Conf: Chance

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From: Jan-Willem Romeijn <>
Subject: CfP: Chance Encounter, June 23-24, Groningen


The Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Groningen is hosting a


on June 23 and 24, to discuss the metaphysics and epistemology of chance. Invited speakers are Nina Emery (Brown), Luke Fenton-Glynn (UCL), Roman Frigg (LSE), Jan Sprenger (TiLPS) and Mauricio Suarez (Madrid).

There are some time slots available for contributed papers. If you would like to present, please send a paper (at most 6000 words) or an extended abstract (1500 words) to Contributions will be selected by the organizers with help from the invited speakers. The deadline for submissions is February 29. Notifications will go out on April 11.

Notice that the event directly follows the Formal Epistemology workshop; see Papers may be submitted to both events but can only be presented once. Acceptances for FEW will take precedence unless indicated otherwise. The Chance Encounter marks the end of a research project on chances in Groningen; see for more details.

Prof. dr. J.W. Romeijn
University of Groningen


Conf: Ethics and the Brain

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From: Anderson, Jami ( Philosophy Department ) <>
Subject: Ethics and the Brain conference call for abstracts

Ethics and the Brain

May 20-21, 2016
The Decade of the Brain has ended. What did learn about ourselves? What are we continuing to learn about ourselves, our moral worth, our status as ethical persons and moral agents, as neuroscience research advances? What relevance, if any, does neuroscience have to significant moral and ethical questions to which humans have been seeking answers for thousands of years? The theme should be interpreted broadly.

Keynote Speakers are:

Dr. William J. FitzPatrick, Philosophy Department University of Rochester: “Experimental Ethics and Debunking Projects”

Dr. Nicole Vincent, Philosophy Department, Georgia State University: “Cognitive Enhancement and Control of Emerging Technologies”

Submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical studies (including gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, and critical legal theory…), law, education, linguistics, the neurosciences, and the pharmaceutical and medical sciences as well as other relevant disciplines and fields are welcome. The abstract submission deadline is April 1, 2016. All abstracts should be submitted electronically to this address:

Papers presented at the Ethics and the Brain conference will be eligible for inclusion in a proceedings issue of the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics<> (JCN). The JCN is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published online, aimed at the cross-fertilization of research in neuroscience and related medical fields as well as scholarship in normative disciplines that focus on legal, social and ethical and policy issues. JCN is committed to presenting wide ranging discussions. We are looking to publish works that explore ideas, concepts, theories and their implications across multiple disciplines and professions.

Ethics and the Brain is being co-sponsored by the Center of Cognition and Neuroethics and the Philosophy Department of the University of Michigan-Flint. The Center for Cognition and Neuroethics<> (CCN) promotes both the exploration of the conceptual foundations of the neurosciences and the study of the implications of their advances for society in the legal, political, and ethical realms. CCN will disseminate this knowledge to as wide an audience as possible through publications, seminars, and other media. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines and professions that allow opportunities for intellectual synergy and increased impact by creating, fostering and supporting research and educational collaborations and communication.

For additional information, please contact

Dr. Jami Anderson, Philosophy Department UM-Flint, Director Center of Cognition and Neuroethics


Conf: Metaphysics of Science

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From: Tahko, Tuomas E <>
Subject: Society for the Metaphysics of Science (2nd Annual Conference), Geneva


CFP: Society for the Metaphysics of Science (2nd Annual Conference), Geneva

After its successful first meeting at Rutgers, Newark in 2015, The Society for the Metaphysics of Science (SMS) will be holding its second annual conference on September 15-17, 2016 at University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Our keynote speaker will be:

Helen Beebee (University of Manchester)

In addition, Alyssa Ney (UC Davis) will deliver a presidential address.

All other sessions will comprise submitted papers.

As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature an organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, continue to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference. (For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page. SMS also has a Facebook page.)

At the conference, presentations will be 40 minutes. Submissions should be on a topic in the metaphysics of science broadly construed, of no more than 6,000 words and should include an abstract of ~150 words and a word count. All papers must employ gender-neutral language and be prepared for blind review.

Submissions must be made using the EasyChair online submission system at: The submission deadline is March 1, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by May 15, 2016. The conference will have a $50 registration fee. (The fee will be waived for graduate students.)

There will be a satellite event on Ground in Philosophy of Science immediately before the conference, 13-14 September. Further information and a separate CFP for the satellite event can be found here.

The Society would like to thank the Department of Philosophy at the University of Geneva for patronage.

Contact tuomas.tahko at the domain for further information.

