Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CFP: Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

We are pleased to inform you that the call for papers for the 2012 meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy has been posted. 


 (All of the following information is also available on our website:



Call for Papers for the 51st Annual SPEP Conference


51st Meeting of the

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Thursday, November 1 — Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Rochester

Rochester, NY

Host Institutions:

Rochester Institute of Technology

Nazareth College



The Executive Committee of SPEP invites:


COMPLETE PAPERS (no more than 3,000 words) with abstracts (75-100 words)


PANEL PROPOSALS consisting of one panel abstract (no more than 500 words) and complete papers (no more than 3,000 words per paper).


Papers and panels from diverse philosophical perspectives in all areas of Continental Philosophy are welcome.


All submissions will be considered under a blind review process.



Instructions for Submissions



Submitting Paper and Panel Proposals:


1A person may submit only one paper for consideration each year. If you have a book under consideration for a special session, you may still submit a paper for consideration.


2. All submissions must be submitted electronically.  Please send your submission directly to the Secretary-Treasurer, Shannon Mussett, at


3. Electronic Receipt Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME, 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012.


4. The subject line of the email should read: 2012 SPEP Submission.


5. Your submission should contain TWO ATTACHMENTS:

1) Abstract AND Submission in one document prepared for blind review. Even if you are submitting a panel proposal, the panel abstract and all of the papers should be in one document. See “Format of Submissions” for more information.

2) A Cover letter that provides detailed contact information (including physical and electronic addresses) of the author(s), lists the word count of the paper(s), and indicates whether the author wishes to have the paper considered for “Best Submission by a Graduate Student” or “Best Submission by a Junior Scholar” (please be sure to indicate how you meet the eligibility requirements; for a full description and eligibility conditions of each prize, please see below under “Prizes”). In addition, if you anticipate the need for audio/visual equipment should your submission be accepted in the 2012 SPEP Conference program,please indicate exactly what you will need in your cover letter.


Format of Submissions:

All abstracts for single papers must include five key words. This will help the Executive Committee group single papers into panels when the conference program is being organized. 


Single-paper submissions must include complete papers (of no more than 3,000 words exclusive of notes and references) and abstracts (of no more than 100 words).


Panel proposals must include a title, an abstract of no more than 500 words for the panel as a whole, and complete papers (no more than 3,000 words exclusive of notes and references) for each paper in the panel.


Since papers and panel proposals are chosen through an anonymous review process, names and addresses of authors must be stated only on one separate cover sheet and omitted from the abstracts, papers, and footnotes. The word count for papers should appear on the cover sheet; papers that exceed the 3,000 word limit will not be considered. Please use gender-inclusive language in accordance with the “Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language” published by the APA and available at:




  1. Notification of receipt of your submission: Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an automated electronic acknowledgement from the Secretary-Treasurer indicating she has received your email and its attachments. If you do not receive a response within one day, please send a follow up e-mail to ensure that your submission has been received.
  2. Notification of Inclusion in the 2012 SPEP Conference Program: Authors of single-paper submissions and the panel organizers of panel-submissions will hear from the Executive Committee by June 1, 2012 whether their submission has beenaccepted/rejected for inclusion in the 2012 SPEP Conference Program.




There are two monetary prizes available: the best submission by a junior scholar and thebest submission by a graduate student. To be eligible for the SPEP Junior Scholar Award you must have earned a Ph.D. in the last five years (no earlier than January of 2007). All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible for the SPEP Graduate Student Scholar Award.


Each monetary prize is $500.00 plus a travel and hotel allowance. In addition, two non-monetary honorable mention prizes will be awarded. All of the award-winning submissions will be selected through an anonymous review process. You must declare your desire to be considered for an award and your status as a graduate student or as a junior scholar on the cover sheet that accompanies your submission, which has been prepared for blind review. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2012.


Nominating Books for Current Research Sessions:


Postmark Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2012


In order for a book to be considered for a special session, a letter or email from the author to the Book Selection Committee Chair and to one of the Co-Directors requesting such consideration is required.


Send to:

Shannon Winnubst (Chair of SPEP Book Selection Committee)

100 Clinton Heights Avenue

Columbus, OH   43202


Eligible Books: Authors or publishers are encouraged to send two copies of monographs on topics of interest to continental philosophers, published on or after January 1, 2009.



The Committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee, and the authors of the books chosen for Current Research Sessions will be notified by June 1, 2012.






