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SSHAP AGM and Election

Dear SSHAP members,

We celebrated yesterday, on 14 May, the first anniversary of our incorporation as a non-profit. In order to maintain our legal status we are required to hold a first Annual General Meeting within 18 months of incorporation and, as a matter of fact, hold our first election. The AGM will take place on 17 June 2016, during our annual conference. All members are invited to attend.

At the Meeting, the Assembly will hopefully ratify the constitution (attached). The SSHAP’s structure has not been very rigid, but for the purpose of the law, we need to have a Secretary and a President. Richard Zach and I have been filling these positions in the interim, i.e. since 2008 (yes, that long already!) and we will be hoping to be elected by the Assembly – so as to put an end to the dictatorship and establish the Supreme Sovereignty of the Will of the People. (The Will of the People is an obsolete notion, but we are historians after all.)

The Association was co-founded by three other members: Amie Thomasson, Mathieu Marion and Mark Textor whom we’d like to thank very warmly for their input over the years. Unlike me and Richard, however, they have either moved on to better things – or they disagree with our attempt to become a democratic institution and are in the process of forming an alternative “Axis” of some kind – and they will not be seeking election.

We’ve sought to recruit members interested in joining SSHAP’s leadership to populate our Board. There are currently four persons we would like to nominate on the Steering Committee:

  • Aude Bandini, University of Montreal
  • Matt Carlson, Wabash College
  • Theresa Kouri, Ohio State
  • Sean Morris, Metropolitan State Univsersity Denver

All members are however invited and warmly encouraged to make further suggestions. There are still 3 positions available, one for Treasurer and a maximum of two on Steering Committee.

The mandate of the Steering Committee is:

  • to assist the executive in finding a location for upcoming annual meetings (previous venues include: McMaster in Hamilton, Indiana at Bloomington, University of Montreal and Trinity College Dublin; prospective venues include San Diego, Helsinki and Berlin);
  • to make or solicit proposals for symposia at the Central and Pacific APA, where SSHAP meets annually (for previous meetings: http://sshap.org/category/meetings/apa-group-meetings/)

Nominations can be entered until the vote, at the AGM.

Because we’d like to insure continuity on the Board, and because this can only be done if mandates are staggered, initial mandates will exceptionally be for the following length, starting July 1 2016.

  • President: 2 years
  • Secretary: 3 years
  • Treasurer: 2 years
  • Steering Committee member 1: 3 years
  • Steering Committee member 2: 2 years
  • Steering Committee member 3: 3 years
  • Steering Committee member 4: 2 years
  • Steering Committee member 5: 3 years
  • Steering Committee member 6: 2 years

Subsequent mandates will be for 2 years, as stipulated in the Constitution.

We will be looking forward to seeing you in Denver. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

sshap@mcmaster.ca

Very best,

Sandra

Foundations of Methodology in the History of Philosophy

Workshop, 16 April 2016, Trius Winery at Hillebrand (www.triuswines.com)

One of the biggest challenges for historians of philosophy, whether it be historians of e.g. analytic, German, modern, medieval or ancient philosophy is to make clear the various ways in which historical work can be relevant to contemporary discussion. Few philosophical resources exist that deal with questions concerning approaches and methods, and divergences across the various subfields of interest are often quite remarkable. This is to say nothing of the gap that seems to exist between historians of philosophy and historians and philosophers of science.  

The purpose of the workshop is to come to a better understanding of our own assumptions as historians and consider whether distinct approaches and methods can come to inform each other in a way that could contribute to unifying the field – and whether this is desirable in the first place. It will gather historians and philosophers of science, historians of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy as well as historians of analytical philosophy.

The workshop will revolve around current work-in-progress by eminent historian of medieval philosophy Claude Panaccio (UQAM). The morning session will be devoted to a lecture by Panaccio, followed by an open discussion. The afternoon session will consist of a round table. A number of “ heses” taken from Panaccio’s manuscript will be examined and discussed by a panel of historians with different backgrounds and interest. They include :

  • ·      Corey Dyck, Western
  • ·      Jacqueline Feke, Waterloo
  • ·      David Hunter, Ryerson
  • ·      Peter King, Toronto
  • ·      Henrik Lagerlund, Western
  • ·      Sandra Lapointe, McMaster
  • ·      Christian Leduc, Montreal
  • ·      Martin Pickave, Toronto

The round table will be followed by a general discussion. Invited discussants include: Doreen Fraser (Waterloo), Mark Johnstone (McMaster), Jenny Pelletier (Leuven), Marleen Rozemond (Toronto), Anthony Skelton (Western), Nick Stang (Toronto),  John Thorp (Western).

