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Erik Banks Memorial Scholarship

From Ava Chamberlain, chair of the Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics at Wayne State University:

Erik Banks, the author most recently of The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell: Neutral Monism, Reconceived, published by Cambridge University Press (2014), died on 18 August 2017, following a massive hemorrhagic stroke. He was 47 years old. The family is establishing a student scholarship in Erik’s memory. At this time, donations should be made out to the Wright State University Foundation, with a note that the contribution should be directed to the Philosophy Program Fund in memory of Erik Banks. These donations may be sent to the attention of Sara Woodhull, WSU Foundation, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton, Ohio 45435.

Happy Birthday Bertie! Happy Birthday Carnap!

In honour of the birthdays of Rudolf Carnap and Bertrand Russell, check out these articles in JHAP:

Eva Picardi, 1948-2017

Eva Picardi, Professor Emerita at the University of Bologna, has died on April 23, 2017.  She was a central member of the community of historians of analytic philosophers, and has served on the Advisory Board of the Journal for the History of Analytic Philosophy since its inception.

Prof. Picardi received her DPhil under Michael Dummett at Oxford in 1984, and worked with Georg Henrik van Wright in 1986 and with Christian Thiel as a Humboldt Fellow in 1988/89. She is the author of Assertibility and Truth. A Study of Fregean Themes (1981), Linguaggio e analisi filosofica (1992), La chimica dei concetti (1994), Le teorie del significato (1999) and numerous articles on Frege, Peano, Russell and the philosophy of language more broadly. She has also edited and translated into Italian Frege’s Nachlaß (1981) as well as his papers from 1890-1897 (2001, with Carlo Penco).

Prof. Picardi was a founding member and past president of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy. Her work contributed significantly to establishing the history of analytic philosophy as a field, and to establishing analytic philosophy in Italy and on the European continent.

SSHAP and the JHAP editorial board send their condolences to Prof. Picardi’s family, friends, and colleagues.

SSHAP 2017 (Calgary): Call for Abstracts

The sixth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held at the University of Calgary,  May 8-10, 2017.  It is locally organised by Richard Zach and sponsored by the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary.

Invited Speakers:

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

This year’s meeting is being held in conjunction with the Society for Exact Philosophy whose conference (5-7 May 2017) convenes immediately before the SSHAP meeting. The organizers hope that SSHAP conferees will also want to attend the SEP meeting and vice versa. There are many areas of shared interest and possibilities for fruitful exchange. Information about the SEP meeting and its call for papers can be found here.

We do ask that those who wish to submit papers for both meetings not submit the very same paper.

SSHAP – Call for Abstracts

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, ethics and metaethics, 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, Wittgenstein, Tarski, Quine and the Polish school, for instance, but also seeks to promote work engaging with lesser know figures and trends.

SSHAP invites submissions for its 2017 annual conference. Paper submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 15, 2017.

In the past, some of the papers presented at the annual the conference were published in the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. (

Submission Instructions

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

  1. Long abstracts (500-1000 words) 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 (50-100 words) and vi) academic rank.

Time allowed for presentation is 60 minutes (including discussion).

Electronic submissions and queries should be sent to:

For more information, please visit our website:

CfP: Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Annual Meeting at the 2016 CHSS

Call for Abstracts

Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics Annual Meeting
University of Calgary, May 29-31, 2016

Special Session: Mathematics and Logic in the 19th and 20th Century

Kenneth May Lecturer: Dr. Jamie Tappenden, Department of Philosophy, University of Michigan

The CSHPM will be holding its 2016 Annual Meeting at the University of Calgary in conjunction with the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The meeting will be held Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2016.

Members are invited to present papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. Talks in either English or French are welcome.

Please send your title and abstract (200 words or less) in Word or in the body of an email by February 1, 2016 to:

For the Special Session:

Thomas Drucker
Department of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

For the General Session:

Eisso Atzema
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

CfP: Bertrand Russell Society at the Central APA

Call for Papers and Abstracts

Bertrand Russell Session
at the American Philosophy Association Central Meeting

Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois
March 2 – 5, 2016

The Bertrand Russell Society is pleased to announce the Bertrand Russell Session, to be held at the APA Central 2016 meeting. We welcome submissions in any area of Russell’s philosophy broadly construed. These areas can include, but are not limited to, Russell’s work in or influence on logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of education, or ethics. Submissions focussing more generally on Russell’s place in the history of philosophy are also welcome.

Guidelines: Presentations should be prepared for no more than 20 minutes. Submissions can either be full papers or abstracts. Preference will be given to full papers. Please prepare submissions for blind review and include a separate document that includes: the paper title, author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information.

Deadline: Please email submissions to by November 10, 2015.

BRS website

CfP: Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 2016

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence

International Conference on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Institute Vienna Circle (

Location: University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences

Date: June 16-18, 2016

We invite the submission of contributed papers and proposals for symposia for the international “Ernst Mach Centenary Conference”. Contributions related to one ore more of the subsequent sections are welcome. Conference languages: English, German, French.

The Program Committee encourages especially submissions from women and junior scholars from all fields and countries. Limited financial support for travel and a reduced registration fee for graduate students will be provided. Related questions can be directed to the local organizer Friedrich Stadler:

Proposal for individual papers (Word or pdf format) should contain:

  • Title and abstract (1000 characters) and extended abstract (1000 words) of the paper. In the case of papers dealing with related topics we welcome the submission of proposals for symposia. All titles and abstracts for individual papers in the symposium should be included in the submission. (Each symposium will be allotted 120 minutes).
  • Address of the speaker(s) incl. email, phone and institutional affiliation

Submission to:, subject: “Mach Centenary Conference 2016”. Please prepare your submission for blind review.

The time unit for one paper is 40 minutes (max. 30 minutes speaking time). A selection of contributed papers and symposia will appear as a volume with Springer Publisher.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 30, 2016
  • Date of notifications: March 15, 2016

Registration required (fees to be announced in time):

  • Early registration deadline: April 30, 2016
  • Online registration deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Conference website: tba

Main Organizers:

  • University of Vienna, Institute Vienna Circle, Faculty of Philosophy and Education, together with other Faculties to be announced.
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)

Together with: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Deutsches Museum (German Museum), Munich Masaryk University, Brno / Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Program Committee: Members of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook (Springer) and Editors of the Ernst Mach Studienausgabe / Ernst Mach Edition


  1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
  2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann, Einstein …
  3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of Evolution
  4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
  5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
  6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical Epistemology)
  7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
  8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L. Wittgenstein, K. Popper …
  9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick (1882-1936).
  10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
  11. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and Austro-Marxism)
  12. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R. Musil etc.)
  13. Open Section: Topics not covered above

Special Symposium: E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science. On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)

CFP: Women in Early Analytical Philosophy (Ghent, October 2015)

Women in Early Analytical Philosophy

5 October, 2015, Ghent University, in collaboration with the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Julia Driver (WashU, St. Louis)
Anna Brozek (Cracow)

We invite abstracts (500 words) for papers to be presented at a workshop on any topic pertaining to women in early analytical philosophy. By ‘early’ we mean roughly through 1950.

The main aim is of the workshop is to better understand the extent and substance of women’s neglected contribution to analytical philosophy. We welcome papers on, for example, individual women and groups of women; we also welcome papers on the role of gender & sexuality in early analytical philosophy.

PhD students and early career scholars are especially encouraged to apply.

We hope to publish a selection of papers in the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy.

Conference hosts: Maria Van der Schaar (Leiden) & Eric Schliesser (Gent/Amsterdam)

Please send an abstract to Eric Schliesser <> by 28 July, 2015.