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Prof. H. Clark Barrett (UCLA) at the University of Edinburgh (April 28)

25th PPLS Interdisciplinary Seminar
Thursday 28th April, 1715 – 1900. Venue TBC.
University of Edinburgh.

Keynote: Prof. H. Clark Barrett (UCLA)
Title: Mindreading, morality, and the search for human cognitive specializations

Further event details: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/events/view/25th-ppls-interdisciplinary-seminar

Abstract
The question of whether and how evolutionary processes have shaped the human mind is fraught with controversy. In particular, the question of whether humans have any uniquely derived cognitive specializations remains essentially unanswered, in part because of our inability to adjudicate between the many competing proposals in the literature. In this talk I will wade into this controversy and ask what strategies we might use to begin to try to sift through the plethora of hypotheses about specialized mental mechanisms in humans. As a case study, I will consider two abilities that have been proposed to be uniquely elaborated in humans: our capacity to make inferences about the thoughts and feelings of others, sometimes called “mindreading”, and our capacity of moral judgment, thought to be essential for forms of large-scale sociality that humans exhibit. Using data from cross-cultural studies of cognition, I will suggest that both of these abilities are likely to be uniquely elaborated in humans, that they are likely composed of multiple components, and that these components interact in complex ways that can be mixed and matched in different ways across situations, cultures, and individuals. I will use these observations about mindreading and morality to outline a strategy for refining the search for human cognitive specializations.

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The Philosophical Foundations of Effective Altruism (St Andrews)

Tue 29th March 2016 to Wed 30th March 2016

Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews


 

Tuesday 29 March:

Workshop Talks:

3:30pm – 4:10pm:  Sebastian Farquhar (The Centre for Effective Altruism)

4:20pm – 5:00pm:  Michelle Hutchinson (Giving What We Can)

5:00pm – 5:40pm:  Emily Clough (Harvard University)

 

Networking Dinner:

6:00pm – 8:20pm:  funded by British Academy; attendees include speakers, organizers, GWWC members, and early career researchers who were awarded travel bursaries; location TBA

 

Public Keynote (separate venue:  Buchanan Lecture Theatre)

8:40pm:  Peter Singer (Princeton University), TED Talk Viewing: The Why and How of Effective Altruism

9:00pm:  Q&A with Peter Singer over Skype

 

Wednesday 30 March:

 

St Andrews Sightseeing (optional):

09:30am – 12:40pm:  meet outside Parliament Hall, will go for a walk around campus and the beach, and then grab an informal lunch in town (pay your own way)

 

Workshop Talks:

1:00pm – 1:40pm:  James Lenman (University of Sheffield)

2:00pm – 2:40pm:  Mark Budolfson (Princeton University)

3:00pm – 3:40pm:  Stephanie Collins (University of Manchester)

4:00pm – 4:40pm:  James Snowden (Giving What We Can)

 

Coffee/tea/snack break:

4:40pm – 5:40pm (pay your own way)

 

Public Keynote:

6:00pm – 7:00pm:  Hilary Greaves (Oxford University)

 

Informal dinner/pub (optional):

7:00pm (pay your own way)

 

Organizers:  Theron Pummer, Rufaida Al Hashmi, and Oscar Westerblad.  Please email Oscar Westerblad to RSVP and if you have any questions (ow5@st-andrews.ac.uk).

 

Sponsors:  We are grateful to the British Academy and the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA) at St Andrews for their support.

 

Theme of Conference:  The Philosophical Foundations of Effective Altruism 

Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try’ (from the Centre for Effective Altruism).  We are interested in exploring philosophical questions surrounding this movement, including its philosophical foundations.

  • What is the best statement of effective altruism as a philosophical view, and what is its relation to consequentialism, deontology, or virtue ethics?
  • What are the strongest objections to effective altruism, in theory or in practice, and do they succeed?
  • Are there agent-relative reasons for giving to charity (for example, reasons to give on the basis of close personal ties)?  Are such reasons compatible with effective altruism?
  • What is the most important cause?  Fighting extreme poverty, reducing existential risks, or what?  How should we decide where to give if there is no clearly best cause?
  • To what extent is progress in ethical theory a priority, from an effective altruist perspective?  For example, how important is it for us to figure out what well-being consists in, or to solve problems in population ethics, and so on?

