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25 October, 2009

The 21st Century Monads …

… are on Facebook. Be there or be mereologically variable (inclusive ‘or’).

See also: this page, with all the Original Monads tunes and the new tracks from the 21st CMs!

UPDATE: New song out now! The G. E. Moore Shift

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8 September, 2009

Nottingham A Priori Workshop

More details on the forthcoming Nottingham A Priori Workshop (9th October) are now available, including the programme and information on how to register.

Attendance is free (though we do require advance registration), lunch, tea and coffee are provided, and the speakers are Anthony Eagle (Oxford), Jessica Brown (St Andrews), myself (Nottingham) and Michael Devitt (CUNY/Nottingham Special Professor).

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26 July, 2009

September Conferences

This post is to inform/remind people about three exciting events running back to back this September. I shall be attending all three!

(1) Metaphysics of Science Conference, Nottingham, 12-14 September
(2) Fictionalism Conference, Manchester, 15-17 September
(3) Naturalism Workshop, Leeds, 18-19 September

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21 May, 2009

Nous and PPR Taking Another Break

Nous and PPR are not accepting new submissions until 1 October 2009.

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20 May, 2009

A Priori Workshop

My colleague Greg Currie is organizing a workshop on the a priori, to take place here in Nottingham on October 9th.  Further details here.  Please contact Greg if you would like to attend.

The workshop is timed to coincide with the visit of Nottingham Special Professor Michael Devitt, whose forthcoming volume Putting Metaphysics First includes some work (check out the title of essay 13) attacking the a priori (a popular pastime of late).

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6 May, 2009

More on the NIP

For the curious, this prospectus gives details of the (institute provisionally known as the) Northern Institute of Philosophy, which will come into existence in Aberdeen this September.

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1 May, 2009

Do You Have A Paper on Fictionalism or Metaphysics of Science?

If so, you may want to consider submitting it for either the Manchester Fictionalism Conference (deadline 15th June) or the Nottingham Metaphysics of Science Conference (deadline 15th May).

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30 April, 2009

There’s a NIP in the Air in Aberdeen

(Cross-posting from LWBM)

Some very big news for British philosophy.  From 1st September there will be a new philosophy research centre at Aberdeen founded by Crispin Wright.  Its provisional name is the Northern Institute of Philosophy.  The centre will have the following remit (with areas of envisaged mid-term focus in brackets):


A number of appointments are planned, including 2-3 Institute professors and 6 quarter-time professorial fellows.  There will also be funded PhD places and postdoc positions, as well as funding for networks and workshops.

Exciting times!

Posted by Carrie Jenkins at 10:03 am

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16 April, 2009

Philosophy Short and Tweet

This week I’ve been running a competition for the best Twitter tweet-length philosophical argument (that’s 140 characters or less), with the prize being kudos, respect and TAR airtime for the top tweet. It’s been so much fun reading the entries that I’m now sad it’s over.  There were 72 entries in total (and of course, I made my decision on idiosyncratic grounds such that nobody should feel offended in any way by not winning). 

I think the winner has to be Mark Steen (@marksteen), for making this great point with 57 characters to spare:

Ordinary objects are mereological sums. Objects can change parts, so sums can too.

I decided early on, given the nature of many of the entries, that I needed a separate category for comedy value, and in fact ended up with a number of other “special awards”.  I’ve put the full list of PSAT awards and the full list of entries online. Enjoy!

And of course, if you think you can do better …

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30 March, 2009

Modality CFP

Phlox, the Berlin-based research group, are organizing a conference on modality in Berlin, September 9th-11th, and are calling for papers.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 1st.

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