Religion and Evolutionary Value

Nick Spencer considers the question, “Is there a God Instinct” in a series for The Guardian. He concludes that evolutionary explanations—both modern and historical—for religion are severely lacking and that it appears that unbelief is what needs to be explained. Even if the claims of religion aren’t... [More]

A Reflection on Elizabeth Anscombe

Mark Oppenheimer, for the New York Times, writes considers the impact and life of this influential Catholic philosopher (her philosophy and her life are inseparable, he says) who died a decade ago. More pointedly, he observes a resurgence in interest in her work and life. “Philosophers are primarily... [More]

CFP: Special Issue of *Philosophical Explorations* on “Extended Cognition and Epistemic Action”

Call for Papers Special Issue of *Philosophical Explorations* on ”Extended Cognition and Epistemic Action” Guest Editors: Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh), Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh), Krist Vaesen (Eindhoven University of Technology) Submission Deadline: September 15, 2011 In... [More]

2011 Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Competition

Dean Zimmerman announces the imminent publication of the winning essay from the 2009 Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Prize: “Ontological Nihilism”, by Jason Turner (University of Leeds). It will be the lead article in Vol. 6 of OSM, due early 2011 from Oxford University Press. It is a... [More]

BSPR 2010 Conference - God, Mind and Knowledge

The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion 2011 Conference: God, Mind and Knowledge Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford ---Call for Papers--- The next conference of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion will be at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from Wednesday 14th - Friday ... [More]

Eighth Annual Formal Epistemology Workshop

We are in the process of organizing our eighth annual formal epistemology workshop. The purpose of these workshops is to bring together faculty and graduate students with an interest in the use of formal methods in epistemology (broadly construed) in small, focused meetings. Topics of interest inclu... [More]

Call for abstracts: Experimental Philosophy

Mark Phelan is organizing the second annual Experimental Philosophy Workshop in New York City, and the Call for Abstracts has just been posted. Abstracts are only 1,000 words and can present either experimental results or more theoretical work. The deadline is February 10th. The conference itself... [More]

Consciousness Online Final CFP

The deadline for contributed submissions to the 3rd Online Consciousness Conference at Consciousness Online is this Wednesday January 5th 2011. Submit papers to This year the conference has as its theme Neurophilosophy and the Philosophy of Neuroscience with invited ta... [More]

Good Even If Not True: Anderson on Religion

Bruce Anderson, for the Spectator, opines about his atheism and the factors that caused him to reject the Christianity of his youth. Religion is attractive, culturally indispensible, and may even be necessary. Unfortunately, it’s probably not true, says Anderson, and that creates his intellect... [More]

Second Annual Notre Dame/Northwestern Graduate Epistemology Conference

Keynote Speaker: Ernest Sosa, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University. The philosophy departments at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University are proud to announce the second annual Graduate Epistemology Conference, including a Symposium on Disagreement. Submi... [More]