Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Philosophical Friday

Michael Hickson
University of Winnipeg

Will give a talk on:

“Soloman’s Cipher: The Problem of Evil and Toleration in Bayle.”

DATE: Friday, October 30, 2009
LOCATION: 384 University College
TIME: 2:30 p.m.

* All are welcome *

CIHR Award

Please forward this message to all graduate students. . .

The Institute of Aging awards 5 prizes of $1,000 each competition. There are 3 competitions each year. Since this program began in 2003 there has not been a University of Manitoba recipient. We have graduated Masters and PhD students who's research is excellent and would ertainly be competitive.

Please encourage eligible students to apply.


CIHR Age Plus Award

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging Age Plus Award recognizes excellence in research on aging carried out in Canada. It is awarded monthly to the author of a published, scientific article on aging. Age Plus Award is primarily aimed at graduate nd postdoctoral students and residents from all disciplines, working in the field of aging. Articles may cover any of the Institute's priority research topics <http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/26935.html> .

For further information:

1. Go to the IA website http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/8671.html

2. Click on the Students and Trainees button on the right panel. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/30793.html

3. Listed under Prizes > Age Plus Prize http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/26987.html

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Call for Papers

Concordia Graduate Philosophy Students’ Association’s
7th Annual Philosophy Conference
April 17 - 18, 2010
Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Keynote Speaker: TBA

What is Philosophy Anyway?:

A Conference on the Method, Object and Purpose of Philosophical Inquiry. It is possible to raise and solve philosophical problems with no very clear idea of what philosophy is, what it is trying to do, and how it can best do it; but no great progress can be made until these questions have been asked and some answer to them given.

Philosophy, moreover, has this peculiarity . . . the theory of philosophy is itself a problem for philosophy; and not only a possible problem, but an inevitable problem, one which sooner or later it is bound to raise.
- R. G. Collingwood, An Essay on Philosophical Method

[P]hilosophy is concerned with each of the sciences . . . [but therefore cannot] be ranged alongside the existing sciences, as a special department of speculative knowledge. . . . There is no field of experience which cannot, in principle, be brought under some form of scientific law, and no type of speculative knowledge about the world which it is, in principle, beyond the power of science to give. . . . We are now in a position to see that the function of philosophy is wholly critical.
- A. J. Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic

Philosophy is thought by some to be the Queen, by others the handmaiden, of the sciences. The purpose of this conference is to address the meta-philosophical question of what exactly philosophy is, how to go about it, why – and whether – it is worth pursuing, or whether such an account of the discipline is even possible. It provides an opportunity for students of philosophy preoccupied with examining the presuppositions of other disciplines to turn a critical eye toward their own, as well as an opportunity for students of other disciplines to reply to philosophers and issue their own challenges in turn.

Submissions are therefore welcome from students of all disciplines addressing the method, object and/or purpose of philosophy and its relation to the other disciplines. Paper topics include but are not limited to the relation of theory to practice, the status and/or possibility of knowledge claims in philosophy, the value of different philosophical methods (e.g. analytic, historical), etc.

  • Interested authors should submit an abstract electronically as a pdf or Microsoft Word 97-2003 compatible file to Daniel Blaikie, Conference Organizer, at concphil2010@gmail.com.
  • Abstracts should be between 300-400 words in length and read as concise introductions to the paper, providing the topic, main thesis and outline of the major arguments.
  • Submissions will be accepted in English and French.
  • Exceptional undergraduate work will be considered.
  • The submission deadline is Friday January 8, 2010.
  • Authors of successful submissions will be contacted by Friday February 5, 2010.
  • Conference invitees will be expected to present a paper of no more than 4500 words in length at the conference.
  • The GPSA Conference Committee will select five papers presented at the conference to be published in a special edition of Gnosis, Concordia’s graduate philosophy journal.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Award Competition

Laurie forwarded some information from the Graduate Studies office about the CIHR CGS Master's Competition for 2010/2011.

For more information, check this out.

Call for Papers

2010 Syracuse Graduate Student Conference
April 16 & 17
Keynote Speakers: Ted Sider (NYU) & Ben Bradley (Syracuse)
Paper submission deadline: Jan 1, 2010
Send submissions to: suphilgradconf@gmail.com

Papers should be suitable for a 25-30 minute presentation (no more than 4000 words).

Submissions must be prepared for blind review and sent as either a PDF or Word file.

In the text of your email, please include your name, contact information, and short abstract (max 150 words).

We welcome submissions in all areas of philosophy.

Best regards,
James Lee & Matthew Koehler
Conference organizers

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Philosophical Friday

The Philosophy Club Presents:

John Dyck
(Philosophy Graduate Student)

will present a paper entitled:

"How Musicologists Ground Musical Properties"

Date: Friday, October 9th, 2009
Location: 384 University College
Time: 2:30 p.m.

So, be sure to buff y'er bassoons and clean-up y'er claviers because all are welcome!!!!!!

Refreshments to follow in 147/148 University College