Virtue and Moral Cognition – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Posted: 6 de June de 2015 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News

The Institute of Philosophy, Sociology, and Journalism at University
of Gdańsk, invites you to participate in the conference:


GDAŃSK, 21-22 OCTOBER 2015

Our invited speakers are:

1. Robert Audi (Notre Dame University, USA)
2. David Carr (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
3. Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University, USA)

Deadline for applications is 1 September 2015

For further details look up:

Second CFP: Free Will and Consciousness

Posted: 5 de June de 2015 by Fernando Furtado in Sem categoria

November 19th and 20th, 2015, VU University Amsterdam

Submission deadline: July 15th, 2015

In recent years, neuroscientific and (social) psychological experimentation have played a significant role in discussions on free will. Several experiments seem to show that (many of) our actions and decisions are caused or influenced by unconscious processes. In general, the focus of the discussion has been on whether these experiments show that conscious processes are never causally efficacious and whether science shows that free will does not exist or is an illusion.


An important and underexplored question is how free will and consciousness actually are related. The workshop further elaborates on this relationship in the light of recent studies in neuroscience and psychology. With that, we aim to enrich the discussion and exchange between science and philosophy on the topic of free will. Possible research questions include but are not limited to:


1.      If consciousness and free will are related, how should we understand this (causal) relationship?

2.      What is the relationship between physical / neural causes and unconscious mental causes of behavior / action and free will? (How) Can we distinguish between both kinds of causes? Is this distinction relevant in relation to free will?

3.      Do we need to be conscious of (all) the causes of and/or reasons for our intentions, decisions, or actions in order for them to be free? Does it matter whether we can become conscious of them or whether they are inaccessible to consciousness?

4.      If we accept that unconsciously caused actions and/or decisions can be free, how should we distinguish between free and unfree action?

5.      What does it mean for actions or decisions to originate from ‘within the agent’ or be ‘up to me’ and how is this related to conscious, mental, and/or bodily processes?


The workshop is part of the project Science beyond Scientism and organized on behalf of the Abraham Kuyper Center. 

Confirmed speakers:

– Neil Levy (The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Melbourne)

– Adina Roskies (Dartmouth College)


Organizing committee:

– Lieke Asma

– Leon de Bruin

– Gerrit Glas

– Irma Verlaan


We accept contributions from several areas of research, for example philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, neuroscience, or social psychology. Please send a 500 word abstract to by July 15th 2015. The abstract should be suitable for blind review. Questions can be sent to the same email address.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: One Postdoc Position and Two PhD Studentships

Posted: 16 de January de 2015 by Fernando Furtado in Job, News

One Postdoc Position (four years) and Two PhD Studentships (three years)

These positions are available at the Department of Philosophy, University
of Vienna, in the ERC-funded project:

“The Emergence of Relativism: Historical, Philosophical and Sociological

(ERC Advanced Grant, PI: Prof. Martin Kusch), June 2014 to May 2019.

Information about the project is available here:

And here:

For the postdoc position we are looking for a philosopher, or a historian
of philosophy, or a sociologist of knowledge, interested in studying the
emergence and development of relativistic themes in the 19th and early
20th century in works about the social world by political philosophers,
forerunners and practitioners of the social sciences in general, and the
sociology of knowledge in particular.

For the PhD studentship positions we are looking for philosophers with an
interest in studying relativism from a systematic rather than a historical
perspective. The PhD project must fit within the framework of the overall
ERC project as outlined in the documents above. We are particularly
interested in proposals focusing on debates around the sociology of
knowledge or historicism, but other proposals will also be considered.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from
women are especially welcome. The project is committed to promoting
handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

None of these positions involves a teaching obligation.
The ability to work in an interdisciplinary team is important.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Candidates are requested to
submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including list of publications),
a research proposal on a topic related to the project (1000 words
maximum), two samples of writing (i.e. articles or book chapters, or
thesis chapters), and three names and email addresses of referees who have
agreed to write a letter of recommendation to: Ms. Ernestine Umscheider
<> by 12noon on March 1st 2015.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in person or over Skype in
April so as to allow for a start in July 2015.

Contracts will be issued for one year in the first instance; in case of
satisfactory performance the contract will then be extended to cover the
full 4 or 3 years respectively.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to:
Martin Kusch <>

Prof. Dr. Martin Kusch

ERC Advanced Grant Project (2014-2019):
“The Emergence of Relativism”

Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna
NIG Building (room C 208, 2nd floor)
Universitätsstraße 7
Phone (office): +43-1-4277-46422

Secretary: Mrs. Ernestine Umscheider (9am to 1pm)
Phone (secretary): +43-1-4277-46402


2nd CFP: The 2015 Anscombe Forum: Human Dignity

Posted: 28 de December de 2014 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, News

Conference to be held on March 13-14, 2015, at Neumann University, which is located in Aston, PA, in the greater Philadelphia area.

The forum is an annual event designed to explore the work of G.E.M. Anscombe in particular and Catholic thought in general. In March 2014 the forum was initiated with a conference focused on the question of Anscombe’s contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition.  The March 2015 Forum will be dedicated to the subject of human dignity, both in the work of Anscombe and Catholic thought at large.

Featured speakers: Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago; Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Emeritus Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University; Duncan Richter, Professor of Philosophy, Virginia Military Institute.

We welcome all contributions to the subject of human dignity as it relates to Catholic thought. For further information contact Dr. John Mizzoni at  Submissions (full papers only; 20-30 minute reading time) should be emailed no later than December 30, 2014 to

More information will become available at

Select papers from the conference will be published by Neumann University Press.

University of Kentucky Grad Student Conference Call for Papers

Posted: 28 de December de 2014 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, News

The Good Society, The 18th Annual University of Kentucky Graduate Student Conference, Saturday, March 7
Visiting Keynote: Dr. David Sussman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Humanity’s social nature presents us with a problem. While people need society to achieve full human flourishing, society is often a place in which people find their freedom constricted. It is not always clear how to reconcile our need for community with our need for individual freedom. Thus, we are faced with the problem of creating a good society that promotes the flourishing and freedom of everyone. In this conference, we hope to explore different aspects of this problem, as well as related issues.
This conference welcomes papers from a wide variety of philosophical traditions, and we also encourage papers from disciplines other than philosophy that speak to the issue of the Good Society. In addition, we welcome high quality papers from both graduate and upper level undergraduate students. Some possible conference paper topics include the following:
· Ancient and Medieval conceptions of the Good Society (i.e. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, etc.)
· Social contract theory and the good society (i.e. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, John Rawls)
· Communitarianism and the Good Society (i.e. Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, etc.)
· German philosophers and the Good Society (i.e. Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche etc.)
· Critical Society Theory and the Good Society (i.e. Freud, Horkheimer, Adorno, Fromm, Hannah Arendt, Marcuse, Gadamer, Hans Jonas, Honneth, Paolo Freire, etc.)
· Conservative and liberal political perspective and the Good Society
· Social Structures/Institutions and the Good Society (i.e. religion, medicine, law, public welfare, police, prisons, schools, media and the Good Society.)
· Applied Issues and the Good Society (e.g. finance, the environment, immigration, public health, terrorism)
· Race, gender, and LGBTQ issues and the Good Society
Abstracts should be prepared for blind review. Include name, contact information, title of paper and institutional affiliation in the body of the submission email for reference.
· Abstract submissions for presentations should be between 300-500 words.
· Conference presenters will have approximately 20-30 minutes to present.
· Abstracts should be submitted in .doc/docx or .pdf format.
· Submissions should be directed to Shelly Johnson at
Deadline for abstracts/papers to be considered for the conference: January 4, 2015.
Chosen presenters will be notified of their acceptance to the conference in late January or very early in February.

