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CFP: The History of Chemistry and Scientific Realism

12 Sep
September 12, 2014

Very short notice for this CFP, but I’ll share it anyway. I’d love to attend — and would certainly have some relevant work — but the timing is just impossible for me. For some relevant discussion, see my forthcoming Mind paper, ‘Natural Kind Essentialism Revisited’

The History of Chemistry and Scientific Realism – Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for a 2-day workshop on the theme of the history of chemistry and scientific realism, to be held at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), 6th-7th December 2014.

Themes of the workshop include:

  • Shedding light on episodes in the history of chemistry (both distant and recent) which currently have received little attention in the scientific realism debate. Especially cases where historical actors had significant explanatory/predictive successes with a theory now rejected.
  • Bringing historical case studies from the history of chemistry to bear on philosophical positions, especially those coming under the broad heading of ‘scientific realism’. We especially welcome papers which engage with ‘selective’ or ‘divide et impera’ realism.

This two-day workshop will comprise roughly equal numbers of historians and philosophers of science.

Keynote speakers are as follows:

William B. Jensen (see here for details: )

Alan Rocke (see here for details: )

Robin Hendry (see here for details: )

Eric Scerri (see here for details: )

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed to, by September 20th 2014 at the latest. Decisions will be made very soon thereafter.

Some of the travel/accommodation costs of accepted speakers will be covered, but speakers should expect to cover some of the costs through their home institution. Please email if you require further details.

CFP: Toward a Science of Consciousness, TSC 2015, Helsinki

10 Jun
June 10, 2014

Check your calendar! And make sure to leave space for 9-13 June, 2015, as Helsinki is the place to be then. I’m excited to share the Call for Papers for Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC), 2015 edition. Not only is TSC 2015 taking place in my home town, but I’m the co-chair of the local organizing committee and the program committee, both of which are chaired by my colleague Paavo Pylkkänen. The online CFP system is now open and we advise you to submit earlier rather than later! Papers, posters, and proposals for symposia as well as pre-conference tutorials/workshops are welcome.

For my part, I hope to see an especially strong representation on issues concerning the metaphysics of consciousness, but the conference is of course open to all fields related to consciousness and it will continue to have a strongly interdisciplinary profile.

Stay tuned for plenary speaker announcements, we expect to have a splendid line-up!



University of Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 June 2015
Pre-conference workshops: 8 June 2015

Submission deadline: 30 November 2014

Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Cutting edge, controversial issues are emphasized.

Held annually since 1994, the TSC conferences alternate yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world. The University of Helsinki is proud to host TSC 2015 in the Great Hall of its neoclassical main building located in the downtown area.

TSC 2015 calls for contributed papers, contributed posters, contributed symposia and proposals for pre-conference workshops. The list of conference topic areas is on the conference webpage:

Contributed papers: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed papers will be allocated in total 25-30 minutes (20 min for the presentation + 5-10 min for the discussion).

Contributed posters: Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words prepared for anonymous review. Accepted contributed posters will be presented in separate poster sessions during the conference.

Contributed symposia: Please submit an abstract of max. 1000-2000 words. The contributed symposia proposals are not reviewed anonymously.

The abstract should include:

a. a general description of the format and the topic of the proposed symposium and its significance (up to 800 words)
b. a 300-word abstract of each paper (3-5 papers) and the names of the speakers

Each accepted contributed symposium will be allocated a full two-hour session.

Pre-conference workshops & tutorials: Please submit an abstract of 500-1000 words. Preconference workshop & tutorial proposals are not evaluated anonymously.

The abstract should include:

a. a general description of the format (a tutorial or something else) and the topic of the proposed workshop/tutorial and its significance
b. The names of the speakers
c. the preliminary program of the workshop/tutorial

Pre-conference workshops and tutorials should not be longer than four hours (9 am-1 pm or 2pm-6pm, 8 June 2015). The TSC 2015 organizers will arrange appropriate facilities for the workshops and announce the title, time and place of the workshops on the TSC conference webpage and in the book of abstracts.

Rules for multiple presentations

• One is allowed to submit only one paper in which one is the main author.
• One is allowed to submit only one poster in which one is the main author.
• One is allowed to submit only one contributed symposium proposal or pre-conference workshop/tutorial workshop in which one is the main organizer.

