The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nov.5 roundtable: Sex For Sale

Prof Michael Hickson, organizer of the roundtable, recommends reading this for the overview of the issues. The roundtable promises to be splendid!

Friday, September 26, 2014

CFP Jan 2015: Affectus

AFFECTUS: Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy and Theory is currently accepting submissions for its third issue. We welcome theoretical and philosophical papers across the disciplines with special attention to papers in the following areas: Women’s and Gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial studies, feminist philosophy, and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. We may also consider publishing reviews, interviews, and creative work with theoretical import.

Submission Guidelines:
• Please send all submissions to
• Submissions must be received by 12:00 AM (MST) Tuesday, January 6th, 2015.
• Submissions must contain two attachments:
1. Abstract and submission in one document (doc. format) prepared for anonymous review.
2. A cover letter with the author’s contact information (name, e-mail, and institutional affiliation)
submission word count, and at least five key words outlining the themes of the paper.
Submission Format:
• Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words. We will accept a maximum of two submissions per author.
• Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract between 100-500 words.
• Because submissions are reviewed anonymously, names, e-mails, and institutional affiliations should be stated on a separate cover sheet and omitted from the submission itself (including footnotes, headers, etc.).
• All submissions should be double-spaced and cited in Chicago Style (Notes & Bibliography).
• Books reviewed should be published within the last 18 months. Reviews should be no less than 1,500 words.
• For information regarding interviews, please contact the Editor-In-Chief with a proposal.
• We appreciate the use of gender-inclusive language as outlined in “Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language” published by the APA, which can be found at:
Review Process
• Each submission will undergo an anonymous review process by a minimum of two reviewers.
• Authors will receive a notification of their submission within 48hrs of receipt. If you have not been contacted within this time, please send a follow up e-mail.
• Notification of publication or rejection will be sent out mid-February, 2015.
For further information, please contact:
Editor-in-Chief: Kyle Kinaschuk (
Managing Editors: Jeff Ray (
& Kaitlin Rothberger (

General queries:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Undergraduate Journal: CALL FOR REVIEWERS

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal,

Stance seeks undergraduate philosophy students to serve as external reviewers. This is an exciting pre-professional learning opportunity. Reviewers hone their writing, researching, and reviewing skills by serving on a groundbreaking journal. Reviewers must have advanced undergraduate experience in philosophy, strengths in writing and editing, and the self-motivation necessary to complete work by given deadlines. We invite applications and the accompanying letter of recommendation. 
Chosen reviewers will be given one of two opportunities. Most will be External Reviewers and will be responsible for reviewing one or two papers in January. A few will be selected to serve as Assistant Editorial Board Members on our review teams. Assistant Editorial Board Members will consider approximately 25 papers over in December. All reviewers receive training material that explains what is expected in the formal review process. Reviewers will also be credited in both the print and electronic versions of the journal.

To apply, the student should: 
(1) return an application (see below) to (include "External Reviewer Application" as the subject heading) and 
(2) arrange for a philosophy professor to send a letter of recommendation to (include "LOR" as the subject heading for recommendation letter). 
For more information see

Deadline: October 10, 2014

Application. Please send us an email providing the following information:
Name of School:
Year in School:
Philosophy Courses Taken:

What is your specialty or concentration?
What experience do you have that would qualify you for this project?
What goals do you have that working on Stance will support?
What, in your opinion, are the makings of a good philosophy paper?

David Concepcion, PhD
Professor and Chair
Philosophy and Religious Studies, NQ 204
Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
Ball State University
President, American Association of Philosophy Teachers

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get in the pool



You must be a registered Student at Trent University in order to apply.

The Philosophy Department invites applications for CUPE 3908 Unit 2 Markers for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Positions are at various times during the Academic Year 2014 – 2015

The hourly rate of pay is in accordance with CUPE 3908 Unit 2 Academic Marker  Pay Rate found on page 41 of the CUPE Unit 2 collective agreement

Applicants who received 80% in one or more Philosophy courses or a relevantly similar course, will be strongly preferred.

Applicants should send a:
·        Resume including courses taken and marks earned, as well as any previous marking or teaching assistant experience
·        Department will review your Academic Summary
Submit Resume, by email, to:
Kathy Fife, Secretary,
Philosophy Department
Lady Eaton College S 118.3
(705) 748-1011 x 7166

Deadline for receipt of applications:  September 30, 2014

All positions are subject to budgetary approval by the Dean’s office.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trent philosophers: Thinking of Graduate School?

Wed., Oct.1, at 1 PM
Applying to Graduate School?

The year before applying to graduate school is the year to begin working on your applications.  Instructors in Philosophy, with some help from students currently going through the process, will hold an informational session on Wed., Oct.1, from 1 PM to 2:30, on how to secure letters of recommendation, what a Statement of Intent looks like, and what a writing sample involves.  All students are welcome.  Third-year students are especially encouraged to attend!  Location is the Senior Common Room in Lady Eaton College (LEC-SCR).  See you there!

