CfP: The Character of Physicalism

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From: Andreas Elpidorou <andreaselpidorou@gmail.com>
Subject: CFP: Topoi: The Character of Physicalism

CALL FOR PAPERS

“The Character of Physicalism”
Special Issue of Topoi

Guest Editor
Andreas Elpidorou
Department of Philosophy
University of Louisville
andreas.elpidorou@louisville

Not many issues in philosophy can be said to match, let alone to rival, physicalism’s importance, persistent influence, and divisiveness. Physicalism is typically understood to be an a posteriori, contingent, metaphysical thesis about the nature of our world. The acceptance of physicalism commits one to the acceptance of a monistic worldview. Despite how different or variegated existing entities or properties might appear to be, everything that exists in our world, according to physicalism, is physical. Physicalism also settles our place in nature. Qua physical beings, we are of the same kind as everything else. Whatever we might consider to be unique about us, is, or reduces to the, physical. The monistic and perhaps austere picture that physicalism offers does not meet universal acceptance. Given the scope and importance of physicalism, that much is to be expected.

Yet the debate surrounding the veracity of physicaism is not the only debate that concerns physicalism. A related and equally important debate concerns the nature and character of physicalism. Precisely what is the thesis of physicalism? How should it be defined? What are its commitments? What needs to be true in order for physicalism to be true? All of the aforementioned questions are questions that need to be answered. Perhaps they need to be answered even before one can ask whether physicalism is true. Yet no consensus has been reached on any of these questions. The question ‘What is physicalism?’ is in need of an answer just as much as the question ‘Is physicalism true?’

The aim of this special issue is to provide a forum in which a number of original essays can come together in order to contribute to our understanding of the nature and character of physicalism.

Three questions will be of particular importance to the special issue. First, physicalism holds that all that exists in our world is physical. But what exactly does ‘physical’ mean? How can one provide a definition of the term ‘physical’ that captures the spirit of physicalism? Second, physicalism is more than just a thesis about what type of properties or entities actually exist. Physicalism is also committed to the view that one set of properties (i.e., physical properties) determines all others. Thus, in order to explicate the nature of physicalism, one needs to specify the nature of this determination. Finally, what sort of commitments does physicalism have? For instance, does physicalism entail the truth of microphysicalism? Does physicalism entail that all truths can be a priori deduced from physical truths? Making explicit the commitments of physicalism matters, for only by making such commitments explicit can one clearly understand physicalism’s scope and strength.

Other suggested topics for the special issue include, but are not limited to the following:

· An examination of realization physicalism and its commitments

· The relationship between supervenience and explanation

· The via negativa approach to physicalism

· The merits and demerits of theory definitions of ‘physical’

· Other less traditional approaches in defining ‘physical’

· The relationship between microphysicalism and physicalism

· The role of Hume’s dictum in physicalism

· Grounding and physicalism

· The relationship between physicalism and scientific findings or practices
Please note: The special issue is not interested in publishing articles that examine arguments for or against physicalism. The focus of the special issue is not on whether physicalism is true but rather on how to properly explicate the thesis and commitments of physicalism.

*Submission information*

Word limit: 7000 words

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2015

Confirmed Invited Contributors
Andrew Melnyk (University of Missouri); Barbara Montero (Graduate Center, CUNY); Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto); Gene Witmer (University of Florida)

Peer review: all submissions will be subject to a double anonymous peer-review process. Please prepare your submission for anonymous reviewing.

Submissions should be made directly to the journal’s online submission website
(http://www.editorialmanager.com/topo) indicating special issue “The Character of Physicalism.”

For further details, please check the website of Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy: http://www.springer.com/philosophy/journal/11245

For any further questions regarding the special issue please contact Andreas Elpidorou at andreas.elpidorou@louisville.edu

CfP: Neuroscience and Its Philosophy

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From: Piccinini, Gualtiero <piccininig@umsl.edu>
Subject: CFP: Synthese Special Issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy

The journal Synthese publishes a yearly issue on the Philosophy of Neuroscience bo. In recent years, this has been perhaps the highest profile venue explicitly devoted to articles in the philosophy of neuroscience.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Accepted papers will appear in the next special issue. In order to be processed on time for the 2015 issue, papers should be submitted by May 2015, but there is no strict deadline.

Anyone doing good work in the philosophy of neuroscience should consider submitting their papers to Synthese’s yearly issue on Neuroscience and Its Philosophy. An explicit option Neuroscience and Its Philosophy is available in Editorial Manager (Synthese’s online submission system).
Contact: Gualtiero Piccinini (piccininig@umsl.edu)

http://link.springer.com/journal/11229

Gualtiero Piccinini

Department of Philosophy, Center for Neurodynamics

University of Missouri – St. Louis

http://www.umsl.edu/~piccininig/

http://philosophyofbrains.com/

 

CfP: Consciousness and Inner Awareness

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From: Jonathan Farrell <jfpttc@yahoo.com>
Subject: CFP: ‘Consciousness and Inner Awareness’ Special Issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology

CALL FOR PAPERS

Consciousness and Inner Awareness Special Issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology

It is generally agreed that consciousness provides subjects with an ‘outer awareness’ of their environment. More controversial is the claim that consciousness also provides subjects with an ‘inner awareness’ of their own conscious experience. Understanding the relationship between consciousness and inner awareness has increasingly been recognised as a crucial target for consciousness research. Submissions are invited for a Thematic Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on the subject of consciousness and inner awareness.

Possible topics include, though are not limited to, the following:

1. Inner Awareness as Essential to Consciousness Do we always have an inner awareness of our concurrent conscious state? Are there good reasons to believe that inner awareness is essential to consciousness rather than a contingent feature of our experiences? How exactly should inner awareness be characterised and what is its relationship with outer awareness? Is inner awareness a representational relation, and what would this mean for the representational structure of experience?

2. The Sense of Mineness as Essential to Inner Awareness When we are aware of our concurrent experience, are we aware of it as our own? Are there good reasons to believe that this ‘sense of mineness’ is an essential feature of inner awareness? What exactly is the sense of mineness and how does it figure in experience? What is the relationship between the phenomenology of experiential ownership, of bodily ownership and of agential ownership?

3. Inner Awareness and Disorders of Consciousness What can disorders of experience teach us about the relationship between consciousness and inner awareness? For instance, should ‘blindsight’ subjects be regarded as having conscious visual experiences without an inner awareness of that experience

Guest Editors Dr Tom McClelland (University of Manchester) Dr Jonathan Farrell (University of Manchester) Invited Contributors Prof. Uriah Kriegel (Institut Jean Nicod) Dr. Nick Medford (University of Sussex) Prof. Morten Overgaard (Aarhus University and Aalborg University) Prof. Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Friborg) Schedule Submission Deadline: May 1st 2015

How to submit Prospective authors should register at: http://www.editorialmanager. com/ropp to obtain a login and select “Consciousness and Inner Awareness” as an article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words. Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the journal’s website http://www.springer.com/ philosophy/journal/13164.

Contact For any queries, please email: jonathan.farrell@manchester. ac.uk

 

CfP: Consciousness and Inner Awareness

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From: Jonathan Farrell <jfpttc@yahoo.com>
Subject: CFP: ‘Consciousness and Inner Awareness’ Special Issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Consciousness and Inner Awareness

Special Issue of The Review of Philosophy and Psychology

It is generally agreed that consciousness provides subjects with an ‘outer awareness’ of their environment. More controversial is the claim that consciousness also provides subjects with an ‘inner awareness’ of their own conscious experience. Understanding the relationship between consciousness and inner awareness has increasingly been recognised as a crucial target for consciousness research. Submissions are invited for a Thematic Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on the subject of consciousness and inner awareness. Possible topics include, though are not limited to, the following:

1. Inner Awareness as Essential to Consciousness
Do we always have an inner awareness of our concurrent conscious state? Are there good reasons to believe that inner awareness is essential to consciousness rather than a contingent feature of our experiences? How exactly should inner awareness be characterised and what is its relationship with outer awareness? Is inner awareness a representational relation, and what would this mean for the representational structure of experience?

