Philosophy in the Philippines

Help for Typhoon Ondoy Victims in the Philippines

We are posting this on behalf of our hundreds and thousands of Kababayans who were, and still are, displaced by the wrath of Typhoon Ondoy, whose lives literally changed in just a few hours. Please consider sending your donations via the links below.

From On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy brought a month’s worth of rainfall to Metro Manila and nearby areas in just a few hours, causing severe flooding which resulted in the loss of many lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. This site compiles relevant information about the disaster, including a volunteer-maintained map of persons needing rescue and a list of relief organizations accepting donations, so that more help can be provided where it is needed. You can also keep track of the latest news on Google News and YouTube.

If you wish to “flood” in your donations, please visit the following links:



September 30, 2009 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

MA in Philosophy at Tilburg University, 2010, The Netherlands

Tilburg Research MA in Philosophy

Tilburg University offers a Master’s Programme in Philosophy especially catering to students who want to prepare for a career in research. The programme, a joint venture with the Faculty of Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen, has a duration of two years and is taught in English. Students can choose from a wide range of specializations, including some offered in close cooperation with TiLPS, the Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science ( They can also take courses in Nijmegen,

a short train ride from Tilburg.

If you have students who want to travel, have the ambition to do research, and have concluded or will conclude their BA in philosophy with excellent results, this might be something for them.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Scholarships, Fellowships, & Jobs | Leave a comment

CONF CFP: Self and others in Wittgenstein and contemporary analytic philosophy, 2010, University of Southampton, UK

Self and others in Wittgenstein and contemporary analytic philosophy

Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, 26th-28th March 2010

Invited speakers

Anita Avramides (University of Oxford)

Dorit Bar-on (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

William Child (University of Oxford)

David Finkelstein (University of Chicago)

Jane Heal (University of Cambridge)

Andrea Kern (University of Cottbus)

Cynthia Macdonald (Queen’s University Belfast)

Åsa Wikforss (University of Stockholm)


The conference will include four open sessions. If you would like to submit a paper on themes relating to the conference (see below) for consideration for presentation, please send it as an attachment, along with contact information, to<>. Submission is open to all and graduate students are encouraged to submit. The organisers intend to publish the proceedings of the conference and accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in the collection.

The paper should be suitable for presentation in 30-40 minutes.

The deadline for submission is *Friday 11th December*.

Conference theme

That Wittgenstein’s work has important implications for our understanding of both self-knowledge and knowledge of others was recognized from the very beginning (for example, in Anscombe’s reflections on the first-person and the debate over criteria). However, while there has been much interesting work inspired by Wittgenstein concerning knowledge of others, it is in discussions of self-knowledge in particular that his work has figured prominently in recent analytic philosophy.

One reason why the ‘problem of other minds’ has to some extent receded from view might be that, as Fodor suggests, ‘[i]t’s gotten hard to believe that there is a special problem about the knowledge of other minds (as opposed to knowledge of anything elses)’ (in A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, ed. S. Guttenplan. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994, p. 292). But recent Wittgensteinian reflection on self-knowledge doesn’t encourage that thought, in that it proceeds in part by pointing out the special character of self-knowledge (as opposed to ‘knowledge of anything elses’). If, as certain accounts that take their lead from Wittgenstein would have it, the attribution of a mental state to oneself is not based on observation of that state but is constitutive of it, for example, or a commitment to it, or an expression of it, what would another person have to do in order to know what one knows about oneself in one of these distinctive ways? For that matter, much work on knowledge of others inspired by Wittgenstein is likewise at pains to stress its special character. If, as certain accounts would have it, knowledge of others is not based on inference from observable evidence, let alone the bringing to bear of a theory, but involves imaginatively engaging with another’s point of view, for example, or direct perception, or some kind of ‘acknowledgement’, what significance does that have for knowing one’s own mind?

Guided by the thought that models of knowledge of other minds and models of self-knowledge stand and fall together, this conference aims to explore and assess Wittgensteinian perspectives on both forms of knowledge and reflect on how such perspectives relate to one another. In doing so, it would hope to shed light on the nature of the objects of this knowledge-the mental and the self.

The conference is supported by The Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association.