Friday, August 29, 2014

CFP for undergraduates: Oct.15 deadline

From Prof. Lauren Freeman at the University of Louisville: 
This is a one-day conference comprised entirely of undergraduate papers that have gone through double-anonymous review. For those students whose papers are accepted (I think we accept between 10-12), not only is this a fantastic opportunity in that they get to present their work in a conference setting, but they also get their entire trip and lodging covered by our department (regardless of where they are coming from! Moreover, there is a magnificent banquet afterwards hosted by Sue Grafton at her mansion)! This year we are lucky to have Lorraine Code as our keynote speaker.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PHIL3110H: Classic Texts in Ethical Theory

Students, this course is a prerequisite for PHIL3120: Contemporary Ethical Theory, so check it out! The readings are chosen:

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (ed. W.D. Ross)
Martha Nussbaum, Non-Relative Virtues: An Aristotelian Approach
Epictetus, Enchiridion
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (ed. Allen Wood (Yale, 2002))
Julia Driver, The History of Utilitarianism
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (Batoche Books (Kitchener, 2001))
Susan Wolf, One Thought Too Many: Love, Morality, and the Ordering of Commitment (OUP, 2012)
 ... and the final week of school, the readings will be selected by me based on current events, not yet chosen!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

50th Anniversary Symposium: Ideas that Changed the World!

If you're wondering how a collaborative and productive community celebrates the 50th anniversary of Trent, check out our Symposium series.  I'm talking about my participation in it here!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Philosophy Dans La Rue!

I'll be in Montréal, at Concordia University, for the next couple of days, because the graduate students in Philosophy have scheduled this splendid gathering!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

CFP for grad conference: June 1

Call for Proposals


Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture, and Politics
Trent University, Peterborough, ON, October 24-25, 2014

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Theory, Culture & Politics at Trent University, TCP will hold a graduate student conference with the theme: Technology/Politics.

Politics is part of a constellation of technologies that structure, shape, mediate, move and inflect the ways we as human beings live together.  The concept of technology does not exist in a socio-political vacuum.  The arbiter of the meaning, significance, value, and impact of technology is its relationship with the people and material objects it comes to affect (and who effect it).  In this fundamental way, technology and politics are inextricably linked, relationally bound, and co-dependently originating.

We seek to bring together promising young scholars whose interdisciplinary research relates to this field. This conference aims to explore the relationship between its titular concepts through a diversity of methodological approaches.  All manner of proposals are encouraged, including theoretical/philosophical, literary, artistic, technological and cybernetic. 
Possible topics:
  • Digital subjectivity
  • Cyborg theory
  • Critical post-humanism
  • Hauntological technopolitics
  • The thanato-political, spiritual perspectives
  • Primitivism and neo-luddite backlash 
  • Cyberlibertarianism
  • Politicization of digital aesthetics
  • Media archaeologies
  • The (anti) capitalist singularity
  • Software studies
  • Virtuality and affect
  • Hacktivism and the rise of the Anons 
Workshops will include:
  • “Datapolitik” – with Prof. Davide Panagia
  • “Heidegger & New Media Determinism” – with Prof. Liam Mitchell
  • “Cyborg Theory & Critical Post-Humanisms” with Prof. Veronica Hollinger
  • 4th Workshop TBA 
Proposals can be sent technologypolitics at gmail dot com and should contain the following: name, institutional affiliation, project title, and a brief biography (100 words). Your attached abstract should be 250-300 words and be in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format. Please ensure that you remove any identifying information from document properties. $20 registration includes lunches, coffee & snacks.

Funding for travel and accommodation is available pending budgetary approval.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Trent University undergraduates can compete for Creery Prize


The Philosophy Department at Trent University is pleased to announce our annual competition for the James Creery Memorial Prize, established in memory of James Harold Creery, a Trent student of Philosophy in 1972-74.  The prize is awarded annually for the best philosophical essay written by an undergraduate at Trent.  We ask that the essays be submitted in electronic form by attachment as a .doc file.  Submissions should be sent to:

creeryprize [at] gmail [dot] com

The deadline for consideration of your submitted paper is May 11, 2014

FAQ: What's the minimum length? None! 
Maximum length? None!
Can this be a paper I submitted in a class in the past year? Yes! 
Am I allowed to revise it? YES, please. 
Could it be original work? Yes. 
Could it be from ten years ago? No, it's expected to be from the past year. 
What if I'm not a major in Philosophy? -- As long as you're an undergraduate, and the paper is philosophical, you're eligible! 
What if I'm not an undergraduate? -- Then you're not eligible. 
What if the paper's really not philosophical? -- Well, then it probably will not win.  You should submit a more appropriate paper.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Calls for Undergraduate Papers


Deadline: April 4, 2014: See here for the call for papers for York University's Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

Deadline: April 28, 2014: See here for the call for papers for the 11th Annual Northwest Student Philosophy Conference.

Deadline: May 5, 2014: See here for the cfp for the UK Kant Society.


Deadline: April 4, 2014: See here for Politics and Poetics. The theme for this issue is "Tragic Poetry," but philosophical approaches to poetry and/or the arts generally are considered.

Deadline: May 16, 2014: See here for American University's Undergraduate Journal, Pharmakon.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Trent Philosophy students: VOTE!

Reminder: Please VOTE!!!
Elections for TPS Coordinator and Department Representative are open until the end of today, Friday, March 28, at 5pm. If you have not voted yet, then please do so, and please spread the word!
To vote, just follow the link in the email that was sent to you on Monday afternoon. If you have any difficulty, then please let me know.
On behalf of the TPS,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ryle Lecture Series, March 17-19

Justice and Educational Policy

Dr. Harry Brighouse (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

 Monday, March 17, 2014, 4:00 pm
Which Educational Goods Matter?
Bata Film Theatre, Bata 103

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
How Should Educational Goods be Distributed?
Bata Film Theatre, Bata 103

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 4:00 pm
How Should We Evaluate Educational Policy?
Champlain College Council Chambers, CC M2
A reception will follow the lecture on March 19 in the Lady Eaton College Senior Common Room

All are welcome to attend!