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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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Visiting Speakers, 21st – 25th May

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Frank Pollick (University of Glasgow), “Fusing the sight and sound of swing-groove in the brains of drummers,” at Glasgow’s Philosophy of Mind and Psychology Research Seminar on Monday, 21st May.
  • Lloyd Humberstone (Monash University), at Glasgow on Tuesday, 22nd May.
  • Andrew McGonigal (University of Leeds), “Believing in each other: Rational belief and other minds,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 23rd May.

Other events next week:

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Visiting Speakers, 14th – 18th May

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Philipp Keller (University of Geneva), “Fundamentality, Grounding and Dependence,” at Glasgow on Tuesday, 15th May.
  • Igal Kvart (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Pragmatics of Knowledge and Pragmatic Encroachment,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 16th May.
  • Lloyd Humberstone (Monash University), “Logical Relations — Traditional and Not-So-Traditional,” at Edinburgh on Friday, 18th May.
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2012 Carnegie Centenary Professor: Lloyd Humberstone

Professor Lloyd Humberstone (Monash University) will be visiting St Andrews through the end of June as one of this year’s Carnegie Centenary Professors.  He’ll be speaking at some of the other Scottish departments during his stay:

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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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Conference announcement: Hybrid Theories in Metaethics

2nd – 4th July 2012

University of Edinburgh


Inquires to Guy Fletcher

Conference website

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Visiting Speakers, 30th April – 4th May

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Ian Phillips (University College London), at Glasgow’s Mind and Perception Research Seminar on Monday, 30th April.
  • Timothy Williamson (Oxford University), “Metaphysics and Higher-Order Modal Logic,” at Glasgow on Tuesday, 1st May.
  • Mark Sprevak (University of Edinburgh), “Applying the Explanatory Gap Argument to the Special Sciences,” at St Andrews on Wednesday, 2nd May.
  • Corine Besson (Birkbeck, University of London), “The Epistemology of Logic: The Case for Propositionalism,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 2nd May.
  • Jonathan Way (University of Southampton), at Stirling on Thursday, 3rd May.

Other events next week:

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2012 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association

6th – 8th July 2012



  • Jeremy Butterfield (University of Cambridge)
  • Beatrice Longuenesse (New York University)
  • Sebastian Gardner (University College London)
  • Elizabeth Fricker (University of Oxford)
  • John Hawthorne (University of Oxford)
  • Christopher Peacocke (Columbia University and University College London)
  • John Campbell (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Hannah Ginsborg (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Adrian Haddock (University of Stirling)
  • R. Jay Wallace (University of California, Berkeley)
  • David Owens (University of Reading)
  • Jonathan Wolff (University College London)
  • Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University)

Inquires to

Conference website

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Visiting Speakers, 23rd – 27th April

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Malika Auvray (CNRS, Paris), at Glasgow’s Mind and Perception Research Seminar on Monday, 23rd April.
  • Jennifer Corns (University of Glasgow), “Pain and Idiosyncrasy,” at Glasgow on Tuesday, 24th April.
  • Kenneth Winkler (Yale University), “Causal Realism and Hume’s Revisions of the Inquiry,” at St Andrews on Wednesday, 25th April.
  • Annalisa Coliva (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), “Moore’s Paradox and Commitments,” at Stirling on Thursday, 26th April.
  • Annalisa Coliva (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), “Hinges and Certainty,” at Edinburgh on Friday, 27th April.
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Visiting Speakers, 16th – 20th April

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Stephen Butterfill (University of Warwick) at Glasgow’s Mind and Perception Research Seminar, “Intention and Motor Representation,” on Monday, 16th April. 
  • Peter Hanks (University of Minnesota) at Glasgow, on Tuesday, 17th April.
  • Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh) at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group, “Wittgenstein on the Groundlessness of Our Believing,” on Wednesday, 18th April.
  • Michael Brady (University of Glasgow) at Stirling, “Positive Emotions and Evaluative Understanding,” on Thursday, 19th April.

Other events next week:

  • T.M. Knox Memorial Lecture, St Andrews, 18th April: Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, University of London), “The Utilitarian ‘discovery’ about Liberty: What was it and Who made it?”
  • Workshop: Tim Mulgan’s Ethics for a Broken World, St Andrews, 18th April.
  • PPLS Interdiciplinary Seminar, Edinburgh, 19th April: Edouard Machery (Univeristy of Pittsburgh), “Evidence in Cognitive Neuroscience.”
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Ethics for a Broken World programme

The programme for the Ethics for a Broken World workshop ( on 18th April is now available:


Ethics for a Broken World Workshop

University of St Andrews, School VI (the Quad)

Wednesday, 18 April, 2012



Brian McElwee ‘The Perspective of the Broken World’ 9.30 – 10.40

Tim Chappell ‘The Future-Person Standpoint’ 10.45-11.55

Brad Hooker ‘Contingency and Moral Requirements’ 12.00 –  13.10


Ben Saunders ‘Democracy and Future Generations’ 14.30 – 15.40

Jesse Tomalty ‘Human Rights and the Possibility of a Broken Future’ 15.45 – 16.55

coffee etc.

Elizabeth Ashford ‘Liberty Rights and Trade-Offs’ 17.15 – 18.25

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Seeing Things Differently: Art, Philosophy, and the Futures of Feminism

30th – 31st March 2012

University of Dundee

Keynote speakers:

  • Christine Battersby (Reader Emerita in Philosophy, University of Warwick)
  • Tina Chanter (Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago)
  • Kerstin Mey (Professor & Director of Research and Enterprise, University for the Creative Arts)

Panel speakers:

  • Rosa Nogués (Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University)
  • Lynne Heller (Ontario College of Art and Design University & University College Dublin)
  • Katie Lloyd Thomas (Newcastle University)
  • Beth Fisher, Ingrid Pollard, Gina Wall (Moray College)
  • Janet McKenzie (Editor, Studio International)
  • Marina Kassianidou (Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts)
  • Sibyl Fisher (University of Leeds)
  • Kate Ince (University of Birmingham)
  • Redi Koobak (Linköping University)
  • Mo Throp and Maria Walsh: The Subjectivity & Feminisms Research Group (Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts)

Inquires to Rachel Jones

Conference website

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Visiting speakers, 26th – 30th March

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Alan Weir (Glasgow) at Stirling, “Why Does Logic Compel?,” on Thursday, 29th March.
  • Tina Chanter (DePaul University) at Dundee, “The Sensibility of Art: Gender, Race and Aesthetics in the work of Jacques Rancière,” on Friday, 30th March.
  • Richard Sorabji (KCL/Oxford) at Edinburgh, “Moral Conscience: Ancient Origins of the Idea and Its Historical Aftermath,” on Friday, 30th March.