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Here is the conference schedule for the upcoming Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference. The conference will be held at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville. Meetings will be held in building 39, room 1009. Everyone is welcome to attend.
- 9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks – Bert Koegler (North Florida)
- 9:10 – 10:25 Keynote I – Sarah McGrath (Princeton) “Equilibrium in Ethics and Epistemology”
- 10:25 – 10:35 Break
- 10:35 – 11:20 Bradley Beall (North Florida) “Crime and Funnishment: Is Hard Incompatibilism Impractical?”
- 11:20 – 11:30 Break
- 11:30 – 12:15 Amiel Bernal (Virginia Tech) “Problems for FitzPatrick’s Metaethical Non-naturalism and the Standards of Goodness”
- 12:15 – 2:15 Lunch
- 2:15 – 3:15 Ellen C. Wagner Lecture – Andrew Brenner (Notre Dame) “Parfit on Free Will and Desert”
- 3:15 – 3:25 Break
- 3:25 – 4:10 Richard Holmes (South Carolina) “Moral Judgment and Motivation”
- 4:10 – 4:20 Break
- 4:20 – 5:05 Taylor Cyr (Florida State) “Divine Sovereignty and Divine Commands”
- 5:05 – 5:15 Break
- 5:15 – 6:30 Keynote II – William FitzPatrick (Rochester) “Why There is No Darwinian Dilemma for Ethical Realism”
- 6:30 – 6:35 Closing Remarks
Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Colloquium
CALL FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE PAPERS
The Philosophy Department and the Philosophy Club at East Tennessee State University present
Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Colloquium
East Tennessee State University
Date: April 5th – 6th, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nick Huggett, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Papers are now being accepted for both undergraduate and graduate presentations. All papers will be evaluated by blind review process. At the conference, the keynote speaker will help choose the best paper from the undergraduate and graduate categories, awarding a $50 prize for each. A limited number of hotel accommodations may be available at a discounted price.
Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should be approximately 10 pages, or 20 minutes presentation time, and should not contain any identifying information.
Abstracts should be one paragraph, approximately 150 words, double spaced, and should be attached to the paper with no identifying information.
Cover Sheets should be on a separate sheet, and should contain the author’s name, the title of the paper, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
The deadline for papers submitted electronically is March 3rd, 2013.
Papers submitted as hard copy must be postmarked by March 3rd, 2013.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 10th, 2013.
Please send submissions to, or request further information from:
Dr. David Harker
Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities
P.O. Box 70656
Johnson City, TN 37614
CALL FOR PAPERS
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Georgia Southern University
Pop Culture and Philosophy
April 20, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Robert Arp
Paper Submission Due Date: March 1, 2013
How do the films and television we watch, the books we devour, the
music we listen to, the art we gaze at, the very culture from which we
emerge orient us in the world and determine our understanding of
reality, our faith in reason, our hope to discover a concrete ethic to
guide our lives and choices. In short, how much does popular culture
dialogue with philosophy and how have philosophers responded to her?
This spring we invite undergraduate students to submit papers spanning
the history of philosophy dealing with topics related to pop culture.
Papers analyzing the philosophical value/disvalue and/or meaning
/consequences of particular films, books, TV shows, music and social
media will be especially welcomed. We also look forward to papers on
philosophers who have repeatedly attempted to think about the role of
culture in creating a society and/or damaging a community (e.g. Plato
and the poets, Nietzsche and German opera, etc.). Finally, we will
also have panels devoted to philosophy papers in general, so feel free
to submit outstanding class papers for which you would like to get
Papers can be no longer than 4,000 words though shorter papers are
welcomed. Group presentations may also be submitted. Deadline for
submission is March 1, 2013. To ask questions about the conference and to submit a paper,
please contact conference coordinator, Dr. Danielle A. Layne, at
The top papers will be published in Georgia Southern undergraduate
philosophy journal: The Indefinite Dyad. We are also planning to
present a production of Sartre’s No Exit at this year’s reception.
Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enrichment Committee and Georgia
Southern University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and
the Department of Literature and Philosophy.
