccraver@artsci.wustl.edu

 

Henk W. de Regt
Professor of Philosophy of Natural Sciences
Institute for Science in Society (ISiS)
Radboud University, Huygens Building
Heyendaalseweg 135 6525 AJ, Nijmegen, room 02.526
P.O.Box 9010, 6500 GL, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 24 3652038

Email: henk.deregt@ru.nl

 

Robert W. Batterman

Prof. and Dept. Chair
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Philosophy
1001 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel. (0): 412-624-5775
Email: rbatterm@pitt.edu

 

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 

 

 

Cédric Brun

Maître de conférences

Département de philosophie, 

SPH - sciences, philosophie, humanité - EA 4574

Université Bordeaux Montaigne, 
UFR humanités, Bureau H 32
Domaine universitaire
F-33607 PESSAC Cedex

Tel: +33(0) 5 57 12 61 74
Email: Cedric.Brun@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr