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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

How The Light Gets In Philosophy Festival

The annual How The Lights Gets In philosophy festival will soon be coming around again. Here are some highlights:

24th May - The Limits of Logic
Logicians don’t rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a logically-consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? Would abandoning the straightjacket of rationality lead to a more exciting future, or simply to madness? With Simon Blackburn, Iain McGilchrist, Beatrix Campbell.

27th May - New Gods
Evidence and reason are supposedly the basis of our beliefs. Yet religion continues to flourish, and new gods conquer even the most rational minds. Is unjustified, groundless belief an essential part of human nature? Or can we banish faith forever? American anthropologist Scott Atran, Cambridge philosopher Simon Blackburn and human rights advocate Peter Tatchell examine the foundations of thought.

31st May - The Ultimate Proof
We think evidence decides the matter. Yet even suicide bombers think they have evidence to support their cause. Should we see independent evidence as an illusion? Would this lead to a chaotic world without foundations or constraint? Or open us to the richness of reality? Laurie Taylor asks philosopher Nancy Cartwright, Templeton Prize-winning cosmologist George Ellis and American anthropologist Daniel Everett to consider the evidence.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

IJSS: New Issue

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CFP: 2nd Midsummer Philosophy Workshop

There's a call for papers for the 2nd Midsummer Philosophy Conference. This event alternates between the Eidyn research centre in Edinburgh and Cambridge, and this year it's in Cambridge. Last year's event was a great success, and I'm sure this year's one will be too, so I encourage you all to submit something, particularly if you are an early career researcher. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Volume Series: Brill Studies on Skepticism

I'm going to be co-editing (with Diego Machuca) a new volume series for Brill on scepticism, entitled Brill Studies on Skepticism. This series is affiliated with the journal International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, which I also co-edit with Diego. We will publish high-quality monographs and edited collections on any topic related to scepticism, broadly construed, including its history. Inquiries about the series should be addressed to either myself or Diego.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Eidyn-Led Online MSc in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind

We're launching a new Eidyn-led online MSc programme next autumn, in Epistemology, Ethics and Mind. More details here.

6th Annual Edinburgh Xmas Epist-Fest

This is happening on Wednesday (December 11th), more details here. As always, all welcome!

Friday, November 22, 2013

CFP: 4th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

The University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 4th Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference. Our keynote speakers this year will be Professor Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern/Edinburgh) and Professor Susanna Siegel (Harvard). The conference will take place in Edinburgh from 27th-28th June 2014.

This is an intimate event with only a few high-quality papers chosen from graduate students around the world. A distinguishing feature of this conference is that all graduate presentations will have respondents from faculty members at Edinburgh or a neighbouring university.

We're inviting graduate students to submit essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed). Essays should be of high quality, approximately 4000 words, and should be anonymised for blind review.

Submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy are strongly encouraged. We will be happy to help arrange childcare for any attendees who would find it helpful, so please feel free to get in touch to discuss this, or any accessibility requirements you may have.

The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2014. For more information, including details of how to submit, please visit our conference page.

This conference is generously sponsored by the Scots Philosophical Association, the Eidyn Research Centre, the Mind Association, and is supported by the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

New Issue of IJSS

The new issue of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now out.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

RFP: Science Beyond Scientism (Free University, Amsterdam)

The Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion, under the direction of René van Woudenberg, welcomes proposals to investigate scientism and its manifestations in research into free will, moral belief formation and moral character, rational decision-making, and religious belief. The research project Science beyond Scientism is embedded in the research of the Theoretical Philosophy section of the Department of Philosophy at VU University Amsterdam. VU University Amsterdam is an accredited research university with excellent library and other research facilities.

Click here for more details.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Issue 3/3 of IJSS

Issue 3/3 of International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now available online here. This issue includes articles on ancient and contemporary scepticism as well as reviews of books on ancient, medieval, and modern scepticism. (NB. The home page of the journal offers a link where you can recommend it to your librarian with one simple click).

