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The Philosophy of E. J. Lowe: a Memorial Conference

27 Mar
March 27, 2014

E. J. Lowe’s impact on contemporary philosophy is massive and it is only appropriate that there should be a massive conference to celebrate his life and work. I can’t start to explain how honoured I am to speak at his Memorial Conference, which features many leading philosophers whose work has been an inspiration to me — almost, but not quite(!), as much as Jonathan’s work. Note that there is also a CFP for postgrads and recent PhDs. I hope to see many of you in Durham this July!

The Philosophy of E. J. Lowe: a Memorial Conference

Sunday 27th July – Tuesday 29th July

Professor E. J. (Jonathan) Lowe (1950-2014) spent the last thirty four years of his life at Durham University, during which time he established himself as one or the world’s leading metaphysicians and inspired philosophers all over the world. This conference will celebrate his life and work. Speakers will engage with various different aspects of his philosophy.

Confirmed speakers are as follows:

Professor Antonella Corradini (Catholic University of Milan)
Professor Tim Crane (University of Cambridge)
Professor John Heil (Washington University in St Louis)
Dr Penelope Mackie (University of Nottingham)
Dr Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford)
Professor Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr Tuomas Tahko (University of Helsinki)
Professor David Robb (Davidson College)
Professor Peter van Inwagen (University of Notre Dame)

The conference will begin at 2.00 pm on Sunday 27th July and conclude at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 29th July. On the Sunday, there will be an opening lecture followed by several short speeches, a wine reception, a concert and a three-course dinner. On the Monday and Tuesday, there will be eight further papers by invited speakers.

We are also keen to include some further papers by current postgraduate students and recent PhD graduates. If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the programme, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (for a paper that can be presented in 20 minutes) to David Westland ( by 1st June 2014 at the latest. The only constraint on content is that the paper should explicitly address some aspect of Jonathan’s work. We hope to provide bursaries for those whose abstracts are selected (details to follow).

Jonathan’s work and his friendship meant a great deal to a lot of people, and we realise that there are many others who would like to have given papers at this conference. We’re very sorry that we couldn’t invite all of you to do so. If you would like to come and share your memories of Jonathan by giving a short speech on the Sunday, please contact Matthew Ratcliffe (

All are very welcome to attend this conference. There is a small registration fee of £35 (waged) and £20 (student/unwaged). You can register and also book accommodation here (registration deadline Monday 14th July):
A full programme, along with further information, will be posted here:

CFP: Cambridge Metaontology Workshop

18 Mar
March 18, 2014

Looks like fun! Two slots available for grad students.

Cambridge Metaontology Workshop

Nearly 70 years ago Quine equated ontological questions with questions about what there is according to our best first-order theories. Recently, many philosophers have either questioned or reinterpreted what it has become the standard Quinean picture, resulting in the relatively new field of Metaontology. This workshop is dedicated to explore contemporary metaontological issues, broadly construed. Examples may include the Quine-Carnap dispute, ontological deflationism, quantifier variance, ontological pluralism, and the relation between grounding and ontology, amongst others.

Invited Speakers

Huw Price (University of Cambridge)

Amie Thomasson (University of Miami)

Tim Crane (University of Cambridge)

Elizabeth Barnes (University of Leeds)

Tim Button (University of Cambridge)

In addition to our invited speakers, we are also opening up the Workshop to two graduate speakers external to Cambridge. We invite submissions of abstracts of 750-1000 words for a talk of no more than 40 minutes to Accommodation costs will be covered for graduate speakers.

Workshop Organizers

Carlo Rossi (

Kyle Mitchell (

Important Dates

1. Abstract Submission deadline: 11th of April 2014
2. Conference date: 21st and 22nd of May 2014

CFP: Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014, Bratislava

06 Nov
November 6, 2013

I’m very pleased indeed to share this Call for Papers for a conference on the metaphysics of modality and related matters (including methodology of metaphysics) in Bratislava, featuring Takashi Yagisawa and yours truly as keynote speakers. The conference is organized by the Slovak Metaphysical Society. This will be the second year of the event. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this year’s installation, but I hear that it was a great success. The previous event’s keynotes were John Divers and Franz Berto, and the submitted papers appear to have been of a very high quality.

So, I very much encourage you to submit your best short papers on relevant topics! Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. Conference website is here.

Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014

Issues on the (Im)Possible 2014


taking place at the Institute of Philosophy of Slovak Academy of Sciences in

October 15-16, 2014

Keynote Speakers:

TAKASHI YAGISAWA (California State University, Northridge)

TUOMAS TAHKO (University of Helsinki)

We invite submission for a 30 minute presentation followed by 5 minute comments and a 15 minute discussion. Areas of interest might include (but are not limited to):

methodology of metaphysics
metaphysics of modality
the ontology of possible and impossible worlds
logic of possible and impossible worlds

A paper of approximately 3000 words should be prepared for blind review and include a cover page with the full name, title, institution and contact information. Files can be submitted in pdf or doc(x) and should be sent

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2014

Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2014

The authors selected for the conference will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the journal of analytic philosophy Organon F ( If you wish to submit a paper, or would like any further details, please, email us to the above address or visit the conference website

CFP: The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

15 Oct
October 15, 2013

Another CFP (the previous one is here) related to particle physics/quantum mechanics, this time for a conference & a special issue of Topoi. The conference features Tim Maudlin, among others. Follow the CFP link below for details (e.g., deadline for 2000 word abstracts is 31 January 2014).

The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics

2nd International Topoi Conference

2-3 October 2014

Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Keynote Speakers:

Valia Allori (Northern Illinois University)

Angelo Cei (University of Leeds)

Mauro Dorato (University of Rome)

Michael Esfeld (Univerity of Lausanne)

Tim Maudlin (New York University)

Besides five invited speakers, five additional speakers will be selected from those who submit proposals.

**Call for papers**

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, edited by Anna Marmodoro. The selection of papers will be made in collaboration with international advisors.

The conference is organised jointly by the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies Project; and by Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy.

For any queries, pls email:

CFP: Particle Physics after the Higgs Discovery

29 Jul
July 29, 2013

This special issue on the Higgs discovery and its philosophical implications looks extremely interesting. I may not have the technical competence to write anything for it myself (but see my post about the topic here), but at the very least I look forward to reading the issue when it comes out!

Call for Papers: Particle Physics after the Higgs-discovery: Philosophical Perspectives

Journal: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Guest Editors: Simon Friederich, Dennis Lehmkuhl

Deadline: 31 January 2014

The recent discovery at the LHC of a particle with properties as expected for the Higgs boson is a decisive event in the history of particle physics. We invite papers that investigate the central conceptual and methodological challenges for fundamental physics which are related to this event.

On the one hand, we are interested in contributions that analyze the conceptual foundations of the Higgs mechanism in particular and the Standard Model of elementary particle physics in general; on the other, we are interested in contributions that investigate one (or more) of the theoretical approaches to high energy physics which go beyond (the Higgs mechanism and) the Standard Model. Among the most-discussed such approaches are supersymmetry, extra-dimensions, and dynamical symmetry breaking. We encourage authors to critically investigate the conceptual and/or methodological aspects of any of the most-discussed motivations for these approaches such as, for instance, the so-called naturalness (or “fine-tuning”) problem for the Higgs boson mass, the absence of a dark matter candidate among Standard Model particles, considerations from quantum gravity, as well as general arguments related to symmetries and their breaking. In particular, we are interested in contributions which highlight the possible impact of the recent discovery on these approaches and the arguments which support them.

Authors should follow the instructions for submission of their manuscript on the website of the journal:, choosing the option to submit to this special issue.

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