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CFP: Philosophy as a Way of Life

The journal Metaphilosophy invites papers from scholars to produce a special issue of the journal on Philosophy as a Way of Life.  The special guest editors are James M. Ambury (, Tushar Irani (, and Kathleen Wallace (


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CFP: The Tennessee Value and Agency Conference

Second Call for Submissions: TVA 2019 (Knoxville, TN, March 8-10, 2019)  

The Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) conference has been running annually since 2012.  It has attracted some of the most active philosophers on topics revolving around value and agency and has featured as keynotes some of the most prominent philosophers of our time. This time we aim to attract faculty from a wide spectrum of social and political sciences and involve an equally diverse set of presenters. This coming year’s TVA aims to bring to campus prominent keynotes who are game-changers not only in their field, but also across disciplines.  The theme for TVA 2019 is “Obstacles to agency?”  

Confirmed invitees:   

  • Chrisoula Andreou (Philosophy, Utah)  

  • Alan Fiske (Anthropology, UCLA)  

  • Alex Madva (Philosophy, Calpoly Pomona)  

  • Michael Olson (Psychology, UTK)   

  • Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC)   


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Public Philosophy at its Best: Better Argument with John Corvino

John Corvino has a newish series of philosophically informative videos that are super clear and helpful. Consider giving them a look at his YouTube channel here.

It would be lovely if folks who know of other good public philosophy would post it below in the comments.

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By In Call For Papers, Metaethics, Normative Ethics Comments Off on CFP: 4th Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference

CFP: 4th Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference

The fourth Southampton-Humboldt Normativity Conference will be held in Southampton from 19-21 June 2019. The conference aims to bring together philosophers working on normativity, including foundational problems of moral philosophy and practical normativity more generally, questions about reasons, rationality, and value, and issues about epistemic and other forms of normativity. Its primary aim is to provide a forum for lively and constructive exchange amongst philosophers currently working in the field.

The keynote speakers will be Justin D’Arms (Ohio State) and Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (Helsinki). The other papers will be selected on the basis of double-blind review of long abstracts (max. 1000 words). If you would like to apply, please submit your abstract, anonymised, to Tracy Storey ( by 1st February 2019. Abstracts should be suitable for a 30-40 minute presentation.

For more information, see here.

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Michael McKenna: “Flake’s Mistaken Appeal to a Principle of Innocence”

This piece, written by Michael McKenna (Arizona), is intended as a kind of generally accessible op-ed in response to one aspects of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.

Here now is McKenna:

Arizona’s United States Senator Jeff Flake has made a mistake. He should correct it. Just this morning [when this was written], as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Flake voted along party lines to advance to a full vote in the U.S. Senate the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Flake cited the legal and ethical principle that a person should be treated as innocent until proven guilty. But Flake’s appeal to this principle to justify his vote is not ethically defensible. Let me explain.

As a general principle, Flake seems to assume, we should regard people as innocent until proven guilty. Whatever exactly that standard of proof involves, it requires stronger evidence than is required to justify believing something. Believing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and not Judge Brett Kavanaugh is consistent with lacking proof that Kavanaugh was guilty. That’s Flake’s way out. Nevertheless, it does not stand up to scrutiny. (more…)

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CfA: Blame, Punishment, and Health

How should our practices of blame and punishment take into account the mental and physical conditions of those we blame and punish? Philosophers working on moral responsibility have taken up this question squarely, prompting conversations about addiction, immaturity, and the like. But what about the blame and punishment we impose on responsible wrongdoers? How does our health–both physical and mental–affect those practices? For example:  Should we abandon blame if the wrongdoer develops severe dementia? Should punishing young offenders take into account the limited window of reproductive viability? What are we to make of the likely health effects of administrative segregation, constrained exercise, or widespread communicable illnesses? Rutgers University-Camden will host a pre-read workshop on theoretical and applied questions like these in April 2019, with the essays from this workshop to be considered for a peer-reviewed, special issue of Public Affairs Quarterly. The Editor of Public Affairs Quarterly, David Boonin, will attend the workshop and will be available to give feedback on all of the papers.

We welcome abstracts of up to 1,000 words for the pre-read workshop. The abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review and should be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. We especially welcome submissions from members of underrepresented populations within philosophy.  Send abstracts to

This workshop is sponsored by funds from the Henry Rutgers Term Chair for Ethics, Health, and Society. Food and lodging will be paid for, and domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. (International travelers will be reimbursed up to a domestic equivalent.)

Abstracts are due November 3, 2018. Decisions will be made by the beginning of December 2018. Full papers of between 4,000 and 10,000 words will be due February 1, 2019, and the workshop will be held at Rutgers University-Camden on April 5, 2019.

Questions can be directed to Craig Agule ( or Eric Chwang (

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Call for Submissions: Young Philosophers Lecture Series at the Prindle Institute for Ethics

Call for Submissions: Young Philosophers Lecture Series at the Prindle Institute for Ethics

Submission deadline: August 6, 2018

The DePauw University Philosophy department and the Prindle Institute for Ethics invite 3-4 early-career philosophers to give a campus talk on November 13, 2018. Each talk should be an introductory-style presentation geared toward an audience with no background in philosophy. The invited philosophers will also workshop a research paper with the other selected speakers, submission referees from institutions outside of DePauw and DePauw philosophy faculty. Additionally, each philosopher will film a 2-5 minute video on a topic to be determined.

We’re currently accepting submissions for Fall 2018. You only need to submit your research paper. If your paper is selected, we’ll contact you for more information concerning your introductory talk and video.


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