 

Interested in attending?  Please email Oscar Westerblad (ow5@st-andrews.ac.uk ) so we can keep track of the audience size as well as provide you with any key updates (e.g. venue updates).  There is a possibility we will be able to provide small bursaries to postgraduates and early career researchers wishing to serve as discussants at the conference.  Please let us know if you or anyone you know might be interested in this.

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Philosophy Events in Dundee 30 March – 3 April

Dear all,

 

The Philosophy programme at the University of Dundee and the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy are pleased to present quite an extravaganza of philosophical events in Dundee next week. Following is a schedule of the events, followed by further details on each. Please contact me if you would like any further information: a.z.woodward@dundee.ac.uk

 

Cheers,

Ashley.

 

Schedule:

 

Wed 30 March: Information, Nihilism, and Art book launch and panel discussion.

 

Thurs 31st March and Fri 1st April: The End(s) of Art symposium.

 

Sat 2nd  and Sun 3rd April: Continuities in Modern French Philosophy workshop.

 

 

 

Nihilism, Information, and Art: A Panel Disscussion

5:30 – 7:00pm Wednesday 30 March

@ G E N E R A T O R Projects

Unit 25/26/Mid Wynd Ind Est, Dundee DD1 4JG

Launching the book: Ashley Woodward, Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information, and Art. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Participants: Dr Sarah Cook (DJCAD), Dr Dominic Smith (Philosophy, UoD), Dr Ashley Woodward (Philosophy, UoD). Please join us for a discussion on the themes of Ashley Woodward’s new book. All welcome. Free drinks and light refreshments.

 

 

The End(s) of Art

An Art and Philosophy Symposium, exploring the notion of where art is going and the idea of its supposed end in the twentieth century. Free, all welcome.

Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building

 

Thursday, March 31

9.30-10.00 Meet and Greet with Tea and Coffee

10-11 Diarmuid Costello – ‘James Welling, Philosopher of Photography?’

11-12 John Dummett – ‘A History of Twilight in Seven Colours’

12-1.30 Lunch Break

1.30-2.30 Lucy Byatt – ‘Investing: The Realisation that Private is taking the Form of the Public’

2.30-3.30 Dominic Smith – ‘Drawn Into Tomorrow: Three Questions for IC-98’

3.30-4.00 Tea and Coffee Break

4.00-5.00 Oisín Keohane – ‘The End of the Nude: Aphrodite sé derobe’

 

Friday, April 1

9.30-10.00 Meet and Greet with Tea and Coffee

10-11 Eoin Carney – ‘Technologies and the End of the Artist’

11-12 Isabel Rocamora – ‘Restoring Being: The Dwelling Figure and the Moving Image’

12-1.30 Lunch Break

1.30-2.30 Graham Fagen – ‘This is the End’

2.30-3.30 Roundtable with Tea and Coffee

 

 

Continuities in Modern French Philosophy Workshop

The aim of this international workshop is to explore some of the philosophical continuities between early and late 20th century French philosophy. Free and all welcome, but please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/continuities-in-modern-french-philosophy-tickets-22706330245

 

Room 2F15, Dalhousie Building

 

Saturday, April 2

12.15 – 1:15 Coffee and welcome.

1.15 – 2.00 Judith Wambacq (Gent) – ‘The structuralist dimension in the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze’

2.15 – 3.00 Walter Pedriali (St. Andrews) – ‘An Unpoetic Journey To e Unnameable Elements of Bergsonism in Badiou’s Metaontology’

3.30 – 5.00 Jeffrey Bell (SELU) – ‘The Primacy of Deception’

5.00 – 7.00 Drinks

7.00 Workshop Dinner

 

Sunday, April 3

9.00 – 9.45 Coffee

9.45 – 11.15 Alan Schrift (Grinnell) – ‘Jean Wahl and Gilles Deleuze: Opening the way to Nietzsche and the Philosophy of Difference’

11.30 – 12.15 Moritz Gansen (Berlin / Darmstadt) – ‘”To make us think, in French, things which were very new.” Jean Wahl and Gilles Deleuze’

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch

1.15-2.00 Stephen Noble (Paris xii) – ‘The Thinker and the Painter. Thinking through art in Twentieth Century French Philosophy’

2.15 – 3.00 Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) – ‘From Nothingness to Difference: Critiquing Presence with Sartre and Derrida’

3.30 – 5.00 Howard Caygill (Kingston) – ‘The Psychopathology of Eugene Minkowski’

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manipulation and moral responsibility in ethics and philosophy of religion; Edinburgh, July 15/16

I’m pleased to announce a conference this summer, July 15 and 16, 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on topics relating to free will, moral responsibility, manipulation, and philosophy of religion. The conference brings together philosophers working on related themes: manipulation (and manipulation arguments) in debates about free will and moral responsibility, and issues regarding divine providence in philosophy of religion.

