Conf: History of Analytic Philosophy


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From: Morris, Sean <>
Subject: Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy 2016 Meeting


The fifth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver, Colorado 16-18 June 2016. It is locally organised by Sean Morris and funded by the Philosophy Department at MSUD.

Invited Speakers:
Richard Creath, Arizona State University
Gary Ebbs, Indiana University
Consuelo Preti, The College of New Jersey

The Society for Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy is an international organization aimed at promoting discussion in all areas of scholarship concerning the development of philosophical logic, philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, the philosophy of science and epistemology. It welcomes scholars interested in the many ways in which the disciplines were influenced by thinkers such as Bolzano, Brentano and his school, Husserl, Frege, Russell, the Vienna Circle, Tarski and the Polish school, for instance, but also seeks to promote work engaging with lesser know figures and trends.

Previous conferences have been held at McMaster University, Indiana University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Trinity College Dublin.

Please visit our website​,

SSHAP invites submissions for its 2016 annual conference. Paper submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special volume of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. (

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2016.

Submission Instructions
Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically according to the following guidelines:
1) Papers should be prepared for blind refereeing, 2) put into PDF file format, and 3) sent as an email attachment to the address given below. 4) The subject line of the submission email should include the key-phrase “SSHAP submission”, and 5) the body text of the email message should constitute a cover page for the submission by including i) return email address, ii) author’s name, iii) affiliation, iv) paper title, and v) short abstract and vi) academic rank.
Time allowed for presentation is 60 minutes (including discussion). We recommend that papers be no longer than 4000 words.

Electronic submissions and queries should be sent to

For more information, please visit our website​,


Conf: Philosophy of Social Sciences

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From: Juho Pääkkönen <>
Subject: CFP: ENPOSS 2016, Helsinki August 24-26


Call for Papers


AUGUST 24-26 2016

Keynote Speakers:
Christian List (LSE)
Helen Longino (Stanford University)

The European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (ENPOSS) invites contributions to its 5th Conference to be held in Helsinki in August of 2016 and organized by TINT. Contributions from all areas within the philosophy of the social sciences are encouraged. Moreover, contributions from both philosophers and social scientists are welcome.

Contributions can be either of individual papers or of special-theme symposia, and they must be submitted through EasyChair
Only one contribution per person will be considered.
- Deadline for submission: March 1st, 2016
- Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2016
For individual paper submissions, an abstract between 800 and 1000 words suitably prepared for blind reviewing should be submitted.
For submission of symposia, comprising 3 to 4 papers, a single document for each symposium must be uploaded. It must contain the title of the symposium, the name of the organizer(s), the names of all the authors and titles of their papers, a general abstract of the symposium (between 400 and 500 words), plus an abstract of each single paper (between 500 and 600 words each).
Each submission, whether of an individual paper or a symposium, will be blindly reviewed by two members of the Scientific Committee.

The more information about the conference, please visit our website:
For more information about the ENPOSS, see

Selected papers from the conference will be published in an annual special issue of the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

Jaakko Kuorikoski, Caterina Marchionni, Uskali Mäki, and Petri Ylikoski (chair)

Alban Bouvier (Paris), Byron Kaldis (Athens), Eleonora Montuschi (Venice), Julie Zahle (Copenhagen), and Jesús Zamora-Bonilla (Madrid).

Daniel Andler, Erik Angner, Richard Arena, Sharon Crasnow, Igor Douven, Dave Elder-Vass, Brian Epstein, Uljana Feest, José Luis Ferreira, Juan Carlos García-Bermejo, Frank Hindriks, Todd Jones, Hans-Herbert Kögler, Arto Laitinen, Daniel Little, Lee McIntyre, Chrysostomos Mantzavinos, Emmanuel Picavet, Stéphanie Ruphy, Eric Schliesser and Karsten Stueber.


Conf: Kant

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From: Karin de Boer <>
Subject: CFA: LEUVEN KANT CONFERENCE June 2-3, 2016

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)

University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
3000 Leuven


Conf: Iowa Philosophical Society

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Subject: CFA: Iowa Philosophical Society


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Iowa Philosophical Society

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

The 2015 meeting of the Iowa Philosophical Society will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, November 7. The keynote address will be delivered by Elizabeth Radcliffe (The College of William and Mary).

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome; we particularly welcome abstracts that engage with Professor Radcliffe’s work or with early modern philosophy more generally. Abstracts (of approximately 500 words) are to be submitted by e-mail to Professor Patrick Connolly <>​ ​by September 15, 2015.

We will aim to send out notifications of acceptance or rejection by September 30. Papers should be approximately 3,000 words long with a reading time of no more than 25 minutes.
Further details may be found on the society’s website:

Questions about submitting an abstract may be directed to Professor Patrick Connolly​ ​<>.