Program Committee:
Tuomas Tahko, University of Helsinki, Chair
Emma Tobin, University College London, Co-Chair
Paavo Pylkkänen, University of Helsinki
Sarah Robins, University of Kansas
Alastair Wilson, University of Birmingham

On behalf of:
Alyssa Ney, President, Society for the Metaphysics of Science
Christian Wuthrich, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, SMS 2016
Tuomas Tahko, Chair of the Program Committee, SMS 2016
Ken Aizawa, Secretary/Treasurer SMS


Conf: Philosophy of Time

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From: Bardon, Adrian <>
Subject: Third annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Time: CFA


Third annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Time (a joint project of the Philosophy of Time Society [USA], the Centre for Time [Australia] and the Center for Philosophy of Time [Italy]).
June 10-11, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, USA. Two full days, with conference banquet the second night; arrive June 9, depart June 12.


There will be a number of $500 travel awards for best abstracts submitted by graduate students and non tenure track faculty.


Please send an abstract (300 words max) of your paper (reading time no more than 25 minutes) by email attachment to Adrian Bardon at by March 15, 2016. Include name, institutional affiliation, and preferred email address on abstract. Indicate if you are eligible and wish to be considered for the travel awards described above.


In addition to paper sessions, several special sessions have already been arranged:

A panel session on quantum gravity and spacetime, which will feature Christian Wuthrich (Geneva), Alyssa Ney (UC-Davis), and Tiziana Vistarini (Colorado).

Another panel session on causation and time, which will feature Sara Bernstein (Duke), Heather Demarest (Oklahoma), Mathias Frisch (Hannover), and Nina Emery (Brown).

Finally, we have planned a formal debate between Kristie Miller (Sydney) and Graeme A. Forbes (Kent) on the question, “Is there a future for Growing Block Theory?”


Registration fee will be $75 US for tenured and tenure-track faculty, or international permanent equivalent; there will be no fee for graduate students and non-tenure-track, contingent, or retired faculty.

Send registration fee in the form of a check made out to “WFU Philosophy” to:

Donna Simmons – Philosophy Dept.

Wake Forest University

P.O. Box 7332

Winston Salem, NC 27109


If eligible for a fee waiver, just email Adrian Bardon at to register.


A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the Embassy Suites at the conference rate of $129/night. Go to the following page to book a room:

You will have up until 30 days before the conference–or until the block of rooms has filled–to secure a room at this rate. Travel to and from airport (GSO) by shuttle has been arranged.

This meeting is sponsored, in part, by the Thomas Jack Lynch Fund of the Wake Forest University Philosophy Department. The organizers are grateful for this support.


Contact Adrian Bardon at with questions.

To join the IAPT philosophy of time mailing list (there is a monthly email newsletter with conference information, etc.), contact Giuliano Torrengo at

Conf: Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?

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From: Hildt, Elisabeth <>
Subject: CFA Symposium: Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?

Call for Abstracts: Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago: April 15-16, 2016
Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2016

Neuroscience seeks to understand the biological systems that guide human behavior and cognition. Normative ethics, on the other hand, seeks to understand the system of abstract moral principles dictating how people ought to behave. Can neuroscience provide insight into normative ethics, and help us better understand which human actions and judgments are right, and which are wrong?
Researchers across disciplines who are interested in this question are invited to participate in a symposium on April 15-16 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Prospective presenters are asked to submit abstracts of 200-400 words by February 1st, 2016 to; authors will receive selection decisions by February 28th.

Invited speakers: James Giordano (Georgetown University), Eddy Nahmias (Georgia State University) and Kurt Gray (University of North Carolina).

Presentations should take either 20 or 30 minutes and may address the question directly, or may address the question indirectly, by proposing research programs or discussing neuroscientific research thought to have normative implications. Authors skeptical of the normative significance of neuroscience are encouraged to discuss the scope and limits of neuroscience as it bears on non-normative moral and philosophical questions. Metatheoretical arguments of all kinds—either for or against the view that neuroscience has normative implications—are welcome.

One graduate student will be awarded $500 in travel funds on the basis of his or her submitted abstract. The symposium is funded by the Swiss Cogito Foundation, and organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology as part of the project Neuroethics: On the Interplay Between Neuroscience and Ethics.
When submitting a proposal, please indicate beneath its title whether you would be interested in developing your presentation into a paper to be published in a collected volume edited by the symposium organizers (“For Collected Volume”) or not (“Not For Collected Volume”).

Questions regarding the symposium should be directed to symposium organizer Geoff Holtzman at


Dr. Elisabeth Hildt
Professor of Philosophy
Director, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Illinois Institute of Technology
3241 S Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312-567-3902

Conf: Science versus Common Sense?