Further information, including how to register, will appear in due course at:

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, & Talks | Leave a comment

CONF CFP: R.G. Collingwood Society Conference, 2010, Italy

R.G. Collingwood Society Conference

Monash University Conference Centre, Prato, Italy, 19th -22nd July, 2010

The Empire of Idealism

Philosophical Idealism dominated British and British Empire universities from the 1880s to the 1920s. At this time the influence of Idealism could also be found in America through figures such as Josiah Royce, and in Italy in the writings of Benedetto Croce and Giovanni Gentile. As a body of thought Idealism was socially and politically engaged and inspired reform across fields such as education, social welfare, politics and international relations. The conference aims to explore not only the major figures of Idealism but also the social, educational and political influence of Idealism from the 1880s to the mid twentieth century in Britain, Australia, Canada, the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, India, and Italy. Papers would be particularly welcome on R. G. Collingwood’s relationship to Idealism, or to any of the above issues or people.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words to be sent by 15 December 2009 to the conference organisers:

Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington. Macquarie University, Sydney. Email:

Dr Ian Tregenza. Macquarie University, Sydney. Email:

The conference is supported by the Australian Research Council.

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, & Talks | Leave a comment

CONF CFP: The Society for Social and Political Philosophy, 2010, USA

THE SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (SSPP) has issued the following two calls for papers:

1. For the Society’s meeting to be held in conjunction with The Eastern APA (American Philosophical Association) in 2010, the SSPP invites papers for two conference panels. We are seeking papers that address issues pertaining to:

Politics of Hope / Politics of Fear

Hobbes famously wrote, “The passion to be reckoned upon is fear.” The connection thus established between the state and fear has been the basis not only of various political regimes, but of political theory by philosophers such as Spinoza, Hegel, Arendt and Massumi. In an age of color-coded warning systems, terrorism, and pandemic disease, the essential link between fear and politics seems beyond dispute, and demands investigation: How does fear work? Does it always reinforce authority, as Hobbes imagined? Can there be a revolt of fear? What is the connection between the fear that the masses fear and the fear they evoke in the corridors of power? More importantly, what remains of fear’s opposite, hope, in this Hobbesian world? How can hope function in a world overrun by fear? Does hope require a vision of a better world? Is there anything beyond the relation of hope and fear, a politics beyond the vacillation of these affects? For this panel we invite papers that examine either the “politics of fear” or the “politics of hope” in terms of both broad theoretical discussions (including examinations of the politics of the affects and imagination) and specific investigations into regimes of fear and hope.

Complete papers of 3000-5000 words (that can be summarized and presented in 20-30 minutes) should be submitted for consideration for the 2010 meeting (deadline: March 1, 2010). The APA Conference scheduled for December 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA.

Authors should include their name(s) and contact information on the cover page ONLY.

Papers should be emailed as attachments in Word or RTF format to:<>

2. For the Society’s meeting to be held in conjunction with SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy) in 2010, the SSPP invites papers for two conference panels. We are seeking papers that address issues pertaining to:

Politics and Ontology

We seek to explore and challenge the hypothesis that all political theory presupposes an ontology. From the presumption of universal rationality, to the potency of class consciousness, to the privileges shaped by the social existence of race, gender and sexuality, political order always is or implies an ontological order. In many respects, the ontological question is the political question. Struggles for political change are as much about the expansion (or contraction) of shared ontological categories as they are about the rewriting of legislation or the redistribution of power and resources . The traditional allocation of rights, for instance, has been determined almost entirely on the basis of who, or what, one is presumed to be. While ontology and politics share a long, interconnected history, for much of modern history the connection between them has been downplayed or denied, since liberalism is premised on bracketing such supposedly insoluble and inherently conflictual metaphysical questions. In recent decades, however, this has changed. The explicit investigation of political ontology has taken center stage and, as a consequence, what we understand to be political or ontological has changed as well. Politics is no longer limited to the state, but permeates all of social existence to include the terrain of imagination, emotions, and representation. Ontology is no longer an ultimate foundation, but is constituted through relations of power and affects. In the works of such authors as Gilles Deleuze, Elizabeth Grosz, Giorgio Agamben, William Connolly, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Jean-Luc Nancy, Antonio Negri, and many others, the subject of political ontology has surfaced in an array of new formulations. For this panel, we invite papers that extend this investigation or that challenge this resurgence, both within the context of work that has already been done and in anticipation of work yet to be conceived.

Complete papers of 3000-5000 words (that can be summarized and presented in 20-30 minutes) should be submitted for consideration for the 2010 meeting (deadline: March 1, 2010). The SPEP Conference is scheduled for October 2010, Montreal, Canada.

Authors should include their name(s) and contact information on the cover page ONLY.

