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New research centre at Edinburgh

A new philosophical research centre was launched this week at Edinburgh: Eidyn: The Edinburgh Centre for Epistemology, Mind and Normativity.

This new centre is devoted to several areas of existing strength at Edinburgh: epistemology, ethics,  and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. The centre will be home to  the recently awarded major AHRC project on ‘Extended Knowledge’, among others. There will also be postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting professorial fellows attached to the centre.

Centre website: www.eidyn.org.  Inquiries about Eidyn should be directed to the Centre Director, Prof Duncan Pritchard (duncan.pritchard@ed.ac.uk).

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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.

Conference website

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Visiting Speakers, 9th – 13th July

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (University of British Columbia), “Justification is Potential Knowledge,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 11th July.
  • Frances Kamm (Harvard University), “Justice After War,” at Edinburgh on Thursday, 12th July (11:00).

Other events next week:

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Visiting Speakers, 2nd – 6th July

Events next week:

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Visiting Speakers, 25th – 29th June

Events next week:

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SPA Annual Meeting in Aberdeen, 7th and 8th December 2012

I’m pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Association will be held at the University of Aberdeen on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th December, 2012.  The keynote speaker at the meeting will be Professor Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto).  In addition to the keynote address there will be talks from some Aberdeen philosophers and a general meeting of the SPA members where we’ll discuss the year’s business and the current state of the Association.  You’re all cordially invited to attend.

As you may know, your departments each received a grant of £4,000 from the SPA recently (in addition to the usual grant for postgraduate activities).  This new grant is, in part, intended to allow your departments to provide funding for SPA members (i.e. you) to attend the annual meeting, and more generally to promote the research and professional activities of SPA members.

More information on the annual meeting will be posted in the near future.  Cheers!

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Visiting Speakers, 18th – 22nd June

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Josef Perner (University of Salzburg), “Infants’ Sensitivity to Others’ Belief: Implicit?,” at Edinburgh’s PPLS Interdisciplinary Seminar on Monday, 18th June.
  • Brian Weatherson (Rutgers University), “Margins and Errors,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 20th June.
  • Carla Bagnoli (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/University of Modena and Reggio Emilia), “Responsibility, Blame, and Respect,” at Edinburgh on Friday, 22nd June.

Other events next week:

  • Workshop: Summer Reflectorium, St Andrews, 18th June.  Speakers: François Recanati, Berys Gaut, Simon Prosser, Graham Priest, Marcia Baron, Aaron Cotnoir.
  • Conference: Pedagogical Encounters – Feminist Philosophy and Education, Dundee, 22nd and 23rd June.  Keynote speakers: Morwenna Griffiths (University of Edinburgh), Amy Shuffelton (Department of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Graeme Nixon (University of Aberdeen).
  • Workshop: Imperfect Duties, St Andrews, 23rd June.  Speakers: Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews), Samuel Mansell (St Andrews), Simon Hope (Stirling), and Jens Timmermann (St Andrews).
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St Andrews Summer Reflectorium

18th June 2012

St Andrews

Speakers:

  • François Recanati, “Indexical Thought & Communication”
  • Berys Gaut, “Creativity as a Virtue”
  • Simon Prosser, “The Content of Colour Experience”
  • Graham Priest, “None of the Above”
  • Marcia Baron, “The Supererogatory & Kant’s Wide Duties”
  • Aaron Cotnoir, “Truth without Conjunction?”

Inquires to Jens Timmerman

Further information

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Visiting Speakers, 4th – 8th June

Next week’s visiting speakers:

  • Andy Egan (Rutgers University), “Epistemic Modals Again,” at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 6th June.
  • Sid Kouider (Ecole Normale Superieure), “From subliminal perception to conscious access: cognitive and neuronal mechanisms,” at Glasgow’s Mind and Psychology Research Seminar on Friday, 8th June.

Other events next week:

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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 (ms752@st-andrews.ac.uk) 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 <lr327@st-andrews.ac.uk>.  Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end June.

Website

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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: