Bulletin Board

The Bulletin Board has been suspended as the UPDirectory undergoes a transition to new management. For the past five years, the Directory has been maintained by a group of volunteers, but it will be soon be owned and managed by the American Philosophical Association. We thank Amy Ferrer and Cheshire Calhoun of the APA for taking over the Directory. It is our hope that with their greater resources, the UPDirectory will thrive and grow. The Directory will continue to function as it currently does in all respects except for the Bulletin Board, which duplicates resources already available at the APA. Please stay tuned for an announcement for when the transition to the APA is complete! In the meantime, please continue to use the UPDirectory!


Call for essays – Inertia Magazine

Inertia Magazine (inertiamagazine.com) is seeking previously unpublished essays, reviews and papers (5,000 words or less) on topics such as materialism, idealism and dualism. Essays ought to use MLA, Chicago or APA formatting.  Editor is particularly interested in papers about Bertrand Russell, Nietzsche and materialism, as well as contemporary approaches to materialism.  Please send submissions and questions to issue15@inertiamag.ca

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Collective Agency Conference and Volume

Call for Abstracts
Workshop on “Collective Action: Ontology, Ethics, and Application
Dates: September 8th and 9th, 2016 at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory 
Organizers: Kendy Hess (College of the Holy Cross), Violetta Igneski (McMaster University) and Tracy Isaacs (Western University).  
See below for details.  The workshop will be part of the MANCEPT Workshops program.  Please submit a 500-1000 word abstract to Kendy Hess  (khess@holycross.edu) by June 1, 2016

To understand and address staggering global problems such as environmental degradation, global poverty and the recent refugee crisis, we must look beyond the role of individual agents. Moreover, we need a deeper understanding of the ontological and normative status of the collective entities implicated in the creation, amelioration, and possible eradication of these harms before we can develop appropriate ethical frameworks and practical responses. The recent literature on collective action and collective intention has already made significant progress in developing conceptual frameworks for understanding groups such as corporations and goal-oriented collectives as collective agents that can be held morally responsible for their actions. It is time to consider further related questions and add depth and breadth to this debate.


This workshop seeks to advance the current moral and political debate in collective action and responsibility in two ways: first, by bringing in new theoretical, disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches and second, by engaging with an expanded range of questions and practical applications.


     Ontology: We seek papers that examine broader questions in the ontology of collective entities. What is the ontological status of a collective entity? What grounds their moral obligations (if “grounding” is the appropriate framework)? Normatively, what follows from the ontology?


     Ethics: We aim to move beyond the canonical approaches to include a plurality of frameworks and perspectives, such as feminist, virtue ethics, Eastern, and Continental.


     Application: We encourage submissions that test developed theoretical models against the complexities of real world situations. To date, theoretical development has relied on scattered caricatures of application to help explain and demonstrate the theoretical commitments, but there has been little sustained empirical work. The literature has already begun to move out into the practical field, and we hope to engage with the scholars doing that work. We seek papers that address some of these real-world applications, such as climate change, humanitarian aid, or the differential impact of global economic structures.


Submission: Please submit a 500-1000 word abstract to Kendy Hess (khess@holycross.edu) by June 1, 2016. Final papers of approximately 4000 words are due by August 15 in order to circulate to workshop participants in advance of the workshop. Authors will be given 15 minutes to give an overview of their papers followed by 35 minutes of discussion. We expect to accept twelve papers.


We are in conversation with an academic press about publishing a collection of essays on this topic, and are using the workshop as an opportunity to solicit papers for the volume.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – New Directions in the Study of the Mind

The New Directions in the Study of the Mind Project welcomes proposals for philosophical and scientific approaches to the study of the mind which do not make the physicalist and reductionist assumptions familiar in these disciplines.

The current request for proposals is for the academic year 2016-17.

Proposals can be for funding that supports various research needs: a workshop or a conference; a period of leave to work on a piece of work under the general heading of the project; a research visit to Cambridge to spend time in discussion with the project members; help with bringing a project to publication; and any other reasonable request for support (e.g. the purchase of books or other materials) for research initiatives which fall under the general project heading. Funding available for each proposal is unlikely to exceed £10,000.

Letters of intent in the current call should be received by 31 July 2016.

Submissions should be made via our EasyChair portal.

For more information, please visit: www.newdirectionsproject.com

New Directions in the Study of the Mind is a research project based at the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge, supported by the John Templeton Foundation, under the direction of Tim Crane.

UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of May 2016: Tina Botts

Tina Botts

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

California State University, Fresno

profile4AOS: Philosophy of Law, Applied Ethics, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

I have a law degree from Rutgers University Law School, Camden and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis.

The general theme of my research is to philosophically interrogate existing legal, moral, and socio-political paradigms, and their underlying metaphysical and epistemological assumptions, to determine the extent to which these paradigms facilitate positive outcomes for the marginalized, oppressed, and subjugated.  Where a given paradigm is found lacking, I advocate alternative approaches or paradigm shifts designed to more fully protect these populations.

My publications include an edited anthology, Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience,  Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2016; a philosophy journal article, “Legal Hermeneutics,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2015;  three book chapters: (1) “Women of Color Feminisms,” written with Rosemarie Tong in the 4th edition of Feminist Thought, Westview Press, 2013, (2) “Hermeneutics, Race, and Gender,” in The Routledge Companion to Hermeneutics,  Jeff Malpas, editor, 2014, and (3) “Multiracial Americans and Racial Discrimination,” in Race Policy and Multiracial Americans, Kathleen Korgen, editor, Polity Press, 2016; a law review article, “Antidiscrimination Law and the Multiracial Experience,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal,  Summer 2013; and two book reviews:  on Albert Atkin’s The Philosophy of Race, Acumen Publishing, 2012, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2013; and on Goswami and O’Donovan’s Why Race and Gender Still Matter, Pickering and Chatto, 2014, Hypatia Online Reviews, 2015.

I am currently at work on a monograph on the role of Aristotelian equality in equal protection law, The Concept of Race, Aristotle’s Proportional Equality, and Equal Protection Law, under contract with Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield; a textbook on feminist philosophy with Rosemarie Tong, Feminist Thought, 5th edition, for Westview Press; a book chapter, “The Concept of Intersectionality” for The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, Ann Garry, et al., editors; and three philosophy journal articles:  (1) “Boylan’s Agency Justification for Natural Human Rights and Group Rights,”  for The Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy, (2) “Natural Law Theory or Legal Interpretivism: The Mature Frederick Douglass’s Method of Constitutional Interpretation,” for Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, and (3) “The Myth of Content of Neutrality: Hate Speech and Social Harm” for Ratio Juris.

POST-DOC – Bucknell

The Department of Philosophy at Bucknell is participating in the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program and is looking for a scholar to fill the following position for the 2016-17 academic year: Postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy to begin in August 2016, specializing in Africana, Latin American, or Native American philosophy with the ability to teach a course in the philosophy of race, broadly construed. Teaching load will be 3 courses per year.

The fellow will be expected to work on campus for the fellowship year, participate in departmental and institutional programs such as speaker series and seminars, and interact regularly with students and faculty colleagues. Fellows must contribute to increasing the diversity of Bucknell University in one or more of the following ways: Increasing ethnic and racial diversity, maximizing the educational benefits of diversity, and/or increasing the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of students.

Applicants must be awarded the Ph.D. no later than the beginning of the fellowship year and no earlier than five years before the beginning of the fellowship year. If you are interested, consult and apply through the website http://www.c-fd.org. Please submit all materials prior to May 20, 2016, but review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, contact Sheila Lintott (sheila.lintott@bucknell.edu).


There’s to be a never before done Encyclopedia of Professional and Business Ethics via Springer and co-edited by former editors-in-chief of Journal of Business Ethics.  Each entry is to be 1,000-3,000 words depending on its complexity.  Compensation for entry writers: access to encyclopedia online. I’m sub-editor for and seek appropriate scholars for: (1) Feminist ethics, (2) Feminist bioethics, (3) Investment ethics, (4) War, the Economics and Business Ethics of.  If interested in any of these, please send relevant qualifications to:

Edmund F. Byrne, JD, PhD

Section Editor JBE

Emeritus Professor, Indiana Univ. Indianapolis



CALL FOR PAPERS – Northwest Philosophy Conference

Call for Papers


Northwest Philosophy Conference 2016

Gonzaga University

Oct. 14-15, 2016


Submission Guidelines


Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (about 3000 words, not including material that will not be presented, such as abstract, bibliography, and any footnotes or endnotes). Submissions should be formatted for blind review (only title at top of Page 1) and sent as Word or PDF documents to


Ted Di Maria (dimaria@gonzaga.edu)


In the body of the email, please include paper title, 100- to 200-word abstract, author name, affiliation, status (graduate student or faculty), and contact information. Within two business days, you will receive email confirmation that your paper has been submitted successfully. Papers should be approximately 3,000 words (10-12 pages).


Submission deadline is Sept. 1, 2016. Final decisions will be made no later than Sept. 10, 2016. Those who submit papers before an early Aug. 15 deadline will be notified of their acceptance before Sept. 1.

To facilitate and encourage discussion, paper sessions will have session chairs rather than commentators for individual papers.


The CFP can be viewed at the conference website at nwphilconference2016.com where further information about the conference will become available.



UPDirectory Highlighted Philosopher of April 2016: Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

AOS: Applied Ethics, Epistemology, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, GRIDS+, Meta-Ethics, Moral Psychology, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Social Science, Pragmatism, Social and Political Philosophy

My main areas of research are in moral, political, and legal philosophy, feminist epistemology and philosophy of science, social epistemology, pragmatism, and the philosophy of social science. My book, Value in Ethics and Economics (Harvard UP, 1993), developed a pluralist theory of value and applied it to problems of commodification and the ethical limitations of the market, with special reference to markets in women’s reproductive labor and the use of cost-benefit analysis to value environmental goods. I have written a series of articles exploring the intersection of facts and values in social scientific research, and developing feminist and pragmatist arguments in defense of value-laden social science. I also work on the intersection of democratic theory and social epistemology, stressing the epistemic roles of inclusion, democratic culture, and democratic contestation in improving public policy and moral understanding, from a feminist and pragmatist point of view. Another branch of my research focuses on egalitarianism. My article, “What is the Point of Equality?” argues against luck egalitarianism and its narrow distributive agenda, and in favor of conceiving of equality in relational terms, as types of relationship opposed to social hierarchy. I have subsequently developed the theory of relational egalitarianism in a series of articles, including papers on affirmative action, sexual harassment, and antidiscrimination law. My book, The Imperative of Integration (Princeton UP, 2010) argues that social hierarchy is caused by the self-segregation of privileged groups, demonstrates its oppressive effects in the case of blacks in the United States, and argues that racial integration is needed to overcome racial injustice.

My current research is devoted to three projects. One advances and updates pragmatist moral epistemology, taking the abolition of slavery as its central case study. Another is on the history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the early years of the Industrial Revolution. (In a subsequent volume, I intend to extend the history through the 19th and early 20th centuries.) Finally, I am working on questions of workplace governance, workers’ rights, and what a just constitution of the workplace would look like.


The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for the 2016-2017 Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships.

The purpose of the Diversity Predoctoral Fellowships program is to enhance diversity in the School and to provide the Fellow with additional professional support and mentoring as they enter the field.

The fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of SHASS and the higher education community. Applicants from members of racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in the humanities and social sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

These Fellowships support graduate scholars for a 9-month appointment at MIT that generally runs from September through May. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other PhD requirements to finish their dissertations with access to libraries and faculty of the School. Fellows may be pursuing the PhD degree in any discipline or area taught in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  Current fields of study can be viewed on the MIT-SHASS website. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program in the School. Fellows will not be required to teach while at MIT.

This year up to seven Fellowships will be awarded.  Each Fellowship provides a stipend of $37,500, office area, and library privileges.

In order to qualify for this Fellowship candidates must be:

  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Enrolled in a PhD program in the humanities or social sciences at an accredited institution other than MIT, have passed their PhD qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal.
  • Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education.

Applications consist of:

  • A 2-3 page personal statement describing the student’s work, dissertation, and providing any information that the student would like to present to the selection committee.  The statement should address the dissertation’s aim, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and contribution to its field.
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Letter from Advisor

All applications and attached materials are due no later than Monday, May 2, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Late applications will not be considered.