2. The Sense of Mineness as Essential to Inner Awareness
When we are aware of our concurrent experience, are we aware of it as our own? Are there good reasons to believe that this ‘sense of mineness’ is an essential feature of inner awareness? What exactly is the sense of mineness and how does it figure in experience? What is the relationship between the phenomenology of experiential ownership, of bodily ownership and of agential ownership?

3. Inner Awareness and Disorders of Consciousness
What can disorders of experience teach us about the relationship between consciousness and inner awareness? For instance, should ‘blindsight’ subjects be regarded as having conscious visual experiences without an inner awareness of that experience?

Guest Editors
Dr Tom McClelland (University of Manchester)
Dr Jonathan Farrell (University of Manchester)

Invited Contributors
Prof. Uriah Kriegel (Institut Jean Nicod)
Dr. Nick Medford (University of Sussex)
Prof. Morten Overgaard (Aarhus University and Aalborg University)
Prof. Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Friborg)
Schedule
Submission Deadline: May 1st 2015
How to submit
Prospective authors should register at: http://www.editorialmanager. com/ropp to obtain a login and select “Consciousness and Inner Awareness” as an article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words. Submissions should follow the author guidelines available on the journal’s website http://www.springer.com/ philosophy/journal/13164.
Contact
For any queries, please email: jonathan.farrell@manchester. ac.uk

 

Conf: Ethics

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From: Irfan Khawaja <khawajaenator@gmail.com>
Subject: CFP: Ninth Annual Felician Ethics Conference

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The ninth annual Felician Ethics Conference will be held at the Rutherford Campus of Felician College
223 Montross Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070
on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9 am – 6 pm

Plenary Speaker:

James Stacey Taylor (The College of New Jersey)

“Markets in Political Votes: A Moral Defense”

Submissions on any topic in moral and political philosophy are welcome, not exceeding 25 minutes’ presentation time (approximately 3,000 words). Please send submissions via email in format suitable for blind review by March 1, 2015 to: felicianethicsconference@gmail.com.

Submissions are invited for a special session on topics at the intersection of ethics, counseling psychology, and psychiatry.

Contact person: Irfan Khawaja, khawajai at felician dot edu. For more information, go to https://felicianethics.wordpress.com/.

 

Conf: Agency and Responsibity

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From: Shoemaker, David <dshoemak@tulane.edu>
Subject: CfA: NOWAR 3

 
This is a call for abstracts for the third biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), to be held in New Orleans, LA at the Intercontinental Hotel on November 5-7, 2015. Abstracts are welcome on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. (To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link: http://murphy.tulane.edu/events/new-orleans-workshop-on-agency-and-responsiblity.

Abstracts should be no more than 3 double-spaced pages and are due no later than March 15, 2015. They do NOT need to be prepared for blind review. Please send abstracts by e-mail to David Shoemaker: dshoemak@tulane.edu. A program committee will evaluate submissions and make decisions by early May. The authors of all accepted abstracts will be expected to provide drafts of their essays for distribution to NOWAR attendees four weeks prior to the workshop, present their ideas at the workshop, and then commit the final versions of their essays (subject to external review) to the fourth volume of Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility (which is expected to be published in early 2017). Those who presented at the second NOWAR (in 2013) are ineligible to present at the third (in 2015).
The workshop, sponsored by the generous support of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University, will involve 11 presentations (including two keynote speakers), from which will be drawn the papers contributing to Oxford Studies in Agency and Responsibility.