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JOB: Visiting Russell Professorship at McMaster University

The Department of Philosophy at McMaster University is currently advertising its 2016/17 Visiting Russell Professorship. 

The Visiting Professorships, one of which will be available each year, are intended for established scholars whose research would benefit by access to the Bertrand Russell Archives. It is an excellent opportunity for Russell scholars and historians of analytical philosophy to gain physical access to the formidable wealth of material curated at McMaster. Please consult the ad here:

http://philos.humanities.mcmaster.ca/2016/02/24/bertrand-russell-visiting-professorship/

McMaster hosts a number of events in the history of analytical philosophy each year. For more information:

http://historyofanalyticalphilosophy.mcmaster.ca/

HOPOS and SSHAP 2016

SSHAP is happy to team up with HOPOS to invite their members, many of whom share interests,  to our respective conferences. The conferences are only a few days apart: SSHAP will take place in Denver 16-18 June, and HOPOS in Minneapolis 22-25 June.There are many fast, nonstop flights from Denver to Minneapolis, every day.

You will find information about the SSHAP meeting HERE. The Call for Submissions for the HOPOS meeting is below.

HOPOS 2016 – Call for Submissions

June 22-25, 2016

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

http://hopos2016.umn.edu/

Keynote Speakers

Karine Chemla, REHSEIS, CNRS, and Université Paris Diderot

Thomas Uebel, University of Manchester

HOPOS: The International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science will hold its eleventh international congress in Minneapolis, on June 22-25, 2016.  The Society requests proposals for papers and for symposia to be presented at the meeting.

HOPOS is devoted to promoting scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science. We construe this subject broadly, to include topics in the history of related disciplines and in all historical periods, studied through diverse methodologies.  In order to encourage scholarly exchange across the temporal reach of HOPOS, the program committee especially encourages submissions that take up philosophical themes that cross time periods.

If you have inquiries about the conference or about the submission process, please write to Maarten van Dyck: maarten.vandyck [at] ugent.be.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 4, 2016

To submit a proposal, please visit the following website:  http://hopos2016.umn.edu/call-submissions

Proposals for papers should be prepared for anonymous review. Proposals should include:

  • Title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words).

Proposals for symposia should be prepared for anonymous review. Proposals should include:

  • Title of the symposium.
  • Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words).
  • Titles and abstracts of the papers (maximum 500 words for each paper).
  • A symposium should consist of 3 or 4 papers.

 

Program Committee

  • Maarten van Dyck (Ghent University), “Kant and Before” Subcommittee Chair
  • Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Andrea Falcon (Concordia University)
  • Sophie Roux (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • Marius Stan (Boston College)
  • Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech), “After Kant” Subcommittee Chair
  • Janet Folina (Macalester College)
  • Greg Frost-Arnold (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
  • Matthias Neuber (Universität Tübingen)
  • Jonathan Tsou (Iowa State University)

Call for Participants: Logic in Kant’s Wake

 

From 6-8 May 2016, McMaster’s Philosophy Department will be hosting the final installment of the workshop. The event is sponsored by McMaster’s Bertrand Russell Research Centre (Faculty of Humanities), Michael Forster’s Humboldt Professorship (Bonn, Germany) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The general motivation for the project is to better understand the development of logic in the 19th century and, in particular, to make sense of an idea that seems to have been formidably widespread at the time, namely, that Kant had a tremendous influence on the discipline. This surprising observation raises a number of questions, for instance: What did logicians understood ‘logic’ to mean before and after Kant? What were Kant’s views on logic and how did they inform the views of his successors? What characterizes the Idealists’ reception of Kant’s ideas on logic? How does logic develop in other post-Kantian contexts, e.g. in Fries’ and Herbart’s theories, and later in those of Trendelenburg, Lotze and the algebraists in Britain? Where does the groundbreaking work of Bolzano, Frege and Russell fit within the broader (German-speaking, British) contexts? What of the relation between logic and psychology before the well-known anti-psychologistic criticisms of the end of the 19th century?

