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Call for Papers: Arché Graduate Conference

Arché, Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology, is hosting the 8th Annual Arché Graduate Conference in November 2014. We invite graduate students to submit high-quality papers. We welcome papers in the four main Arché research topics (Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology) broadly construed, as well as related areas. We especially encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Penelope Mackie (Nottingham)
  • Ian Rumfitt (Birmingham)
  • Symposium on Conceptual Engineering: Herman Cappelen (Arché, St Andrews) & Patrick Greenough (Arché, St Andrews)

Info:  The conference will be held on the 8th and 9th of November 2014 at the University of St Andrews. All accepted talks will receive comments from a member of Arché. We will endeavour to fully cover the cost of travel for all speakers. And we would be happy to arrange childcare.

Submission requirements:  Submit papers via easychair (submissions are limited to 1 per author).  Papers must be no longer than 4,200 words, including an abstract of 200 words. Papers must be anonymised, removing any identifying information.

Deadline for submissions: 8th August 2014, notifications of acceptance by 5th September 2014.

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CFP: PG session at 2014 SPA Annual Meeting

The Scots Philosophical Association invites submissions of papers to be presented at its 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held on 5th and 6th December, 2015, at the University of St Andrews.  This call is open (and only open) to students at Scottish universities in at least the third year of a philosophy PhD programme.  Papers of no more than 3,000 words, on any area of philosophy, should be prepared for blind review and sent to the Secretary ( by 1st September, 2014.  Up to two papers will be selected for presentation at the meeting; authors will have accommodation and travel expenses covered.

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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

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