Questions about the venue or accommodations may be directed to Professor Annemarie Butler​ <>.


CfP: Special Issue of TOPOI on Physicalism

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Subject: CFP: Topoi: The Character of Physicalism


“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


Conf: Computing and Philosophy

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Subject: IACAP 2016 at University of Ferrara, Italy – 1st Call for papers


International Association for Computing and Philosophy – Annual Meeting

June 14-17, 2016 University of Ferrara, Italy

The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) [] is delighted to announce that submissions are now being accepted for its 2016 annual meeting [], to be held on June 14-17 at the University of Ferrara, Italy [] []. The meeting will be hosted by Professor Marcello D’Agostino [] and Professor Marcello D’Alfonso [].
IACAP has a long-lasting tradition of promoting philosophical dialogue and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of the computational and informational turn. This puts it in a privileged position, as IACAP’s members have contributed shaping the philosophical and ethical debate about computing, information technologies, and artificial intelligence. The 2016 annual meeting will keep this tradition and will gather philosophers, ethicists, roboticists, and computer scientists interested in the following topics:

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Life
Automated Warfare
Cognitive Science, Computation & Cognition
Computational Modeling in Science and Social Science
Computer-Mediated Communication
Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information
History of Computing
Information Culture and Society
Metaphysics of Computing
Philosophy of Information
Philosophy of Information Technology
Virtual Reality

… and related issues
The meeting will have a main track focusing on topics at the core of IACAP members’ interests. Symposia will also be organized and run by members, or groups of members, to focus on more specific topics.
We invite submissions of papers (between 3000 and 6000 words) as well as submissions of proposals for symposia. A selection of the papers presented during the meeting will be included (after peer review) in a volume planned for the ‘Philosophical Library Studies’ (Springer).
Important dates
Submission: January 11, 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2016
Submissions should be sent using the following link:

Submission: January 11, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 2 February 2016
Submissions should be sent using the following link:

Proposal for symposia should indicate:

the title of the proposed symposium;
a description of the topic and of its relevance for the IACAP membership;
a list the participants (indicating those who have confirmed their participation);
the number of hours required.


Conf: Ernst Mach

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Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence
International Conference on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the
Institute Vienna Circle (

Location: University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences
Date: June 16-18, 2016

1st Call for Papers

We invite the submission of contributed papers and proposals for symposia
for the international “Ernst Mach Centenary Conference”. Contributions
related to one ore more of the subsequent sections are welcome.
Conference languages: English, German, French.
The Program Committee encourages especially submissions from women and
junior scholars from all fields and countries. Limited financial support
for travel and a reduced registration fee for graduate students will be
provided. Related questions can be directed to the local organizer
Friedrich Stadler:

Proposal for individual papers (Word or pdf format) should contain:
- Title and abstract (1000 characters) and extended abstract (1000
of the paper. In the case of papers dealing with related topics we welcome
the submission of proposals for symposia. All titles and abstracts for
individual papers in the symposium should be included in the submission.
(Each symposium will be allotted 120 minutes).
- Address of the speaker(s) incl. email, phone and institutional
Submission to:, subject: “Mach Centenary Conference 2016”
Please prepare your submission for blind review.

The time unit for one paper is 40 minutes (max. 30 minutes speaking time).
A selection of contributed papers and symposia will appear as a volume
with Springer Publisher.

Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2016
Date of notifications: March 15, 2016

Registration required (fees to be announced in time):
Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016
Online registration deadline: June 15, 2016
Conference website: tba

Main Organizers:
- University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Faculty of Philosophy and
Education, together with other Faculties to be announced.
- Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Together with:
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Deutsches Museum (German Museum), Munich
Masaryk University, Brno / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Program Committee: Members of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Vienna
Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer) and Editors of the Ernst Mach
Studienausgabe / Ernst Mach Edition

1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann,
Einstein …
3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of
4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical
7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L.
Wittgenstein, K. Popper …
9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick
10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
12. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and
13. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R.
Musil etc.)
14. Open Section: Topics not covered above

- Special Symposium: E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science.
On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)


Conf: North Carolina Philosophical Society

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Subject: Call for Papers – North Carolina Philosophical Society – 2016 Conference

Biennial Joint Meeting with the South Carolina Society for Philosophy
February 26 & 27, 2016
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina

Keynote Speaker: L. A. Paul
Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill
Professorial Fellow in the Arché Research Centre at the University of St. Andrews

Submitted Papers
Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Due to the volume of submissions, submitted papers must be no longer than 3000 words. The deadline to receive papers is New Year’s Day: Friday, January 1, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be notified in mid-late January.
All submissions should be formatted for blind review and sent to Matthew Brophy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and NCPS Secretary-Treasurer, at<>
In the body of your email, please indicate your name, email address, phone number, and institutional affiliation (if any). If you wish your paper to be considered for a prize (see below), please note whether you are an untenured faculty member, graduate student, or undergraduate.