Neo-Kantianism Before and After: The History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of History
6th annual USF Graduate Student Philosophy Conference: Call for Papers
Conference Dates: March 29th and 30th, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Iain Thomson (University of New Mexico)
Faculty Address: Stephen Turner (University of South Florida)
Arising in the latter 19th century and pushing on into the 20th century, neo-Kantianism played a significant role in shaping the landscapes of both philosophy and the sciences in general. The neo-Kantian school influenced many, disparate schools of thought from Heidegger and Phenomenology to logical positivism and the Vienna circle to the social sciences of the 20th century. These effects continue to be seen today. As a result, there has been a increasing interest in neo-Kantianism in recent scholarship.
We welcome papers on any topic, but will give special consideration to papers focusing on neo-Kantianism and its historical contexts, including papers focusing on competing or alternative strands of thought active before, during, and after the reign of neo-Kantianism. Papers should be roughly 3000 words and prepared to be presented in 20 to 25 minutes. We will also consider panel proposals on a specific topic within the general theme of the conference. Panels should consist of three papers, each roughly 3000 words in length. For all accepted papers that are not part of a panel, we will provide comments to be read as part of a 10 to 15 minute Q and A session following each presentation. Accepted panels will have an expanded, joint Q and A.
Submission deadline: February 1st, 2013
Please note that, in addition to the general focus of the conference as outlined above, we will also accept graduate papers on any philosophical topic.
Please send two separate files, prepared for blind review, in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats only, (i) one containing only the body of your paper with no identifying information and (ii) another with a title, abstract, contact information, and institutional affiliation to: firstname.lastname@example.org Notifications of acceptance will be emailed in early February. For any questions concerning the CFP or the conference itself, please email email@example.com
Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)
Please visit the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference website.
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2013 Florida Undergraduate Research Conference. The deadline for abstracts to be submitted is January 14, 2013.
The conference is being hosted by University of Florida in Gainesville on February 22nd and 23rd. The UNF Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to sponsor transportation and hotel accommodation for a limited number of students and faculty. We will provide van transportation for up to 48 people and hotel accommodations for up to 48 people. Transportation and hotel accommodations will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will be given the opportunity to apply for transportation to and/or from the conference. You will be given the opportunity to apply for hotel accommodations exclusively or with transportation. Transportation will be by van and hotel accommodations for students will be for four individuals per room with two double or queen size beds. Students making a presentation at the conference will be given priority, but we will try to include all students wishing to attend. If you would like to be considered for transportation or hotel accommodations please click on the van below to complete an application.
Abstracts are due online no later than January 14, 2013.
Students may also register online. Early registration is $40 ending February 1, 2013. Late registration is $45 and closes onFebruary 15, 2013.
Faculty are invited to submit abstracts for presentations on undergraduate research strategies and other topics related to undergraduate research.
Deadline for registration is February 15, 2013.
The UNF Office of Undergraduate Research may be able to assist faculty with funding for transportation and hotel accommodations. Please contact UNF.FURC@gmail.com for additional information.
Gun control is a hot topic these days. I thought that we could collect some links to philosophers discussing the issue.
The New York Times is running a series of blog posts on the issue. So far they include this piece by Jeff McMahan who argues against privatized gun ownership and this piece by Michael Boylan distinguishing guns from other weapons. Leiter Reports has some links here. I’m sure that there are plenty more. Feel free to leave links and/or comments in the comments.
The First Annual Online Undergraduate Ethics Conference is a new project sponsored by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values at Coastal Carolina University. The conference, which will take place entirely online, will provide a forum in which exceptional undergraduates can present their work and receive commentary from their peers and from professional philosophers.
We invite papers of high quality in any area of philosophical ethics (metaethics, moral psychology, normative ethics, applied ethics, etc.). Submissions should be no more than 4,000 words and in MS Word format. We welcome papers from all (and only) undergraduate students.
The CFP is here: http://www.coastalethics.org/
Deadline for paper submission: February 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: early March 2013
Submissions prepared for blind review should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If a student’s paper is accepted for the main program, then the student will be asked to record a short (max. 20 minutes) video presentation. Video presentations will be due by April 1, 2013 and will be made publicly available on the official conference website.
We also invite the participation of philosophers (faculty or grad students). We want this conference to be an opportunity for undergraduate students to receive commentary from professionals in the field. Those who are interested in serving as a commentator should send an expression of interest to email@example.com. Note that serving as a commentator involves recording a short (max. 10 min.) video. We will match commentators with papers based on areas of interest.