Keynote Speakers, 2015:

Julia Driver, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis

Derk Pereboom, Susan Linn Sage Professor in Philosophy and Ethics; Stanford H. Taylor ’50 Chair of the Sage School, Cornell University

 

Summer School: Metaphysics of Science

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From: Tuomas E. Tahko <tuomas.tahko@helsinki.fi>
Subject: Metaphysics of Science Summer School (MoSSS) & Workshop, Helsinki, July 22-26
There are only a handful of spots remaining for MoSSS, so act quickly to avoid disappointment!

Further to the original, advert (below), I should clarify one thing about the CFP: you can send your application to attend MoSSS any time, but the CFP for the five speaker slots in the final workshop runs parallel to this. I can assure full consideration for all abstracts received by January 15, 2015. But if you don’t have a spot at the summer school, you can’t present at the workshop, so make sure to apply for a spot at MoSSS first!


METAPHYSICS OF SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL & WORKSHOP
University of Helsinki
July 22-26, 2015

Applications are invited for the Metaphysics of Science Summer School (MoSSS) and Workshop in Helsinki, July 22-26, 2015. The summer school will involve four days of classes from leading philosophers working at the intersection of metaphysics and philosophy of science and finish with a workshop consisting of five talks from the summer school participants.

The summer school is open for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and early-career researchers (but exceptions are possible).

Coordinator: Tuomas E. Tahko (Helsinki)

Lecturers:
Rani Lill Anjum (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) (TBC)
David Braddon-Mitchell (University of Sydney)
Anjan Chakravartty (University of Notre Dame)
Marc Lange (UNC Chapel Hill)
Kristie Miller (University of Sydney)
Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham)
L.A. Paul (UNC Chapel Hill)

Preliminary topics:
laws of nature
meta-laws
causation
counterfactuals
metaphysics of time
time travel
scientific realism
methodological issues in metaphysics of science
metaphysics of temporal experience
cross-temporal decision making
natural properties
dispositions
modality
Call for applications
To get a place at the summer school, send an e-mail to tuomas.tahko@helsinki.fi with the following information:
Name and institutional affiliation
Contact e-mail
Academic status (undergraduate/graduate student/early-career researcher)
A brief (up to ~300 words) description of why you wish to attend MoSSS and what your background is
Spots at the summer school are limited and will be filled on an on-going basis, so early applications are advised.

Call for papers
Graduate students and early-career researchers attending MoSSS will also have a chance to present their work for other participants and the lecturers on the last day, July 26th. There will be five slots for presented papers. If you wish to be considered for one of these in addition to attending the summer school, please indicate this and send an abstract (up to ~500 words) of a paper on the metaphysics of science, suitable for a 40min presentation.

Registration
Registration is expected to open in February 2015. Registration details will be provided to accepted applicants in due course. Preliminary tuition fees are as follows (but discounts are possible, subject to pending funding applications):
Students (undergraduate & graduate) and non-salaried: 350 EUR
Early-career researchers (salaried): 450 EUR
Fees include tuition, refreshments during the summer school, and a social dinner. Participants are expected to arrange travel and accommodation for themselves, but assistance will be provided for this and accommodation at University lodgings may be possible.

Information also at:

http://philevents.org/event/show/16383

http://ttahko.net/essential-knowledge/2014/metaphysics-of-science-summer-school-mosss-workshop/

The summer school and workshop are organized by the Academy of Finland project The Epistemology of Metaphysics, in collaboration with the Finnish Society for Scientific Metaphysics and Dynamis: The Finnish Network for Metaphysics.

http://ttahko.net/essential-knowledge/

http://www.dynamisfi.org/

 

Conf: Ned Block

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From: Bence Nanay <bence@mail.ubc.ca>
Subject: CFP: Workshop with and on Ned Block, May 12, 2015, Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

Call for papers: Workshop with and on Ned Block, University of Antwerp, May 12, 2015.