Confirmed speakers include:

Helen Beebee

Maria Alvarez

Gunnar Björnsson

Jean-Baptiste Guillon

Sofia Jeppsson

Alfred Mele

Patrick Todd

John Martin Fischer

Derk Pereboom

Travel funds available:

We have a limited amount of travel funding available for early career researchers (graduate students and those who received their PhD in 2010 or later) who might benefit from participation in the conference and chairing a session. If you wish to apply for such funding, please send an email (with subject line “request for travel funding”) to Patrick Todd (at pat.c.todd at gmail.com) with (a) a CV (b) 200 words explaining your interest in the topics of the conference and (c) a rough estimate of how much funding would be required in order to make your participation possible.

Funding can be used for travel to the conference and accommodation in Edinburgh. International applications are welcome.

The deadline for requests for travel funding is Monday, April 3. Decisions will be made by April 25.

Topic:

There is a natural connection between manipulation arguments and philosophy of religion: on some traditional pictures of God, God’s providence seemingly amounts a manipulation scenario “writ large”. What kind of “manipulation” does undermine moral responsibility? And what kind of picture of divine providence really threatens human freedom?

Further, there has been a recent increase in interest in what we might call the positionality of blame – issues regarding, for instance, who has and lacks the moral standing to blame morally responsible wrongdoers. Under what conditions – if any – could a “manipulator” retain the “moral standing” to blame those she manipulates? Or under what conditions might God lack the standing to “hold” creatures responsible, even if those creatures are responsible

Support:

This conference is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Eidyn at the University of Edinburgh, and the Scots Philosophical Association.

– See more at: http://philosophycommons.typepad.com/flickers_of_freedom/#sthash.m5cwoK1t.dpuf

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Symposium on ‘Hume: an Intellectual Biography’, by James A. Harris, 11 March, Edinburgh

A symposium to mark the publication of Hume. An Intellectual Biography by James A. Harris.

Friday, 11 March, 2 – 5.30 pm

Venue: Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, 4 Teviot Place, Edinburgh.

2.00 – 2.15 pm: Introduction (Thomas Ahnert)

2.15 – 3.15 pm: Hume on Human Nature and Politics
Chair: Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt and St Andrews)

Commentators: Tim Stuart-Buttle (Cambridge) and Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)

3.15 – 3.30 pm: Coffee and Tea (Jim McMillan Room, 1.31)

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Hume as Historian and Man of Letters
Chair: Nicholas Phillipson (Edinburgh)
Commentators: Moritz Baumstark (Munich) and Catherine Jones (Aberdeen)

4.30 – 5. 30 pm: Response by James Harris and general discussion.

Participants must register. If you are interested in attending, please email Thomas.Ahnert@ed.ac.uk.

The event is supported by Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History, and the Edinburgh Eighteenth-Century and Enlightenment Studies Network.

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Stirling Early Analytic Group Meeting; March 12

The spring 2016 meeting of the Stirling Early Analytic Group will take place on Saturday March 12th from 10.30am to 6.30pm in Pathfoot C2, University of Stirling.  There is no registration fee, but please let Colin Johnston (colin.j…@stir.ac.uk) know if you plan to attend.  The following papers will be presented:

10.45  Colin Johnston (Stirling) Wittgenstein on representability and possibility

13.15 Fiona Doherty (Cambridge) Frege, Hilbert and Neo-Logicism

15.00 Alex Yates (Stirling and St Andrew’s) The role of inference and heuristic indicators in Frege’s epistemology of logic

4.45 Mark Textor (KCL) Brentano on Existence

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Raymond Plant giving the inaugural Dudley Knowles Memorial Lecture, Glasgow 21 January

On Thursday 21 January we will be holding the first Dudley Knowles memorial Lecture in Political Philosophy, hosted by the Stevenson Committee. The speaker will be Professor Lord Raymond Plant, and he will be speaking on the subject ‘Religious Freedom and Identity in the Liberal State’. Everyone is very welcome. The lecture will be from 6pm to 7.30pm in the Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre (the converted church at the top of Gibson Street, very close to the Philosophy Department), and there will be a drinks reception afterwards. Everyone is very welcome; no need to book in advance.