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

New Eidyn Appointments

See here for details. For the full list of Eidyn people, click here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fully funded PhD position in Philosophy – VU University Amsterdam

For 1.0 fte
Vacancy number 13184
VU unit: Faculty of Philosophy
The PhD student will work in the research project “Science Beyond Scientism” which investigates how scientism influences our thinking about rationality, free will, morality and religious belief and explores the way in which science can be taken seriously without succumbing to scientism. A description of the project, as well as of the PhD project can be found at www.abrahamkuypercenter.vu.nl/phdposition.   

The PhD student is expected to:
• write a PhD thesis;
• write at least 2 articles for international peer reviewed scientific journals;
• collaborate in a research group;
• participate in international conferences.  

• M.A. Philosophy or Theology and preferably also a Bachelor or Masters degree in one other field, such as biology or psychology;
• good English language skills. 

Further particulars  
The initial appointment will be for a period of one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of four years. The starting date is March 2013, or as early as possible. Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday July 16, 2013. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at www.workingatvu.nl like:
• remuneration of  8,3% end-of-year bonus and  8% holiday allowance;
• a minimum of 29 holidays In case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
• discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance). 

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.062,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.664,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment. 

For additional information please contact:
Prof. Dr. R. van Woudenberg
phone +31 20 5986678
e-mail: R.van.Woudenberg@vu.nl   

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae with two references, a writing sample (ranging from 3-7.000 words) and a 2.000 word statement about the content of the PhD project. Written applications should be sent before July 4, 2013 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Philosophy           
Attn.: Mr. A.W. Mulder, managing director
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
It is also possible to apply by e-mail to: secretaresse.thw@vu.nl   
Please mention the vacancy number and the number of the subproject (PhD project 1, 2, 3 or 4) in the e-mail header or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.            

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University

Call for Proposals and Applications: The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University announces a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the subject of intellectual humility. The project will focus on a variety of philosophical and theological issues relevant to the topic of intellectual humility, including: virtue epistemology; regulative epistemology; peer disagreement; intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and deference to authority; religious pluralism; divine hiddenness; intellectual humility and theological method; biases, heuristics, dual-process theories and evolution; intersubjectivity and mind reading.

This project will fund a variety of activities, including a competition for up to 16 research grants in philosophy and theology, for research between June 2014 to May 2015.

Additional funding opportunities include:

Two one-semester visiting faculty research fellowships at SLU, for one term in the 2014-15 academic year.
Four one-year postdoctoral fellowships at SLU for the 2014-15 academic year.
Four one-year dissertation research fellowships at SLU for the 2014-15 academic year.
Five external cluster groups: interdisciplinary discussion/reading groups for regular conversation on the topic of intellectual humility during the 2014-15 academic year.
Summer Seminar on Intellectual Humility, for 10 to 12 advanced graduate students and junior faculty (no more than 10 years past the Ph.D.) in philosophy and theology, to be held in Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 2015.

For more information on these funding opportunities, together with instructions for submitting proposals and applications, please visit The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility at Saint Louis University.

The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility project complements the activities and research occurring under Templeton’s Science of Intellectual Humility project at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.

The project is directed by John Greco and Eleonore Stump, both at the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University.

Questions should be directed to: humility@slu.edu

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Issue 3/2 of IJSS

The latest issue of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now available here.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

3rd Annual Graduate Epistemology Conference
Eidyn, University of Edinburgh
Friday 31st May - Saturday 1st June

Registration for the University of Edinburgh’s 3rd Annual Graduate Epistemology Conference is now open. The conference will comprise presentations on a range of epistemological issues from eight graduate speakers as well as two keynote addresses:

Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University)
Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)

There is a £5 registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments on both days. There will also be a conference dinner on Friday 31st for an additional £20. Please register online (and select the appropriate option if you would like to join us for dinner).

For further details on the conference, including the programme of talks, please visit our conference webpageFor further information, including accessibility requirements, please email Lani Watson at

This conference is generously sponsored by the Scots Philosophical Association, the Mind Association, the Analysis Trust and the Eidyn Research Centre and supported by the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group.