Papers should be emailed as attachments in Word or RTF format to:<>

For information on the society, and to become a member, please consult our web page at;; or our blog at

For other questions or information, please email us at<>

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, & Talks | Leave a comment

CONF CFP: Symposium on Religion, Philosophy, and the Question of a Clash of Cultures, Concordia University, Canada

CALL FOR PAPERS / Invitation à proposer une communication (SECOND CALL/ deuxième appel)

Symposium on / Colloque sur Religion, Philosophy, and the Question of a Clash of Cultures / La religion, la philosophie, et la question d’un conflit de cultures

Sponsored by the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association / parrainé par l’Association canadienne Jacques Maritain under aegis of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences / sous l’égide du Congrès des sciences humaines, Canada

Monday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 1, 2010 / le lundi 31 mai et le mardi 1 juin 2010 / Concordia University – Montréal – L’université Concordia

The programme committee invites papers, in English or French, that focus on the conference theme. Those who wish to submit a paper should contact the organisers immediately for further details or send an abstract or proposal (of no more than two pages) to:

Le comité organisateur du colloque vous invite à lui proposer des sujets de conférences. Ceux qui désirent faire un exposé doivent immédiatement contacter les organisateurs ou envoyer un résumé du sujet (d’au maximum deux pages) à:

Professor William Sweet, Department of Philosophy, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5, Canada, e-mail // fax 1 902 867 3243

Deadline for the submission of proposals: October 15, 2009

Veuillez envoyer les propositions avant le 15 octobre 2009.

Papers must not exceed 30 minutes reading time.

Les exposés ne devraient pas dépasser trente minutes.

Information on the conference theme

Even the most casual survey of political and social events reveals a variety of confrontations, disagreements, misunderstandings, lacks of mutual comprehension, and changing viewpoints. Within many countries, but also on the international level, one finds major debates between fundamentalists and reformers, religion and secularism, the wealthy and the dispossessed, the first world and the developing world, the urban and the rural, the young and the old, and so on. Recently, particular attention has been given to how religion – at least in the sense that which expresses one’s ultimate commitments – is part of, or is drawn into, such debates.

These phenomena invite philosophers and scholars in cognate disciplines to examine not just the phenomena themselves but the underlying issues. The purpose of this conference is to investigate and review some of these underlying issues, to see what responses have or might be appealed to in order to address what have been called ‘clashes of cultures’, but also to see what problems have arisen or may arise in attempting to address these questions. Specific questions that may be addressed here are, then: What is it to speak of a clash and, particularly, a ‘clash of cultures’? Is clash a characteristic of cultural (but not local or individual) conflict? Is there any particular method that can be drawn on, to address putative clashes of culture? What is, or has been, the place of religion and philosophy in such clashes and in addressing such clashes? And how might philosophers respond to such clashes?

Même l’enquête la plus désinvolte d’événements politiques et sociaux révèle un assortiment de conflits, un assortiment de désaccords, un assortiment de malentendus, un assortiment de manques de compréhension mutuelle, et les changements de points de vues. Dans beaucoup de pays, mais aussi sur le niveau international, l’un trouve des débats majeurs entre les fondamentalismes et la réforme, la religion et le laïcisme, les riches et les dépossédés, le premier monde et le monde en développement, l’urbain et le rural, les jeunes et les vieux, et ainsi de suite. Récemment, l’attention particulière a été donnée à comment la religion – au moins dans le sens qui exprime un engagement ultime – fait partie de, ou est dessiné dans, tels débats.

Ces phénomènes invitent des philosophes et des érudits dans les disciplines analogues pour ne pas juste examiner les phénomènes mais aussi les problèmes fondamentaux. Le but de ce colloque est d’examiner et réexaminer certains des problèmes fondamentaux ici, voir quelles réponses ont ou pourraient être faites appel pour adresser ce qu’a été appelé ‹les conflits de cultures›, mais aussi voir quels problèmes peuvent se présenter. Parmi les questions spécifiques qui pourraient être adressées: Le quel est pour parler d’un conflit et, notamment, ‹ le conflit de cultures › ? Où a été le lieu de la religion et de la philosophie dans tels conflits? Comment l’un pourrait-il répondre à tels conflits?

For more information / Pour de plus amples renseignements

please contact / n’hésitez pas à contacter:

Dr. William Sweet,

or see the theme website at:

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, & Talks | Leave a comment

NEW ISSUE: The Reasoner, 3:9 (September 2009)

The latest issue of The Reasoner is now freely available for download in pdf format at

Editorial – Bert Leuridan

Interview with Sandra Mitchell – Bert Leuridan

Justification of Strawson’s Theory of Presuppositions – X.Y. Newberry

What Simulations Can’t Do: Reply to Fonseca and Gartner – Erich Rast

Memory and Self-Understanding: Self-Concept—Self-Image—Self-Deception, 3–5 June – Albert Newen

Mal’tsev Meeting, 24–28 August – Aleksandr Kravchenko & Marina Semenova

Practice-based Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, 31 August — 2 September – Catarina Dutilh Novaes

Metaphysics of Science, 12–14 September – Stephen Mumford

Reductionism, Explanation, and Metaphors in the Philosophy of Mind, 17–18 September – Albert Newen & Raphael van Riel

Logic and Rational Interaction – Olivier Roy

Abelard – Matteo Morganti

A system of logic – Jean-Marie Chevalier

The Reasoner ( is a monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed. It is interdisciplinary, covering research in, e.g., philosophy, logic, AI, statistics, cognitive science, law, psychology, mathematics and the sciences.

