CFP: Time: From Theory to Practice

Submission deadline: September 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 24, 2020 - June 26, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, University of Kent
Canterbury, United Kingdom

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Time: From Theory to Practice seeks high quality abstracts for the open sessions of the conference, to be presented on 25th June 2020. Abstracts should be 150-300 words long, and should outline focussed talks lasting 25 minutes related to the conference theme. The conference theme is how our best theory of the world (broadly constured) constrains the philosophy of time, and how the philosophy of time constrains practice in the world (broadly construed). Work at the intersection of theoretical physics, philosophy of science and metaphysics, and at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics/political philosophy is encouraged.

Please send abstracts suitable for blind review to Graeme A Forbes ([email protected]), in .pdf form, with the name and institutional affiliation of the author(s) in the body of the e-mail. There are only six open sessions available, so it is anticipated that not every abstract submitted will be selected for inclusion in the programme. Presenting an open session does not come with a promise of funding to attend the conference. The deadline for submissions is 1st September 2019.

The conference aims to bring together two different conversations in the philosophy of time: one about what time is like according to our best science, and one about how we should think about the relationship between the nature of time and our practical lives within it.

Popular science, literature, and ancient philosophy often make claims about purported ethical ramifications of the nature of time, but rarely, if ever, do ethicists, metaphysicians, philosophers of physics and physicists get in the same room to think about what our best science means for how we ought to live. This conference will break the silo walls, to get experts in their respective fields talking to each other.

The conference is generously supported by the Mind Association and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kent. The Department of Philosophy, University of Kent is a signatory to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice scheme.

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