NIP Masterclass on Relativism

•March 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Call for Applications:

MASTERCLASS ON RELATIVISM WITH JOHN MACFARLANE AND CRISPIN WRIGHT

Northern Institute of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
8th-9th July 2013

This intensive two-day event will provide a select group of graduate students with the opportunity to discuss cutting-edge issues on the topic of Relativism. The event will be led by two distinguished experts in the field, John MacFarlane (Berkeley) and Crispin Wright (NYU/Aberdeen), and will feature focused research seminars in which active participation from all students will be strongly encouraged.

Successful applicants for the masterclass will be graduate students in philosophy whose research closely engages with issues surrounding relativism. Your application should include two elements: first, a letter of reference, preferably from a supervisor; and second, a statement describing your research interests and how they relate to the topic of the masterclass. This statement should be no longer than two pages.

The deadline for applications is 31st March 2013. Please send applications, along with any queries, to p.sweeney@abdn.ac.uk

NIP Early Career Conference

•January 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
27-29 June 2013

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Professor Jennifer Saul (Sheffield)
Professor Brian Weatherson (Michigan)

CONFERENCE AIMS
Our ultimate aim is to showcase outstanding research by early career researchers. While there are a number of opportunities for graduate students and more senior philosophers to present and discuss their research, there are relatively few for researchers who have recently finished their PhDs and are building a career in philosophy. This series has been established as a step towards addressing this imbalance.

THOUGHT: A Journal of Philosophy EARLY CAREER SPECIAL ISSUE
The papers selected for the conference will be invited for inclusion in a special Early Career issue of the journal Thought.

The editors of the journal may request revisions which must be met to their satisfaction before publication of the paper will be guaranteed.

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
We invite submissions from researchers who received their PhD within the last 5 years. Papers must fall under the research remit of the Northern Institute of Philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophies of logic, language, mathematics and mind.

GUIDELINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
We invite papers suitable for a 40-minute presentation and of no longer than 4000 words. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words and must be suitable for blind refereeing. Please indicate at the top of the first page of your paper which of the following categories it falls under: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy of Mind. Please include a separate cover sheet including name, title, institution, month and year of PhD award and contact details. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12th April 2013. We aim to notify authors of the decision regarding their papers by 21st May 2013. Submissions must be in .doc or .pdf format and are to be submitted by e-mail to earlycareerconference@gmail.com

Meals (lunches and one social dinner) and accommodation will be provided for speakers.

Please direct any questions to the conference organisers on earlycareerconference@gmail.com

NIP Early Career Conference CFP

•March 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Another CFP from the NIP:

NORTHERN INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY EARLY CAREER CONFERENCE
University of Aberdeen, Scotland
28-29 June 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Professor Emma Borg (Reading)
Professor Timothy Williamson (Oxford)

CONFERENCE AIMS
Our ultimate aim is to showcase outstanding research by EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS. While there are a number of opportunities for graduate students and more senior philosophers to present and discuss their research, there are relatively few for researchers who have recently finished their PhDs and are building a career in philosophy. This series has been established as a step towards addressing this imbalance.

CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS
We invite submissions from researchers who received their PhD within the last 5 years. Papers must fall under the research remit of the Northern Institute of Philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophies of logic, language, mathematics and mind. Only six papers will be selected and each paper will be given a faculty response.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
We invite papers suitable for a 40-minute presentation and of no longer than 4000 words. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 150 words and must be suitable for blind refereeing. Please indicate at the top of the first page of your paper which of the following categories it falls under: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of mind. Please include a separate cover sheet including name, paper title, institution, month and year of PhD award and contact details. The deadline for receipt of submissions is *13th April 2012*. We aim to notify authors of the decision regarding their paper by 22nd May 2012. Submissions must be in .doc or .pdf format and are to be submitted by e-mail to earlycareerconference@gmail.com

Meals (lunches and one social dinner) and accommodation will be provided for speakers.

Please direct any questions to the conference organisers on earlycareerconference@gmail.com

NIP A Priori Conference CFP

•February 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The following CFP has been released by the NIP:

On June 16-17 2012, at the Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen we will be having a conference on the A Priori. This conference will be the final event in the five-year AHRC-funded Basic Knowledge Project. The following people are confirmed speakers:

Paul Boghossian, New York University
Laurence BonJour, University of Washington
Albert Casullo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
David Chalmers, The Australian National University
Carrie Jenkins, University of British Columbia and the University of Aberdeen
Ian Rumfitt, Birkbeck College, University of London
Crispin Wright, New York University and the University of Aberdeen

We will have two additional speakers, who will be chosen through an open call for papers. They will have their travel to our conference reimbursed (up to a maximum of £500). Lodgings in Aberdeen will be booked and paid on their behalf.

Speakers will be given 1 hour (including Q&A) to present their paper.

We invite philosophers who have not earned their PhD prior to 2005 (including graduate students) to submit papers or abstracts to d.dodd@abdn.ac.uk.

Submissions should not be longer than 5,000 words and prepared for blind review.

Deadline for submission:  March 31, 2012.
Notification of acceptance:  May 1, 2012.

Draft: Sosa-style Epistemic Circularity

•June 16, 2011 • 1 Comment

I’ve just finished a shareable draft of my paper ‘Epistemic Circularity and Reflective Knowledge’ (commissioned for a symposium on Sosa’s Reflective Knowledge, to appear in a special issue of Philosophical Papers on the problem of the criterion, edited by Mark Nelson). Comments welcome!

New Draft: Naturalistic Challenges to the A Priori

•May 24, 2011 • 4 Comments

I’m working on a paper commissioned for a collection on the a priori, edited by Albert Casullo and Joshua Thurow.  Here’s the current draft, and comments are very welcome as always.

The paper’s aim is to show that various of the views that get labelled ‘naturalism’ are perfectly compatible with the existence of a priori knowledge/justification, and various ‘naturalistic’ challenges to the a priori can therefore be resisted (at least, by a priorists of the Jenkins 2008 stripe).  I look particularly at the work of Quine, Maddy and Papineau.

A by-product of the paper is an attempt at a more nuanced approach to the classification of philosophical naturalisms than is given by the standard ontological/methodological distinction.

UBC Acquires Another Epistemologist

•May 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I was delighted to hear this morning that Masashi Kasaki, a recent graduate of the University of Calgary and student of Jeremy Fantl, has been awarded a Government of Canada Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to work with me at UBC for a year.  Masashi is working on a bunch of very interesting issues surrounding epistemic contextualism.

This will be my first experience of officially supervising a postdoc.   I gather that my formal duties are minimal, but I want to do a good job in general.   Any advice from those with recent experience of supervising and/or being postdocs?

 
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