 

Background

 

Professor Dudley Ross Knowles (1947 – 2014) was a renowned political philosopher who taught at Glasgow University from 1975 to 2012 and was a staunch supporter of the Stevenson Trust.  Dudley insisted that the Trust’s commitment to public education must include the contribution of political philosophy to examining issues of contemporary relevance in a manner accessible to all citizens.  In 2015 the Stevenson committee decided to endorse Professor Knowles’s view by instigating an annual public lecture on political philosophy in his memory.

 

Raymond Plant is currently Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Philosophy at King’s College London and has represented Labour in the House of Lords as Baron Plant of Highfields since 1992.  He was also Professor of Divinity at Gresham College and is a Lay Canon at Winchester Cathedral.  He was previously Master of St Catherine’s College Oxford, Professor of European Political Thought at the University of Southampton and has given prestigious lecture series in Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin, Manchester and Southampton.  He is well known at Glasgow University as one of our most formidable Stevenson Lecturers.

 

Professor Plant has written extensively in political, social and legal philosophy.  His range of published work on the Neo Liberal State reflects and informs his public and political service.  He has been a member of the Nuffield Council on Medical Ethics and served on the Joint Committee on Human Rights for the House of Lords.  He also has contributed to party policy making, for instance,  by chairing reports for the Labour Party on Electoral Reform, and (for the Fabian Society) on Taxation and Citizenship.

 

Raymond Plant and Dudley Knowles share many concerns and interests in applying political philosophy to issues such rights, welfare, political obligation and citizenship.  They are also both leading authorities on Hegel’s political philosophy from whom each draws inspiration.

 

The subject of Professor Plant’s lecture arises from reflections on the subject which began during his period of tenure as Professor at Sciences Po (the Paris Institute of Political Studies).

 

All best wishes,

 

Ben

 

Dr Ben Colburn

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

School of Humanities

University of Glasgow

67-69 Oakfield Avenue

Glasgow G12 8QQ

+44 (0) 141 330 4277

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Philosophy events, week of 7th December

Events next week (more information):

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2015 New Enlightenment Lecture by Professor Alison Wylie

2015 New Enlightenment Lecture by Professor Alison Wylie
14th December 2015, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
Organisers: Giada Fratantonio, Michela Massimi, Anna Ortín

The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group (EWPG) is pleased to announce that the 2015 New Enlightenment Lecture will take place on Monday, 14th December (from 15.00h in room 3.10/3.11 Dugald Stewart Building). Attendance is free and everyone is welcome.

Professor Alison Wylie (University of Washington -Seattle, Durham University) will give a plenary on

What Knowers Know Well: Why feminism matters, to archaeology for example

http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/events/view/new-enlightenment-lecture-2

The lecture is preceded by a roundtable and followed by a Christmas dinner.

This event has been made possible thanks to the support of the Scottish Philosophical Association, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and Philosophy at Edinburgh.

The event is part of an annual series of lectures that started in December 2012 with the idea of providing our graduate community with women role models in philosophy.

For more details, please see:

http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/philosophy/groups/edinburgh-women-in-philosophy-group

All welcome!

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2015 Annual Meeting: dinner and accommodation information

2015 SPA Annual Meeting

4 – 5 December 2015

Department of Philosophy, 69 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow

The 2015 Winter Meeting of the Scots Philosophical Association will be held at the University of Glasgow onFriday 4 and Saturday 5 December.

There is no registration fee for the conference, but there will be a charge of £15 per head for the conference dinner, which will be held at Asian Gourmet, a good Sichuanese restaurant near the department.

