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CFP: Philosophy and Museums

Deadline: 15th May 2013

Conference: 24th – 26th July 2013


Description: There has been much interest lately on the part of academics, museum professionals and policy makers on interactions between universities and museums. Critical theory, influenced by Continental philosophy, has had a shaping role on the discussions which have taken place; however, so far there has been little attention to what the insights of philosophers in the Anglo-American tradition might bring to the table. This conference will highlight the scholarship of philosophers in the Anglo-American tradition who have engaged with museums and taken seriously the philosophical questions they raise.

Keynote speakers:

  • David Brown (St Andrews), ‘Contexts and Experiencing the Sacred’
  • Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York), ‘The Museum of Big Ideas’
  • Garry Hagberg (Bard College, New York), ‘Word and Object’
  • Michael Levine (University of Western Australia), ‘Museums and the Nostalgic Self’
  • Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen), ‘“A Sudden Surprise of the Soul”: Wonder in Museums and Early Modern Philosophy’
  • Graham Oddie (University of Colorado at Boulder), ‘What do we see in Museums?’
  • Julia Rosenbaum (Bard College, New York), ‘A Curious Case of Collecting’
  • Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes), ‘Replicas and the Role of Museums’
  • Charles Taliaferro (St Olaf, Minnesota) with Jil Evans, ‘How to Get into a Work of Art’
  • Philip Tonner (Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow), ‘Museums, Ethics and Truth’

Call for papers: Papers should take 30 minutes to present and be submitted in a form suitable for blind review. Our aim is to involve speakers with a variety of perspectives. It is intended that papers presented at the conference should be suitable for publication as a special supplementary volume of Philosophy (scheduled to appear with Cambridge University Press in 2014). It is a condition of accepting the invitation to participate in the conference that we would have the first right of refusal on a final version of any paper delivered at the conference.

The deadline for submissions of papers is 15th May 2013. The conference fee will be waived for accepted speakers and lunch and dinner for three days will be provided. Speakers are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Papers should be submitted, and enquiries addressed, to Dr Anna Bergqvist (

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CFP: British Postgraduate Philosophy Association 2013

Deadline: 25th April 2013

Conference: 24th – 27th June 2013


Description: The BPPA Annual Conference began in 1997  and will reach its 17th successive year in 2013. Our conference has the dual aim of showcasing the highest quality postgraduate work in philosophy and finding creative ways to meet the needs of current graduate students. Our format combines a traditional two-day postgraduate philosophy conference with an entire day devoted to career preparation. To our knowledge, this is a combination offered by no other graduate philosophy conference in the world.

Keynote speakers:

Call for papers: We invite papers in all areas of philosophy. Speakers must be postgraduates, or have been recently (within 6 months) awarded their PhD. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to by 25th April 2013.

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CFP: Midsummer Philosophy Workshop

Deadline: 15th April 2013

Conference: 23rd – 25th June 2013


Description: We invite submissions for the first annual Midsummer Philosophy Workshop. This year the workshop will be hosted by Eidyn at the University of Edinburgh. The aim of the workshop is to discuss new work in analytic philosophy. We welcome submissions by anyone from anywhere, but we particularly encourage early career researchers to submit.  Essays on any topic are welcome but since the workshop will be attended by participants in a range of areas of specialization, papers that are broadly accessible and shorter papers (up to 8000 words, including footnotes) will have a better chance of getting accepted.  We also invite volunteers for comments and to serve as session chairs, and there are a limited number of spaces available for other people interested in attending.

Call for papers: To submit a paper, volunteer to comment or chair, or for information on registering, please email the 2013 Midsummer Philosophy Workshop Program Committee at by April 15, 2013.  

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CFP: PG session at 2013 SPA Annual Meeting

Deadline: 1st September 2013

Conference: 6th – 7th December 2013


We’re pleased to announce a new postgraduate session at the Scots Philosophical Association’s Annual Meeting.  The call is open (see below) to third year (and later) PhD students.

Call for papers: We invite submissions of papers to be presented at the Scots Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, to be held 6th – 7th December at the University of Stirling.  This call is open (and only open) to students at Scottish universities who are 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, 2013.  Up to two papers will be selected for presentation at the meeting.

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CFP: 2013 Association for Legal and Social Philosophy

Deadline: 14th January 2013

Conference: 24th – 25th June 2013


Description: The theme of the meeting is “Combining Theory and Practice.”  Papers are welcome in any substantive area of legal, social, or political philosophy (justice, democracy, rights, liberalism, communitarianism, punishment, etc) and from any philosophical methodological approach, but we particularly welcome those addressing the conference theme. These may be primarily either theoretical or practical in nature, but should seek to connect or combine the theoretical and the practical realms. They might, for instance, demonstrate how theoretical contributions can inform practice or illustrate how practice (and empirical study of practice) has implications for theory.  Both individual papers and proposals for panels on related topics are welcome.

