Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

The FSPB has had a good run, but it’s been a while since it has been the active place for student discussions “of issues philosophical, religious, moral, political, and scientific” that it once was. So, it’s time for the blog to sign off. There will be no new posts, but all of the old material will remain for those who are interested.

Thank you to all who wrote, read, and contributed to the discussions!

All the best,


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For those interested, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Florida now has a Facebook page.  Here it is.  Like the page, and you can keep up to date with the events, activities, and accomplishments related to the department.

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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

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Appalachian Regional Student Philosophy Colloquium


The Philosophy Department and the Philosophy Club at East Tennessee State University present

6th Annual

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

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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
further feedback.

Submission Guidelines:
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.

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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: usfphilosophyconference@gmail.com Notifications of acceptance will be emailed in early February. For any questions concerning the CFP or the conference itself, please email usfphilosophyconference@gmail.com

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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.


Transportation & Hotel Application

Important Dates:


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.

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