Vancouver Summer Philosophy Conference

August 23, 2020 - August 27, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia


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Update: In light of COVID-19, and in consultation with the organizers and authors, a decision has been made to postpone the 2020 VSPC to next summer. It will replace the 2021 VSPC. We hope to be able to hold an in-person conference in Vancouver by that point. Further conference details will be announced in January 2021; we are also considering some potential options for online pre-conference engagement.


The VSPC is an annual, workshop-style conference with several days of formal philosophy sessions, informal discussions, and recreation in and around beautiful Vancouver, BC.

The VSPC 2020 will feature nine papers, all "pre-read"s. (Papers will not be presented at the conference; participants are expected to read them in advance.) Each session will consist of short presentations by two commentators, a brief response by the author(s), then extended discussion with top-quality chairing.

In addition to the philosophical content, VSPCs feature enjoyable meals and late-night revelry, and athletic, cultural, and other recreational activities. Vancouver is an amazing city. Participants are encouraged to bring families and friends, to arrive early and stay late, and to take advantage of everything Vancouver has to offer, including breathtaking scenery, world-class restaurants, nightlife, culture, and great coffee shops.

Conference attendance is limited to those on the program, the organizers and referees, and members of the UBC philosophy department. This is due to funding and logistical constraints together with the fact that the VSPC is a workshop-style conference that involves in-depth discussions of works-in-progress.

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March 1, 2020, 11:45pm PST

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