For further information, please contact either one of the Executive Co-Directors:


Anthony Steinbock

Department of Philosophy
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901


Amy R. Allen
Department of Philosophy
Dartmouth College
6035 Thornton Hall
Hanover, NH  03755


SPEP Website:


Members of SPEP are also encouraged to submit their papers to the APA for consideration. Guidelines for submission can be found at:

Join me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Monday, November 28, 2011

Emerging Trends in Continental Philosophy,

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

2011.11.35 View this Review Online   View Other NDPR Reviews

Todd May (ed.), Emerging Trends in Continental Philosophy, 252 pp., vol. 8 of Alan D. Schrift (ed.), The History of Continental Philosophy (8 vols.), University of Chicago Press, 2010, 2700pp., $800.00 (cloth), ISBN 978022670461.

Reviewed by Emanuela Bianchi, New York University

The eighth and final volume of Alan D. Schrift's monumental and immensely valuable series, The History of Continental Philosophy, attempts the almost impossible task of identifying and tracking the current continental philosophy scene, and specifically surveying developments over the last fifteen years. As with any historical project that begins to merge with present-day concerns, what is of lasting or canonical significance is difficult to discern as contours or identifiable movements of wave or backlash have not yet quite emerged. Accordingly, the volume is bound to frustrate any practicing philosopher who will inevitably find glaring lacunae in relation to his or her own partial and particular perspective -- for each of us involved in the philosophical enterprise (and especially the typically engagĂ©e continental philosophical enterprise) naturally finds our own areas of concern the most pressing, for why else would we work on them? It is a tricky task, then, to review a book that may in fact be of the greatest value to those approaching the discipline from the outside, whether as students or as scholars in other disciplines, from within continental philosophy. Nonetheless, in its breadth, and in the mostly astute strategies of the authors faced with this almost impossible task, the volume covers a great deal of important ground for anyone who wishes to discern in broad brushstrokes the multiple facets of continental philosophy today.

Join me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Philosophy Events Website!!!!

Philevents: HERE

I would strongly suggest you submit your events here. At least in California, I'm willing to travel an hour or two for a colloquia but most of the time I dont know about them. Hopefuly I will be able to email professors at the UC and CSU systems and get them to regularly submit their event. Talk to your professors and get them to make this a staple for you and me!!

The Following description comes from David Chalmers Blog:

Yet another new project from the PhilPapers team: PhilEvents, a website devoted to upcoming events in philosophy.  PhilEvents has a database of hundreds of forthcoming events.  You can search it in many different ways: by subject, by location, and by various combinations of subject, location, and so on.  You can use this to set up RSS feeds for searches on subjects and locations of interest.

Online Job applications

An interesting piece about online job applications: HEREJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Petition to the White House to Reinstate the Tax-Exemept Status of Grad Student Stipends

From Leiter:

Reader Jeffrey Lee McMahan calls my attention to this petition, which readers should consider signing.

Join me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Teaching Interviews and Teaching Experience

An interesting post HEREJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New GRE Scoring Method

HEREJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ethics of Philosophy Qusetion

If we actually belive that philosophy can help people and we take into consideration the age old saying; "first food, then philosophy". Should we then focus our attention on those who have food an can therefore benefit from our inquiries, or should we work to make the large number of people who don't have food, able to address philosophy?Join me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Problem of Pedigree

Here is a nice article on the problem: HEREJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Plato, Not Prozac!

Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems.

 I thought this sounded interesting although I haven't read it myself. 

"If you're facing a dilemma -- whether it's handling a relationship, living ethically, dealing with a career change, or finding meaning in life -- the world's most important thinkers from centuries past will help guide you toward a solution compatible with your individual beliefs. From Kirkegaard's thoughts on coping with death to the I Ching's guidelines on adapting to change, Plato, Not Prozac! makes philosophy accessible and shows you how to use it to solve your everyday problems.

Gone is the need for expensive therapists, medication, and lengthy analysis. Clearly organized by common problems to help you tailor Dr. Lou Marinoff's advice to your own needs, this is an intelligent, effective, and persuasive prescription for self-healing therapy that is giving psychotherapy a run for its money."

Join PhilosoraptErs on Twitter or Facebook to get your daily dose of professional preparation!

Help me keep your fellow philosophers informed!

You can email Suggestions, Questions, and Links to PhilosraptErs@gmail.comJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to

Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) at University of Oregon 2013

More information HEREJoin me on Twitter or Facebook for updates. Please email suggestions, links and questions to