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Philosophy events, week of 29th June

Events next this week (more information):

  • Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa), “Psychological concepts in non-psychological sciences: a case study in conceptual drift,” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Reading Group on Wednesday, 1st July.
  • Just War Theory, Edinburgh, 2nd July.  Speakers: Massimo Renzo (Warwick), Susanne Burri (St Gallen), Saba Bazargan (UCSD), Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh), Graham Long (Newcastle), Mathias Thaler (Edinburgh), Holly Lawford-Smith (Sheffield), David Rodin (Oxford).
  • Society for Applied Philosophy, Edinburgh, 3rd – 5th July.  Speakers: James Harris (University of St Andrews), Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown University), Antony Duff (University of Stirling), Nancy Cartwright (University of Durham and University of California, San Diego), Julia Driver (University of Washington in St Louis).
  • Suffering’s Role and Value, Glasgow, 4th – 6th July.  Speakers: David Bain, Michael Brady, Jennifer Corns, Frederique de Vignemont, Richard Gray, Colin Leach, Kevin Reuter, Timothy Schroeder, Tasia Scrutton, Fabrice Teroni.
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CFP: PG Session at 2015 SPA Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the Postgraduate Session at the 2015 Scots Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, taking place at the University of Glasgow on 4th and 5th December, 2015.  Up to 2 papers will be selected for presentation at the Meeting.  The PG Session provides PhD students with their opportunity to showcase their work and receive feedback at the annual meeting of the professional association of philosophers in Scotland.  Those presenting papers will have their travel costs and accommodation covered by the SPA.

The keynote speaker at this year’s meeting will be Peter Railton (University of Michigan).

Submission is open to all students enrolled in PhD programmes in philosophy in Scotland.  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, 2015.

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Workshop on the Ethics of War

Just World Institute: Workshop on the Ethics of War

Edinburgh, United Kingdom | 2.05 Ogilvie Room, Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP

Thursday, 2 July 2015 from 08:45 to 18:30

This workshop will address some of the most pressing questions concerning the ethics of war including when is war justified, who has the authority to wage war, what constitutes permissible conduct in war and who should bear the costs.  The event is free and open to all.

Places are limited so please register here.  If you have any questions please contact the organiser:


8.45-9.15 Coffee

9.15 Welcome


Dr Massimo Renzo (Warwick) – Political Self-determination, Humanitarian Intervention and the Requirement of Consent

Dr Susanne Burri  (St Gallen) – The Redirection of Bombs During WWII: A Philosophical Investigation

Chair: Dr Mihaela Mihai (York)

11.00am – 11.30am Coffee


Prof Saba Bazargan (UCSD) – Political Subjugation, Respect and Proportionality

Dr Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh) – War and Poverty

Chair: Dr Jonathan Parry (Stockholm)

1pm – 2pm Lunch


Dr Graham Long (Newcastle) – Tolerating Injustice in War

Dr Mathias Thaler (Edinburgh)- Unhinged Frames: When Hypotheticals About Torture Go Wrong

Chair: Prof Shawn Kaplan (Adelphi)

3.30pm – 4.00pm Coffee

4.00pm -5.30pm

Dr Holly Lawford-Smith (Sheffield) – Democratic Responsibility for War

Dr David Rodin (Oxford)- Authority and Procedural Rights in War

Chair: Dr Cian O’Driscoll (Glasgow)

5.30-6.30 Reception

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Philosophy events, week of 22nd June

Events next week:

  • The Philosophical Significance of Conceptual History, St Andrews, 22nd – 23rd June.  Speakers: Sally Haslanger (MIT), David Braddon-Mitchell (Sydney), Herman Cappelen (St Andrews and Oslo), Bob Pasnau (Colorado), Katia Vavova (Mt. Holyoke), Alejandro Pérez Carballo (U-Mass Amherst), Brian Epstein (Tufts), Josh Schechter (Brown).
  • Social Epistemology, Edinburgh, 24th June.  Speakers: Stephen Wright (University of Oxford), Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern University).
  • Kant, the Laws of the Life Sciences, and the Lawfulness of Nature, Edinburgh, 25th – 26th June.  Speakers: Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame), Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge), Michael Friedman (Stanford University), Hannah Ginsborg (Berkeley), Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania), Peter McLaughlin (University of Heidelberg), Lisa Shabel (Ohio State University), Eric Watkins (San Diego), Catherine Wilson (York / CUNY), Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University).
  • Daniel Silvermint (University of Connecticut), “Passing as Privileged,” at St Andrews on Friday, 26th June.
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Social Epistemology Workshop

24 Jun 2015 11:00 – 13:30
Room 7.01, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Eidyn is hosting a mini-workshop on social epistemology.

