Thursday, December 13, 2007

Paul Daniels' Going Away Party

Paul Daniels' Going Away Party

(Hosted by John Dyck)

For those who know Paul D, a party to celebrate the time-slices of Paul in Winnipeg (or before or after)

Time and Place
Start Time:
Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 9:00pm

john's crib -- #10 554 Jessie


Time to say goodbye to Paul, U of M style. Show up around 9 at my place and bring fixings for fruity drinks (because, you know, this party is about Paul). If things get too loud we may move to the Toad or Confusion Corner Bar and Grill, depending on how cold it is. (Any preference, guys?) (To get to my place, #10 554 Jessie: come around to the back, up the first flight of stairs, and straight ahead to the porch with shelves and a table on it.)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The University of Minnesota Undergraduate Journal: Call for Papers

Hi all:

I thought I would pass on this message from Laurie-

We are the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy; an expanding journal recognizing the great work being done by undergraduates in philosophy. Over 100 copies of our previous issues have been sent to university departments around the country, as well as the Library of Congress.
We are seeking insightful, original work by undergraduate philosophers for our third issue. In this issue we are looking to reach out to and develop a global community of undergraduate philosophers.
Take this opportunity to be published while you are an undergraduate, to share your unique philosophical perspective with our readers and to preserve your work forevermore in academic journal collections.
For more information about our journal, please visit our website at

Deadline: January 15, 2008
Submit to
2500 – 8000 words; optional 500 word abstract
Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Footnotes & Bibliography)

Sunday, December 9, 2007



Hey --
Since I'm moving soon I've got a bunch of stuff I need to get rid of, so I'm selling it cheap. And since xmas is just around the corner it would all make great gifts too!
Below is the stuff need to unload -- No reasonable offer will be refused. It's all in great condition.

- 2o inch TV (about 10 years old): $30 o.b.o.
- 19 inch CRT computer monitor (about 5 years old): $30 o.b.o.
- "Large" mini-fridge (about 1 year old): $60 o.b.o.
- Alter Lansing computer speaker set (about 2 years old): $60 o.b.o.
- These speakers are:

If your interested, send me an email:
If you think someone you know might be interested, let them know about these great deals!


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Philosophy of Time Conference

Time on Trial welcomes submissions from grads and undergrads and has a prize for best undergrad submission. They will also defray lodging costs for participants.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Hi everyone. The department needs the help of anyone creative, artistic, or otherwise innovative in re-designing our booth for next year's Evening of Excellence. As you may know, the Evening is a chance for high school students to come and learn about the various departments and schools. Other departments set up booths that include gimmicks such as baking and other snacks, snazzy art, little toy teeth (guess which school), power point presentations, and videos. (This year we had... pamphlets.) We are looking both for great ideas and for people with the wherewithal to make ideas come true. Keep in mind the audience -- sixteen-year-olds with no knowledge of philosophy (so no in-jokes that only we would find funny) -- and the only restriction is that the displays must be silent. I also assume the university would frown on any displays of full-frontal nudity. So with those caveats, feel free to bring your ideas, sketches, mock-ups and home-made short movies to me, Laurie or Carl, or just talk to us about anything that you think might work.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Phil Fridays

I notice that the calendar for Phil Fridays are open beyond this month. When can we begin to bid on Fridays for next term?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

phil friday

Tomorrow's Philosophical Friday lecture will be given by Professor Dimitrios Dentsoras, entitled "Seneca and the Old Stoics on Suicide". Things get going, as usual, at 2.30 in 386 UC.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

2008 PPUPA Conference

(Prairie Provinces Undergraduate Philosophy Association)
Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Robert Kane

Location: University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

The 7th annual PPUPA conference will be hosted by the Undergraduate Philosophy Club at the University of Calgary on the weekend of March 28-29, 2008. We invite paper submissions on any topic by February 8th, 2008. Papers should be no more than 3000 words, for presentation in 30 minutes. Please prepare submissions for blind review, with author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address appearing in a separate document. Notification of acceptance will be made by February 29, 2008. Papers and questions can be emailed to

