Lighthearted Philosophers' Society

November 8, 2019 - November 9, 2019
Lighthearted Philosophers' Society

The Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio 78205
United States

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William Paterson University of New Jersey

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The Lighthearted Philosophers Society (LPS) is an organization for philosophers who approach their work with a sense of humor. We strive to create a venue for professional philosophy that is welcoming, engaging, and most importantly funny. Please join us in our merry ruminations!

Our conference attracts philosophers from all over the nation and around the world. We are interested in both the philosophy of humor and humorous philosophy from any field. We welcome witty papers from any area of philosophy, and we’d especially enjoy papers on philosophical questions about humor. This year’s conference will also include an Undergraduate Honors Panel, for which undergraduate students are welcome to send work in any of the submission categories listed below. (All undergraduate work should be clearly marked “UNDERGRADUATE” via a running header on all pages of the submitted document so that they can be reviewed separately.)

Submission Requirements:

All materials should be prepared for blind review; contact information, affiliation, whether you would like to volunteer as a heckler (see below), etc. should be included on a separate cover sheet. We will accept submissions in the following forms:

1) Full paper submissions: Please prepare papers with limited time for presentation in mind (2,500-3,000 words is preferable).

2) Panel proposal: Panel description should be 350-500 words, which should specify what each panelist will contribute.

3) Individual Short Performances: Submissions should include a 350-500 word rationale describing the theoretical contribution of the performance piece as well as a 350-500 word abstract describing the nature of the performance itself. Please include any audio-visual requests in the abstract.

4) Abstract submissions: Abstracts should be 350-500 words, and should be accompanied by a references/work cited page. Please note that we give preference to full papers. 

Hecklers (commentators) will accompany each accepted submission. If you are interested in volunteering to comment and are not submitting a paper, please email the conference organizer with your areas of specialization, contact information, affiliation, and indicate you would like to volunteer as a heckler. Otherwise, if you would be interested in providing a commentary, please indicate this on your submission cover sheet.

Selected papers will be considered for the Joseph S. Ellin Memorial Essay Prize ($100)

Selected hecklers will be considered for the Richard C. Richards Almost Memorial Prize ($50)

Submission Deadline is June 15th, 2019. Those selected will be notified by July 15th, 2019.

Please submit your papers electronically to the following email address:  Questions can be directed to the email address above.

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November 8, 2019, 9:00am CST

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