Conf: Virginia Philosophical Association

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From: Nathaniel Goldberg <goldbergn@wlu.edu>
Subject: CFP: Virginia Philosophical Assoc (9-10 Oct 2015)

 

VIRGINIA PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION
CALL FOR PAPERS

Papers are invited for presentation at the 76th meeting of the Virginia Philosophical Association, to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, Friday, October 9, through Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Papers of no more than 4500 words, with a brief abstract, in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf format, should be prepared for blind review. Email the paper, by July 1, 2015, to Nathaniel Goldberg, goldbergn at wlu dot edu, with the “Subject:” line “VPA Submission.”

Commentators will be solicited from those whose papers are not selected. PLEASE indicate whether, if your paper is not selected, you would NOT be interested in commenting.

The meeting runs from Friday afternoon to Saturday lunch time. It is open to professional philosophers and philosophy graduate students from every state and nation. There is no registration fee, nor is there a charge for the banquet on Friday evening.

October is a beautiful time in Richmond. Please join us on the 9th and 10th at VCU!

The VPA’s website is at http://sites.google.com/site/virginiaphilosophy.

 

Conf: Philosophy of Science

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From: Thomas Reydon <reydon@ww.uni-hannover.de>
Subject: CfP: GWP.2016 – Second International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science

 

GWP.2016
Call for Papers – Call for Symposia

Second International Conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science

“Philosophy of Science Between the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities”

University of Düsseldorf, Germany
March 8–11, 2016

Since 2013, the German Society for Philosophy of Science (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie – GWP) organizes triennial international conferences in philosophy of science. The second international conference, GWP.2016, will be held at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf.

Invited plenary speakers are:
Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth)
Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Hannover)
Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
Stathis Psillos (Athens)
Alexander Rosenberg (Durham)
Gila Sher (San Diego)

The GWP invites contributions devoted to all fields of the philosophy of science. We welcome proposals for individual papers (30 min plus 15 min discussion) or symposia (3 speakers in a total 2-hour session). Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals for either individual papers or symposia. All submissions will be subjected to a blind refereeing procedure. Proposals for papers should include the title and abstract (up to 500 words), symposia proposals should include the symposium title, a description of the symposium’s rationale (up to 500 words) and for each of the 3 speakers the title and abstract (up to 500 words). The conference language is English, but German contributions will also be considered.

For submission via EasyChair and technical details see the call for papers and symposia at: www.wissphil.de/gwp2016

The deadline for all submissions is 27. September 2015. Expected notification of acceptance by the beginning of December.

Local organizers: G. Schurz (Chair), A. Christian, C. Feldbacher, A. Gebharter, D. Hommen, N. Retzlaff, P. Thorn
GWP organizers: U. Feest, U. Krohs, H. Lyre, T. Reydon

 

Seminar: Mirror Neurons

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From: Anderson, Jami ( Philosophy Department ) <jamia@umflint.edu>
Summer Seminar
Mirror Neurons, Empathy and Autism
July 14–17, 2015

http://cognethic.org/summer.html

Faculty Instructor
Dr. Gregory Hickok, Professor Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine, author of “The Myth of Mirror Neurons: The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition”

Call for Proposals
This brief but intense summer seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to critically examine research concerning mirror neurons as well as the role mirror neurons have come to play in providing an explanation of a variety of psychological phenomena, in particular the role mirror neurons are alleged to play in the foundations of autism. The summer seminar will provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars from various disciplines from around the world to work together to critically analyze the neuroscience research of mirror neurons, as well as the implications that research has had in how autism is now conceptualized and treated.

Participants from a wide range of disciplines and professions are encouraged to apply. Please send a 1000–1200 word proposal clearly stating how your current research interests align with the focus of this seminar. Through generous support from CCN and the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department, the costs for staff support, housing and meals during seminar sessions will be waived. Participants need only cover their own travel costs and evening meals. To submit a proposal or for further information, please contact Dr. Jami L Anderson, Philosophy Department, University of Michigan-Flint, co-director of Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, anderson@cognition.org.

The CCN Summer Seminar is a new program under the auspices of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics (CCN) that brings together scholars interested in creating well-reasoned and ethically sound research concerning the meaning, causes and social and individual implications of experiencing autism. The Summer Seminar: Autism organizing committee will select presenters on the basis of the quality of proposals and their assumed ability to contribute to a well-rounded, and intellectually rewarding seminar experience for all participants. Summer Seminar: Autism upholds CCN’s larger mission, that of supporting interdisciplinary projects in order to break down barriers that exist not only between scholarly disciplines but that surround professions. We support research activities across multiple fields and professions by creating, fostering, and supporting collaborations and communication across professional spheres.