March 28-29, 2008

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Phil Friday

One more thing, even more important than five thousand bucks: Dr. Chris Tillman (the famous "Dr Chris") is presenting his paper "Musical Materialism" for Philosophical Friday tomorrow. 2.30 in 386 UC.

make an easy five grand

Hi again guys: There's an essay contest sponsored by the Canada West Foundation for postsecondary students, and the prize is five thousand bucks. The essay question is this: "Who should have the greatest responsibility for reducing Canada's greenhouse gas emissions: governments, industries, or individuals?" Presumably, good philosophy students on the whole are better prepared to write such an essay than students in most (or even all) other faculties, so it'd be in your best interests to give it a try. (Although I'm not sure how the referees will feel about numbered premise/conclusion formats.) The deadline is 10 December of this year, and more information can be found here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Hi everybody,

So we all want to be really famous. And obviously, the best way to be really famous is to be a great philosopher!! With these thoughts in mind, you should consider submitting to the following conferences.

PS, to my endeared peons: I will grace you with my presence tonight. I promise.



The 16th Annual Harvard-MIT Graduate Student Philosophy Conference.

April 26, 2008

Submissions due: Friday, January 18, 2008

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas M. Scanlon, Harvard University

We seek submissions from graduate students in any area of philosophy. Submissions should be suitable for a 40 minute presentation. As guidance, a 4000 word paper usually takes about 40 minutes to read. All submissions should be accompanied by a short abstract of 200 words maximum. No identifying information should appear in the body of the paper or the abstract. Instead, please include a cover sheet with submitter's name, address, e-mail, telephone number, name of his or her institution, and title of the paper.

Papers should be submitted by email to gradphilconf [at] mit [dot] edu in one of the following formats: .pdf, .rtf, .doc. We can only accept one submission per applicant, so please make sure that the version of the paper you send is the one you would like considered.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. [gradphilconf [at] mit [dot] edu]



I am writing to inform you that the McGill-CREOR Graduate Students' Conference is currently accepting paper proposals. The topic for this year's conference is:

Breaking out of Subjectivity: Contemporary Challenges in the Study of Religion

The conference takes place on Friday, March 7, 2008, at McGill University in Montreal. Paper proposals are due by January 11, 2008. I have attached a call for papers which provides further details on the conference. More information is also available on our website:

One goal of the conference is to encourage the interdisciplinary study of religion, and we therefore welcome proposals from graduate students specializing in any scholarly discipline, including: Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Law, Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Other Areas of Arts and Humanities, and
Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other

If you could please distribute this as widely as possible, it would be greatly appreciated.


Erin McCann
2008 McGill-CREOR Graduate Students' Conference Treasurer
Hindu Studies Graduate Student
McGill University
Montreal, QC

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

November 9 Phil. Friday

Paul Daniels presents his paper "Time Travel and Two-Dimensional Time."

Hope to see everybody there!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

(the) Undergraduate Uprising

Hi everyone. You've probably heard about the special pub night this week. If not...suprise! Monday/Tuesday you'll see these flyers floating around University College in an attempt to recruit more undergraduate students to the Philosophy Club and to the pub nights. I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday night.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

This Friday

John Dyck will present his paper:

'Against Levinson's Instrumentation Requirement'

at 2:30, 386 U.C.

See everyone there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Philosophical Friday

Just to remind everyone, this Friday's invited speaker is Walter Hopp from Boston University. He will be giving a talk entitled "Conceptualism and the Myth of the Given".

Here is his homepage:

Monday, October 8, 2007

WAG Talk

Here's the scoop I went to the WAG yesterday, because they have some Renaissance panels on display that I have been meaning to see for quite some time. Very exciting! If you have not seen them, you must! Anyhow, I was not aware that there is also a big Warhol exhibit going on (yes, I live under a rock and don't pay attention to what's happening in the Peg, nor am I a big fan of Warhol...). But as part of the exhibit there are a number of talks taking place at the WAG. One of the listings caught my eye and I thought that other philosopher folk might be interested, in particular those taking aesthetics. Here's the write-up on it from the glossy brochure (you can also see it if you follow the appropriate links on the website):

Arthur Danto and Robert Enright
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
Arthur C. Danto, distinguished critic, philosopher, and author of Beyond the Brillo Box, is one of the most influential writers on contemporary art. He has been a most astute observer of Warhol's important influence on reconfiguring the way we view art in the postmodern period. He will engage in a conversation with art critic Robert Enright on the continuing significance of Warhol's art and life.