Please e-mail Ben Colburn (Ben.Colburn@glasgow.ac.uk) to register, by 5 pm on Friday 27 November. Please indicate whether you also want to come to the dinner, and if so, whether you have any dietary requirements that I should take into account; and if you do want to come to dinner, please bring cash (exactly £15, if possible) on the evening.

We are not arranging accommodation for attendees, but here are some good and inexpensive hotels in the West End of Glasgow, all of which are within easy walking distance of the department.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions; I append a programme below.

Best wishes,

Ben Colburn

University of Glasgow

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Friday 4 December

 

14:00 – 14:15      Registration and refreshments

 

14:15 – 15:15      Matthew McKeever, Stirling/St Andrews

  A Semantic Problem for Stage Theory

 

15:15 – 16:15      Janis Schaab, Stirling/St Andrews

  Rights, Reasons and Respect

 

16:30 – 17:30      Annual General Meeting (SPA members only)

 

17:30 – 19:30      Keynote Address: Peter Railton, Michigan

  Hume 2.0: A Contemporary Sentimentalist Epistemology

 

20:00                     Dinner

 

Saturday 5 December

 

10:00 – 11:15      Jennifer Corns, Glasgow

  Pain Eliminativism

 

11:30 – 12:45      Fraser MacBride, Glasgow

  Early Analytic Philosophy: A New History

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Scottish Aesthetics Forum 2015-2016

The Scottish Aesthetics Forum at Edinburgh will host four talks in 2015-2016:

  • Gregory Currie (York), “The Visible Surface: Painting, Photography, Cinema,” 11th December, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00pm.  Abstract: “Pictures are surfaces with marks on them. Different kinds of pictures have different kinds of marks, produced in different ways. The marks themselves have an interest in painting and drawing which they do not have in photography and cinema. This difference enables us to identify and explain a feature of some pictures which I call “apparent transparency”. This is not the same as Walton-style transparency and pictures which have apparent transparency need not be (and in my view are not) transparent. The interest that marks have in painting are of different kinds depending on whether those marks are co-incident. I explain the notion of co-incidence and use it to highlight some of the aesthetic differences between different kinds of paintings and to extend Wollheim’s notion of twofoldness.”
  • Stacie Friend (London), TBA, 5th February, 2016, 4pm.
  • Catharine Abell (Manchester), TBA, 18th March, 2016, 4pm.
  • David Davies (McGill), TBA, 29th April, 2016, 4pm.

For more information: http://www.saf.ppls.ed.ac.uk/

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Philosophy events, week of 30th November

Events next week (more information):

  • Kathy Puddifoot (University of Birmingham) at Glasgow’s Senior Seminar on Tuesday, 1st December.
  • Carl Knight (University of Glasgow) at Edinburgh’s Political Theory Research Group on Wednesday, 2nd December.
  • Markus Seidel (University of Münster) at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 2nd December.
  • Louise Richardson (University of York) at Stirling’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Thursday, 3rd December.
  • SPA 2015 Annual Meeting, Glasgow, 4th – 5th December.  Speakers: Matthew McKeever (Stirling/St Andrews), Janis Schaab (Stirling/St Andrews), Peter Railton (Michigan), Jennifer Corns (Glasgow), Fraser MacBride (Glasgow).
  • Epistemic Incoherence, St Andrews, 6th – 7th December.  Speakers: Herman Cappelen (Oslo), Matti Eklund (Uppsala), Patrick Greenough (St Andrews), Nick Hughes (St Andrews), Gillian Russell (UNC Chapel Hill), Kevin Scharp (Ohio State), Elia Zardini (Lisbon), Claire Field (St Andrews).
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Reminder: 2015 SPA Annual Meeting

The 2015 SPA Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Glasgow on Friday 4th December and Saturday 5th December.  The programme:

Friday 4 December

  • 14:00 – 14:15   Registration and refreshments
  • 14:15 – 15:15   Matthew McKeever, Stirling/St Andrews: “A Semantic Problem for Stage Theory”
  • 15:15 – 16:15   Janis Schaab, Stirling/St Andrews: “Rights, Reasons and Respect”
  • 16:30 – 17:30   Annual General Meeting (SPA members only)
  • 17:30 – 19:30   Keynote Address: Peter Railton, Michigan: “Hume 2.0: A Contemporary Sentimentalist Epistemology”
  • 20:00  Dinner

Saturday 5 December

  • 10:00 – 11:15   Jennifer Corns, Glasgow: “Pain Eliminativism”
  • 11:30 – 12:45   Fraser MacBride, Glasgow: “Early Analytic Philosophy: A New History”

Please e-mail Ben.Colburn@glasgow.ac.uk to register for the conference. There is no registration fee.

