25th Annual Meeting
Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
July 14th-19th, 2018
Portland State University
Portland, OR, U.S.A.
We invite submissions for the 25th-annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW) to be held July 14th-19th, 2018 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. While we welcome and encourage papers on any topic related to philosophy in the contemporary world (broadly construed), of particular interest are papers that engage with this year’s theme: freedom and society. Given the apparent global trend towards criticism of and dissatisfaction with the Modern political ideal of individual freedom, how should and how can philosophical conceptions of freedom be employed to analyze and impact important social and political issues?
We welcome papers on all topics, from any and all philosophical traditions. SPCW is especially interested in, and invites contributions by those from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, as well as anyone working to expand the scope and quality of philosophical discourses beyond the conventional canon. Hence, in addition to established philosophers, we welcome the fellowship of graduate students, nontraditional philosophers, and persons with other non-philosophical specializations. We aim to provide the atmosphere for a genuinely positive and supportive exchange of views.
Topics to be addressed could include (but are not limited to):
- Which general philosophical account of political freedom is most plausible?
- Connections (or lack thereof) between the metaphysical free will debate and ways of thinking of political freedom
- Implications of the free will debate (perhaps particularly recent work in cognitive science) on the legal system and legal responsibility
- Defending free societies from authoritarian, nationalist, fascist and other extremist movements
- The liberation philosophy movement in Latin American thought
- Reconsidering the limits of free speech (e.g. hate speech) and toleration
- Democratic, nonviolent, and people’s movements to protect basic human rights
- New forms of accountability and responsibility for government officials and the media
- Philosophical analysis of historical and ongoing rights movements in the U.S. in terms of the role played certain understandings of freedom
Papers with a maximum length of 3,500 words, and an abstract of 100 words or less. Alternative presentation and creative proposals will be given consideration. All submissions circulated for double-anonymous peer-review. Accepted papers presented at the conference will be considered for further review and publication in an issue of the journal Philosophy in the Contemporary World.
Submissions are due April 1, 2018
Authors will be notified by May 1, 2018
Send submissions prepared for anonymous review including a separate title page identifying the paper title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact email to:
Hans Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Churchill at email@example.com.
Note to graduate students: SPCW considers all accepted graduate student papers for the annual Joe Frank Jones III Memorial Award for the best graduate student submission.
Conference Site and Accommodations
If seeing the preliminary program would help you to make decisions about attendance, please find it here. It may change between now and the conference date, but this will give you an idea of what to expect that shouldn’t be far from the final version.
If you have any questions about the site or accommodations, please contact Eric Grey at firstname.lastname@example.org