Conf: Experimental Philosophy

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Workshop Experimental Philosophy

in Bochum, 26.-28.Nov. 2015

Organization: Albert Newen, Kevin Reuter, Pascale Willemsen
Institut für Philosophie II, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The first conference of the Experimental Philosophy Group Germany will take part from Thursday, 26th November to Saturday, 28th November, 2015 at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics dealt with in experimental philosophy: moral cognition, causal cognition, aesthetics, philosophy of language and concepts, just to name a few. Our aim is to bring together researchers in philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences whose research touches any of the aforementioned topics, and to provide a platform for exchanging ideas.

Keynote Speakers:
Elke Brendel (University of Bonn)
Joshua Knobe (Yale University)
Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh)
Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)

Further Speakers:
Roland Bluhm (TU Dortmund)
Nathalie Gold (King’s College London)
Joachim Horvath (University of Cologne)
Albert Newen (Ruhr University Bochum)
Kevin Reuter (Ruhr University Bochum)
Hannes Rusch (University of Cologne, Technical University of Munich)
Hanno Sauer (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Joshua Shepherd (Oxford University)
Pascale Willemsen (Ruhr University Bochum)

Call for Papers/Posters:
We invite submissions from philosophy and empirical science for papers and posters related to the topics of the conference.
Please submit an extended abstract of 500 words using the Easychair website.

Exemplary topics:
- Experimental Philosophy of Mind and Language
- Causal and Moral Judgement
- Experimental Aesthetics
- Experimental Philosophy of Epistemology
- Meta-Philosophical Aspects
- …
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st August 2015

For the latest information concerning the workshop visit our homepage:


Conf: Why Trust a Theory?

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LMU Munich

7-9 December 2015


Fundamental physics today faces increasing difficulties to find conclusive
empirical confirmation of its theories. Some empirically unconfirmed or
inconclusively confirmed theories in the field have nevertheless attained
a high degree of trust among their exponents and are de facto treated as
well established theories. This situation raises a number of questions
that are of substantial importance for the future development of
fundamental physics. Can a high degree of trust in an empirically
unconfirmed or inconclusively confirmed theory be scientifically
justified? Does the extent to which empirically unconfirmed theories are
trusted today constitute a substantial change of the character of
scientific reasoning? Might some important theories of contemporary
fundamental physics be empirically untestable in principle?

The workshop will be centred around an in-depth discussion of these and
other related questions, with a particular focus on the methodological and
philosophical aspects. As such, it will be an interdisciplinary event,
involving physicists and philosophers of science. It will bring together
main exponents of important theories in fundamental physics, physicists
who have expressed criticism of the current strategies of theory
assessment in fundamental physics and philosophers who have thought about
those issues.

Peter Achinstein (Johns Hopkins University)
Matthias Bartelmann (University of Heidelberg)
Radin Dardashti (LMU Munich)
Richard Dawid (LMU Munich)
Gia Dvali (LMU Munich)
George Ellis (University of Cape Town)
David Gross (UC Santa Barbara and Kavli Institute)
Sabine Hossenfelder (NORDITA, Stockholm)
Nick Huggett (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Gordon Kane (University of Michigan)
Viatcheslav Mukhanov (LMU Munich)
Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY, New York)
Joseph Polchinski (UC Santa Barbara and Kvali Institute)
Carlo Rovelli (University of Aix Marseilles)
Joseph Silk (Johns Hopkins Univ. & Universite Pierre et Marie Curie)
Chris Smeenk (Western University)
Karim Thébault (LMU Munich)
Chris Wüthrich (University of Geneva)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftstheorie
Sekretariat Professor Hartmann
Ludwigstr. 31/I
80539 München

Tel.: 089-2180-3319
FAX: 089-2180-17752


Conf: Knowing How

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Subject: CFA: CSE 2015 Knowing How





International Symposium

November 6-7, 2015

University of Montreal

Quebec, Canada


Organized by the

Canadian Society for Epistemology


Deadline for submission: Monday September 14.


Knowing how is a strange epistemic category. From the very beginning of philosophy, philosophers made a distinction between techne and episteme, the first one having basically no philosophical value and considered to be secondary. This has been more or less the standard philosophical position and it still is to some extent. Recent work on the subject has tried to show that knowing how could be reduced to knowing that. However, research in cognitive sciences sheds a new light on some aspects of knowing how and its relationships to knowing that. This year’s symposium will be devoted to exploring the various dimensions of these issues. What is the nature of knowing how? How is it related to knowing that? What areas of knowledge are touched by knowing how? What is the philosophical value of knowing how?


The languages of the symposium are English and French. Authors are invited to submit a 250 word abstract (in English or in French) for a paper of 20-30 minutes reading time. The deadline for submitting an abstract is Monday September 14. Abstracts can be submitted online.


For more information, visit the Symposium website at


or write to


Yves Bouchard

David Matheson




Yves Bouchard

Department of Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Université de Sherbrooke

2500, boulevard de l’Université

Sherbrooke (Quebec) J1K 2R1 Canada

Phone 819-821-8000 ext. 62335

Fax 819-821-7677


CfP: Heaven and Philosophy

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Subject: Call for Papers: Heaven and Philosophy


Call for Papers: Heaven and Philosophy, edited anthology of original papers

Editor: Simon Cushing, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan-Flint (Co-editor, The Philosophy of Autism, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013)

Deadline for 300-400-Word Abstracts: October 1st, 2015

This anthology will collect papers that apply the tools of analytic philosophy to topics associated with the afterlife, focusing on heaven in particular.  The hope is that the papers will demonstrate familiarity with contemporary philosophical discussions of the relevant topics while at the same time making the material accessible to non-philosophers.  Use of philosophical jargon should be kept to a minimum and explained when use is unavoidable.  In some cases (for example, personal identity) there is a good deal of existing philosophical literature, with which the author is expected to be familiar and to which s/he should refer, but in others the ground is more-or-less uncharted.

Go to for suggested topics and for link to submit abstract and personal information.

CfP: “Character of Physicalism” – Topoi special issue

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“The Character of Physicalism”
Special Issue of Topoi

Guest Editor
Andreas Elpidorou
Department of Philosophy
University of 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
( indicating special issue “The Character of Physicalism.”

For further details, please check the website of Topoi. An International Review of Philosophy:

For any further questions regarding the special issue please contact Andreas Elpidorou at


CfP: “Critical Data Studies” – Big Data & Society Special Theme

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CFP: “Critical Data Studies” – Big Data & Society Special Theme

Guest Editors: Andrew Iliadis (Purdue University) and Federica Russo (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Critical Data Studies (CDS) is a growing field of research that focuses on the unique theoretical, ethical, and epistemological challenges posed by “Big Data.” Rather than treat Big Data as a scientifically empirical, and therefore largely neutral phenomena, CDS advocates the view that data should be seen as always-already constituted within wider data assemblages. Assemblages is a concept that helps capture the multitude of ways that already-composed data structures inflect and interact with society, its organization and functioning, and the resulting impact on individuals’ daily lives. CDS questions the many assumptions about data that permeate contemporary literature on information and society by locating instances where data may be naively taken to denote objective and transparent informational entities.

CDS may be viewed as an emerging field connected to Information Ethics, Software Studies, and Critical Information Studies in that it seeks to question the ethical import of information and Big Data for society. Problems of causality, quality, security, and uncertainty concern CDS scholars. Recent articles outlining the theoretical program of CDS offer a new platform from which to question data in this manner. We seek essays for this special volume that broaden these latest commitments in CDS to include new empirical research projects on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that fall under the umbrella of Big Data, while also seeking to question their attendant epistemological shifts. Through the critical lens of ethics and morality, this special volume opens up CDS to localizations where Big Data can no longer be seen as neutral, and where an ethics of Big Data might emerge.

Issues of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Causality: how should we find causes in the era of ‘data-driven science?’ Do we need a new conception of causality to fit with new practices?
- Quality: how should we ensure that data are good enough quality for the purposes for which we use them? What should we make of the open access movement; what kind of new technologies might be needed?
- Security: how can we adequately secure data, while making it accessible to those who need it? How do we protect databases?
- Uncertainty: can Big Data help with uncertainty, or does it generate new uncertainties? What technologies are essential to reduce uncertainty elements in data-driven sciences?

Proposals of 1000 words are invited for consideration and inclusion in the Special Theme to be published in Big Data & Society (BD&S), an open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies.

Manuscripts should be 8,000 words for an Original Research Article, 3,000 words for a Commentary, and 1,000 words for an essay in the Early Career Research Forum section. All submissions of Original Research Articles to BD&S are double-blind, and triple peer-reviewed. Commentaries and ECR submissions are reviewed by the Guest Editors.