Keynote speakers: Bob Goodin (ANU/Essex), Serena Olsaretti (ICREA-Pompeu Fabra)

Call for papers: Please send paper/panel proposals to by 14th January 2013. Submissions should consist of a title and 400-500 word abstract (for each paper, in the case of panels). These may be sent in the body of the email or as an attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf), but please ensure that they are prepared for blind review (i.e. author’s name and affiliation should appear in your email but not with the abstract).

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CFP: Aristotle Reading Party

Deadline: 21st January 2013

Event: 29th April – 1st May 2013

St Andrews

Description: The Aristotle Reading Party is both a graduate conference and a reading event. In our six reading sessions, each introduced by a distinguished scholar, we will discuss the dichotomy of energeia (actuality) and dunamis (potentiality) informed by a close reading of Metaphysics Theta 1-10. We will finish with a final session on Physics Gamma 1-3, in which change is defined in terms of energeia and dunamis.  The event will take place from 29 April to 1 May 2013 at the Burn House in Angus ( Transport from St Andrews will be organised. Thanks to generous support by the Aristotelian Society, GRADskills Innovation grant (University of St Andrews), Mind Association and Scots Philosophical Association the costs for accommodation at the Burn House (full board for two nights) will be fully covered for successful applicants.

Participants: Andreas Anagnostopoulos (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München), Sarah Broadie (University of St Andrews), Ursula Coope (University of Oxford), Klaus Corcilius (University of California, Berkeley), Marko Malink (University of Chicago)

Call for papers: We invite graduate students to submit papers on any topic related to Aristotle’s distinction between energeia and dunamis. Submissions can be either directly on Metaphysics Theta or on any related topic such as change, soul, happiness or mathematical objects. Extended abstracts should not exceed 1,000 words (or 35 minutes presentation time) and should be prepared for blind review. The abstract must have no identifying information. Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF file via Deadline is 21st January 2013.  A call for participation for the remaining places will be made in February 2013.

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CFP: 3rd Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

Deadline: 1st March 2013

Conference: 31st May – 1st June 2013


Description: We invite submissions of high quality papers from graduate students to the 3rd Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference, which will take place from the 31st May – 1st June 2013.  A distinguishing feature of this graduate conference is that all graduate presentations will have respondents from expert epistemology faculty members at Edinburgh and other neighbouring universities.

Keynote speakers: Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma) and Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University).

Call for papers: Essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed) are welcome. Essays should be approximately 4000 words. The submission deadline for the conference is 1st March 2013.

Please send the following to in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format:

  1. A cover letter containing:
    1. the author’s name and institutional affiliation
    2. the author’s contact information
    3. word count
    4. the area(s) of epistemology the paper deals with
  2. The paper itself, including the title and a short abstract (no more than 200 words), with no other identifying information.

We strongly encourage submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy.

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CFP: The Gettier Problem at 50

Deadline: 10th January 2013

Conference: 20th – 21st June 2013


Description: Since the publication of Edmund Gettier’s paper “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?,” in June of 1963, a central epistemological issue has been the problem – known as the “Gettier problem” – of supplementing or replacing the traditional tripartite theory of knowledge, by developing a theory of the nature of knowledge not subject to counterexamples of  the sort described in that paper.  In addition to a vast literature explicitly devoted to this task, the Gettier problem has impacted numerous other areas: the internalism/externalism debate about epistemic justification, the question of the value of knowledge, and work on epistemic intuitions and philosophical methodology (among other areas).  This conference, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gettier’s landmark paper, will bring together leading researchers to reflect on the Gettier problem and its legacy.

Questions to be examined include:

  • Is the Gettier problem in some sense “unsolvable”?  What does this mean for epistemology?  For philosophical methodology more generally?
  • What, if anything, can experimental philosophy tell us about the Gettier problem?
  • In what way, if any, do different people’s intuitions about “Gettier cases” differ?  What explains the difference?
  • What, if anything, do “Gettier cases” have in common?  What, if anything, is their common structure?
  • Does the Gettier problem suggest that the concept of knowledge can’t be analyized?
  • Does the problem suggest that knowledge isn’t more valuable than that which falls short of knowledge (e.g. justified, true belief)?
  • Can other epistemic statuses (understanding, wisdom) be “Gettierized”?

Authors of papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit their papers for consideration for publication in a special issue of Philosophical Studies on “The Gettier Problem at 50: Methodological and Metaphilosophical Issues.”

Keynote speakers: Mark Kaplan (Indiana University), Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto), Erik Olsson (Lund Universitat), Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh), Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University), Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford).

Call for papers: Submissions, in the form of an abstract (of no more than 1,000 words), of a paper to be presented in 45-60 minutes, should be sent to no later than 10th January, 2013.

