Monthly Archives: July 2013

CFP: American Assoc. of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Session at the 2014 Central Division APA Meeting

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) invites proposals for our group session at the 2014 Central Division APA meeting in Chicago, IL Feb 26-Mar 1, 2014.

Proposals on any topic related to teaching philosophy will be considered. Submissions are encouraged from teachers at two-year as well as four-year colleges. Individual proposals and panel proposals are welcome. The AAPT encourages proposals that are interactive.

Format: The three hour session will be composed of three 45 minute presentations, so presenters should plan for no more than 30 minutes of “presentation” time, leaving at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Submissions: Proposals should be prepared for blind review, and include an abstract of no longer than 300 words, along with relevant citations and submitted in either Word or PDF to Andrew Mills (

 Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2014.

CFP: North American Nietzsche Society – APA Central Division Program

North American Nietzsche Society

APA Central Division Program Call for Papers

The Program Committee of North American Nietzsche Society invites papers on all aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophical thought for presentation at one or more Society sessions to be held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association 2014 Central Division meetings, to be held February 27- March 1 (2014) in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Submitted papers will be blind-reviewed by the Program Committee, and will be assessed in terms of their quality, interest, and suitability for presentation.

Authors are expected to be members of NANS, either at the time of submission or by the time the program is held.

• Presentation time for each paper is to be no more than 25 minutes (sufficient for reading approximately 12 normal manuscript pages). Authors are therefore strongly encouraged to submit papers of no greater length. Longer papers will be considered, but account will be taken of whether they appear to admit readily of shortening or summarizing.

• Submission of a paper constitutes a commitment by its author to permit its publication in The Journal of Nietzsche Studies if it is selected for presentation. Selected papers longer than 12 pages may have to be published in shortened form.

• Since papers are to be blind-reviewed, the author’s name (and institution) should appear only on a separate cover page, and not on the first or last page (or page headings) of the paper itself.  The paper’s title should appear on the first page as well, and may be used (in abbreviated form if long) in page headings.

•    The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2013

Electronic submission is required (preferably in .doc/.docx format).

Send papers and inquiries to: Lanier Anderson, NANS Program Committee Co-Chair, at

CFP: Society of Christian Philosophers – Eastern Regional Conference – “Theistic Metaphysics and Naturalism”

Eastern Regional Conference
“Theistic Metaphysics and Naturalism”
October 24-26, 2013

University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Conference Website:

Keynote Speakers:
Trenton Merricks (University of Virginia)
Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

The Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP) will be held October 24-26 at the University of South Florida. Submissions are welcome from all theological perspectives, and we welcome Christian and non-Christian presenters and participants. The theme this year will be “Theistic Metaphysics and Naturalism.” Paper submissions on any topic of philosophical interest, however, will be given equal consideration.

Submissions should be 3,000 words or less and prepared for blind review (please send a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file with no identifying ‘marks’). Submissions should also include a cover letter with your name, institutional affiliation, email address, paper title, and an abstract of 150 words or less.

Deadline for submissions: August 3rd, 2013. Submissions should be sent to

There is a $500 SCP-funded award for the best graduate student paper. If you would like to be considered for the award, please indicate this in your cover letter.

For additional information, please contact Daniel Collette ( or Jeffery Steele (

Keep up the good work, everybody!

According to the information we have, the following is a brief summary of the accomplishments of our graduate students this past academic year.

Congratulations to all!

  • ·        19 had teaching assistantships
  • ·        4 received university fellowships for next year and 1 received the President’s Medallion
  • ·        4 department awards were given (3 for summer research and 1 for excellence in teaching)
  • ·        40 presentations were given by 25 different students
  • ·        15 travel awards were granted
  • ·        5 publications resulted (by 5 different students)

CFP: Mental Actions and Mental Agency

Mental Actions and Mental Agency
Special Issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest Editors: Anika Fiebich, and John Michael
Deadline for Submissions: February 1st 2014

In recent decades, mental actions have been discussed intensively in
the scientific debate on intentional actions. Within this debate ‘mental
agency’ has been defined as the capacity to bring about specific mental
states through one’s own mental processes. In this sense, typical mental
actions include recalling something, forming a judgment, solving a
problem and making an action plan.
Most discussions of mental action have so far focused on establishing
it as an interesting and legitimate category and addressing fundamental
conceptual issues that it raises. Building upon this foundational work,
the present special issue aims to bring together attempts to make use of
the notion of mental action as a theoretical tool, i.e. in
conceptualizing neglected types or aspects of intentional action and
action preparation, in theorizing about empirical findings, in
generating new questions for empirical research.
Aspects of mental actions and mental agency include (but are not
restricted to):
•       Typology of Mental Action. Are there types of action that have not
yet been discussed in the literature and which might be illuminated by
conceptualizing them as mental actions (e.g. forming the intention not
to act, ‘mind-wandering’ while in a resting state)?
•       Intentional Structure. Are mental actions accompanied by an intention
to (mentally) act? What is the intentional structure of mental agency?
Is there a sense of agency for mental acts? If so, how is it constituted
and (how) does it differ depending on whether the mental acts in
question precede intentions to act or intentions to not to act?
•       Action preparation. What role does mental agency play for the
preparation of bodily actions? (How) can the notion of mental agency
assist us in conceptualizing novel findings from neuroscience or
psychology (e.g., Aaron Schurger’s and colleagues challenging follow-up
study of the Libet-experiment)? How can empirical research enrich our
understanding of mental agency and mental preparations of bodily
•       Mental acts in groups. What are the peculiarities of mental acts
performed in groups such as group reasoning? What is mental agency in
groups? Does mental agency in groups presuppose the assumption of some
kind of super-agent?

Invited Contributors:
Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
Joelle Proust (IJN Paris)
Aaron Schurger (INSERM), and Sebo Uithol (University of Parma)

Word limit: 8000 words
Deadline for submissions: February 1st 2014
Publication is expected in September 2014

How to submit
Prospective authors should register at:
to obtain a login and select Pictorial and Spatial Representation as the
article type. Manuscripts should be approximately 8,000 words and
conform to the author guidelines available on the journal’s website.

About the journal
The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN:
1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by Springer,
which focuses on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive
science. The journal’s aim is to provide a forum for discussion on
topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to
foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and
the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social
sciences. The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical
research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical
relevance. It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions
from leading authors together with articles answering a call for papers.

For any queries, please email the guest editors:

John Michael
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen University
& Center for Interacting Minds, Aarhus University