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2015 Annual Meeting: dinner and accommodation information

2015 SPA Annual Meeting

4 – 5 December 2015

Department of Philosophy, 69 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow

The 2015 Winter Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Association will be held at the University of Glasgow onFriday 4 and Saturday 5 December.

There is no registration fee for the conference, but there will be a charge of £15 per head for the conference dinner, which will be held at Asian Gourmet, a good Sichuanese restaurant near the department.

Please e-mail Ben Colburn ( to register, by 5 pm on Friday 27 November. Please indicate whether you also want to come to the dinner, and if so, whether you have any dietary requirements that I should take into account; and if you do want to come to dinner, please bring cash (exactly £15, if possible) on the evening.

We are not arranging accommodation for attendees, but here are some good and inexpensive hotels in the West End of Glasgow, all of which are within easy walking distance of the department.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions; I append a programme below.

Best wishes,

Ben Colburn

University of Glasgow


Friday 4 December


14:00 – 14:15      Registration and refreshments


14:15 – 15:15      Matthew McKeever, Stirling/St Andrews

  A Semantic Problem for Stage Theory


15:15 – 16:15      Janis Schaab, Stirling/St Andrews

  Rights, Reasons and Respect


16:30 – 17:30      Annual General Meeting (SPA members only)


17:30 – 19:30      Keynote Address: Peter Railton, Michigan

  Hume 2.0: A Contemporary Sentimentalist Epistemology


20:00                     Dinner


Saturday 5 December


10:00 – 11:15      Jennifer Corns, Glasgow

  Pain Eliminativism


11:30 – 12:45      Fraser MacBride, Glasgow

  Early Analytic Philosophy: A New History

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Scottish Aesthetics Forum 2015-2016

The Scottish Aesthetics Forum at Edinburgh will host four talks in 2015-2016:

  • Gregory Currie (York), “The Visible Surface: Painting, Photography, Cinema,” 11th December, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00pm.  Abstract: “Pictures are surfaces with marks on them. Different kinds of pictures have different kinds of marks, produced in different ways. The marks themselves have an interest in painting and drawing which they do not have in photography and cinema. This difference enables us to identify and explain a feature of some pictures which I call “apparent transparency”. This is not the same as Walton-style transparency and pictures which have apparent transparency need not be (and in my view are not) transparent. The interest that marks have in painting are of different kinds depending on whether those marks are co-incident. I explain the notion of co-incidence and use it to highlight some of the aesthetic differences between different kinds of paintings and to extend Wollheim’s notion of twofoldness.”
  • Stacie Friend (London), TBA, 5th February, 2016, 4pm.
  • Catharine Abell (Manchester), TBA, 18th March, 2016, 4pm.
  • David Davies (McGill), TBA, 29th April, 2016, 4pm.

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