Workshop Participants:

  • Frederick Beiser, Syracuse
  • Michael Forster, Bonn
  • Nicholas Griffin, McMaster
  • Jeremy Heis, UC Irvine
  • Sandra Lapointe, McMaster
  • Gary Ostertag, CUNY
  • Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech
  • Consuelo Preti, The College of New Jersey
  • Graham Priest, CUNY/Melbourne
  • Brigitte Sassen, McMaster
  • Nick Stang, Toronto
  • Clinton Tolley, UC San Diego

Call For Participants

We welcome anyone who is interested to attend to indicate their intention in advance, so that we can plan in consequence. The program is also still open. Each participant will be allocated 90 minutes. Ideally, presentations should be 30-35 minutes, to allow time for thorough discussion and maximize constructive input as well as the exchange of ideas. Each participant will be expected to contribute to the proceedings (in a volume with a first rate publisher). The workshop should be a place where participants can test ideas and benefit from discussion toward the final draft of their paper.

There are not many spots available, but we warmly welcome submissions, especially from experts whose work might help throw lights on aspects of the development of logic in the 19th century – e.g. alternative conceptions of its scope, method and place within philosophy – that have been neglected. If you are interested in participating, please send a short message indicating your interest and an abstract, no later than 1 November to:

lapointe@mcmaster.ca

Notification will be given shortly thereafter.

SSHAP 2016 (Denver) – Call For Papers

The fifth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held in Denver, Colorado 16-18 June 2016. It is locally organised by Sean Morris and funded by the Philosophy Department at Metropolitan State University Denver.

Invited Speakers:

The Society for Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy is an international organization aimed at promoting discussion in all areas of scholarship concerning the development of philosophical logic, philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, the philosophy of science and epistemology. It welcomes scholars interested in the many ways in which the disciplines were influenced by thinkers such as Bolzano, Brentano and his school, Husserl, Frege, Russell, the Vienna Circle, Tarski and the Polish school, for instance, but also seeks to promote work engaging with lesser know figures and trends.

Previous conferences have been held at McMaster University, Indiana University, Université du Québec à Montréal and Trinity College Dublin.

CALL FOR PAPERS

SSHAP invites submissions for its 2016 annual conference. Paper submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special volume of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. (www.jhaponline.org)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2016.

Submission Instructions

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically according to the following guidelines:

1) Papers should be prepared for blind refereeing, 2) put into PDF file format, and 3) sent as an email attachment to the address given below. 4) The subject line of the submission email should include the key-phrase “SSHAP submission”, and 5) the body text of the email message should constitute a cover page for the submission by including i) return email address, ii) author’s name, iii) affiliation, iv) paper title, and v) short abstract and vi) academic rank.

Time allowed for presentation is 60 minutes (including discussion). We recommend that papers submissions be no longer than 4000 words.

Electronic submissions and queries should be sent to:

sshap@mcmaster.ca

 

SSHAP 2016 – Change of Venue

We initially planned to hold the next meeting of SSHAP in Rio de Janeiro in the Summer of 2016. However,  that is also when and where the next Olympic Games will take place and we were unable to find a hotel that would accommodate everyone, or many hotels that would each accommodate some of us. Everything is booked out. Fortunately, the local organisers (Dirk Greiman and Jean-Yves Beziau) and invited speakers (Mike Beaney, Juliet Floyd and Leila Haaparanta) have graciously accepted to postpone the Rio meeting to 2017 (dates to be confirmed).

We are currently finalising arrangements for a new venue for the 2016 annual meeting of SSHAP and we’ll make an announcement in early September. The CFP will follow shortly thereafter.

JHAP Essay Prize Winners

The Editorial Board of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy is delighted to announce the winners, ex-aequo, of the JHAP Essay Prize 2014:

Karl Egerton (Birkbeck College) for “Getting off the Inwagen: a critique of Quinean metaontology” 

Luis Duarte D’Almeida (University of Edinburgh) for “Geach and Ascriptivism: Beside the ‘Point’”

The two essays will be published in a forthcoming special issue of JHAP.