Monday, January 5, 2009

Toronto Graduate Conference **Extended Deadline**


The University of Toronto Graduate Conference in Philosophy

Invites submissions on the topic

Action, Agency and Explanation

May 8-9, 2009

Keynote Speaker: John McDowell, University of Pittsburgh

Understanding human agents and explaining how and why they act as they do have been, throughout the history of philosophy, central projects in areas ranging from metaphysics and epistemology to moral and political theory. Recent interest in explaining action in terms of one's membership in a form of life and one's situation in a set of practices has brought the topic of action once more to the forefront of philosophical discussion.

The philosophy graduate students at the University of Toronto invite papers from all areas of philosophy that deal critically with issues of action and agency. Examples of fruitful topics may include free will, intention, desire, motivation, moral choice, activism, and decision theory. We especially welcome papers that attempt to connect diverse traditions and distant areas in the history of philosophy, as well as those that attempt to bridge philosophy with related fields, such as literature, cognitive psychology, biology and religion.

WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO JANUARY 15, 2009. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to Submitted papers should not exceed 4000 words (30 min.) and must be prepared for blind review. In a separate attachment, include your name, academic affiliation, email address, and an abstract of no more than 200 words. Responses will be sent by February 15, 2009. Limited travel stipends are available and exceptional papers will earn full reasonable travel funding.

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Action, Agency and Explanation is presented by the Graduate Philosophy Student Union of the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy.

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