All sessions will be on the campus of Appalachian State University. For those traveling by plane to the conference, Boone is located approximately two hours from the major international airports in Charlotte, NC (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport) and in Greensboro/High Point, NC (Piedmont Triad International Airport), and regional airport in Johnson City, TN (Tri-Cities Regional Airport.)

Panels and Workshops
Panel and workshop proposals on any topic in philosophy, including its pedagogy, are welcome. Proposals should specify issues to be discussed, format (including time to be allotted), and names of presenters, and should include brief abstracts of presentations.

Undergraduate Papers
A sufficient number of undergraduate submissions will allow for a session devoted to papers by undergraduates. Undergraduate submissions should be clearly labeled as such.

There will be a $200 prize for the best paper submitted by an untenured faculty member, a $150 prize for the best graduate student paper, and a $125 prize for the best undergraduate paper. Awarding of prizes is contingent on an adequate number of submissions.

Web site
Periodic updates about the conference, and information about the North Carolina Philosophical Society, can be found at Information about the South Carolina Society for Philosophy can be found at


Conf: Metaphysics

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Subject: Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics, Nov. 12-14, 2015


The Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics will be held this year in Salamanca, Spain, November 12-14. After five previous events held every three years in Rome since 2000, we are being hosted on this occasion by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, which has joined forces with the Idente Foundation for Study and Research in Italy and the Fernando Rielo Foundation in Spain, for the organization of the Conference. The Fernando Rielo Chair has also been created at the Pontifical University.
This singular forum has brought together hundreds of people from all over the world and from many different academic and professional backgrounds in pursuit of a clearer vision of how our conceptions of ultimate reality shape and interact with the varied spheres of human thought and creativity. The exchanges which have taken place have helped us to open our understanding not only to the absolute horizon of life, but to the interconnectedness of our endeavors, ranging from epistemology to medicine.
A key concern this year is the vocation of metaphysical and humanistic thought in general to shed light on and provide responses to the concrete personal, religious, and cultural needs of human beings.
2015 is the Jubilee Year of St. Theresa of Avila, and the mystical dimension of thought and experience, which has always received attention at previous Conferences, should prove even more significant now. A concluding event in Avila, with the collaboration of the local university, has also been introduced into Metaphysics 2015.
As in previous years, the Conference is envisioned as multidisciplinary, open to all the major fields of human reflection and activity. For the sake of simplicity, this openness has been summarized under five headings:
a) metaphysics and the mystical dimension;
b) metaphysics and knowledge;
c) metaphysics and aesthetics (art, literature, music);
d) metaphysics and experiential sciences (including medicine, psychotherapy, law, economics, political science);
e) metaphysics and experimental and formal sciences.
The two official languages of the Conference this year are English and Spanish.
Please visit the Conference website for detailed information and instructions on registration, the submission of topics and abstracts, and travel to Salamanca:
Feel free to write us at any time with questions relating to any aspect of the Conference, be it content, practical organization, or proposals for papers and discussion, and we shall reply as promptly as possible:
David G. Murray

Sixth World Conference on Metaphysics
Salamanca, Spain — November 12-14, 2015
Fondazione Idente di Studi e di Ricerca

Via dei Giubbonari, 64

00184 Roma (RM)


Tel/Fax: +39 06 68139624


Conf: Medieval Studies

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Subject: CFP Medieval Logic and Metaphysics


Call for papers

Venue: 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University
Dates: May 12-15, 2016
Sponsor: Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics
Contact: Submit proposals to Alex Hall at by September 15, 2015

The Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics invites abstracts for presentations at our sponsored session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies. Sessions run 90 minutes, with three 20 minute talks. Pending the approval of our publisher, papers from this and other 2016 Society sponsored sessions will make up vol. 15 of our proceedings, planned for release in the 2017-2018 academic year:

Hylomorphism and Mereology
Mereology is the metaphysical theory of parts and wholes, including their conditions of identity and persistence through change. Hylomorphism is the Aristotelian metaphysical doctrine according to which all natural substances, including living organisms, consist of matter and form as their essential parts, where the substantial form of living organisms is identified as their soul. Consequently, medieval philosophers’ discussions of these topics cover a broad philosophical terrain, taking in the problem of material constitution, biological organization and the principle of life, human nature, and even the fate of the soul after death. Specifically, medieval thought on these issues is of broader interest to contemporary philosophers, given that medieval theories are now offered as viable alternatives to various modern understandings of the related problems.

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