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Philosophy events, week of 23rd November

Events next week (more information):

  • Katalin Farkas (Central European University) at Glasgow’s Senior Seminar on Tuesday, 24th November.
  • Inferentialism, St Andrews, 25th – 26th November.  Greg Restall (University of Melbourne), Rohan French (University of Groningen), Ukyo Suzuki (University of Tokyo), Jacob Archambault (Fordham University), Ryosuke Igarashi (Kyoto University), Christina Weiss (Universität Friedrichshafen), Ryan Nefdt (Arché), Ole Hjortland (University of Bergen), Catarina Dutilh Novaes (University of Groningen), Jarda Peregrin (Czech Academy of Science), Julien Murzi (University of Salzburg) and Florian Steinberger (Birkbeck College London), Shawn Standefer (University of Melbourne), Rea Golan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), David Ripley (University of Connecticut), Marcus Rossberg (University of Connecticut), Bruno Jacinto and Stephen Read (Arché).
  • Debbie Roberts (University of Edinburgh), “Supervenience in Ethics and Epistemology,” at St Andrews’ Philosophy Club on Wednesday, 25th November.
  • Henry S. Thompson (University of Edinburgh), “Virtual Violence: The Moral Status of Virtual Agents,” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Informations Reading Group on Wednesday, 25th November.
  • Walter Pedriali (University of St Andrews) at Glasgow’s Philosophy Society on Wednesday, 25th November.
  • Alisa Mandrigin (University of Warwick) at Stirling’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Thursday, 26th November.
  • Fraser McBride (University of Glasgow) at Edinburgh’s Philosophy Society on Thursday, 26th November.
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Philosophy events, week of 16th November

Next week (more information):

  • Helen Steward (University of Leeds) “Touching Experiences” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Reading Group on Monday, 16th November and at St Andrews’ Philosophy Club on Wednesday, 18th November.
  • Martin Doherty (UEA), “Developmentally distinct systems for processing gaze and theory of mind,” at Glasgow’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience Research Seminar on Monday, 16th November.
  • Jesse Tomalty (University of Stirling) at Glasgow’s Senior seminar on Tuesday, 17th November.
  • Orestis Palermos (University of Edinburgh) at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 18th November.
  • Inna Kupreeva (University of Edinburgh) at Glasgow’s Philosophy Society on Wednesday, 18th November.
  • Massimo Renzo (KCL) at Stirling’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Thursday, 19th November.
  • Katie Steele (London School of Economics and Political Science), “Use-Novelty and Evidential Support,” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Debates on Friday, 20th November.
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Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

Call For Papers

Sixth Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

The 6th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference will take place 6th-7th June 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. This year’s keynote speakers will be Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins (British Columbia) and Alan Millar (Stirling). All graduate presentations will have respondents from faculty members at Edinburgh or a neighbouring university.

We invite graduate students to submit essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed). Essays should be under 4000 words, and should be anonymised for blind review.

We would really like the conference to be representative of the graduate community and so we strongly encourage submissions from anyone working on epistemology who is a member of an under-represented group.

We will be happy to help arrange free childcare for any attendees who would find it helpful. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss this, or any accessibility requirements you may have.

The deadline for submissions is 16th February, 2016, 00:00 GMT. For more information, including details of how to submit, please visit our conference page: http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/events/view/sixth-annual-graduate-epistemology-conference

This conference is generously sponsored by the Eidyn Research Centre, the University of Edinburgh, the Scots Philosophical Association, The Mind Association, and is supported by the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group.

