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CFA: 34th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference

October 20, 2016 by


Thirty-Fourth International Social Philosophy Conference Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago July 13-15, 2017 Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to: Justice: Social, Criminal, Juvenile   Some possible paper topics include: Justice and the law Justice in […]

An Open Source Logic Text

October 18, 2016 by


The Open Logic Project, initiated by my supervisor, Richard Zach, is a project to produce a comprehensive free and open source intermediate logic text. More recently, Richard and I have been putting together a Calgary remix of forallx, a free and open source text for introductory logic, originally written by PD Magnus. Below is the […]

CFA: Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism

October 11, 2016 by


Below is a call for abstracts for a conference concerning the consequences of pluralism for scientific knowledge.  The deadline is November 20th.  Looks to be a timely topic given the nature of research occurring at UCalgary and elsewhere.  Check it out! -Alison Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism 31 March – 1 April 2017 Center for Philosophy […]

Free Speech and Safe Space

September 22, 2016 by


I’ve debated for a little while about whether or not to write about the ongoing cultural discussion on “free speech” and “safe space” protections on campuses. Of course, this seems a large and timely topic, given the presence of the University of Chicago letter. (I will come to the Chicago letter a bit late in […]

On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016 by


I recently got into a discussion about the ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) principle on social media. The poster suggested that he bought the principle in ethics but maybe not in epistemology. Disclaimer: I buy it wholeheartedly in ethics, and I’m inclined to buy it in epistemology as well. But pulling apart OIC in different realms […]

Why is natural better? Or if it isn’t, why do people keep telling me that it is?

August 29, 2016 by


 [Caution: this reads like a rant from an old curmudgeon, and so it may be helpful to you to just go ahead and imagine me sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch shouting out rhetorical questions…] Anyone who’s cared to listen to me over the last several years will know that I am […]

Political Possibilities.

August 22, 2016 by


With the political turmoil in the US and UK this year, there has been a lot of discussion of the relative merits of democratic forms of government and alternatives (e.g. here and here). Many of the proposed changes seem to me to be unworkable, but others, like a move away from first past the post […]