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CFP for Annual Georgia Student Philosophy Symposium

Annual Georgia Student Philosophy Symposium

Saturday February 28th, 2015

Keynote speaker: Professor Rachana Kamtekar

Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona

Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines encouraged to submit their work on any philosophical topic.

PRIZES: Authors of the best graduate and undergraduate papers will each receive a prize of $100 worth of books of their choice.

Submission Requirements:  Papers must be prepared for blind review (i.e., no author-identifying information or notes in the body of the paper, only on a separate the cover page).  Submissions must not exceed 3750 words (roughly 25 minutes reading time). When submitting, please include the following in the body of the email:

1.  Author’s name

2.  Paper/presentation title

3.  Brief abstract (~100 words describing topic discussed in paper)

            4. Academic status (undergraduate/graduate), major, university affiliation

5. Regularly checked email address

Authors should email their submission as a Word or PDF attachment to:

Rboudreau3[at]student[dot]gsu[dot]edu

Deadline:  Papers must be received no later than 12 Noon, December 22st, 2014.  Notification of acceptance will be emailed by January 20th, 2015.

Official rules and further details: http://ethics.gsu.edu/students/pstsymposium/submission/

For any questions (including queries from students traveling from outside the area who may need overnight accommodations) - contact Robert Boudreau at Rboudreau3[at]student[dot]gsu[dot]edu

Sponsored by the Zeta Chapter (Georgia) of FST; The Center for Ethics - Student Forum, and The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics – all at Georgia State University

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Princeton-Rutgers Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Call for Papers

Paper specifications 

All papers submitted should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract of 100-200 words. Please also include your name, paper title, and institutional affiliation in your submission. The best papers will feature significant original scholarship, rather than literature review or exegesis
of another author’s argument. Please submit papers by October 31, 2014. We will aim to send decisions to students by January 31, 2015. Please submit your paper to the following email address: PrincetonRutgersCon@gmail.com

The Conference will take place at Rutgers University on March 7th and 8th , 2015. Rooms will be provided for all presenters through out the conference at Rutgers University Inn.

For more information and updates:
Go to http://prupc.com


Email us at PrincetonRutgersCon@gmail.com for any questions.

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CALL FOR REVIEWERS for “Stance”

Stance seeks undergraduate philosophy students to serve as external reviewers. This is an exciting pre-professional learning opportunity. Reviewers hone their writing, researching, and reviewing skills by serving on a groundbreaking journal. Reviewers must have advanced undergraduate experience in philosophy, strengths in writing and editing, and the self-motivation necessary to complete work by given deadlines. As such, in addition to this application form, one letter of recommendation is required.

Chosen reviewers will be given one of two opportunities. Most will be External Reviewers and will be responsible for reviewing one or two papers in early January. A few will be selected to serve as Assistant Editorial Board Members on our review teams. Assistant Editorial Board Members will consider approximately 20 papers in December. All reviewers receive training material that explains what is expected in the formal review. Reviewers will also be credited in both the print and electronic versions of the journal.

 If you are interested, please provide us with the following information:

Name:

Name of School:

Year in School:

Major(s)/Minor(s):

Philosophy Courses Taken:

What is your specialty or concentration?

What experience do you have that would qualify you for this project?

What goals do you have that working on Stance will support?

What, in your opinion, are the makings of a good philosophy paper?

 

Students should:

(1) return this application to ballstatestance@gmail.com (include “External Reviewer Application” as the subject heading) and

(2) arrange for a philosophy professor to send a letter of recommendation to ballstatestance@gmail.com (include “LOR” as the subject heading for recommendation letter).

For more information see http://stance.iweb.bsu.edu.

Deadline: October 10, 2014

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Dr. Timothy Stock is wanted for reading the banned books “Die Bibel” and “The Message of the Qur’an”.
Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

Dr. Timothy Stock is wanted for reading the banned books “Die Bibel” and “The Message of the Qur’an”.

Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

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Dr. Robert Kirsch is wanted for reading the banned books “Capital” and “The Communist Manifesto”.
Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

Dr. Robert Kirsch is wanted for reading the banned books “Capital” and “The Communist Manifesto”.

Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

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Dr. Cristina Cammarano is wanted for reading the banned book “The Awakening”. 
Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

Dr. Cristina Cammarano is wanted for reading the banned book “The Awakening”.

Are you wanted for reading banned books? Our Philosophers are! Stop by the Blackwell Library and get your own mug shot taken with your favorite banned book. #bannedbookweek 

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Free online Kierkegaard course

Søren Kierkegaard:

Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity 

An Online course in Coursera

Instructor: Jon Stewart

Start: 6 October 2014 (8 weeks long)

In this course we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism.

About the Course

It is often claimed that relativism, subjectivism and nihilism are typically modern philosophical problems that emerge with the breakdown of traditional values, customs and ways of life. The result is the absence of meaning, the lapse of religious faith, and feeling of alienation that is so widespread in modernity.

The Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) gave one of the most penetrating analyses of this complex phenomenon. But somewhat surprisingly he seeks insight into it not in any modern thinker but rather in an ancient one, the Greek philosopher Socrates.

In his famous work The Concept of Irony Kierkegaard examines different forms of subjectivism and relativism as they are conceived as criticisms of traditional culture. He characterizes these different tendencies under the heading of “irony.” He realizes that once critical reflection has destroyed traditional values, there is no way to go back. But yet the way forward is uncertain. As the modern movements such as Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism reveal, the issues that Kierkegaard faced are still among the central problems of philosophy today.

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge of Kierkegaard is required. The course will be on an advanced undergraduate level, and it will be an advantage for students to have some prior knowledge or idea about the history of philosophy.

For students who wish to dig deeper than what is presented in video-presentations, texts, and assignments there will be supplementary readings for all course modules.

See the introductory video, read more and sign up the course:

https://www.coursera.org/course/kierkegaard

 

For flyer in other languages click here

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Congrats to SU Philosophy Alumni Scholarship recipient

A hearty congratulations to Mark Oberly, our first recipient of the SU Philosophy Alumni Scholarship. This award has been made possible by SU Philosophy alumni and Mark will be putting it to good use as he studies in Italy in 2015 during the winter session. Way to go Mark. And thank you to our alumni!

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Chalkboard quotes

This semester we swapped out our dry erase board (it had seen better days) for a wall-mounted chalkboard. A blank chalkboard tempts our philosophers, so almost every day Dr. Stock gives us a philosophical quotation. Last night was the last Chinese Tea House of the semester and it was lovely to see a return quotation from our guests.

Philosophical quote du jour: 

"To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control."

~~Martha Nussbaum

Return quote:

"Within the four seas, all are ‘brothers’."image