The Reasoner welcomes submissions:

Submitted articles (100-1000 words)

Submitted items of news


Conference announcements

Job announcements


October 4, 2009 Posted by | Journals, Digests, & Essays | Leave a comment

JRNL CFP: Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Special Issue on the Future of Liberal Education

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Topic: The Future of Liberal Arts Education

The future of liberal arts education is a highly contested matter. Some argue that the liberal arts are more important than ever, while others say that they will soon fade away. Many argue that a liberal arts education must be reformed; others say that it retains its intrinsic value despite calls for more relevance for professional careers. This issue of the journal, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, intends to focus philosophical clarity and creativity on this broad topic.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics:

Liberal arts education and professional education

How do we assess liberal arts education?

Philosophy’s role in liberal arts education

Liberal arts education and the meaning of life

What are the liberal arts?

Liberal arts education and the natural sciences

Intrinsic vs. instrumental value of liberal arts education

Liberal arts education and accreditation

Liberal arts education and on-line education

Uses of a liberal arts education

Liberal arts education and the culture wars

What can history tell us about the future of liberal arts education?

Liberal arts education in a pluralistic world

Liberal arts education and consumer culture

Liberal arts education and technology

Deadline of submission: 30 April 2010

Submissions and queries:

Guest Editor: Peter J. Mehl, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, University of Central Arkansas

Electronic submissions are required.

Send manuscripts as email attachment (in Word or rtf format) to the Editor at:

Preparation of Manuscripts: Manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous review and should be accompanied by a short abstract. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with endnotes and a list of works cited following the text. Word count should be 3,000-5,000 words. Explanatory notes should be used sparingly; citations should be made in parentheses (author date). On matters of style and documentation consult Chicago Manual of Style and recent issues of the journal.

For further information about the journal, contact the Editor, Andrew Fiala:

Journal Website:

October 4, 2009 Posted by | Journals, Digests, & Essays | Leave a comment

CONF ANNOUNCEMENT: The Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Mid-year Conference 2009, Paranaque City, Philippines

The Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAP) is happy to announce its forthcoming midyear conference. This will be held on October 28, 2009 at Don Bosco Center of Studies/Seminaryo ng Don Bosco, Better Living Subdivision, Paranaque City.

The topic for this midyear conference is Philosophy of the Human Person.

For this one-day affair, the pre-registration fee is P1,500.00 and on site registration is P1,800.00. Undergrad student’s fee (including undergrad seminarians) is P800.00. The fee will cover two meals, (lunch and dinner) and two snacks, conference kits and certificate of attendance. The deadline for pre-registration is on October 10, 2009. Kindly make checks payable to the Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Inc., and send to the UST Graduate School or College of Accountancy, Espana, Manila.

Participants who want to either become a member of the PAP or renew their membership to the PAP will pay an additional P850.00. This includes the membership fee and two recent volumes of the Philosophia. The three volumes of the PAP Anthologies are still available at P400.00 each, but the three volumes can be bought at a discounted price of P1,000.00.

For more information, kindly send e-mail to Or text at 09178304234. You may also join our yahoogroup:

We hope to hear from you, and participate in yet another successful PAP Conference.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, & Talks | Leave a comment

Visiting Fellowships, The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS; invites applications for three-months visiting fellowships in the academic year 2010/11 (1 September – 30 November or 1 February to 30 April) intended for advanced Ph.D. students or faculty. Candidates should work in one of the areas TiLPS covers and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

To apply, send a hardcopy of your application package to Fellowships Committee, Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands, or send an email to (ideally everything in one pdf file).

Candidates should include a letter of interest (indicating the period of the planned stay), a CV, and a project outline of no more than 1000 words. Junior candidates should additionally supply one letter of recommendation. TiLPS offers reimbursement of expenses, e.g. for housing and transportation, of up to 1000 Euro a month for senior candidates (i.e. candidates with a PhD) and 750 Euro a month for junior candidates (i.e. candidates without a PhD). Travel costs to and from Tilburg are also reimbursed. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2009. Decisions will be made by 1 February 2010.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Scholarships, Fellowships, & Jobs | Leave a comment