Monday, March 14, 2011

Beyond the Possible

Beyond the Possible: in Memoriam of Richard Sylvan
The University of Melbourne
27-29 July, 2011

Richard Sylvan (born Richard Routley) was an eclectic philosopher whose technical aptitude was matched only by his biting wit. He made great contributions in the areas of metaphysics, philosophy of language, non-classical logic, and environmental ethics. To mark the 15th anniversary of his death, a memorial conference will be held from 27-29 July at the University of Melbourne. The organisers hope that this conference will serve to reinvigorate interest in Sylvan's many contributions to philosophy by bringing together top researchers to engage with his work. Confirmed speakers include:

+ JC Beall (UConn/Otago)
+ Ross Brady (La Trobe)
+ J. Michael Dunn (Indiana University)
+ Dominic Hyde (Queensland)
+ Chris Mortensen (Adelaide)
+ Graham Priest (Melbourne/CUNY/St Andrews)
+ Greg Restall (Melbourne)

We hereby invite the submission of one-page abstracts from researchers and graduate students working on topics conversant with Sylvan's work in areas such as metaphysics, language, logic, and applications. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

+ Relevant logic, depth relevance, and suppression freedom
+ Logic as a 'universal' canon of reasoning, logical pluralism
+ Intensional and hyper-intensional semantics
+ Non-existent objects and impossible worlds
+ Computation, hyper-computation, and 'dialetheic machines'
+ Deep Ecology and environmental ethics

Please email submissions to with the subject line 'BTP Conference Submission'. Submissions should be prepared for blind review. PDF is the preferred format. The submission deadline is March 20th, 2011.

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