Any questions, comments, or suggestions should be sent to David Killoren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16th Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference will be hosted at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville) on March 2, 2013. The conference theme is metaethics. See below for the Call for Papers.
16th Annual Northeast Florida Student
Conference Theme: Metaethics
Keynote Speakers: William FitzPatrick (Rochester) and Sarah McGrath (Princeton)
Conference Location: University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Conference Date: March 2, 2013
We welcome high quality submissions from both undergraduate and graduate students in ethics (broadly construed). Papers in metaethics will be given special consideration, but papers in ethical theory, applied ethics, and comparative ethics are also encouraged.
Papers should be no more than 3000 words (approx. 12 pages) excluding notes. They must be prepared for blind review and must include, on a separate cover sheet, all of the following information:
• Paper title
• Author’s name
• Institutional affiliation & student status
• E-mail address
• A short abstract (no more than 150 words)
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2013
Please e-mail your submissions in any of .doc, .docx or .pdf format to:email@example.com
The North Carolina Philosophical Society announces its third and final call for papers for its 2013 meeting on February 15 & 16, 2013, at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Keynote Speaker will be Gerald J. Postema<http://www.law.unc.edu/faculty/directory/postemageraldj/>, Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Presidential Address will be delivered by Christian Miller<http://www.wfu.edu/~millerc/>, Director of The Character Project and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University.
Papers in any area of philosophy designed for a presentation time of about 20-30 minutes are welcome, and should be submitted by Friday, December 28, 2012. Further details including submission instructions can be found at the NCPS website: http://www.northcarolinaphilosophicalsociety.org/. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in mid-January.
Undergraduate submissions are again strongly encouraged, and there will be a $175 prize for the best paper submitted by an untenured faculty member, a $125 prize for the best graduate student paper, and a $100 prize for the best undergraduate paper.
With Best Wishes,
Arete, The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Rutgers University, is now accepting paper submissions for publication in its Spring 2013 issue. On the order of 3 papers will be published, digitally and in print (limited run).
Traditionally only work from college upperclassmen is encouraged. Analytic rigor is prerequisite for publication. Papers from any field of philosophy are welcome.
Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words, with a cover page, abstract, and citations in APA format. Do not include information in the text of your paper that identifies the author or the institution you attend. Submit papers by attachment, (from an email address we can use to correspond with you) in Word document or PDF format, to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15th, 2012.
We will email you on or shortly after that date to confirm our receipt of your paper. Based on the number of submissions we have received in the past, it will take us some time to read all the papers submitted for this issue. Consequently the authors of papers accepted for publication will be notified in December.
The Sixth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in any area of philosophy. The Congress, hosted by Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, will take place February 15-16, 2013, keynote to be announced. Presented papers will be published in online and print proceedings. Proceedings and video of previous keynote addresses may be found here: http://www.clayton.edu/arts-sciences/humanities/philosophy/congress.
Format: Concurrent sessions. Speakers are allotted forty minutes for presentation and discussion. Email papers, accompanied by a brief abstract, to Dr. Todd Janke:ToddJanke@clayton.edu.
Submission deadline is January 31, 2013. To allow time to plan travel, speakers will be notified immediately upon acceptance and selection will close when all slots are filled. The registration fee of $60.00 includes lunch both days and a print copy of the proceedings.
Florida Philosophical Association, Nov. 2-3 in Orlando, FL. See here. Regular submissions and grad submissions due Aug. 20, undergrad submissions due Sept. 10.
This seems to be a new and interesting ethical issue (from Prophilosophy):
Philosophers weigh in for The Atlantic here. Fritz Alhoff (Western Michigan), Patrick Lin (Caly Poly – San Luis Obispo), and Neil Rowe (computer science, US Naval Postgraduate School) are the authors of a lengthy piece on the moral questions regarding cyber-weapons. The introduction:
“…the way we fight wars is changing, and so are the rules. This digital evolution means that it is now less clear what kind of events should reasonably trigger a war, as well as how and when new technologies may be used. With cyberweapons, a war theoretically could be waged without casualties or political risk, so their attractiveness is great — maybe so irresistible that nations are tempted to use them before such aggression is justified. This essay identifies some important ethical issues that have been upturned by these emerging digital weapons, which in turn help explain why national cyberdefense is such a difficult policy area.”