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CFP: Arché/CSMN Philosophy Graduate Conference

Deadline: 1st September 2012

Conference: 17th and 18th November 2012

University of Oslo

Keynote speakers: John Hawthorne, Delia Graff Fara

Call for papers: We invite graduate students to submit papers to the Sixth Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy co-hosted by Arché, Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology, and CSMN, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature. Papers should be no longer than 4,200 words, and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Papers that make a contribution to contemporary debates in philosophy and that focus on the research interests of Arché and CSMN are particularly welcome.  ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR ALL SPEAKERS WILL BE COVERED, and all talks will have a respondent from an Arché or CSMN faculty member.  Deadline: 1st September 2012.  Notification of acceptance by 1st October.

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2012 Kant Reading Party

Deadline: 15th June 2012

Conference: 30th July – 2nd August 2012

Stirling/St Andrews

Description: The fifth annual St Andrews/Stirling Kant Reading Party will be “Kant & Rousseau, on the Common Agent and Common Human Reason” and take place Monday 30th July to Thursday 2nd August 2012 at Burn House in Angus.  The focus will be on questions regarding the common or natural (pre-philosophical) agent, and her role in practical philosophy, as well as on Kant’s reception and development of Rousseau.  We will read and discuss passages from Rousseau’s “Emile” and other writings, as well as passages from Kant’s early “Remarks on the Observations of the Beautiful and the Sublime”, the “Groundwork”, and the Second Critique. A reader with some of the relevant passages will be made available previous to the event. There will also be slots for student papers and discussion (see below).

The location of the Reading Party, Burn House, is approximately one hour from St Andrews and offers excellent opportunities for hiking and other past time activities.

The participation fee will be 150 GBP for staff members, 100 GBP for students, and 50 GBP for students invited to give papers. The fee covers transportation from St Andrews to Burn House and back, as well as accommodation and full board for the Reading Party.

The number of participants is limited to 25. To secure your place on the list of participants please send an email with an informal application to Martin Sticker ( as soon as possible. Please send an email even if you have been in touch with conference organizers before, and confirm your participation.

Call for papers: Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of not more than 500 words for talks related to Rousseau and Kant. Priority will be given to papers who specifically address the topic of the Reading Party. The deadline for the call for papers is the 15th of June. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent to Leonard Randall <>.  Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end June.


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CFP: 2012 British Postgraduate Philosophy Association

Deadline: 6th June 2012

Conference: 3rd – 6th September 2012


Description: Now in its sixteenth successive year, the annual conference of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) is the largest, most prestigious and longest running graduate philosophy conference in the United Kingdom. This year’s conference is to be held at the University of Edinburgh from 3 – 6 September.  Following the success of last year’s inaugural BPPA Careers Day, the BPPA Careers Day returns for a second time. The Careers Day is a full day of talks and symposia given by leading academics on topics related to careers in philosophy.

Keynote speakers:

  • Sarah Broadie (St Andrews)
  • Brad Hooker (University of Reading)
  • Christopher Peacocke (UCL)
  • Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh)

Careers Day speakers:

  • Michael Brady (University of Glasgow)
  • Guy Fletcher (University of Edinburgh)
  • Katherine Hawley (University of St. Andrews)
  • Jesper Kallestrup (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mike Ridge (University of Edinburgh)
  • Alasdair Richmond (University of Edinburgh)
  • Paul Snowdon (UCL)
  • Dave Ward (University of Edinburgh)

Call for papers: We welcome papers in all areas and traditions of philosophy, from graduate students all over the world. Authors of papers who make it to the final stage of reviewing but are not accepted will be given the opportunity to respond to accepted papers at the conference. The deadline for paper submissions is 6th June 2012. Decisions on whether papers have been accepted will be made by mid-July.

  • Word limit: 3,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding reference bibliography).
  • Papers should be prepared for blind review.
  • Please submit papers as Microsoft Word documents by email to
  • Please put ‘Conference Paper Submission’ as the subject of your email.
  • Please include in a separate document a cover sheet containing your name, departmental affiliation, email address, contact telephone number and the title of your paper.
  • Submission deadline: 6th June 2012.

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CFP: The Problems of Philosophy: Then and Now

Deadline: 16th April 2012

29th – 30th June 2012

University of Glasgow

Description: This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Bertrand Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy. Envisioned by him as an introductory text, Russell also used the work to propose a number of novel theses which, in tandem with other pioneering material he was producing during the same period, went on to leave an indelible mark on the development of analytic philosophy. To mark this anniversary, The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience is convening its yearly graduate conference on the themes of The Problems of Philosophy: Then and Now. Papers will present contemporary work on any of the major themes in The Problems of Philosophy – but we will particularly welcome work on the nature of experience, perception and sense-datum theory, and on Russell or Russellian topics in general. We hope to promote fresh engagement with the problems discussed by Russell, and investigate the possibilities for useful dialogue between Russell’s approach to these issues and contemporary philosophy.

Keynote speakers:

Call for papers: We are currently seeking submissions from graduate students. If you would like to apply to give a paper at the conference, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Carole Baillie.  Submission deadline: 16th April 2012.

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