CFP: 18th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference PsyPhi: Philosophy meets Psychology

Submission deadline: January 31, 2018

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18th Annual University of Toronto Graduate Philosophy Conference

PsyPhi: Philosophy meets Psychology

Monday, May 7 - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Joëlle Proust (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris) and Shaun Gallagher  (University of Memphis & University of Wollongong)

Including a Panel on Psychiatry and Philosophy

From ancient reflections on psyche, medieval accounts of the soul, to early modern debates about the nature of mind, philosophers have long been interested in psychological questions. Classical Indian and Buddhist philosophical traditions raise questions about consciousness and experience, their epistemic significance and their metaphysical underpinnings.  Against this philosophical background, psychology emerged as a discipline proper in the 19th century, while programs in psychoanalysis and behaviorism developed in the 20th century. Today, epistemologists and philosophers of mind may draw on empirical findings in developing theories of cognition, metacognition, and perception. Continental philosophy and phenomenology delve into the significance of the first-person perspective. Ethicists may explore aspects of moral psychology, and the implications of experimental psychology for moral judgments. Philosophers of science can take up issues related to the methods and practices in cognitive and psychological sciences. Feminist and critical race philosophers may address the psychological impact of social climate, injustice and oppression, both for individuals and groups. Applied philosophers and bioethicists can take up questions about mental health, its treatment, and classifications, or the ethical constraints on such research.

We welcome submissions from all areas in philosophy that relate to the conference’s main themes.

Interdisciplinary submissions, submissions from underrepresented areas of philosophy, and submissions from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Panel on Psychiatry and Philosophy: In collaboration with UP, our local chapter of Minorities and Philosophy, we will be holding a panel on philosophical engagements with psychiatry. We hope for a range of approaches to these topics, and we encourage any authors who feel their work addresses some aspect of philosophy and psychiatry to apply. Each panelist will have 15 or 20 minutes to present. Authors who would like to be considered for the panel should submit a 300-word abstract. Authors submitting to the main conference program who would also like their abstract considered for the panel should indicate so in their submission email.

Keynote Speakers:

Joëlle Proust (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris;

Dr. Proust’s extensive research on the mind spans consciousness, action awareness, but more recently focuses on metacognition and cognitive phenomenology.

Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis & University of Wollongong;

Dr. Gallagher’s research spans topics in phenomenology and cognitive sciences, especially embodiment, self, agency and intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time.

Accessibility: We are committed to having an accessible and inclusive conference. We will arrange teleconferencing for those who may experience barriers to physical attendance; we can help arrange or reimburse childcare expenses; we will have private rooms available for quiet spaces, breastfeeding, prayer, etc; and we are currently looking into the possibility of ASL interpretation. The Philosophy department has accessible, gender-neutral bathrooms. We will make every effort to arrange for priority accessible parking. Limited travel stipends are available. For information on access, including venue location and physical accessibility, visit our conference website at or email [email protected].

Submissions: Please send submissions to [email protected]. All submissions must be in PDF format and prepared for anonymous review. Conference papers should not exceed 3500 words and should include an abstract not exceeding 300 words. Submissions to the panel should not exceed 300 words. In your email, please include your name, paper title, and institutional affiliation. Authors may submit to both the paper sessions and the panel, but only one submission per category.

Submissions are due by January 31st, 2018. Authors will be notified of decisions on or before March 1st, 2018.

All are welcome to attend, but submissions are only open to graduate students. 

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