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Conference on perfectionism after Kant @ Sheffield


Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

5 – 6th June, 2014


The aim of the conference is to examine what happened to the perfectionist tradition in ethics subsequent to Kant’s critique of it, where this will include discussion of figures such as Schiller, Fichte, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche and the British Idealists amongst others.


Confirmed Speakers:


Christopher Bennett (Sheffield)

David Brink (USCD)

Clare Carlisle (KCL)

David James (Warwick)

Douglas Moggach (Ottawa)

Simon Robertson (Cardiff)

John Skorupski (St Andrews)

Robert Stern (Sheffield)


More speakers to be confirmed.


Attendance is open to all, and free of charge. To register, or get further information on the conference, please email

Workshop on ‘acquaintance’ @ Trondheim

Location: NTNU, Trondheim, Dragvoll Campus, 24-25 April 2014


Thursday 24th April (DL145)

1015-1100 Thomas Raleigh (NTNU): Introduction to ‘Acquaintance’

1100-1115 Coffee/tea

1115-1245 John Campbell (UC Berkeley): TBA

1245-1400 Lunch

1400-1515 Anders Nes (CSMN, Oslo): ‘Conceptualism and the Explanatory Role             of Experience. Some Reflections on Campbell’s case for a Relational over a             Representational View’

1515-1530 Coffee/tea/fruit

1530-1645 Jessica Pepp (CSMN, Oslo): ‘Reference as a Form of Acquaintance’

1900 Workshop dinner

Friday 25th April (D106)

0915-1030 Solveig Aasen (CSMN, Oslo/UCL): ‘The Mechanism of Acquaintance’

1030-1045 Coffee/tea

1045-1215 Bill Brewer (King’s College London): ‘The Object View of Perception’

1215-1330 Lunch

1330-1445 Jonathan Knowles (NTNU/CSMN, Oslo): ‘Naïve Realism as Existential             Phenomenology’

1445-1500 Coffee/tea/fruit

1500-1615 Carsten Hansen (CSMN/IFIKK, Oslo): TBA

Room finder:

Organiser: Representationalism or Anti-representationalism? Perspectives on Intentionality from Philosophy and Cognitive Science, for more information and abstracts see

All are welcome to attend the talks!


Aristotle conf. @ Helsinki

Issues in Aristotle’s modal ontology, logic, and moral epistemology

A Colloquium at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and
Arts Studies, University of Helsinki

Monday, 28 April 2014
Main Building, Auditorium IX

Modalities: theory and practice

9.30–10.45 Kei Chiba (University of Hokkaido), ‘Aristotle’s modal
ontology ⎯ the potentiality, the at-work-ness and the completeness’

11.00–12.15 Mika Perälä (University of Helsinki), ‘The capacity for
memory and its exercise in Aristotle’


Logic and dialectic

13.30–14.45 Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki), ‘Aristotle on
predication and identity’

15.00–16.15 Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila (University of Helsinki),
‘How relevant is Aristotle’s dialectic to his methodology of inquiry?’

Coffee and tea

Moral epistemology

16.45–18.00 Hasse Hämäläinen (University of Edinburgh), ‘From
identification to insight: Aristotle’s theory of moral perception.’

The colloquium is open to all interested in Aristotle’s philosophy and
these issues in general. For further information please contact the
organizer Mika Perälä (

Women in Philosophy workshop @ Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group is proud to announce its annual Spring Workshop on Philosophical Methodologies on Friday the 16th of May 2014 at the University of Edinburgh.
We have decided to address the issue of philosophical methodology, following the success of previous EWPG Spring workshops, which have respectively focused on the under-representation of women in philosophy, the ethics and aesthetics of pornography, and implicit bias. This issue of philosophical methodology has become a lively discussion point in philosophy departments and blogs due to the question of whether the nature of philosophical discourse is exclusionary either in the way philosophy is written or in the way it is done in more public events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, not to mention in educational settings.
We hope this event will contribute to helping raise awareness about philosophical methodology and how it relates to both philosophical feminism and improving the situation of women in philosophy departments.
Confirmed speakers are:
Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen)
Amia Srinivasan (Oxford)
Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Eric Schliesser (Ghent)
For registration details, see the following page:
There is a £5 registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments. There will also a workshop dinner for an additional £20, which will be paid on the day in cash. If you wish to attend the workshop please register by 9th May 2014.
We have a limited amount of Analysis Trust bursaries to cover postgraduate participation and accommodation, and we invite postgraduate students to submit expressions of interest to respond to the speakers’ talks. If you would like to be considered for a postgraduate bursary, please submit a short statement (max. 300 words) detailing your motivation to do so to the following address:
The deadline for submissions is the 15th of April. For more information on the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group, see the following page:
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the workshop’s sponsors: the Analysis Trust, the Scots Philosophical Association, the Society for Women in Philosophy – UK, and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.