Lecturer Positions at Texas State University

Posted: 14 de April de 2014 by Fernando Furtado in Job, News

The Department of Philosophy at Texas State University invites applications for a full-time Lecturer for the 2014-2015 academic year to begin in August 2014.  We anticipate 2 positions.  AOS: Open. AOC: Open, with preference for ability to teach one or more of Bioethics, Engineering Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Existentialism and Phenomenology, or American Philosophy.  Lecturers will teach 4 courses/semester with 6-8 sections/year of 1000-level introductory courses (PHIL 1305: Philosophy and Critical Thinking or PHIL 1320: Ethics and Society) that fulfill a core curriculum requirement.   The typical class size for 1000-level courses will be 50.  We do offer some sections of 100 students and the assistance of a graduate instructional assistant. Other course assignments will be based on expertise and departmental need. This is a 9-month appointment, with anticipated salary of $37,000. Research and travel support available. Lecturers will be appointed for one year, with the presumption of renewal for a 2nd yearbased on departmental need and with evidence of teaching excellence. There are expectations of service to the department, college, or university.

Successful candidates will be expected to be effective teachers and committed to teaching lower level philosophy courses as part of a core curriculum. PhD in Philosophy required.  Experience teaching Introduction to Philosophy or Moral Problems courses, and an active research program are strongly preferred.

The Department: The Department of Philosophy at Texas State University grants the BA in Philosophy, the MA in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, and offers undergraduate minors in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Value Studies, as well as a graduate certificate in Professional Ethics.  Departmental activities include the Philosophy Dialogues, a program of ~40 events each semester including lectures, films, and discussions, an active chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, an annual student symposium, an annual alumni banquet, and an Ethics Bowl team.

The University: Founded in 1899, Texas State University is a doctoral-granting Emerging Research University located in the Austin-San Antonio corridor, the largest campus in The Texas State University System, and the 5th largest in the state.  Texas State’s more than 35,000 students choose from 96 undergraduate, 88 master’s, and 12 doctoral programs offered by ten colleges (Applied Arts, The Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Honors, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, The Graduate College, and the University College).  With a diverse campus community including 39% of the student body from ethnic minorities, Texas State is a Hispanic Serving Institution and one of the top 16 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation.  In the fall of 2012, there were over 1,100 full-time faculty and nearly 2,000 full-time staff.  Research and creative activities have led to growing success in attracting external support.  For FY 2012, Texas State had an annual operating budget of $450 million and research expenditures of more than $36 million.  The Alkek Library has more than 2.3 million titles in its collection.  Located in the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities including the headwaters of the San Marcos River, home to eight endangered species and the second-largest springs in Texas. Additional information about Texas State and its nationally recognized academic programs is available at

TO APPLY: Please send curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, the names and contact information for three references, and Texas State Employment Application available at: to: Professor Craig Hanks  Please include “2-yr Lecturer Search” in the subject line.

Personnel Policies: Faculty are eligible for life, disability, health, and dental insurance programs.  A variety of retirement plans are available depending on eligibility.  Participation in a retirement plan is mandatory.  The State contributes toward the health insurance programs and all retirement plans.

Texas State University will not discriminate against any person in employment or exclude any person from participating in or receiving the benefits of any of its activities or programs on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veterans’ status, or on the basis of sexual orientation.  Equal employment opportunities shall include: personnel transactions of recruitment, employment, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination, and salary. Texas State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and senior administrative positions.


Texas State University is a member of The Texas State University System.

Texas State University is an EOE.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

JOB: Western Michigan University (tenure-track)

Posted: 29 de March de 2014 by Fernando Furtado in Job, News

Hi all,
I wanted to send out a second announcement about a tenure-track search we’re conducting at WMU.  We’re looking for someone who can at least teach feminism and race/gender, but are also interested in candidates with other interests in core analytic areas.  I’d be happy to answer any questions about the position directly.

The full text and application instructions are available here:

Review is underway and will continue until the position is filed; if interested, please get materials in as soon as possible.