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History of Philosophy Society Call for Papers 2016

The History of Philosophy Society is accepting full paper submissions for our second annual conference. Papers should address the theme of “Art and Nature,” which can be taken in any of the multiple ways these two concepts are each construed, as well as the diverse ways they may be related. Typically, HOPS submissions focus on a single author, but essays treating multiple authors will be considered. Papers should be submitted for blind review (with author’s name, affiliation, and contact information on a separate title page). Papers should be no more than 40 minutes reading length.


Ex Ionia Scientia ‒ ‘Knowledge’ in Archaic Greece

Ex Ionia Scientia ‒ ‘Knowledge’ in Archaic Greece
International Conference in Athens, Greece
12 ‒ 14 December 2016

The origins of western science and philosophy are customarily traced to 6th century B.C.E. Ionia, to Thales of Miletos and the school he founded, whose famous pupils included not only the Milesians Anaximander and Anaximenes, but also Pythagoras of Samos, Bias of Priene, Xenophanes of Kolophon, and Herakleitos of Ephesos among others.  Our conference seeks to identify the defining marks of this new scientific and philosophical tradition, to compare and contrast them, and in light of them to explore what kinds of knowledge formed the background against which these new origins represent a meaningful departure. What counted as ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’, ‘truth’ and ‘fallacy’ in Archaic Greece?  This background includes ‒ but is not limited to ‒ ‘knowledge’ in crafts, politics, architecture and building, military, agriculture, and of course, religion.

Our conference and the anticipated volume of essays we hope to publish proposes to address the preconditions of this historical phenomenon, as well as its development until the Early Classical era, the beginning 5th century B.C.E. Why did it take place in Ionia, and not in Sparta, or Corinth, or Athens? What role(s) did the oriental cultures play in developing disciplines like cosmology, astronomy, geometry, cartography? How did the Ionians develop their methods of scientific thought? And how did they teach, preserve and disseminate their new knowledge?

Accordingly, we are inviting interested scholars of all fields to send us proposals [Abstracts 250 words, maximum] for presentations at the conference. In addition, we will offer the opportunity to present some proposals in a poster session.

The conference is scheduled for Monday‒Wednesday, 12‒14 December 2016, and hosted by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Sponsors are the Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington D.C.), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2016, and notifications of acceptance are to be announced 1 May 2016.

Please send your Abstract proposals to one of the following principal organizers, below:

USA: Dr. Robert Hahn []
Europe: Dr. Alexander Herda []
Greece: Dr. Soteres Fournaros []

CFP: First Annual Conference of the History of Philosophy Society

The History of Philosophy Society is accepting full paper submissions for our first annual conference. Papers should address the theme of “Method,” which can be taken in terms of the method(s) of particular philosophers, a philosopher’s philosophy of method, or in terms of how one “does” the history of philosophy. The Papers should be submitted for blind review (with author’s name on a separate title page).

Papers should be no more than 40 minutes reading length.

Submissions should be sent no later than January 15, 2015. All papers should be sent as email attachment to Richard Lee (

International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at Fordham

An International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
The 32nd annual joint meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy (SSIPS)

Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26, 2014
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th St. New York, NY10023
Including the annual meetings of scholarly societies in the
history of ancient, medieval, and Asian philosophy

SAGP and SSIPS invite the submission of abstracts for conference papers to be presented at their annual meeting at Fordham University. We invite paper, panel, and roundtable submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars, although all speakers on panels sponsored by SAGP must be dues-paying members of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. We especially encourage panel and roundtable proposals. Proposals for panel or roundtable discussions are due by MAY 15, 2014; proposals for individual papers are due by JUNE 2, 2014.

Panel (and roundtable) proposals
Please fill out the submission form at no later than May 15. Note that presenters on panels and roundtables will need to submit abstracts of their papers, using the individual paper proposal link below, by June 2.

Individual paper proposals
Please fill out the submission form at no later than June 2. Include an abstract of no more than 500 words.