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From: Eyghen, H.M.R.A. van <>
Subject: Science versus Common Sense? Conference: 25-27 feb 2016

Conference “Science versus Common Sense?”
February 25-27, 2016, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Conference theme
This conference seeks to address the nature, limits, and value of common sense, especially in relation and possibly in contrast to science and scientific knowledge.
It is often claimed that science debunks common sense: much of our naïve physics, chemistry, and biology has been replaced by superior scientifically informed accounts of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. In recent years, various bits of our commonsensical self-understanding as free, rational, moral, and self-knowing beings has also come under attack from science. Various kinds of scientific debunking arguments are flourishing.
At the same time, it seems obvious that we cannot do without common sense. Arguably, science and the scientific method itself was built on, and continues to depend on, common sense and common sense still plays an important role as a touchstone in much philosophical theorizing.
All of this raises questions about the nature of common sense, its relation to science and philosophy, and its tenability in the face of various kinds of attacks from science and philosophy.

Key questions include:
· What is common sense? A source of knowledge, a fixed body of knowledge, an approach to knowledge, or something else?

· What is the nature of scientific knowledge? How does it differ from commonsensical knowledge?

· How are common sense and science related? Is science best thought of as ‘the long arm’ of common sense or are they more discontinuous? To what extent does science gives us reason to become skeptical about common sense (e.g., through debunking arguments)?

· How are common sense and philosophy related? What role ought common sense to play in philosophy? Are there philosophical reasons to distrust common sense?

· What are suitable epistemological pictures / models to think about the relations between science, common sense, and philosophy?
Keynote Speakers
· Russ Shafer-Landau (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

· Katia Vavova (Mount Holyoke College)

· Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh)

· Noah Lemos (William & Mary University)
Register via our website:

Organizing committee
René van Woudenberg
Jeroen de Ridder
Rik Peels
Irma Verlaan

The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of Templeton World Charity Foundation.


CfP: PHILOSOPHICA special issue: “Thinking Nature Today”

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Subject: CFP: Philosophica – Special Issue “Thinking Nature Today”

Call for Papers

The peer-reviewed magazine of the Department of Philosophy & The Centre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon
ISSN: 0872-4784

Special Issue:
Deadline for submission: 15th February 2016.

Over centuries, the category of Nature was the foundation of the unified vision of the world. Yet, it appears today to have lost that unifying role.

On the one hand, this is due to the segmentation of knowledge into multiple sciences and fields of study. On the other hand, it stems from the “crisis of nature”, which even calls into question the continuance of elements of naturality within a highly mechanized and technological future.

This special issue of Philosophica invites contributions on the following questions:

Is there still place for a philosophy of Nature?
Which are the contemporary conceptions of Nature and of the natural?
Does philosophy need to address Nature nowadays in order to think totality?
Can philosophy of landscape replace the classical philosophies of Nature?
How can the anthropocene contribute to a better understanding of Nature?

Manuscripts submitted for inclusion in this special issue must be original work and should not be under consideration with any other journal. They should have a maximum of 35.000 characters (with spaces) in length, including references and footnotes. Manuscripts should be prepared for blind review and be accompanied by an abstract in two languages of no more than 150 words each.

Authors should adhere to the Journal’s publication guidelines (

Full paper submission is due by 15th February 2016 through the following email address:

Standard peer review process will be followed.

Final decisions are expected by March 31st.

Accepted manuscripts will be published in our Spring edition.


Established in 1993, Philosophica is a peer-reviewed magazine committed to providing a platform of diffusion and debate of philosophical culture. Philosophica does not follow any specific school of thought and publishes work from all areas and traditions of philosophy in five different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and German.

Published twice a year by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon and by the Centre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon.

Philosophica is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services: ERIH-Plus; CIRC; Dialnet; Ohio Link; Latindex; UCL Periodicals Index; Philindex and Philosophy Documentation Center.

Editor-in-chief: Adriana Veríssimo Serrão
ISSN: 0872-4784

For any further information please contact: Ana Rita Ferreira


CfP: PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNOLOGY special issue: “Logic as Technology”

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Subject: CFP: Special issue of Philosophy and Technology on “Logic as Technology”


CFP: Special issue of Philosophy and Technology on “Logic as Technology”

This special issue initiates Philosophy and Technology’s new subject area on logic and technology by proposing to explore novel insights from the natural, yet in philosophical contexts still uncommon juxtaposition of logic and technology. Instead of considering questions regarding the philosophical relevance of how logic is applied in technology (as witnessed by the role of recursion theory, the foundation of computation, in logic), as a means to reason about technology (reasoning about programs, security, etc.), or even how technology is used to learn more about logic (e.g. with the help of theorem-provers), we suggest to explore how our thinking about logic can be shaped by our thinking about technology. This includes, first and foremost, the suggestion that we can see logic as a technology by avoiding the common restriction of technology to physical artefacts and the even more traditional restriction of logic to symbolically formulated deductive systems. Abstract or semantic artefacts are technologies, and logic is—like mathematics—a typical example of such a technology.

