CFP: Applied Philosophy of Language: Politics and Power

Submission deadline: February 24, 2019

Conference date(s):
May 4, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
Reading, United Kingdom

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Ratio Conference Applied Philosophy of Language: Politics and Power

University of Reading 4th May  

We are happy to announce the 2019 Ratio conference, to be held at the University of Reading on 4th May 2019: 

The conference is part of the series of one-day Ratio conferences hosted by the Philosophy Department of the University of Reading. Each event is dedicated to a specific area of interest in current analytic philosophy and informs a special issue of the journal. The theme of the forthcoming conference is “Applied Philosophy of Language: Politics and Power”.

Although philosophy of language has tradionally been understood as a purely theoretical discipline, recent scholarship has begun to explore practical applications of the conceptual tools developed by philosophers of language. The aim of the 2019 Ratio Conference is to foster this development by discussing how insights from philosophy of language can shed light on important contemporary phenomena in the spheres of politics, law and society, as in philosophical analysis of disagreement, derogatory speech, gendered terms, and propaganda. This conference will host original contributions by leading researchers in the field.

Confirmed speakers:

Teresa Marques, University of Barcelona;

Åsa Wikforss, University of Stockholm;

Derek Ball, University of St Andrews;

Timothy Endicott, University of Oxford.

In addition to the keynote talks, we will be holding a poster presentation session, to give postgraduate students and early career researchers the opportunity to present their research.

We invite submissions of 300-word abstracts before the deadline of 24th February 2019. We welcome the participation of students working in and outside Philosophy, and would particularly like to encourage submissions from underrepresented groups.

Possible topics for posters include (but are not limited to):

- politics, political speech and propaganda;

- law and legal language;

- lying, misleading, bullshit;

- derogatory speech;

- feminist philosophy of language;

- medicine and language;

- methodological issues related to the application of philosophy of language;

- normative impacts of philosophical analyses of language;

- connections with empirical research in the cognitive and social sciences.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, prepared for blind review, and should be sent to 

For more information about the conference, and to register for a place, please visit our website:

We are pleased to be able to have some funds available to help towards the board and accommodation of a small number of postgraduate participants, travelling from outside Reading. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for this support when you register.

The 2019 Ratio Conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, Analysis Trust, Aristotelian Society, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, University of Reading.


Sarah Fisher, Antonio Scarafone, Marat Shardimgaliev

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