If you have questions about the conference, the submission forms, or about the Ancient Greek and philosophy panels, contact Patrick Mooney (

For questions concerning other panels, contact:

  • Neoplatonism: Geoff Bowe (
  • Islamic philosophy or science: Parviz Morewedge (
  • Medieval Western: Thornton Lockwood (
  • Chinese philosophy: Hyun Höchsmann (
  • [Mainland PRC only]: Parviz Morewedge (
  • Indian Philosophy: Vishwa Adluri (
  • Korean Philosophy: Hwa Yol Jung/Parviz Morewedge (
  • Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy: Marie Friquegnon (

For questions about membership in SAGP or submission to meetings of SAGP with the American Philosophical Association or American Philological Association, contact Tony Preus (

Job Opening: Baylor University

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, Waco, TX announces a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Philosophy beginning in the fall of 2014. AOS and AOC: Open. Salary is competitive. Teaching load and scholarly expectations are consistent with those of a research university. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, the completed application should be received by November 1, 2013.

Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist University, holds a Carnegie classification as a “high-research” institution. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Because Baylor aspires to become a top tier research university while reaffirming and deepening its distinctive Christian mission, Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to scholarly activity and an equally strong commitment to teaching.

The letter of application should respond to Baylor’s most recent mission statement Pro Futuris (available on the web at and include an account of the applicant’s own religious views. In addition to a letter of application, the candidate should submit a CV, a professional writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.

Baylor is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and as an AA/EEO employer; Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. Send applications to Dr. C. Stephen Evans, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97273, Waco, Texas, 76798-7273.

Biological Perspectives on Political Animals in Aristotle

A colloquium on « Biological Perspectives on Political Animals in Aristotle » will be held at the Galatasaray University (Istanbul) on April 29-30, 2013. This event is organized through the collaboration of the Galatasaray University, the UPR 76 of CNRS (Paris) and the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

The program of the colloquium can be viewed at:

Other details of the colloquium can be reached from the same page.


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Since the second half of the last century, there has been an increasing interest in Aristotle’s biological works. This interest has led to a “biological turn” in Aristotelian studies, which has resulted in a reevaluation of his theory of science and in a substitution of the question of classification with that of definition. Today, there is high quality literature on the relation between the Metaphysics, the Analytics, and Aristotle’s biological writings. The “biological turn” in Aristotelian studies has also created a similar effect on works on his Politics: every change in the theory of animals has produced a change in the theory of political animals. Researches in this domain prove to be very productive and show rapid development. This is why we believe that this is a favorable time for devoting a conference to the Politics, and for discussing the effects of the “biological turn” on the famous Aristotelian formula that “human being is a political animal by nature.”

Ӧmer Orhan Aygün (Galatasaray University)
Pinar Canevi (Boğaziçi University)
Johannes Fritsche (Boğaziçi University)
Annick Jaulin (University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne)
Manuel Knoll (Fatih University)
Jean-Louis Labarrière (CNRS Centre Léon Robin)
David Lefebvre (University of Paris Sorbonne – Centre Léon Robin)
Pierre-Marie Morel (ENS Lyon)
Pierre Pellegrin (CNRS)

Organization and Scientific Responsibility:

Ӧmer Orhan Aygün (Galatasaray University), Refik Güremen (Lecturer at Galatasaray University), Annick Jaulin (University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), Michel Narcy (Jean Pépin Center UPR76, CNRS)

Receptions: Reading the Past Across Time and Space

September 27, 28, and 29, 2013

Distinguished Professor of Classics & Comparative Literature
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Friday 6PM

William Lampson Professor of English & American Studies

Call for Papers
In keeping with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ new call
for interdisciplinary transcultural projects, this conference will focus on
“intercultural receptions” across time and space. Reading, in the title, is broadly
conceived in the sense of reception of “cultural” forms and genres, including
texts, buildings, art works, rituals, and performances. This year’s conference
will particularly focus on the reception of ancient, medieval, and early modern
texts, whether literary or philosophical, across genres, periods, and geographical
spaces. 250 word abstracts should be submitted to Professor Brenda
Schildgen by May 1, 2013 (email:


Recco and Sanday Edit Volume on Plato’s Laws

Two long time members of the APS have co-edited a volume entitled: Plato’s Laws: Force and Truth in Politics

Here is what Indiana University Press says:

Readers of Plato have often neglected the Laws because of its length and density. In this set of interpretive essays, notable scholars of the Laws from the fields of classics, history, philosophy, and political science offer a collective close reading of the dialogue “book by book” and reflect on the work as a whole. In their introduction, editors Gregory Recco and Eric Sanday explore the connections among the essays and the dramatic and productive exchanges between the contributors. This volume fills a major gap in studies on Plato’s dialogues by addressing the cultural and historical context of the Laws and highlighting their importance to contemporary scholarship.

Our own Marina McCoy of Boston College writes:

A diverse set of intelligent and original essays on the Laws featuring some of the best names in American scholarship.

Congratulations to Greg and Eric and to all the contributors published in this volume.

Poetics Versus Philosophy: Life, Artifact, and Theory

Poetics Versus Philosophy: Life, Artifact, and Theory
Texas A & M University
April 11‐13, 2013

Since Plato, the controversy between poetry and the philosophical project has been legendary, repeated in multiple variations throughout history until the present day. This initial antagonistic gesture by the ancient philosopher against poets can perhaps lead us to expand our range of reflection about crucial topics today, such as the semantic and syntactic mysteries of artistic and scientific artifacts, or the imaginary value that dwells within theoretical speculation. Creating an interdisciplinary dialogue between fields such as art and architecture, philosophy, political and natural sciences, poetical and literary studies is unavoidable. The unresolved ancestral conflict between poetry and rational knowledge must be restated for the 21st Century; this conflict serves as a metaphor around which this symposium is conceived.

Keynote speaker:

Marjorie Perloff
Emeriti Distinguished Professor at Stanford University
Former President of the Modern Language Association of America

Invited Speakers:

Charles Bernstein
Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative
Literature, University of Pennsylvania

Ida Vitale
Author, Poet, and Translator

Jennifer Ann Bates
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Duquesne University

Possible topics for discussion include but are not limited to:

  • Reception of American poetics in Spanish writing
  • Reception of Hispanic poetics in American writing
  • Aesthetic theory and philosophy of art in the Spanish language
  • The hidden political character of poetic and artistic invention
  • New horizons in aesthetics
  • Scientific and artistic artifacts helping us to understand the complexity of life
  • The nature of the artist´s meditation
  • Utopia and possibility of unification of human knowledge
  • New sources of architectural thinking
  • Poetical a priorities in theoretical models
  • Authors on authors
  • Translation and Trans‐creation
  • Memory and Mourning
  • Exile and artistic thinking on displacement
  • The teaching of creative thinking and writing
  • Visual thinking

To submit a proposal for consideration, please send an abstract of 300 words to Professor Theodore George, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, at t‐

The deadline for submission to the symposium is February 14th, 2013.

The Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy

Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy

Created to “foster a community of scholars committed to the study of ancient philosophy,” the Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy will hold its inaugural conference at Duquesne University on February 16th, 2013.

The Circle grew out of conversations among graduate students studying ancient philosophy in at a number of universities in Pennsylvania.  Over the summer and fall of 2012, final preparations were made to establish the Circle, and it is exciting to see the fruits of that labor.

The Circle is sure to become a vibrant place of innovative scholarship in Ancient Philosophy as it draws upon a diversity of institutions in Pennsylvania with a long history of excellent scholarship of ancient texts and figures.

The PCAP has, of course, a new website, which we in the APS invite you to visit:

The call for papers is available here:

According to the initial CFP, the eligibility for submitting to the Circle is limited to graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars working in the state of Pennsylvania.

Even so, the international community of scholars associated with the Ancient Philosophy Society should celebrate the emergence of a new circle of scholars interested in fostering a community of scholarship in Ancient Philosophy.