Call For Papers
Freedom and Freedoms: Uniting State, Responsibility, and Will
The 11th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy
April 15-16, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller University
Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University
What is freedom? Is there (or ought there be) a single, unified
understanding of 'freedom' across all areas of philosophical inquiry,
or does the meaning (and perhaps also the importance) of 'freedom'
depend on one's particular philosophical starting point? Why, to what
extent, and in what respects, should we be concerned with freedom? Who
has a sufficient degree of freedom and how ought we enhance the
freedom of those who don't have enough?
The philosophy graduate students of philosophy at the University of
Toronto invite papers exploring these issues for their 11th annual
graduate conference. We welcome perspectives from all fields in
philosophy, as well as those making connections to other disciplines.
Submissions engaging the history of philosophy are especially
encouraged. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:
- The relationship between metaphysical freedom and moral or political
- The place of free-will with regard to reactive attitudes,
- The relationship between the metaphysical, psychological, ethical, and
political senses of 'freedom'
- The relationship between freedom (or particular freedoms and democratic
- Early modern accounts of the relation between freedom, reasons and
- The relationship between freedom (or particular freedoms) and justice
- The interaction between Kant's accounts of metaphysical and ethical freedom
- Feminist conceptions of freedom, violence, and the other
- How ancient Greek philosophical notions of liberty (eleutheria), the
voluntary (hekousia), and what's up to us (eph'hemin) shed light on our
contemporary notion of freedom
The deadline for submissions is JANUARY 22, 2010.
Papers should be sent as an email attachment in either .doc(x) or .pdf
format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted papers should not
exceed 4000 words (30 minutes) and must be prepared for blind review.
In a separate attachment, please include your name, academic
affiliation, email address, paper title, word count, and an abstract
of no more than 300 words. Limited travel stipends are available, with
special funds for exceptional papers in ancient and medieval
philosophy. Only one submission per author.
For more information, please contact the conference chair, Mark
Schranz, at email@example.com.