These materials should be sent to the SHASS Dean’s office at predoc-shass@mit.edu. They can be transmitted in more than one email.

Questions can be addressed to the SHASS Dean’s office at predoc-shass@mit.edu.

For further information go to:



NOMINATIONS for Chair of APA Committee on Indigenous Philosophers

The APA is currently seeking nominations for the position of chair of the APA Committee on Indigenous Philosophers.

Please consider submitting a nomination for chair of the APA Committee on Indigenous Philosophers. The person appointed will serve a one-year term (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) as associate chair alongside current chair Anne Waters, whose term ends on June 30, 2017. On July 1, 2017, the person appointed will automatically ascend to chair of the committee for a three-year term.
Send your nominations to nominations@apaonline.org by Thursday, March 31. APA staff will then check all nominations for eligibility and willingness to serve; those willing and eligible will be asked to provide a brief CV and statement of interest, and the nomination materials will be forwarded to the current committee members for review. The committee will then be given the opportunity to provide a preference-ranked list of finalists from which the chair will be appointed.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Amy Ferrer
Executive Director

JOB POSTING – U of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville invites applicants for a nine-month Visiting Assistant Professor position, renewable for up to three years, in the Department of Philosophy. Duties include teaching six courses/year; undergraduate and graduate; engaging in some thesis supervision and usual non-teaching duties (for example, committee work); and pursuing an active research program. AOS: Ethics and/or political philosophy; AOC: Open, but we are particularly interested in Philosophy of Race, Philosophy of Gender, and Applied Ethics. Ph.D. required by August 2016. Salary competitive. Applications due by 03/11/2016.  Submit application with cover letter, CV, writing sample, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research philosophy, and names, titles, email addresses, and contact numbers of three professional references willing to provide letters of reference to: http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/12188


The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty. Therefore, the university is especially interested in applications from qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic departments. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

JOB POSTING – Lecturer at U of West Georgia

Lecturer Position at University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia Philosophy Program invites applications for a Lecturer position beginning August 2016. Annually renewable based on satisfactory performance evaluation. AOS and AOC open but the department has interest in Philosophy of Race or Asian Philosophy. Five-four teaching load includes lower-division Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking courses, with the possibility of lower-division Introduction to Ethics courses and an occasional upper-division course as needed.
Candidates must have Ph.D. in philosophy at time of appointment and demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching. Semester calendar. AA/EOE. Should you be recommended for a position, University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy requires the completion of a background check as a prior condition of employment.
Application dossier should include: application letter, CV, three letters of support, unofficial transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations from most recent two years of teaching, and sample syllabi. All application materials must be submitted through Interfolio. Follow this link to apply for the position: http://apply.interfolio.com/34130.
Questions may be directed to Dr. Walter Riker (wriker@westga.edu), Department of English and Philosophy, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia 30118. Applications must be received by March 4, 2016. Phone interviews will be conducted in mid-March.

3rd Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy – Conversations with Western Philosophers


3rd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP)




Friday, April 15, 2016



Rutgers University

Brower Commons, Room A/B (Second Floor)

145 College Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901



Tao Jiang (Rutgers University, Religion)

Ruth Chang (Rutgers University, Philosophy)

Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University, Philosophy)



Marilie Coetsee (Doctoral student, Rutgers University, Philosophy)




Breakfast/coffee: 8:30 a.m.


8:55 a.m.: Welcome


9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1

Wagging Tails and Riding Elephants: Why Study Non-Western Philosophy?

Presenter: Philip J. Ivanhoe (City University of Hong Kong)

Conversant: Owen Flanagan (Duke University)


10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Tea break


11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Panel 2

A Substantive Pluralist Theory of Truth in Early Chinese Philosophy: Wang Chong on (Shi)

Presenter: Alexus McLeod (Colorado State University)

Conversant: Gila Sher (University of California, San Diego)


12:45 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch (on site)


2:00 – 3:45 p.m. Panel 3

Yuan in Early Confucian Thought: With Insights into Escaping the Predicament.