CCN is a joint venture between the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint and the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (IINN). CCN supports interdisciplinary research with the conviction that the skills and knowledge that scholars from different disciplines bring to a partnership enrich and inform the others, creating unique, synergistic research that would not be possible in an isolated disciplinary environment.

 

CfP: Social Kinds in JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ONTOLOGY

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From: Hindriks, F.A. <f.a.hindriks@rug.nl>
Subject: CFP on Social Kinds

 

Call for Papers: SOCIAL KINDS

Journal of Social Ontology (JSO) will publish a special section devoted to social kinds. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015.
JSO is an interdisciplinary open-access journal on social ontology. It features scholarly work pertaining to the basic structures of the social world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including moral, social and political philosophy, anthropology, cognitive science, economics, history, law, political science, and psychology. Topics that JSO covers range from small-scale everyday interactions to encompassing societal institutions, from expert teams to hierarchical organizations, and from unintended consequences to institutional design. The journal provides a forum for exchanges between scholars of diverse disciplinary and methodological backgrounds. In addition to major articles, JSO publishes review essays, discussion articles, and book reviews. More info about the journal and instructions for authors can be found from http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jso
Special Section: Social Kinds

Social kinds include money and marriage, recessions and unemployment, as well as race and gender. It is often argued that social kinds depend in some way on people’s attitudes, activities, habits and practices. Actions and attitudes of individuals may both determine what social kinds exist and what the particular nature of different social kinds is, and may causally bring about and sustain social kinds. Even so, social reality is “stubbornly real” in that the extent to which individuals can change it is rather limited. This raises a number of questions concerning the ontology of social kinds.

Questions to be addressed in the special section include (but are not limited to):

- THE NATURE OF SOCIAL KINDS: Are social kinds uniform, or might ‘money’ and ‘gender’ for instance be fundamentally different kinds? Does essentialism apply to any social kinds? Should we adopt some form of realism about them? What kind of ontological dependence is at stake? On what does the existence and identity of social kinds depend on?

- SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION: Social construction plays a central role in the debate on social kinds. What is it? And what role do social practices play in it? Is social construction merely a causal process, or is it also a matter of constitution? How can notions such as bootstrapping, or looping effects contribute to our understanding of social kinds?

- KNOWLEDGE: It has been argued that the knowledge that those who do the construction have about their constructs is infallible. Is this indeed the case, and if so does it hold for all social kinds (including recession and unemployment) or only for some (perhaps money and marriage)? Do social kinds depend on collective intentionality? Which social kinds, if any, require common knowledge? If social kinds require collective acceptance, is this part of the very concept of a social kind? Can people be mistaken about any feature of institutions, or do some have a privileged status?

- FUNCTION: Which functions do social kinds fulfill? Is the function of some or all social kinds to solve coordination problems? In which sense (if any) is a status function a function? (How) can social kinds be dysfunctional? Does analyzing social kinds in terms of (regulative or constitutive) rules serve to shed light on social functions?

- NATURAL KINDS: How if at all do social kinds differ from natural kinds? Which insights from the philosophical study concerning natural kinds extend to the study of social kinds? If social kinds are homeostatic property clusters, what holds those properties together? How do theories concerning substantial kinds or primary kinds apply to social reality?How does the ontological nature of social kinds affect the theory of reference to social kinds? Do the social sciences rely on social kinds in the same way as some have suggested that the natural sciences rely on natural kinds?

- NORMATIVITY: Many if not all social kinds have a normative or evaluative dimension. What roles do norms and appraisals play in social kinds? What role do deontic powers play in institutions? Might some social classifications (like gender and race categories) uphold unjust practices? If so, does this pose special problems for social criticism? How can the normative dimension of such social constructions be justified or criticized? How if at all are ideologies implicated in social kinds?