Conf. on C.S. Peirce @ Tallinn/Helsinki

Conference: Applying Peirce 2 (Tallinn and Helsinki, 21-23 April)

We are happy to announce that the second “Applying Peirce” conference
will take place at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia (21 April)
and the University of Helsinki, Finland (22-23 April). This second
edition brings together scholars and researchers to explore and discuss
Charles S. Peirce’s thought and applications in diverse fields.

The year 2014 marks the centenary of Charles S. Peirce’s death. Research
in Peirce’s thought has grown both within and outside the arena of
philosophy on the global level. Peirce’s pioneering contributions to
philosophy, pragmatism, logic, the theory of signs, philosophy of
science and to numerous other fields are currently being explored not
only in philosophy but also in other sciences and in art studies.

The detailed program as well as practical and contact information are
available on the website of the conference at:

Deleuze & the passions @ Rotterdam

Annual National Deleuze Scholarship Conference #3
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Friday 16 May 2014

Attendance is free. Because of the limited number of seats, please register

Location: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Woudestein Campus

09h45 Opening

10h00   Panel 1
Samantha Bankston – To Have Done with the Judgement of ‘Reason’:
Deleuze’s Aesthetic Ontology
Moritz Gansen – Beyond the unhappy consciousness
Carla Schriever – Deleuze and the passion for the other?
Matteo Pasquinelli – What is a pathological affect? On the early
definition of biopolitics

12h00   Lunch

13h00   Panel 2
Daniel Barber – Noncommunication, Debt, and the Negativity of Affect
Iwona Mlozniak – Debt and sad affects in the society of control
Louis-Georges Schwartz – Deleuze, Passion, Cinema and the Old

14h30   Coffee Break

15h00   Panel 3
Claudia Landolfi – Contempt and bliss in the desiring strategies of
Benoît Dillet – Noology Critique: Stupidity and Shame in Deleuze’s
David Liu – Death of Deleuze, Birth of Passion

16h30   Coffee Break

16h45  Keynote lecture
Jason Read – The Affective Economy: Producing and Consuming Affects
in Deleuze and Guattari
Respondent: Claire Colebrook

18h15 Reception


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Tickets and reservations:

For updates and location details, please consult:


The conference is organised by Sjoerd van Tuinen ( and the
Centre for Art and Philosophy (CAP: with the financial
support of the Netherlands Scientific Research Organisation (NWO) and the
Trust Fund Foundation.

Scientific committee: Rosi Braidotti, Rick Dolphijn, Andrej Radman, Sjoerd
van Tuinen

‘Nietzsche, Value & Self-Constitution’ @ Oxford

Nietzsche, Value and Self-Constitution Conference

Date: 17-18th May 2014

Venue: St Peter’s College, Oxford – Registration required

Supported by:

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Department of Philosophy, The Open University; St. Peter’s College, Oxford; St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Jessica Berry (Georgia State University, US)
Prof. Maudemarie Clark (University of California Riverside, US)
Prof. David Dudrick(Colgate University, US)
Dr Andrew Huddleston (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Paul Katsafanas (Boston University, US)
Prof. Brian Leiter (University of Chicago, US)
Dr Mattia Riccardi (University of Oporto, Portugal)


Saturday, 17 May 2014

09:00–10:00Registration and Coffee

10:00–10:30Welcome and Opening Remarks

Paul Katsafanas: Précis of Agency and the Foundations of Ethics. Nietzschean Constitutivism (OUP 2013)

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: Précis of The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (CUP 2012) 

10:30–12:00Session 1

Brian Leiter: The Esoteric Reading of Nietzsche

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30Session 2

Mattia Riccardi: Nietzsche on the Space of Values

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30Session 3

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: title tbc

Conference Dinner, St Peter’s College

Sunday, 18 May 2014

10:00–10:30Tea and Coffee

10:30–12:00Session 4

Jessica Berry: In a Mirror, Dimly – Nietzsche on the Uncertainty of Agency

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30Session 5

Andrew Huddleston: Value and the Will to Power – Challenges to a Nietzschean Constitutivism

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30Session 6

Paul Katsafanas: Nietzsche on the Free Individual 


Registration: Due to a limited number of spaces available you need to register and pay a registration fee. Online registration is now available here.