Presenter: Winnie Sung (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Conversant: Jay Wallace (University of California, Berkeley)


3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Tea break


4:00 – 5:45 p.m. Panel 4

Harmony, Relativism, and Natural Daos

Presenter: Hagop Sarkissian (City University of New York, Baruch College)

Conversant: David Velleman (New York University)


6:15 p.m. Dinner (by invitation only)




Special thanks to our sponsors whose generous support has made this workshop possible:


Confucius Institute of Rutgers University

Center for Chinese Studies

School of Arts and Sciences Humanities Dean

Rutgers China Office

Department of Religion

Department of Philosophy


Please RSVP to Ms. Susan Rosario at srosa@rci.rutgers.edu by Monday, April 4th if you plan to attend. Seating is limited. All inquiries should be directed to Ms. Rosario.



$25,000 per year for projects that benefit the profession. The APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 per year for the APA to allocate among approved projects of around $5000 each. Proposals will be reviewed at the fall meeting of the APA board, normally held in November. Proposals must be submitted no later than June 30 each year.




$20,000 each year available in grants to fund large projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy. Apply directly to Amy Ferrer, Executive Director of the APA at aferrer@udel.edu. Applications are due June 30th of each year.




George Yancy has written an open letter to white people in the NY Times ‘The Stone’ column and has received racist vitriol in response.

A supporting petition has been created. As Sarah Hoagland writes:

“Philosopher George Yancy is currently under attack (receiving racist hate
mail and threats of violence) as the author of “Dear White America”
published by the New York Times in The Stone Column, 12/24/15.

Here is a link to “Dear White America”:


Here is a link to the Daily Nous where where there is discussion about the
abuse he has received and discussion about possible APA responses to
internet abuse:


And here is a link to a petition to support George Yancy created by Anne



UPDirectory members: Please stand up against racist abuse and threats directed at philosophers who reach out to the public by signing the petition. While action is being taken at the APA, your signature on the petition will help show solidarity with George Yancy and send a message to the APA that the philosophical community supports APA action.

TWO YEAR POST DOC – Occidental College

The Philosophy Department at Occidental College has a two-year postdoctoral fellowship opening, beginning August 2016. We are looking for someone interested in working with current faculty members to develop courses that enhance undergraduate research, especially for underrepresented and first-generation students, and which foster collaboration with community institutions. An interest in innovative uses of digital technology will also be valued.
The teaching load is four courses a year on the semester system. Areas of specialization and competence are open, but the fellow will be expected to teach introduction to philosophy, a first year research-writing seminar, and two of the following: philosophy of art, philosophy of race, feminism, environmental ethics, global justice, and contemporary moral philosophy. The fellow’s responsibilities also include mentoring undergraduate research students, and participating in both summer and academic-year faculty learning communities. A completed PhD is required by time of appointment.
Please see the ad at http://philjobs.org/job/show/4043 ,and at the Occidental College Website: http://www.oxy.edu/humanresources/working-oxy/faculty-positions.


The University of San Francisco has a minority scholars dissertation fellowship that, in exchange for a modest amount of teaching, gives folks some time to finish a dissertation and live in the Bay Area for a year. One is potentially available in philosophy this year, so if you know someone who could use a final year of dissertation support and fits the profile of the program, see the information below.
GMDS Dissertation Fellowship job posting:

More about the program can be found here:

JOB POSTING – Mich State

Assistant Professor in Global Ethics and Feminist Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University invite applications for a tenure system, academic year position at the rank of assistant professor, beginning August 16, 2016.  AOS: Global Ethics and Feminist Philosophy.  AOC:  Open.  Appointment will be in the Department of Philosophy (75%) and in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (25%).  PhD in Philosophy or closely related field prior to appointment.  Four courses per year at undergraduate and graduate level, thesis supervision,  and non-teaching duties that may include:  department and university service, opportunities for community engagement, and other forms of engaged learning. The successful candidate will have a robust research program showing potential to secure external funding.  We are particularly interested in candidates committed to teaching a diverse student body.  A full description of this position appears on the websites of the Department of Philosophy (http://www.philosophy.msu.edu/) and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (http://rcah.msu.edu).
Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2015, and continue until position has been filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website, posting # 2296. Submit a cover letter, C.V., evidence of teaching effectiveness, statement of research interests, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable), a writing sample, and at least three letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Lisa Schwartzman, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, phl@msu.edu.