We welcome any paper-length submissions (up to 8500 words) related to the topic of social kinds, and not restricted to these questions. All submissions should be suitable for anonymous review. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015. For further info, please contact arto.laitinen[at]uta.fi; f.a.hindriks[at]rug.nl or mari.mikkola[at]hu-berlin.de.
Editor-in-Chief
Hans Bernhard Schmid (University of Vienna)

Editorial Assistant
Gerhard Thonhauser (University of Vienna)

Editors
Frank Hindriks (University of Groningen)
Heikki Ikäheimo (University of New South Wales, Sydney)
Arto Laitinen (University of Tampere)
Mari Mikkola (Humboldt University of Berlin)
David Schweikard (University of Münster)
Alessandro Salice (University of Copenhagen)
Advisory Board
Lynne Baker (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Monika Betzler (University of Bern)
Luc Bovens (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)
Michael Bratman (Stanford University)
Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley)
David Copp (University of California, Davis)
Vincent Descombes (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Margaret Gilbert (University of California, Irvine)
Natalie Gold (Kings College, London)
Sally Haslanger (Mass. Institute of Technology, Cambridge)
Axel Honneth (University of Frankfurt)
Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)
Eerik Lagerspetz (University of Turku)
Tony Lawson (University of Cambridge)
Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)
Larry May (Vanderbilt University, Nashville)
Seumas Miller (Charles Sturt University and Delft University of Technology)
Élisabeth Pacherie (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Philip Pettit (Princeton University)
Michael Quante (University of Münster)
Carol Rovane (Columbia University, New York)
John Searle (University of California, Berkeley)
Barry Smith (University of Buffalo)
Robert Sugden (University of East Anglia)
Deborah P. Tollefson (Memphis State University)
Michael Tomasello (Max-Planck-Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig)
Raimo Tuomela (University of Helsinki)

Prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks

University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Helsinki, TINT Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

http://www.rug.nl/staff/f.a.hindriks/index

http://www.helsinki.fi/tint/

 

Conf: Sellars’s Place in 20th Century Philosophy

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From: Anke Breunig <anke.breunig@phil.uni-halle.de>

 

Conference Announcement
Sellars’s Place in 20th Century Philosophy
June 12-14, 2015 in Erlangen, Germany

Wilfrid Sellars is one of the most important philosophers of the last century with a distinct and unique voice within twentieth century philosophy. However, both his place in the history of philosophy and many of his systematic contributions to still on-going debates have been insufficiently appreciated by mainstream analytic philosophy. The aim of this conference is to contribute to a reassessment of Sellars’s key insights and achievements for contemporary analytic philosophy and to a better understanding of his place within the recent history of our subject. Talks will focus on the relations between Sellars’s views and those of other major figures of his time, as well as on systematic issues.

Speakers:
James Conant (Chicago), Willem deVries (New Hampshire), James O’Shea (Dublin), Johanna Seibt (Aarhus), Johannes Haag (Potsdam), Johannes Hübner (Halle), Lionel Shapiro (Connecticut), Kenneth Westphal (Istanbul), Tadeusz Szubka (Szczecin), Franz Knappik (Berlin), Christian Barth (Berlin), Boris Brandhoff (Bonn), Stefan Brandt (Erlangen), Anke Breunig (Halle).

For more information see:
www.sellars-in-20th-century.com

Attendance is free, but since capacity is limited please register online until June 1st.

Organized by Stefan Brandt (stefan.brandt@fau.de) and Anke Breunig (anke.breunig@phil.uni-halle.de).

 

Conf: Experimental Philosophy

James Beebe <beebejames@yahoo.com>

CFP: Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference 2015

Submission deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015

Conference dates: Fri., Sept. 11 – Sat., Sept. 12, 2015

Conference Venue: Embassy Suites Buffalo, 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 14202, United States, 716-842-1000 (http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/embassy-suites-buffalo-BUFESES/index.html)

 

Keynote Speaker:

 

Thomas Nadelhoffer (College of Charleston, http://www.thomasnadelhoffer.com/)

Prof. Nadelhoffer’s main areas of research include free will, moral psychology, neuroethics, and punishment theory.

 

 

We invite submissions for paper or poster presentations on any topic pertaining to experimental philosophy. Submissions can report new experimental results or contribute to broader philosophical or methodological debates over existing or possible results. Both XPhi-friendly and XPhi-critical papers are welcomed. For paper submissions, we prefer to receive complete papers, but we will also accept extended abstracts. For poster submissions, please submit an extended abstract.

 

Participants who give paper presentations will be given 50 minute sessions within which to present their research and to respond to questions. Speakers are encouraged to allow at least 15 min. for Q&A. Speakers are also strongly encouraged to talk through their papers rather than read them verbatim. A poster session and hors d’oeuvres reception will take place on the evening of Fri., Sept. 11.

 

The conference registration fee will be $50 for faculty and $25 for graduate students and independent scholars.

 

Submissions should be sent via email to rkelly2@buffalo.edu no later than June 1, 2015. Organizers: Robert Kelly and James Beebe (Experimental Epistemology Research Group, University at Buffalo). The event is sponsored by the Peter Hare Memorial Fund and the Dept. of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

http://eerg.buffalo.edu/

 

 

 

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/ James R. Beebe, Ph.D.

/ Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

/ Director, Experimental Epistemology Research Group

/ Member, Center for Cognitive Science

/ Web: http://www.buffalo.edu/~jbeebe2

/ Office: 106 Park Hall

/ State University of New York at Buffalo

/ Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

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Conf: Modal Metaphysics

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From: SLOVAK METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY <slovakmetaphysics@gmail.com>
Subject: CFP: MODAL METAPHYSICS: ISSUES ON THE (IM)POSSIBLE III (Deadline: April 30, 2015)

 
MODAL METAPHYSICS: ISSUES ON THE (IM)POSSIBLE III

September 16-17, |)2015
(Bratislava, SLOVAKIA)

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

DANIEL NOLAN (Australian National University)

MARK JAGO (University of Nottingham)

We invite submissions for a 30 minute presentation followed by 10 minute comments and a 15 minute discussion. Areas of interest might include any aspect of analytic metaphysics of modality. A paper of approximately 3000 words should be prepared for blind review and include a cover page with the full name, title, institution and contact information (female philosophers are especially encouraged to submit a paper). Files can be submitted in pdf or doc(x) and should be sent to modalmetaphysics@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance: June 30, 2015

The authors selected for the conference will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal of analytic philosophy Organon F. If you wish to submit a paper, or would need any further details, please, email us to the above address, contact Martin Vacek, or visit the conference website www.metaphysics.sk.

 

CfP: Humanities and Technology Review

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From: Erwin, Sean <SErwin@barry.edu>
Subject: Call for Papers, Humanities and Technology Review
CALL FOR PAPERS

Humanities and Technology Review

The Humanities and Technology Review is currently accepting papers of

4000-6000 word length for its 2015 issue This year’s specific theme is,

“Technology and Politics”, but papers addressing any area of technology

studies or the intersection of technology and some area in the humanities

are welcome.

 

For more information or to see previous issues of the HTR:

http://htronline.weebly.com/

 

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 1st 2015. All submissions

must conform to APA, 6th edition guidelines. For details see, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

The HTR is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually

in the Fall. All decisions on submissions are made by blind review.

 

Please address inquiries to:

 

Seán Erwin, PhD

Editor, Humanities and Technology Review

Assistant Professor Philosophy

Barry University

11415 NE 2nd Avenue

Barry University

Miami Shores, FL 33161

Serwin@barry.edu

 

CfP: Humanities and Technology Review

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From: Erwin, Sean <SErwin@barry.edu>
Subject: Call for Papers, Humanities and Technology Review
CALL FOR PAPERS

Humanities and Technology Review

The Humanities and Technology Review is currently accepting papers of

4000-6000 word length for its 2015 issue This year’s specific theme is,

“Technology and Politics”, but papers addressing any area of technology

studies or the intersection of technology and some area in the humanities

are welcome.

 

For more information or to see previous issues of the HTR:

http://htronline.weebly.com/

 

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 1st 2015. All submissions

must conform to APA, 6th edition guidelines. For details see, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

 

The HTR is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually

in the Fall. All decisions on submissions are made by blind review.

 

Please address inquiries to:

 

Seán Erwin, PhD

Editor, Humanities and Technology Review

Assistant Professor Philosophy

Barry University

11415 NE 2nd Avenue

Barry University

Miami Shores, FL 33161

Serwin@barry.edu

 

Conf: NW Philosophy

Please direct all replies to Ed Kaitz <eekaitz@nic.edu>
Call for Papers
 
Northwest Philosophy Conference
 
North Idaho College
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
 
Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, 2015
Submission Guidelines
Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome.  Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (about 3000 words, not including material that will not be presented, such as abstract, bibliography, and any footnotes or endnotes).  Submissions should be formatted for blind review (only title at top of Page 1) and sent as Word or PDF documents to
Ed Kaitz <eekaitz@nic.edu>.
In the body of the email, please include paper title, 100- to 200-word abstract, author name, affiliation, status (graduate student or faculty), and contact information.  Within two business days, you will receive email confirmation that your paper has been submitted successfully.  Papers should be approximately 3,000 words (10-12 pages).
Submission deadline is August 1, 2015.
Final decisions will be made no later than August 30, 2015.
To facilitate and encourage discussion, paper sessions will have session chairs rather than commentators for individual papers.
Volunteers are needed to chair sessions; please e-mail if interested.
has more information.
 

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