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Philosophical Quarterly Essay Prize 2014

The Philosophical Quarterly invites submissions for its 2014 international prize essay competition, the topic of which is ‘Humans and Other Animals’.

What lessons can we learn from thinking about our relations with non-human animals? For instance:

  • What are the differences, and what are the similarities, between capacities for cognition and agency in humans and other animals?
  • What moral constraints, if any, are there on our treatment of them?
  • Which theoretical perspective gives the best answers to questions about the morality of our relations with non-human animals?
  • Might it be our moral duty to prevent animals from harming each other?
  • Are there good moral objections to eating meat from animals genetically engineered to be unconscious?
  • We welcome submissions of 8,000 words or fewer addressing these or other questions about humans and other animals.

Essays should be typed in double spacing. Electronic submission is preferred and contributions may be sent as email attachments to Most formats are acceptable, but PDF is preferred.

Alternatively, non-electronic submissions may be sent to the address below. Three copies of each essay are required and these will not be returned. All entries will be regarded as submissions for publication in The Philosophical Quarterly, and both winning and non-winning entries judged to be of sufficient quality will be published. The closing date for submissions is 1st November 2014.

All submissions should be headed ‘Human’s and Other Animals’ Prize Essay Competition (with the author’s name and address given in a covering letter, but NOT in the essay itself) and sent to:

The Journal Manager
The Philosophical Quarterly
University of St Andrews
KY16 9AR

Call for Papers: Foundations of Normativity

The 2015 Edinburgh Foundations of Normativity Workshop will be held at the University of Edinburgh on 13th and 14th March, 2015.  We invite submissions of abstracts of original papers on moral, legal, or epistemic normativity (or related topics). We aim to invite the authors of two of these papers to speak at the workshop.  Workshop papers will be circulated in advance; authors will need to submit a final version by 28th February, 2015.  We will be able to provide some travel support for the authors of papers accepted for presentation.

Submissions should consist of an 1,000-word abstract, prepared for blind review, and should be emailed to before 1st December, 2014.  Submission emails should include the author’s contact and affiliation information.

Call for Papers: Themes from Smith and Rousseau

The International Adam Smith Society and the Rousseau Association will hold a joint meeting at The University of Glasgow July 20th -22nd 2015. The conference aims to bring together scholars with an interest in the work of either or both of these thinkers with a view to stimulating discussion of their shared interests and the relationship between two prominent members of the Enlightenment.

The conference aims to explore the ideas and shared concerns of Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of Smith, Rousseau, or their shared intellectual interests including (but not limited to) pitié, sympathy, commerce, freedom, nature and science. Given the aim of the conference the organisers are particularly keen to invite papers that deal with both Smith and Rousseau.

Further details can be found on the websites

Please submit a title and abstract to Dr Craig Smith University of Glasgow (

Deadline for submissions of interest: 1st January 2015.

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