Proposals should be sent to the Guest Editors: and

Manuscript Guidelines:

Style Guidelines:

Proposal Deadline: July 10, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: end of July

Paper Deadline: October 4, 2015

Reviews Returned: end of December

Revised Paper Deadline: February 29, 2016

Anticipated Publication Date: Spring/Summer 2016

CFP link:


Conf: Virginia Philosophical Association

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Subject: CFP: Virginia Philosophical Assoc (9-10 Oct 2015)


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


Conf: Emergence

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31st Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science

Topic: Emergence

University of Colorado at Boulder

October 16th-18th, 2015

Description: The notion of emergence is of central interest across a variety of domains of philosophical and scientific inquiry. Emergent phenomena are phenomena that in some sense “arise” from other phenomena, on which they somehow “depend” but to which they’re also somehow “irreducible”. Putative examples are common and span physical, chemical, biological, psychological, linguistic, social, economic, and political dimensions. The notion of emergence is invoked to account for phenomena that appear to resist more familiar forms of theoretical characterization. Use of the notion in both philosophy and science has a long history. As such use has become more central and pervasive, the need for careful, systematic theorizing about it has become more pressing. Exactly what is emergence, and how is it related to such notions as grounding, explanation, supervenience, causation, and identity? Does the notion help illuminate the nature of the relevant phenomena, or does it hide a lack of understanding behind an obscure concept? The conference aims to explore these and related issues from philosophical and scientific perspectives, both historical and contemporary.

Keynote speakers:

Jessica Wilson, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Michael Hermele, Department of Physics, University of Colorado
Paul Humphreys, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia

We invite submissions on any historical or contemporary topic related to scientific or philosophical issues regarding emergence. Aiming for both depth and breadth, we welcome cutting-edge work at any level of specificity or generality.

Faculty interested in presenting are invited to submit an abstract of 500-1000 words.
Graduate students are invited to submit full papers of 3000-4000 words​.

All submissions should be prepared for blind review, and should be suitable for 30-40min sessions.

Submissions are due by June 30, 2015 and should be sent as an email attachment in pdf format to the organizers​:​ ​Carol Cleland ( and Raul Saucedo (

Acceptances will be announced by August 5, 2015.

Graduate stipend: Graduate students are encouraged to submit for the program; those whose papers are accepted will receive a modest stipend of $100 to help offset travel expenses.

The Committee on the History and Philosophy of Science at University of Colorado at Boulder is co-sponsored by the University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Humanities and the Arts, the Museum of Natural History, and by the following University of Colorado Departments: Anthropology, Geological Sciences, History, Mathematics, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Philosophy, Physics.

Joseph Wilson
Graduate Student, Department of Philosophy
Assistant to The Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Colorado at Boulder


CfP: Polish Journal of Philosophy

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The Polish Journal of Philosophy (PJP) is a peer reviewed journal publishing valuable contributions on any aspect of philosophy. The principal aim of PJP is to promote the best of the living Polish philosophical tradition, especially the Lvov-Warsaw School of analytic philosophy and the phenomenological school of Roman Ingarden. PJP is edited and published at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków.

We invite the submission of articles on any aspect of philosophy, provided that they are not of a primarily expository or historical character. The articles should not exceed the length of 8,000 words and should conform to the specific guidelines provided on our website You are welcome to send us either electronic or printed copy of your paper, addressed to the Editorial Office (see contact details). Please make sure that all personal data or institutional affiliations are removed from the submitted version in order that we may send it on for a blind-review. The Polish Journal of Philosophy has been given NAT category by the European Science Foundation and is indexed on the ERIH list.

We aim to give authors our decision within twelve weeks. Once accepted, the paper is expected to appear within a calendar year. For further information please consult our website or write to us at

Contact details:
Polish Journal of Philosophy
Institute of Philosophy
Jagiellonian University
Grodzka 52
PL-31-044 Kraków


CFP: Powers, Perception & Agency Summer School and Conference, 21-27 September 2015

The intensive Powers, Perception & Agency Summer School will be devoted to the study of such power-based theories of perception and agency in the light of the most recent developments in metaphysics. It will be followed by a two day conference with five internationally renowned philosophers working specifically on powers and the application of power ontology in different areas of philosophy (John Heil, Jonathan Jacobs, Chris Martin, Stephen Mumford, and William Jaworski. During the Summer School, in addition to the lectures, the students will have the chance to particularly engage with the work of these philosophers and work out comments on them to be discussed during the conference.
Application deadline: 03 July 2015
For more information and how to apply, please visit:

Please note that all posts regarding calls for papers on conferences, workshops, journals, etc. within Continental Europe could be find under the category Call for Papers and subcategory Continental Europe on the sidebar.If you would like to share information concerning any call for papers which is directly or could be indirectly related to Sellars’s philosophy, please do not hesitate to contact me:
Vera Lyubenova
Email: v.lyubenova[at]web[dot]de

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