Saturday, January 19, 2008

CFP: "Reason, Activism, and Change," Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor, October 3-5, 2008.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Val Plumwood, Australian Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Social & Political Theory and the Centre for Resource & Environmental Studies Whether we seek to redress existing social inequities such as sexism, or halt the decay of our natural environments, the concerted operation of reason and activism aids the achievement of changes we want. Reason should inform activism, and activism can affect reasoning. Both may respond to or affect changes in social and physical circumstances. The Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy invites philosophical papers from diverse academic areas, including logic & argumentation, environmental philosophy, epistemology & metaphysics, philosophy of science & technology, legal theory, social & political philosophy, ethics, and moral psychology. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: · Forms of reasoning that encourage or discourage activism · Whether and how activism can be taught, and how it can be involved in other professional practices · How activism affects reasoning and justification · What sort of reasoning entrenches existing views and what encourages change · Whether terrorism can be reasonable, or morally justified · The affects of social activism and change on science and technology · How science and technology impact on the environment and on health · Androcentrism, anthropocentrism, and the environment · The logic of change: in bodies, in the environment, or of the beliefs held by a person or group of people Submissions of long abstracts (1000 words) are invited (for eventual presentations of 20 minutes, or not more than 3000 words). Email your abstract as a double-spaced Word attachment, prepared for anonymous review, as well as your full contact information, to: Dr. Catherine Hundleby at the address below. DEADLINE: March 14, 2008. Early submissions are encouraged, while we regret that late submissions cannot be accepted. Dr. Catherine Hundleby Assistant Professor Department of Philosophy (Cross-appointed to Women's Studies Program) Chrysler Hall North 2185 Mailing address: Department of Philosophy University of Windsor 401 Sunset Avenue Windsor, Ontario Canada N9B 3P4 Phone: 519.253.3000 x3947 E-mail:

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