The proposal to see logic as a technology emphasises the mutual interaction between technology and philosophy, but also addresses the deeper issue that the traditional scope of the philosophy of logic does not include influential uses and applications of logic in or related to computer science, economics, cognitive science, or linguistics, as central or essential uses of logic. Indeed, the exclusive focus on logic as a universally applicable standard for correct deductive reasoning, and the common suggestion that reasoning in the vernacular is the notional domain of application for deductive logic, blocks the development of a common understanding of logics as codifications of validity and of logics as formal modelling tools.

A general header under which we can study logics as technologies starts from the insight that logical systems and theories are (pick your preferred term) developed, engineered or designed, and are often so with a particular application in mind. Even when influenced or inspired by existing linguistic and inferential practices, they are rarely the result of merely extracting the formal structure of pre-existing rational ways of reasoning, arguing or communicating. Many of their properties are, instead, best seen as the result of design or modelling decisions.

Related worries about mainstream philosophy of logic have been voiced in many different contexts, and can be tied to lines of inquiry in neighbouring disciplines. With an explicit focus on logic, we find it whenever the practice of conceptual analysis is explicitly approached in terms of conceptual and scientific modelling (Floridi 2011, Löwe & Müller 2011), and requires us to think explicitly about practical and theoretical trade-offs (Shapiro 2014). The renewed interest in Carnapian explication (Carus 2008, Dutilh Novaes & Reck 2015) further underscores this general development in contemporary theoretical and formal philosophy, whereas insights from cognitive sciences have led to specific studies of mathematics (De Cruz & De Smedt 2010, Netz 1999, Widom & Schlimm 2012) and logic (Dutilh Novaes 2012) as cognitive technologies. Finally, a more critical side of this focus on how formal languages are constructed can be found in Stokhof and van Lambalgen’s recent analysis of the role of formal languages in contemporary linguistics.


We welcome papers that explore the potential connections between logic and technology, and further develop fruitful ways of technological thinking about logic. This includes, but is not restricted to contributions that fall in one of the following categories:

Insights drawn from the history of logic, and inquiries into the historical grounds for seeing logic as an abstract artefact.
Insights drawn from the philosophy of technology, and applications to logic of specific ways of looking at technology.
Insights from the philosophy of the formal sciences, and from science and technology studies, including the philosophy of modelling, and the practice and foundations of programming.

May 1, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions
July 1, 2016: Deadline reviews papers
September 1, 2016: Deadline revised papers
2016/17: Publication of the special issue


To submit a paper for this special issue, authors should go to the journal’s Editorial Manager

The author (or a corresponding author for each submission in case of co- authored papers) must register into EM. The author must then select the special article type: “SI on Logic as Technology” from the selection provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editors.

Submissions will then be assessed according to the following procedure:

New Submission => Journal Editorial Office => Guest Editor(s) => Reviewers => Reviewers’ Recommendations => Guest Editor(s)’ Recommendation => Editor-in-Chief’s Final Decision => Author Notification of the Decision. The process will be reiterated in case of requests for revisions.

For any further information please contact: Patrick Allo



Conf: Kant

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From: Karin de Boer <>
Subject: Reminder: CFA LEUVEN KANT CONFERENCE deadline January 5
Call for Abstracts


June 2-3, 2016
University of Leuven

Submission deadline:
January 5, 2016

Keynote speakers:

Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge)
Robert Louden (University of Southern Maine)
Eric Watkins (University of California, San Diego)
The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven invites submissions for the fourth Leuven Kant Conference. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to

Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail.

Notification of acceptance by February 1, 2016.


Organizers: Karin de Boer (University of Leuven), Arnaud Pelletier (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Simon Truwant (University of Leuven), Dennis Vanden Auweele (University of Leuven)


CfP: SYNTHESE special issue on Epistemic Justification

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Subject: CfP Synthese SI Epistemic Justification


Call for Papers: Synthese Special Issue on Epistemic Justification

Submission is now open for a special issue of Synthese on epistemic justification.

Epistemic justification is a crucial concept in epistemology, connected to practically all debates within the field. Traditionally it is that which has to be added to true belief in order to yield knowledge, but in recent times the concept has been related to such notions as rational belief change and evidential support, epistemic luck, epistemic virtue and normalcy. The goal of the special issue is to collect new ideas on the subject within different research traditions in analytic epistemology, in particular those which connect the formal and informal approaches.

Papers can be submitted online via the Synthese editorial manager:

Please make sure to choose “S.I.: Epistemic Justification” as article type.

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016.

We are looking forward to your contributions,

Benjamin Bewersdorf and Jeanne Peijnenburg

Faculty of Philosophy
University of Groningen
The Netherlands


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