Archive for category: Call For Papers

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.

CFP: Viability of Metaphysics, Durham

03 Jun
June 3, 2013

Yet another very interesting event at Durham, this time on metametaphysical themes. Keynote speakers are Kit Fine and E.J. Lowe — a rare opportunity to see two of the greatest living metaphysicians in the same place! I’m seriously considering of flying over to Durham again, even though I was just there in May. Deadline for extended abstracts is 17th June.

Workshop Announcement and Call for Extended Abstracts (Graduate Speakers)

The Viability of Metaphysics

Keynote Speakers: Kit Fine; Jonathon Lowe

Workshop date: 16th July 2013

Senate Suite, Durham Castle
University of Durham, Durham, UK.

We invite submissions from graduate students/post-doctoral researchers for papers to be presented a workshop investigating the viability of metaphysical research (workshop description below).

Deadline for submissions: 17th June 2013.

Abstracts for submission for the workshop should be no more than 750 words (exc. Bibliography), prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover page including name, address, contact information, and current institution. Abstracts should be suited for a presentation of 40 minutes (with 20 minutes of questions). Abstracts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, PDF or similar. Please e-mail submissions to

Workshop Description

Although metaphysics has long been taken by some as a central domain of enquiry within philosophy, dating back at least as far as Aristotle’s work on the subject matter, its status as a coherent body of work has been attacked throughout the history of western philosophy. Seen by many to have had a final damaging blow in the work of Kant, metaphysics returned to a central position in philosophy in the twentieth century following Quine’s seminal paper `On What There Is’. Metaphysics thus proceeded with vigour throughout much of the twentieth century (see the work of Lowe, Lewis, and Armstrong for some examples), but without too much concern for its own foundations.

Quine though not only reinvigorated metaphysics, but also laid the foundation for the many modern objections to its viability that have been developed, drawing upon Quine’s own (possible) rejection of a metaphysical line of enquiry. As such, there has been a recent surge of interest in the viability of metaphysics as a research question, and the growth in the field of `metametaphysics’ (see Chalmers, Manley, and Wasserman, eds., 2009, Sider 2011 for some examples). Metaphysicians, both realist and anti-realist, therefore are more aware of the need to both explain and justify their metametaphysical positions. These issues are not only limited within the scope of metaphysical enquiry, but also touch upon issues in epistemology (which many recent rejections of metaphysics rely upon), the philosophy of language (of particular interest here as detailed below), logic, and the philosophy of science including the correct role for science within metaphysical theories.

This workshop aims to build upon this interest, and subsequently has invited some of the leading names in the field to discuss the various issues that arise in this domain.

Particular interest will be applied to the role of language in metaphysics. Recent anti-realist arguments have often centred on the claim that metaphysical debates are `purely verbal’ (see Hirsch 2011, building upon a tradition of work from Carnap and Putnam). The role and nature of language has therefore been used to argue against a realist position, building on this idea of metaphysics as a process of mere `conceptual analysis’. Clarifying the correct role of language in metaphysics, and the relationship between philosophy of language and metaphysics, is therefore central to the future practice and legitimacy of the domain.

CFP: First Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference

29 May
May 29, 2013

If you haven’t seen it already, make note of the first Philosophers’ Cocoon Conference, which will take place this October in Miami. The conference is aimed at “early-career” philosophers, following the spirit of the Cocoon blog — in this case anyone non-tenured. Note that Skype presentations are also possible! Deadline for papers is 1 July, 2013. See the full CFP here.

CFP: Information Systems and the Four-Category Ontology, Durham

02 Apr
April 2, 2013

Lots of interesting things happening in Durham in May, as this is one of two metaphysics-related workshops (the other being this one on Metaphysical Issues in Natural Kinds). E.J. Lowe is featured in both, but this one also includes a bunch of top people in applied ontology, such as Barry Smith from Buffalo. Deadline for abstracts is 19th April.

WORKSHOP: Information Systems and the Four-Category Ontology

20th-21st May 2013

Department of Philosophy, Durham University

Call for Abstracts – Deadline: Friday 19th April 2013

This two-day workshop will bring together metaphysicians, applied ontologists and information systems theorists to discuss the practical application of a four-category ontology to the design of information systems.

This workshop aims to put advocates of four-category ontologies into direct dialogue with applied ontologists and information systems designers, enabling each to update the other on developments within their disciplines and to share concerns and problems for collective discussion.

Specific foci of the workshop will be (i) the presentation of practical problems in the design of information systems and (ii) the discussion of contemporary developments in the four-category ontology whose practical applications are not yet appreciated.

Invited speakers:

Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento

Ludger Jansen, University of Rostock

E. J. Lowe, Durham University

Luc Schnieder, Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science

Barry Smith, University at Buffalo


We invite abstracts of 300-500 words for presentations of half an hour, followed by fifteen minutes for discussion, on topics related to the aims of the workshop. Please prepare these for blind review and submit to a.d.carruth [at]

We aim to help cover the costs of attending the event for all those whose papers are accepted.

Please direct any enquiries to:

Alex Carruth – a.d.carruth [at]


David Westland – d.w.westland [at]

CFP: Special Issue of Topoi — Time and Time Experience

28 Feb
February 28, 2013

Make note of this CFP for a special issue of Topoi on Time and Time Experience, edited by Giuliano Torrengo and Roberto Ciuni. Looks great!

Call For Papers

Topoi: An international Review of Philosophy, is planning to devote a special issue on Time and Time Experience. The editors will be Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan) and Roberto Ciuni (Bochum University).

The deadline for the initial submission is 31 August 2013. Accepted papers will be published in 2014. Formatting instructions for submissions can be found at:; click “Instructions for Authors” on the right. All submissions for this issue should be made through Topoi Editorial Manager (, selecting “S.I.: Time and time experience (Torrengo/Ciuni)” as Article Type.

Confirmed invited authors:

Peter Ludlow (Northwestern University, Chicago)
Robin Le Poidevin (University of Leeds)
Barry Dainton (University of Liverpool)
Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick)

At least since the beginning of philosophising in Western culture, the concept of time has baffled the human mind. This is not surprising, since temporal aspects seem to dwell reality as well as the core of our thought and language. Thus, the reflection on time finds its “natural” location in many different spheres (and possibly at their overlaps) such as metaphysics, phenomenology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and the study of perception and cognition. Many recent and influential contributions in analytic philosophy have focused on the question whether the temporal aspects of our experience reflect aspects of reality, or they are rather mere projections of some sort. Many features of our experience fall under such a “issue of realism”: the sense of passage, the perception of change, memory, expectation of future events and planning for actions, decisions, and timely behaviour, to name a few.

In this context, it is crucial to keep clear the distinction between the role of metaphysical enterprise and psychological enterprise (both broadly construed). On the one hand, if we claim that a certain temporal feature of our experience is not a genuine feature of reality – clearly, a metaphysical claim – we also need a psychological justification of why we ordinarily think of it as a part of reality. On the other hand, explanations of our experience of temporal reality depends on what we take temporal reality to be like. It seems thus that the answer to the question ‘what is time?’ and the answer to the question ‘how does our temporal cognition work?’ get support from each other. If this is the case, certain methodological questions become also crucial; in particular: how should we construe the distinction between genuine representations of reality and metaphysically misleading representations of reality? Are hard sciences playing a central role here? Or should we look rather at ordinary phenomenology? More generally, what criteria should we set for appraising the different realist and anti-realist options? The general aim of the volume is to shed some light on such an interplay between the analysis of the reality of time and the analysis of our experience of time, by presenting new positions on the market.

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