If your wondering who Danto is:

Now I don't know if the two guys are just going to blather about Warhol and his work. But, I am hoping that Danto will at least say something interesting and philosophically relevant about conceptual art... if not, then you can at least check out the panels...

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Potluck on Saturday, Oct 13th

Hey All,

I'm hosting a potluck dinner on Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Faculty and students, both graduate and undergrad, are invited.
My address is 317 Bannerman ave. Google maps knows where that is if you don't.

Hope to see you there. If you would, please confirm your attendance here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Hey Manitoba philosophy!!! The space-time worm of which I am one mere time slice misses you. Tell your temporal counterparts I said 'Hi'!

Monday, October 1, 2007

A Question For The Metaphysicians...

I assume some people out there are modern metaphysicians... Could you please inform me as to what your conception of philosophy is? Of metaphysics (if the two are seperate)? What is the stated aim (if any) of First Philosophy (if there is one)?

I'm curious how things have progressed from Aristotle and the Being of beings.



I'm looking for an opportunity to have philosophical discussions... I assume Toad Night is a good time, and after Philosophical Fridays? Other times as well maybe?


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Good Luck!

Good luck to the students who are off to the University of Calgary Graduate Conference!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Upcoming Invited Speaker

Just to remind everyone, this Friday's invited speaker is Dennis Klimchuk. Professor Klimchuk is a UofM grad who now teaches at the University of Western Ontario.

He'll be giving a talk entitled "The Rule of Private, Common Law."

There is a dinner planned in the evening after the talk. For more information, please contact Neil McArthur in the philosophy department.

Professor Klimchuk's homepage can be found here:

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Question

Here's a question you don't need that damn My Questions application to answer. I am curious to know what folks think is the best book about philosophy written for a non-philosophical audience? Please feel free to justify your choice, or not. My own $0.02: The Metaphysical Club, by Louis Menand.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Aufbau Call for Papers

Call for Papers


The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophical Analysis


Aufbau: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophical Analysis was founded so that young philosophers, working in the tradition of analytic philosophy, would have a venue for publishing their research. Aufbau publications are accessible by everyone online as well as in print. Anyone enrolled in a philosophy graduate program is eligible to submit a paper.

The Aufbau editorial team is currently accepting original submissions for the next Aufbau publication. Interested authors are invited to submit papers on any philosophical topic on or before: November 15, 2007.

Papers should be no more than 3,500 words. Papers must be in accordance with current APA standards. Papers must be prepared for blind review, with author’s name, university affiliation, mailing address and email address appearing in a separate document. Submission must be either Word (i.e. *.doc), Rich Text Format (i.e. *.rtf), or Portable Document Format (i.e. *.pdf) documents. All papers must be submitted as email attachments. Please include "Aufbau Submission" in the subject line.

Submissions and questions can be emailed to:

Interested parties can visit Aufbau online at:

Aufbau is affiliated with The University of Manitoba Philosophy Department.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Philosophical Fridays Round Two: Wes McPherson

Thanks to everybody who came out to Ori Simchen's talk today, as well as to lunch, the reception, and dinner.
I just wanted to make known to everyone that Wes McPherson will be giving a presentation of his paper on Wilfrid Sellars next Friday. Same time, same place- 386 UC.
It *might* be possible to organize a small punch-event afterwards, so please comment if you would support that as well.

Also, please see the excellent post by Wes below for a link to his paper. Thanks Wes. And, since no Sellars photo was available, I went with the next best thing...

Wes on Sellars

Hello all,

For those of you who are interested in my presentation of my Sellars paper, "A Brief Summary of the Philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars", you can download it at:

Please let me know if this doesn't work for you. It works for my Mac anyways.

