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!