Thursday, June 19, 2008


NYU Philmath Conference

While we're on the subject of conferences, let me draw the attention of those of you not on Facebook to Justin and Sheiva's philosophy of maths conference at NYU in October. I'm going to do my best to be there, and the lineup is very exciting. So (at least) two reasons to go!

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Update and Calls for Papers

I've been quiet the last while as Lauren's been visiting me in Glasgow, and I've been trying to make the most of my time here. Tomorrow I fly back to Austin, and I'll be back to work properly on Monday. Expect posting to pick up again around then.

In the meantime, there are a couple of CFPs out for excellent looking conferences in Europe. First, there's the third annual CMM grad conference at Leeds. Papers are to be on metaphysics (construed very broadly) or mind, and are due no later than Friday the 18th of July. The conference will be on September 4th. There will be a panel on grad-student publishing with two former Archeans, Robbie and Ross. The CFP is here. The grad conference is just a couple of days earlier than a grown-ups conference, Perspectives on Ontology, which has a great line-up.

The Arche/CSMN conference is being held in Oslo this year! They're looking for high-quality papers on topics in their core areas, due by the first of September. The conference itself will be held on November 14th-16th. The keynotes announced so far are Zoltan Szabo and Carrie Jenkins (whose forthcoming book, Grounding Concepts, is released in August). See the CFP here for further details.

Lastly, on the other side of the Pond, there's a graduate conference on Essentialism being held at UC Davis. The official webpage is here, but the actual call is a .doc file, so let me offer a more web-friendly version here:

Graduate Conference on Essentialism

U.C. Davis, 26-27 September, 2008

Keynote Speaker: L.A. Paul (University of Arizona)

Submission Deadline: 1 July 2008

About the Conference

The conference is directed primarily at graduate students who are ABD and who are writing in metaphysics. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of ideas among graduate students working in metaphysics. Authors of accepted papers will be expected to present, not read, their papers. There will be six graduate papers presented. Participants will be expected to pre-read accepted papers.

Submission Guidelines

Topic: Papers on any area of metaphysics will be reviewed. However, preference will be given to papers addressing topics within Essentialism or ontology.

Length: 4000 - 6000 words

Cover Letter: name, paper title, email address, abstract (max. 500 words)

Submit in PDF form to:

Please ensure that papers are suitable for blind review.

If you are interested in participating in the conference via chairing or commenting, please email Dana at

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