Abstracts should be submitted by using the TSC 2015 registration form: Please note that the abstracts cannot be revised after submitting.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the conference manager, Ms Päivi Seppälä ( The members of the programme committee, and the local organising committee are listed here: The conference is organized in collaboration with the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson:

Paavo Pylkkänen (chair of the local organizing committee)
Tuomas Tahko (co-chair of the local organizing committee)
Päivi Seppälä (conference manager)

Important dates

30 November 2014 Deadline for abstract submissions
22 January, 2015 Conference registration opens
30 January, 2015 Notifications of acceptance
February 2015 Preliminary programme announced
31 March, 2015 Deadline for early registrations
19 May, 2015 No more refunds for registration cancellations
8 June, 2015 Pre-conference workshops
9-13 June, 2015 TSC 2015, University of Helsinki

CFP: Ontological Priority and Essence in Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics

29 Mar
March 29, 2014


Some time ago, Daniel Cohnitz invited myself and Riin Sirkel — an Aristotle scholar at Vermont — to edit a Special Issue for the Estonian journal Studia Estonica Philosophica. We were pleased to accept, as we’re both interested in bringing together scholars and contemporary metaphysicians. The special issue is open to both, and especially to those who wish to bring scholarship and contemporary work together. Anyway, all the important details are in the official CFP below, which is also available here.

Spread the word to anyone who might be interested! A PDF and JPG poster are available. We have confirmed Kathrin Koslicki and Michail Peramatzis as invited contributors, so I expect that the quality of the Special Issue will be excellent.

UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce two additional invited contributors: Travis Dumsday and Christie Thomas!

For inspiration, you could try my Contemporary Aristotelian Metaphysics volume, or Ed Feser’s volume Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics



Call for Papers
Special Issue
Studia Estonica Philosophica

Ontological Priority and Essence
in Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics

Edited by Riin Sirkel & Tuomas E. Tahko

Confirmed Contributors:
Travis Dumsday
Kathrin Koslicki
Michail Peramatzis
Christie Thomas

We welcome both historical and contemporary papers. But above all, we welcome papers combining historical and contemporary issues. We encourage scholars of Ancient philosophy to relate to contemporary discussions and think about what Aristotle or Plato (or their ancient or medieval followers) would think about these discussions, and we encourage contemporary Aristotelian metaphysicians to relate to Aristotle’s discussions. We hope new and interesting insights will emerge from this interaction between the history of philosophy and contemporary metaphysics.

Papers should be no longer than 10 000 words and be prepared for blind review. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014. Please submit your paper via the SPE online system at In the comment filed of your submission, make sure to indicate that it is for the “Special Issue on Aristotle and Aristotelian Metaphysics”. Apart from that, please follow the author guidelines for a normal SPE submission. We expect to accept up to 8 submitted papers.

Possible paper topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Ontological Priority and Grounding

  • What is Aristotle’s notion of ontological priority? Does Aristotle have a notion of grounding, distinct from his notion of ontological priority?
  • Does Aristotle’s notion of ontological priority differ from Plato’s notion of ontological priority?
  • How do contemporary discussions of ontological priority, dependence and grounding relate to Aristotle’s discussion of these notions? What features do these two discussions have in common, such that we label the contemporary discussions as ‘Aristotelian’?
  • What are the basic principles which govern ontological dependence, and which govern metaphysical grounding? For instance, are either or both well-founded, or can there be infinitely descending chains of dependence or grounding? What other formal properties do the relations satisfy (e.g. irreflexivity, asymmetry, transitivity)?
  • What are the connections between essence and grounding (or priority)? Are they distinct primitive notions or is there an account of one in terms of the other? Are there any reasons for a contemporary Aristotelian to prefer one approach over another?


  • What kinds of things have essences for Aristotle and/or for a contemporary Aristotelian?
  • Do only substances have essences, or non-substances as well? Do only universals (e.g. species) have essences, or do particulars (e.g. Socrates) have essences as well? If particulars do not, in the strict sense, have essences, are they nonetheless substances?
  • Is there a distinction between individual and generic essences?
  • Some contemporary Aristotelians hold that ‘essence precedes existence’. How should we understand this idea? Is this compatible with Aristotle?
  • What is (real) definition for Aristotle and/or for a contemporary Aristotelian? For example, Aristotle considers two ways of defining something: in terms of genus and differentiae, and in terms of matter and form. How are these two kinds of definition related to one another? How does this relate to contemporary discussions of real definition and essence?
  • What is the status of propria, i.e., necessary but inessential properties?
  • The problem of unity/complex essences: if a certain natural kind, for instance, has a number of properties essential to it, but these properties are nevertheless distinct, what guarantees that these properties are unified into a single kind essence? One Aristotelian line of answer might be that the essence is given by form and that properties ‘flow’ from form. How should we understand this notion of ‘flow’ (a term of art from Locke)?


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

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