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NOWAR 4: Call for Abstracts (Due March 15, 2017)

This is a call for abstracts for the fourth biennial New Orleans Workshop on Agency and Responsibility (NOWAR), to be held in New Orleans, LA, November 2-4, 2017. Abstracts are welcome on any topic having to do with agency and/or responsibility. Perspectives beyond just those from moral philosophy (e.g., psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, economics, metaphysics, and more) are welcome. To see more about the workshop’s general aims and other details, follow this link.



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Coercion Workshop: Call for Participants

 Applications are invited from current advanced doctoral students and recent PhD graduates/early career scholars to participate in a workshop on current issues in coercion, to be held on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, March 25-26, 2017.  This workshop occurs at the culmination of a SSHRC-funded project on “The Regulation of Coercion,” led by Scott Anderson of the University of British Columbia.  The workshop will feature the participation of and work by leading experts on coercion, including:

Michael Blake, U Washington
AJ Julius, UCLA
Niko Kolodny, UC Berkeley
Diana Tietjens Meyers, U Connecticut
Arthur Ripstein, U Toronto
Mathias Risse, Harvard
Laura Valentini, London School of Economics
Ekow Yankah, Cardozo School of Law

A syllabus of papers by the above participants and several others will be circulated in advance of the workshop, and all participants are expected to read the papers prior to attendance.  There will be no formal presentations or reading of papers at the workshop, in order to maximize time for discussion.  Participants are asked to be available to participate for the whole duration of the workshop (all day Saturday, March 25, and the morning of Sunday, March 26.)

Topics likely to be discussed at the workshop include:

  •  The concept and definition of coercion
  • Coercion and moral responsibility
  • Coercion, justice, and the state
  • Coercion and immigration/citizenship
  • Applied philosophical issues involving coercion

In order to ensure that emerging scholars are able to gain from this event, spaces have been reserved in this workshop for a small number of current PhD students and recent PhD graduates whose work relates to coercion and associated issues in ethics and social and political philosophy.  Successful applicants will have their expenses paid for transportation, accommodation, and meals during the two-day workshop.  (Details of these arrangements will be provided on request.)  There is no expectation for applicants to submit a paper or make a presentation during the workshop, but if you have work that might be of interest to the topics of the workshop, it will be considered for inclusion on the list of readings.

To apply to participate in the workshop, please send a message stating your interest to scott dot anderson (*at*) ubc dot ca, including the following information:

  1. Name, current and recent institutional affiliation(s), date of PhD expected or completed.
  2. A brief statement of up to 400 words explaining the relevance of coercion in your philosophical work, and/or the relevance of your work to thinking about the topic of coercion.
  3. A current CV (an informal or abbreviated CV from current graduate students is fine).
  4. If you have a piece of your writing you think might be suitable for discussion at the workshop, or that is relevant for understanding your interest in the topic of the workshop, you may send it as well (papers in draft form are perfectly acceptable for this purpose).  Submission of such writing is optional, however.
  5. The location from which you would be traveling here (as the cost of transportation may be a consideration outside for applications from outside of Canada or the U.S.).

We will make every effort to accommodate applicants requiring special arrangements to be able to attend; everyone who is interested is encouraged to apply regardless of such requirements.

Please submit your application for participation by Monday, January 30.  Invitations to accepted participants will be made as soon after this date as is feasible.  Questions about this workshop may also be directed to scott dot anderson (*at*) ubc dot ca.

Please encourage any likely interested persons to apply to this workshop.

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CFP: Representation and Evaluation

The Canadian Journal of Philosophy hereby calls for papers on the topic “Representation and Evaluation” for a special volume edited by Matt Bedke and Stefan Sciaraffa. The volume provides an occasion to explore the role of representation in theories of meaning and mind with special attention to the implications this has for metaethical, or more broadly metanormative, theory. As such, we welcome fresh assessments of the representational purport (or lack thereof) of normative language and thought (e.g., assertions and thoughts concerning oughts, reasons, values, justification and the like). The due date is June 15, 2017. Submission guidelines are below the fold.


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CfA: The Ethics of Giving

Submission deadline: January 9, 2017

Conference date(s): May 23, 2017 – May 25, 2017  [Go to the conference’s page]

The conference will feature talks by Peter Singer, Hilary Greaves, Larry Temkin, Laurie Paul, Christian Barry, and several other prominent figures.

We hope to include up to ten talks by postgraduate students and early career researchers. Funding permitting, we may be able to fully reimburse for travel/accommodation. If you are interested in applying, please submit an abstract of around 500 words to Theron Pummer (at by 9 January 2017. Please allow 2-3 weeks after this deadline for decisions to be made.


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CFP: PPE Society Panel on Policy Epistemology

The newly formed Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Society is hosting its first annual conference from March 16th to March 19th,2017 in New Orleans. The conference contains a variety of panels, and we’re hosting one on policy epistemology. Policy epistemology concerns questions surrounding the ethics of belief and advocacy regarding public policy, especially with respect to those who formulate and implement policy. How much evidence does one require in order to justify an expansion of public health insurance? How high of an evidential bar must empirical evidence satisfy before it can justify legal restrictions, such as regulations on carbon emissions? How should we handle rational disputes about social scientific questions as they bear on public policy? For instance, how seriously should we take the fact that macroeconomic policy is the subject of enormous disputes between expert economists in formulating countercyclical policy? Does disagreement prevent government officials from implementing, say, Keynesian countercyclical economic policy?

If you would like to present at the PPE society on topics falling under the general heading of policy epistemology, I encourage you to submit an abstract of fewer than 250 words to me at before the end of the year, December 31st, 2016.

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CFP: 5th Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy

We are pleased to announce that the Fifth Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy will take place on October 12-15, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.

There will be nine papers at this year’s workshop, including three invited papers.

We are issuing a call for papers to fill the remaining six slots. Submitted papers should be between 7,500 and 12,000 words including footnotes, should be totally anonymized, and are due by Feb. 1, 2017. Accepted papers for the conference will receive serious consideration for inclusion in the resulting Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy volume.


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CfP: NUSTEP’s 11th Annual Conference

The Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) will be holding its Eleventh Annual conference at Northwestern University on March 30–April 1, 2017. The conference will feature keynote addresses by Marcia Baron and Kieran Setiya. We are now accepting paper submissions.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from faculty and graduate students, as some sessions will be reserved for student presentations. Please submit an essay of approximately 4000 words. Essay topics in all areas of ethical theory and political philosophy will be considered, although some priority will be given to essays that take up themes from the work of Marcia Baron and Kieran Setiya: agency, akrasia, Hume’s ethics, friendship, impartiality and partiality, Kant’s ethics, know-how, liberalism, love, loyalty, moral epistemology, philosophy of law, rationality, reasons, self-defense, and self-love.

Essays should be prepared for blind review in word, rtf, or pdf format. Graduate submissions should be sent by e-mail to; faculty submissions should be sent by e-mail to The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent by February 15. For more information, please contact Kyla Ebels-Duggan at the e-mail address above or visit our website.

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