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Nancy Cartwright in Scotland

Nancy Cartwright (University of San Diego and Durham University) will be in the Scotland in early December, delivering two talks:

  • On Tuesday, 8th December, the Knox Memorial Lecture at St Andrews: “Will this policy work for us? Undertsanding and misunderstanding randomised controlled trials.”  Tuesday 8th December, 5:15pm in School II.  There will also be a seminar the following morning at 11am in Edgecliffe.  For more information: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/philosophy/events/?eventid=689 
  • On  Wednesday, 9th December, a Royal Institute of Philosophy & Royal Society of Edinburgh Lecture: “Scientific Generalizations: What’s So Good about Missing Out All the Differences?”  Wednesday, 9th December, 6:00pm at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  For more information: https://www.royalsoced.org.uk/events/event.php?id=412
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2015 SPA Annual Meeting

The 2015 SPA Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Glasgow on Friday 4th December and Saturday 5th December.  The programme:

Friday 4 December

  • 14:00 – 14:15   Registration and refreshments
  • 14:15 – 15:15   Matthew McKeever, Stirling/St Andrews: “A Semantic Problem for Stage Theory”
  • 15:15 – 16:15   Janis Schaab, Stirling/St Andrews: “Rights, Reasons and Respect”
  • 16:30 – 17:30   Annual General Meeting (SPA members only)
  • 17:30 – 19:30   Keynote Address: Peter Railton, Michigan: “Hume 2.0: A Contemporary Sentimentalist Epistemology”
  • 20:00  Dinner

Saturday 5 December

  • 10:00 – 11:15   Jennifer Corns, Glasgow: “Pain Eliminativism”
  • 11:30 – 12:45   Fraser MacBride, Glasgow: “Early Analytic Philosophy: A New History”

Please e-mail Ben.Colburn@glasgow.ac.uk to register for the conference. There is no registration fee.

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Philosophy events, week of 9th November.

Events next week (more information)

  • Tim Mulgan (University of St Andrews) at St Andrews’ Philosophy Society on Monday, 9th November.
  • Martin Smith (University of Glasgow) at Glasgow’s Senior Seminar on Tuesday, 10th November.
  • Katharine Jenkins (University of Sheffield), “The Institutional Reality of Gender,” at St Andrews’ Philosophy Club on Wednesday, 11th November.
  • Jennifer Corns (University of Glasgow), “Hedonic Independence and the Negativity Bias,” at Edinburgh’s Philosophy, Psychology, and Informatics Reading Group on Wednesday, 11th November.
  • Michael Loughlin (Manchester Metropolitan University) at Glasgow’s Philosophy Society on Wednesday, 11th November.
  • (TBC) Rico Vitz (Azusa Pacific) at Stirling’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Thursday, 12th November.
  • Melissa Ebbers (Memphis), “Rethinking A Priori Scrutability” at St Andrews’ Arché Research Centre on Thursday, 12th November.  [Contact slr@st-andrews.ac.uk for more information]
  • Emma Tobin (University College London) at Edinburgh’s Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Debates on Thursday, 12th November.
  • Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh) at Edinburgh’s Philosophy Society on Thursday, 12th November.
  • Susan Brison (Dartmouth College) at Edinburgh’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Friday, 13th November.
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Philosophy events, week of 2nd November

Events next week (more information):

  • Corporate Agency and Shared Responsibility, St Andrews, 2nd – 3rd November.  Speakers: Elizabeth Ashford (University of St Andrews), Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge), David Ciepley (University of Denver), Rowan Cruft (University of Stirling), Stephen Dunne (University of Leicester), David Gindis (University of Hertfordshire), Paddy Ireland (University of Bristol), Samuel Mansell (University of St Andrews), Tim Mulgan (University of St Andrews), Avia Pasternak (University College London), Philip Pettit (Princeton University and Australian National University), Marko Simendic (University of Belgrade), Alejo Sison (Universidad de Navarra), Thomas Smith (University of Manchester), Jeroen Veldman (City University London), Garrath Williams (Lancaster University).
  • Derek Ball (University of St Andrews) at St Andrews’ Philosophy Society on Monday, 2nd November.
  • Alastair Wilson (University of Birmingham) at Glasgow’s Senior Seminar on Tuesday, 3rd November.
  • Elke Brendel (University of Bonn) at Edinburgh’s Epistemology Research Group on Wednesday, 4th November.
  • Isaac Alistair (University of Edinburgh) at Glasgow’s Philosophy Society on Wednesday 4th November.
  • Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews) at Stirling’s Visiting Speaker Seminar on Thursday, 5th November.
  • Peter Milne (University of Stirling) at Edinburgh’s Philosophy Society on Thursday, 5th November.