11:00-11:15 Tea/coffee
11:15-12:15 Stephen Wright (Oxford), ‘Rumour and Reasons for Belief’
12:15-12:30 Lunch break (provided)
12:30-13:30 Sandy Goldberg (Northwestern/Eidyn), ‘On the Epistemic Significance of Evidence You Should Have Had’

All welcome, and no need to register.

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Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Forgiveness and Philosophy

Forgiveness and Philosophy

Edited by: Court D. Lewis

Call for Book Chapter Proposals

Vernon Press invites short book chapter proposals to be included in a forthcoming scholarly volume on Forgiveness and Philosophy, broadly construed. All philosophically-based schools of thought are encouraged to submit. Other disciplines are encouraged to submit, as long as the chapter contains a clear philosophical component. Also, proposals dealing with corollary issues like resentment, anger, mercy, and vengeance are welcome, as long as they are appropriately related to and clearly discussed in relation to forgiveness.

Forgiveness has long been the purview of theology and psychology, but over the past few decades authors like Jeffrie Murphy, Jean Hampton, Charles Griswold, Margaret Holmgren, Julia Kristeva, Kathryn Norlock, Martha Nussbaum, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and many others have generated a philosophically rich dialogue regarding the nature of forgiveness.  With hopes of continuing this dialogue, while generating new ideas and avenues of dialogue, Vernon Press has commissioned a book (with the possibility of a series) on Forgiveness and Philosophy.  We are currently seeking contributions to be included in the first volume.

Abstracts Due: 21 August 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 28 September 2015
Finalized Draft Due: 1 January 2016

Submission Details
Proposals should be between 300-700 words, and should clearly describe the author’s thesis and provide an overview of the proposed chapter’s structure. All proposals should be prepared for blind review, removing any reference to the author. As a separate document, authors should provide a short CV containing contact information and relevant publications, presentations, and/or research on forgiveness.  Please email questions and submissions to:

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Philosophy events, week of 8th June

Events next week (more information):

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Philosophy events, week of 1st June

Events next week (more information):

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Scottish Aesthetics Forum: Emily Brady

The Scottish Aesthetics Forum is delighted to announce its fourth lecture:

Professor Emily Brady (Edinburgh)

“Sublimity and Art”

Wednesday, 10th June, 2015, 4:15 – 6:00pm

Dugald Stewart Building, Room 1.20, 

University of Edinburgh


The lecture is free and open to all!

Abstract: The arts have an ambivalent status in the history of the sublime. Some philosophers have taken poetry, painting, and music to be sublime, while others have clearly designated the arts as capable only of representing, conveying, or expressing it, that is, somehow derivative of sublimity in nature, whether that be through visual depictions of sublime phenomena, through the language of poetry and literature, or through music. Here, I take as a starting point the eighteenth-century view that the arts, on the whole, are not sublime as such and consider it with reference to recent debates in aesthetics. I argue that (1) paradigm cases of the sublime involve qualities related to overwhelming vastness or power coupled with a strong emotional reaction of excitement and delight tinged with anxiety, and (2) because most works of art lack the combination of these qualities and accompanying responses, they cannot be sublime in the paradigmatic sense. Along the way, I discuss differences between sublimity and profundity in art, and consider the inclusion of works of architecture and some forms of land art in the category of the sublime.

About the speaker: Emily Brady is Professor of Environment and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Trustee of the American Society of Aesthetics, and has previously held the positions of President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Committee Member of the British Society of Aesthetics. Her research interests and publications span aesthetics and the philosophy of art, environmental ethics, eighteenth-century philosophy, Kant, and animal studies. She has co-edited a number of volumes on environmental ethics and aesthetics, and is the author of two monographs, Aesthetics of the Natural Environment (2003), The Sublime in Modern Philosophy: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Nature (2013). She is currently working on her third monograph, Aesthetics of Nature in the Eighteenth Century: A Philosophical History.

Additional information: The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our speaker. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the organisers by Saturday, 6th June. There are limited funds to cover dinner expenses for two students, offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

To contact the organisers:

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SAF is generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Scots Philosophical Association.