Organisation: Dr Peter Kail (St Peter’s College, Oxford) and Dr Manuel Dries (OU | St Hilda’s College, Oxford)

CfP: Heidegger and Conventionalism @ Vienna

Call for Abstracts


Heidegger’s “Anyone” and Contemporary Social Theory

4-6 December 2014, University of Vienna


Invited Speakers

Georg Bertram (Berlin)

Jo-Jo Koo (Concordia)

Katrin Meyer (Basel)

Dirk Setton (Frankfurt)

Dieter Thomä (St. Gallen)

Mark Wrathall (Riverside, Kalifornien)

Heidegger’s account of the Anyone (das Man) is ambiguous. Accordingly, some interpreters applaud the constitutive function of the Anyone’s norms and customs for Dasein’s everyday coping as the best description of human sociality, while others emphasize the “dictatorship of the Anyone” as an important critique of modern mass society. Thus, the Anyone is either seen as an enabling condition for action, or a restriction of our liberty. This ambiguity reflects the controversial status of conventionalism: On the one hand, conventions are the interpretative frames that provide orientation for action and help solving coordination problems. On the other hand, conventions limit our freedom and embody the tendency to conformism. A conformist understanding of conventions in turn raises the question how a critique of social normativity is possible.

The aim of our conference is to investigate the possible contribution of Heidegger’s Anyone for an understanding of social conventions. We are mainly interested in the tension between the constitutive function of conventions for human action (orientation for action and solution of coordination problems) and the critical aspects of conformism (restriction of freedom and source of estrangement), and in the possibility of social change.

We are interested in papers focusing on:

  • Systematic interpretations of Heidegger’s conceptions of the Anyone, Authenticity (Eigentlichkeit), Inauthenticity (Uneigentlichkeit), and Falling (Verfallen) that connect Heidegger’s account with the analysis and critique of social conventions.
  • Discussions of explicit or implicit adoptions of Heidegger’s account in Political Philosophy and/or Social Theory (e.g. in the works of Hannah Arendt, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and others).
  • Investigations into the possible use of Heidegger’s framework in the Social Sciences, or comparisons of his conceptions with empirical research.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. The submission must also include your name, affiliation, and contact details. Please submit your proposal to Deadline for submission is June 1st, 2014. Selected participants will be notified by email by the end of June 2014. Publication of selected conference papers is planned in a collected volume.

The conference is organized by Hans Bernhard Schmid and Gerhard Thonhauser.

“Science & Metaphysics” workshop @ Ghent

Workshop: Science and Metaphysics

May 20-21, 2014

Ghent University, Department of philosophy and moral sciences.

Location: Grote vergaderzaal (third floor), Blandijnberg 2, Gent.


Tuesday, May 20:

14:30-15:45 Claudine Tiercelin (Collège de France): “Dispositional aliquidditism and biological kinds”

16:00-17:15 Emily Thomas (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): “On Paradigms in Science and Metaphysics”

Wednesday, May 21:

9:00-10:15 Andreas Hüttemann (Universität zu Köln): “What’s wrong with Humeanism?”

10:45-12:00 Sara Bernstein (Duke University): “Possible Causation”

12:15-13:30 Francesco Berto (University of Aberdeen/ Universiteit van Amsterdam): “Naturalised Metaphysics: Parthood and Identity in a Structural World”

– Attendance is free; to register, please send an email to, before May 15.

– For accommodation and travel information, see

– Organizers: Marij van Strien and Eric Schliesser


BSHP annual conference 2014 @ Edinburgh

Scottish Common Sense Philosophy

BSHP Annual Conference


7th-9th May 2014

University of Edinburgh

Of the distinctive intellectual movements associated with the Scottish Enlightenment, the so-called Scottish School of Common Sense dominated late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Scottish moral philosophy. From its Scottish origin in the Aberdeen Philosophical Society (also known as the ‘Wise Club’) and some disagreement over the term ‘common sense’, Common Sense philosophy gradually became known in the wider Republic of Letters as Scottish philosophy. This three-day conference will advance a better understanding of the early development of Scottish Common Sense philosophy, philosophers associated with the Scottish School of Common Sense, and the reasons why this philosophical system flourished and later declined.

For programme, venue and accommodation details, visit the BSHP webpages at:

To register for the conference, please go to the University of Edinburgh ePay Site:

Please note that discounted registration fees for this conference are offered to BSHP members. To join the Society, visit:

Ordinary, concessionary and full membership options are available. Full members receive 6 issues per year of the Society’s journal, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, one of the leading journals for the history of philosophy worldwide.  Sample issues of the Journal may be viewed on the publisher’s website at:

The conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, Scots Philosophical Association, and Taylor & Francis publishers.

The British Society for the History of Philosophy

The BSHP is a Registered Charity (Registered Charity Number 299041)