Ned Block will give the Fourth Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture (on empirically grounded philosophy of mind) on May 13, 2015. To accompany this lecture, the University of Antwerp organizes a workshop on May 12 on recent work by Ned Block where he will be present (besides some other invited speakers).

CFP: There are several slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). Only blinded submissions are accepted.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: January 31, 2015. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

More info: http://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

Bence Nanay
Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor (ZAPTTBOF)
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
University of Antwerp
D 413, Grote Kauwenberg 18,
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Tel: +32 32654340
and
Senior Research Associate
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB2 1RD, UK

http://uahost.uantwerpen.be/bence.nanay

Recently published: Bence Nanay: Between Perception and Action. Oxford University Press, 2013 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199695379.do

 

Conf: Ned Block

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From: Bence Nanay <bence@mail.ubc.ca>
Subject: CFP: Workshop with and on Ned Block, May 12, 2015, Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp

Call for papers: Workshop with and on Ned Block, University of Antwerp, May 12, 2015.

Ned Block will give the Fourth Annual Marc Jeannerod Lecture (on empirically grounded philosophy of mind) on May 13, 2015. To accompany this lecture, the University of Antwerp organizes a workshop on May 12 on recent work by Ned Block where he will be present (besides some other invited speakers).

CFP: There are several slots reserved for contributed papers (no parallel sections). Only blinded submissions are accepted.

Length: 3000 words. Single spaced!

Deadline: January 31, 2015. Papers should be sent to nanay@berkeley.edu

More info: http://webh01.ua.ac.be/bence.nanay/paw.htm

Bence Nanay
Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor (ZAPTTBOF)
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
University of Antwerp
D 413, Grote Kauwenberg 18,
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Tel: +32 32654340
and
Senior Research Associate
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB2 1RD, UK

http://uahost.uantwerpen.be/bence.nanay

Recently published: Bence Nanay: Between Perception and Action. Oxford University Press, 2013 http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199695379.do

 

CfP: Special Issue of JBSP on “Identity and Difference”

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From: Rafael Winkler <rafaelwinkler@googlemail.com>

Subject: CFP: Special Issue of JBSP, Identity and Difference

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Identity and Difference Special Issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology

Guest Editors: Rafael Winkler (University of Johannesburg) and Abraham Olivier (University of Fort Hare)

Identity and difference raise a host of philosophical questions ranging from metaphysical problems concerning the nature of multiplicity, alterity, personal identity and subjectivity to ethical and political issues such as inclusiveness, diversity, solidarity and resistance. Since the second half of the 20th century these notions have enjoyed special attention as the vast literature on the metaphysics, ethics and politics of identity and difference testifies. This includes a wide array of works by continental philosophers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Heidegger, Levinas), analytical philosophers of mind (Parfit, Shoemaker, Dennett, Searle) as well as moral and political philosophers (Taylor, Rawls). The significance of place and time for the constitution of personal and political identities and differences has also been receiving considerable attention recently, opening up philosophical debates in literature, art, architecture, anthropology and geography.

The special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology invites contributions from all traditions of philosophy and other related disciplines on this rich discussion of identity and difference.

Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome: · Identity and difference in metaphysics/phenomenology/philosophy of mind/political philosophy/ethics · The meaning or experience of identity and difference · Selfhood, personhood, autonomy, alterity · The nature of and relationship between subjectivity and political collectivity · The relations between personal identity, time, memory, space and place · The formation of cultural identities and global change · Identity politics and the politics of difference

The deadline for submissions is the 4 May 2015 for publication in JBSP.

Manuscripts should be ca. 8000 words in length (including references and footnotes). All manuscripts must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to ujphenomenology@gmail.com.

Further enquiries can be addressed to Rafael Winkler (Guest Editor) at rwinkler@uj.ac.za, Abraham Olivier (Guest Editor) at aolivier@ufh.ac.za or Ullrich Haase (Editor-in-Chief) at U.Haase@mmu.ac.uk.

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