I really love Sellars, and would not mind questions from you about his philosophical project. Questions like: what are psychological nominalisms ramifications for universals? What happens to metaphysics and epistemology? What does Sellars think of qualia? Do animals think? Isn't Sellars a linguistic idealist? How does Sellars answer Quine? Heidegger? Churchland? Where are we left with empirical philosophy? What happens to the analytic tradition? etc. I think philosophy works best as a dialogue or as a kind of therapy, so I'd appreciate your participation. There is a lot to explain here, since Sellars' philosophy has deep and vast implications.

I'll try to focus on psychological nominalism and the fusion of the images in my presentation, to narrow things down a bit.

Thanks everyone. I hope this post is non-sucky!


Some have rightly commented that it can be a pain going around and checking for updates on several blogs. This helps your life.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grad Conference in Metaphysics of Causation

I thought some of you might be interested in this. I'm not sure whether it was tracked in any of the more usual conference sources to the right.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Laurie has asked me to spread the word that there are still some Grader/Marker positions to be filled in the department, and that the deadline for applying has been extended to next Monday.

That ends my commercial announcement. You may now return to your regular programming.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Toad Night and Student Presentation Schedule

I'm sure that by now everyone is aware of this, but I thought an official notice would be a good idea. The philosophy club now meets on Wednesday evenings, starting anywhere from 6pm on, at the Toad in the Hole pub. Hopefully everybody can make it out to that.

Also, I've received a couple of emails from other students wondering about the Philosophical Fridays speaker program and schedule. As I understand it, any Friday that is currently free (please see the calendar link) is available for student presentations (student presentations scheduled a long time in advance might have to be bumped a week here or there, if it happens that a new invited speaker is added to the current schedule).

So, again, if you are interested in doing something, then please choose a Friday and let everyone know by posting it up here (or let Chelsey or myself know about it, and we can add it to the calendar and make it known to others).


Ori Simchen's Talk Friday Sept 14

There are a limited number of slots available for students to come to lunch or dinner with Prof. Simchen on the department's dime. If you're interested in free lunch or dinner, please email me at myfirstname[dot]mylastname[at]gmail[dot]com. Slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday, September 7, 2007


I thought I'd note that, in case anyone is interested, it would seem that the WCPA could stand to use a goodly amount of commentators.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Philosophy-Club Email List

Justin has volunteered to collect new email addresses from interested students in the T/Th Logic class he T.A.'s. I can do the same in any of the seminars that I'm in this fall.

Just wondering: is there anyone who could volunteer to collect emails (by passing a sheet around) in any of the lower-level courses? Once we have them, the best thing to do is to forward them to Chelsey Booth, who is in charge of updating the database.

So far, no opinions have been voiced on the club-night issue. I assume that it will proceed on Thursday this week, as usual. If we're going to officially change it, I guess we should do that soon?

Thursday, August 30, 2007



Welcome to the philosophy club blog. Hopefully everybody on the philosophy mailing-list can accept the invite sent out by Chelsey, which should give you authoring privileges.Feel free to post anything concerning upcoming events or news that people should know about.

There are a few things that should be mentioned right away:

(1) Weekly philosophy club meetings: Currently these take place Thursday nights at the Toad. Some folks have expressed interest in having the club-night moved to a different evening, an earlier time, and (perhaps) a different venue. Tentatively, John and I have been thinking that Wednesday evenings, starting anywhere from 6 pm on, would suit people better. If you think a different night, time, or venue would be more suitable, here is the place to let everybody know.

(2) Fall Invited Speakers: Please note the schedule posted by Chelsey (just follow the calendar link). There are many open Fridays, and we thought that it would be good to fill these up with student presentations or talks. If you are interested in giving a presentation or talk, then please choose an available Friday. Also, remember to check the calendar regularly for new events.

(3) Currently there is a big gap between the invited talks and the dinner/evening events, and we'd like to fill this time up with a reception. So, we are hoping that someone would like to volunteer to (i) reserve the senior common room (in UC) for the time between the end of the talk and dinner, and (ii) to get us all some punch and pie for those times.

Finally, make sure to check the blog often, as most of the information sent out via mass-email will likely be posted here as well.

If we've forgotten anything, let us know. Or just post it up.


John and Adam