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Society for Applied Philosophy 2015 Conference at Edinburgh

Annual Conference 2015

  • Date: 03-05 Jul-2015
  • Location: John McIntryre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh
  • Venue Address: Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
  • Full information at the conference website
  • Registration deadline – Friday 5 June


Hume on Regime Change
James Harris
(University of St Andrews)

Equipoise, Uncertainty, and Inductive Risk in Research Involving Pregnant Women 

Rebecca Kukla
(Georgetown University)
Civic Punishment
Antony Duff

(University of Stirling)

The Philosophy of Social Technology: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies
Nancy Cartwright

(University of Durham and University of California, San Diego)

Undermining Promises

Julia Driver
(University of Washington in St Louis)

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Philosophy events, week of 18th May

Events next week (more information):

  • Christopher Burr (University of Bristol), “The Body as Laboratory,” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Reading Group on Wednesday, 20th May.
  • Perspectives on Nativism, Edinburgh, 21st – 22nd May.  Speakers: Balthasar Bickel (University of Zurich), Gillian Brown (University of St. Andrews), Annie Gagliardi (University of Edinburgh), Suilin Lavelle (University of Edinburgh), Roger Levy (University of California, San Diego), Caroline Rowland (University of Liverpool).
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Philosophy events, week of 11th May

Research seminars next week (more information):

  • Adam Zeman (Psychology, Exeter), “The Eye’s Mind,” at Glasgow’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience Research Seminar on Monday, 11th May.
  • Jonathan Tallant (University of Nottingham) at Glasgow’s Senior Seminar on Tuesday, 12th May.
  • Ole Hjortland (Bergen), “Anti-Exceptionalism about Logic,” at St Andrews on Thursday, 14th May.

Other events next week (more information):

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Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

The 6th Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place in the  St Andrews on 7-8 May.
The Senate Room, St Mary’s College, South Street.
  • Han Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer: ‘Aristotelian Responses to Mechanization’
  • Thomas Ahnert: ‘Moral Culture and Religion in the Scottish Enlightenment’
  • Ruairidh Brown: ‘Authenticity in Adam Smith’
  • Jason Fisette: ‘Hume on the Passions’
  • Moira Gatens: ‘Spinoza and the Art of Fiction’
  • Heikki Haara: ‘Pufendorf on Esteem and Sociability’
  • Alzbeta Hajkova: ‘Equality in Locke’
  • Stephen Howard: ‘Leibniz’s Dynamics’
  • Hannah Laurens: ‘Reconsidering Spinoza’s Rationalism’
  • Alan Nelson: ‘Locke on Inner Sense’
  • Sarah Patterson: ‘Descartes’s Appeal to Divine Veracity’
  • Thomas Pye: ‘Hume on English Liberty’
For details of the programme, see:
For further information, contact James Harris at:
There will be no charge, but please let us know if you are planning to attend the seminar.
We are grateful for financial support to the Scots Philosophical Association, the Institute of Intellectual History, the Department of Philosophy at St Andrews, Brill Academic Publishers, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, and ANR Anthropos (ENS Lyon).
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2016-2017 EURIAS Fellowship Programme Call for Applications

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 16 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar, Zürich. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 16 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars.

Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.

For the 2016-2017 academic year EURIAS offers 43 fellowships (21 junior and 22 senior positions).

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of €26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.


– Applications are submitted online via, where, you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, and selection procedure.

– Applications period April 9th ? June 5th, 2015, 12 pm (noon) GMT.

– Late applications will not be considered.


– Scientific assessment by two international reviewers

– Pre-selection by the international EURIAS Scientific Committee

– Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards

— Publication of results: January 2016

For further information on the Programme, please consult our website:

For further information on the IAS and their specific working conditions:

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Workshop: Nativism

The Linguistics and Philosophy departments at the University of Edinburgh are hosting a two day workshop on contemporary issues in Nativism, from 21 – 22 May 2015.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Balthasar Bickel, Linguistics, University of Zurich
  • Gillian Brown, Pyschology & Neuroscience, University of St. Andrews
  • Annie Gagliardi, Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Suilin Lavelle, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Roger Levy, Linguistics, University of California, San Diego
  • Caroline Rowland, Psychology, University of Liverpool

Further information is available at our website:

Attendance is free, but please register at our website. This workshop is made possible by an IASH IIRG (International and Interdisciplinary Research Group) on “Philosophy of the Natural and Human Sciences”. Additional support has been generously provided by EIDYN, the Edinburgh Centre of Epistemology, Mind and Normativity.

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Workshop: Kant’s Scots

Kant’s Scots

Friday May 15th 2015

University of Edinburgh, DSB, 1.01

  •  10.15 Jens Timmermann (St Andrews & Vienna): The Paradox of Method
  • 11.45 Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): Kant on the Aesthetics of Cognition
  • 2.15 Leslie Stevenson (St Andrews): Kant’s Many Conceptions of Appearance
  • 3.45 Kate Moran (Brandeis & Jena): Kant on Passive Citizenship

For information, contact