Public Philosophy Workshop
at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 18-19, 2018
Keynote speakers will include Anita L. Allen (Henry Silverman Professor of Law and Philosophy, and Vice Provost for Faculty at UPenn), David V. Johnson (Senior Editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review; former Opinion Editor at Al Jazeera and Web Editor at the Boston Review), Myisha Cherry
(UC Riverside; contributor to Salon, HuffPo, and LA Times; hosts popular UnMute podcast), and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University and editor of OUP’s monograph series in public philosophy).
The event centrally consists in workshop sessions in which participants will offer critical responses to each other’s work with the assistance of our keynote speakers. There will be down-time for redrafting material, and subsequent workshops to address improvements.
In between times, our keynote speakers will offer presentations on different aspects of public philosophy. We will round up the workshop with an ‘open slather’ panel session — an informal Q&A with workshop participants and keynote speakers, addressing questions that emerged throughout the workshop.
We will offer several fellowships: three for graduate students and two for pre-tenure philosophers. These fellowships will cover a portion of the cost of travel to the workshop. Fellowships will be awarded on the merits of a piece of unpublished public philosophy, of any length, submitted to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ by 1 March 2018. While we welcome entries in all areas of philosophy, we are particularly interested in entries that engage with issues at the nexus of ethics, social, and political philosophy.
Please include the following information with your submission. In the subject, write “[SUBMISSION] UNC Public Philosophy Workshop”. In the body, list the following on separate lines: name, institutional affiliation (or ‘unaffiliated’), professional status (tenure, pre-tenure, graduate student, n/a). Attach a PDF, DOC, DOCX, or RTF.
(This workshop is made possible by generous support from Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, the Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE) program, the Marc Sanders Foundation, and the American Philosophical Association.)
Philosophy Café at Mystery Brewing Company
Hillsborough, North Carolina
starting 25 October 2016
with Professor Marc Lange discussing
the paradox of the ravens
continuing on 24 January 2017
with Professor Mariska Leunissen discussing
an ancient paradox or two
and then on 25 April 2018
Professor L.A. Paul and Chris Blake-Turner will discuss
for subsequent event information, please contact Joanna Lawson (UNC).
The Third Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy
This time there will be two large cash prizes, one for unpublished work and one for previously published work submitted to the award committee.
Further details coming soon.
The Second Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Second Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy.
Deadline: Friday 15 September 2017
We invite submissions of unpublished essays (minimum 3,000 words, maximum 8,000) with significant philosophical content or method by authors with significant philosophical training.
There is no restriction to any area of philosophy. Unlike other Marc Sanders Prizes there is no restriction to junior candidates. Philosophers at any career stage are encouraged to submit. No more than one submission per person. Previously published essays will not be considered.
The most important condition is that essays should be written to engage the general reader.
The winner of the Marc Sanders Award for Public Philosophy will receive $4,500. The winning essay will be published in Philosophers’ Imprint. Philosophers’ Imprint is a free online journal specializing in major original contributions to philosophy. The runner up (and perhaps even two runners up) will be published in Aeon (subject to their editorial conditions).
The Award Committee is Chaired by Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill). The committee will also include Ken Taylor (Stanford University and Philosophy Talk), Barry Maguire (Stanford University), David Velleman (NYU and Editor of Philosophers’ Imprint), and Brigid Hains (Editorial Director, Aeon Magazine).
Please submit your blinded entry to email@example.com
by 15 September 2017. Please include the essay title in the subject line. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit all remarks and references that might disclose their identities.
Any inquiries should be sent to Barry Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some favourite examples of long form public philosophy:
Amia Srinivasan, Would Politics Be Better Without Anger?
An 18th Century philosopher cured Alison Gopnik’s mid-life crisis
Jerry Fodor on Analytic Philosophy
Galen Strawson on whether life is a narrative
Amia Srinivasan on 'Effective Altruism'
Tim Maudlin on Astronomy and Fine-Tuning
Mark Johnston on whether life is a Ponzi scheme
Ta-Nehisi Coates making ‘The Case for Reparations’