CFP: Disagreement and Philosophy

Submission deadline: December 27, 2019

Conference date(s):
March 6, 2020 - March 7, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy , Ryerson University, Toronto
Toronto, Canada

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Ryerson University is now accepting papers for its 2020 philosophy graduate conference “Disagreement and Philosophy”. **We have now extended the submission deadline until December 27th 2019.** We invite submissions from graduate students working in all areas and traditions of philosophy to submit papers relevant to the conference theme.

Keynote Speakers
Catherine Elgin (Harvard University): Catherine Z. Elgin is professor of the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she has taught since 1996. Previously she taught philosophy at MIT, Princeton, Wellesley, Dartmouth, UNC Chapel Hill, and Michigan State. Dr. Elgin is an epistemologist with an interest in aesthetics and the philosophy of science. In recent works she has argued that similar epistemological issues arise, and similar solutions are available in the arts and in the sciences. Dr. Elgin serves as literary executor for Jonathan Adler and for Nelson Goodman.

Regina Rini (York University): Regina Rini teaches in the Philosophy Department at York University, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition. She has written on many topics, including: moral agency, moral disagreement, the psychology of moral judgment, partisanship in political epistemology, and the moral status of artificial intelligence. Before moving York University in 2017, Dr. Rini was an Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow at the NYU Center for Bioethics.  Before that she was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at Oxford University and a junior research fellow of Jesus College Oxford.

Disagreement affects many aspects of our society and everyday lives - we disagree about ethics, politics, religion, art, culture, etc. Disagreement is also perennial within the discipline of philosophy itself. The purpose of the conference is to explore disagreement in all these forms and to assess its value. Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited, to:

- The Nature and Value of Disagreement. Is there something distinctive about one particular kind of disagreement? Is it inherently valuable? What can be learned or gained from it?
- The Social Impact of Disagreement. How should we deal with political disagreements in which one is unwilling to listen to the other sides? What happens when one side is silenced? How could one demarcate justified from unjustified silencing? How should governments or political institutions respond to deep moral disagreements among citizens?
- Disagreement and Rationality. What ought we to believe in the face of peer disagreement? What is the epistemic value of disagreement? How does disagreement amongst recognized experts affect what we can claim to know? What is the value, if any, of expert disagreement?
- Disagreement and Religious Faith. Does disagreement among religious faiths and traditions constitute evidence for the falsity of any one or all religions? What are the cultural and/or political ramifications of such disagreements?
- Disagreement and Philosophical Method. How should we view disagreements regarding approaches to, and the aims of, philosophy and the history of philosophy? What is the value of philosophical or meta-philosophical disagreement?  

The deadline for submissions was December 13th 2019, but has now been extended until December 27th 2019. Submissions can be sent to with “Disagreement and Philosophy” written in the subject heading. Papers should be presentable in 20-25mins (3000 to 4000 words), followed by a question period. With your submissions please include a cover page that includes your name, affiliated institution, contact information, title, and a short abstract. However, the body of the paper should be prepared for blind review.

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