Summer Seminar in Science and the Big Questions

Summer Seminar in Science and the Big Questions
August 19-23, VU University Amsterdam
The Abraham Kuyper Center for Science and Religion at VU University Amsterdam hosts a summer seminar on science and the big questions. Experts will give lectures and engage in debates in the following areas:
* cognitive science of religion
* free will and brain research
* evolution, morality and Christian belief
* cosmology, fine-tuning, and God.
Confirmed speakers include: Patricia Churchland (UCSD), David Lahti (Queens' College, CUNY), Rodney Holder (Cambridge), Jesse Bering (New York), Johan Braeckman (Ghent U), Herman Philipse (Utrecht U), Gijsbert van den Brink (VU University Amsterdam), Michiel van Elk (U of Amsterdam), Leon de Bruin (Radboud U/VU University Amsterdam) and Tim O’Connor (Indiana U).
The seminar is intended for two groups:
(1) (PhD) students/post-docs working in the natural sciences who have an interest in positively and intelligently relating the topics they cover in their fields of study to philosophical questions and (2) (PhD) students/post-docs in the fields of philosophy and theology who have an interest in speaking knowledgeably about the intersection between science and religion. The goal of the seminar is to create a learning environment for (PhD) students/post-docs in which they interact with highly qualified scholars on science/religion issues so as to move beyond the easy warfare rhetoric.
Dates: August 19-23, 2013
Location: VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Costs:  The fee for the seminar is 100 euros for (PhD) students and 200 euros for others. This fee includes lunches and dinners and some surprise social activities in the beautiful old city of Amsterdam.
Application: The seminar has room for at most have 60 participants. Please send a brief statement of interest to abrahamkuypercenter@vu.nl by June 1, 2013.
More information and updates about speakers can be found on the seminar website:

This seminar, as well as the Kuyper Center, are made possible by a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

CFP: 2013 Midsummer Philosophy Workshop (Eidyn, Edinburgh)

Nick Treanor (Edinburgh), Matthew Smith (Leeds) and Paula Silwa (Cambridge) are starting a regular series of 'Midsummer Philosophy Workshops', with the first one to be hosted by the Eidyn research centre in Edinburgh in 2013. More details, including a call for papers, can be found here

Monday, March 11, 2013

IJSS: New Issue

Issue 3/1 of IJSS

The latest issue of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now out. The papers can be accessed on Brill Online.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

CFP: 3rd Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference

3rd Annual Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference
31st May-1st June 2013

Final Call for Papers
Essays within any area of epistemology (broadly construed) are welcome. Essays should be approximately 4000 words. The submission deadline for the conference is 1 March 2013.

Keynote Speakers
- Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma)
- Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University)

A distinguishing feature of this graduate conference is that all graduate presentations will have respondents from expert epistemology faculty members at Edinburgh and other neighbouring universities.

We strongly encourage submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy.

Please send the following to uofe.epistemology@gmail.com in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format:

1) A cover letter containing
a) the author’s name and institutional affiliation
b) the author’s contact information
c) word count
d) the area(s) of epistemology the paper deals with

2) The paper itself, including the title and a short abstract (no more than 200 words), with no other identifying information.

For further information, including accessibility requirements, please email Alan Wilson. You can also visit our conference page.

Organising Committee
Lani Watson, Natalie Ashton, Alan Wilson, Lee Whittington, Alfred Archer, Tim Kunke.

With generous support from the Scots Philosophical Association, the Mind Association and the Eidyn Research Centre.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fordham's "Varieties of Understanding" Project

The Philosophy Department at Fordham University is pleased to announce its three-year “Varieties of Understanding” project.

The project will sponsor research in psychology, philosophy, and theology that will examine the various ways in which human beings understand the world, how these various types of understanding might be improved, and how they might be combined with one another to produce an integrated understanding of the world.

For more details, and for information on how to apply for funding, please see the project website.

The project is supported by a 3.56 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Fordham University, and the University of California, Berkeley.