Call for Papers: Undergraduate Conference

The 2016 Greater Philadelphia Philosophy
Consortium Undergraduate Conference

presented by the Drexel University Department of English & Philosophy
and College of Arts & Sciences

9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Macalister Hall 2020
Chestnut and 33rd Streets
Drexel University
Philadelphia PA, 19104

Undergraduates are invited to submit philosophical essays suitable for a fifteen to twenty minute presentation on any topic to be followed by commentary and discussion. Papers must not exceed 2,500 words or 10 pages, double-spaced, and must be prepared for blind review. Reviewers will include Philosophy faculty and undergraduate Philosophy majors. The top eight submissions will be read at the conference and published in Fresh Philosophy, the undergraduate philosophy blog/journal of the GPPC (

Please send your submission by email attachment as an electronic file in .doc or .rtf format to Peter Amato at The deadline for submissions is Sunday, December 13, 2015. Notification of accepted papers wil be sent by Monday, February 1, 2016.

Commentators are needed to present brief remarks following each paper. If you are interested in being a commentator, whether or not you intend to submit a paper, let us know. For further information email Peter Amato at or download an informational PDF.

GPPC Public Issues Forum: Philosophy & Urban Affairs

This Saturday, 24 October 2015, the GPPC will host its annual Public Issues Forum:

GPPC Public Issues Forum: Philosophy & Urban Affairs

The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium announces:

Public Issues Forum:
Philosophy and Urban Affairs

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch
Room 108
19th and Vine Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Free and Open to the Public.
Speakers: Paul Badger (Badger Group)
Jay Johnson (Wynnefield Residents Association)
Anne Fadullon (Dale Corporation)
Matthew Ruben (Northern Liberties Neighbors Association)

For more information please contact Andrew Payne,

Author Meets Critics: Macbeth, Realizing Reason

Author Meets Critics:
Danielle Macbeth, Realizing Reason: A Narrative of Truth and Knowing

Saturday, September 19
1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Bryn Mawr Room of the Dining Center
Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Speakers: Emily Grosholz (Penn State University)
Alan Baker (Swarthmore College)
David Wolfsdorf (Temple University)
Respondent: Danielle Macbeth (Haverford College)
Contact: Krista Murphy,

2015-16 Discussion Groups

The GPPC sponsors the following discussion groups:

Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group
Third Wednesday of the month
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Anderson Hall 322
West Chester University
725 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Book Details:
Mark Siderits, Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction
(Hackett Publishing, 2007)

Charlotte Moore

History and Philosophy of Science Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

6:15pm - 7:45pm
Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
431 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Miriam Solomon, Temple University, or Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania,

For more information visit History and Philosophy of Science.

Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Greaton Room
Barbelin-Lonergan Building, 116
Saint Joseph’s University

9/9, 10/14, 11/11, 12/9

Book Details:
Fall 2015:
Dominique Janicaud, et al, Phenomenology and the "Theological Turn": The French Debate
(Fordham University Press, 2001)

Joseph Godfrey, Saint Joseph’s University,

Philadelphia Philosophy of Psychiatry Working Group
Meets about once a month to discuss publications in philosophy of psychiatry and works in progress by group members.

Saturdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Ginger Hoffman, St. Joseph's University,

Work in Progress in Epistemology
Check main page for meeting times.
Papazian, Room 325
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA 19081

Peter Bauman, Department of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081, or phone: 610.328.8433.

Email or call for confirmation, more information and directions to the meeting place and information for subsequent discussion meetings.

Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy

Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy:
Philosophy, Theater, Music

Friday - Saturday, April 29-30, 2016
Temple University - Center City Campus
1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

Speakers: Joshua Billings (Yale University)
Maudemarie Clark (University of California, Riverside)
Marcia Ferguson (University of Pennsylvania)
Michael Forster (Universit├Ąt Bonn)
Mark Franko (Temple University)
Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University)
Andrew Huddleston (University of London)
Thomas Stern (University College, London)
Tamsin Shaw (New York University)

For more information please contact Kristin Gjesdal,

Lloyd Gerson on Platonism v. Naturalism

Lloyd Gerson on Platonism v. Naturalism

April 22-23, 2016
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, April 22 - 3:00pm Lecture by Lloyd Gerson (University of Toronto)
Temple University - Main Campus
Anderson Hall, 8th Floor
Women's Studies Lounge

Saturday, April 23 - 3:00pm Seminar on Platonism v. Naturalism
Temple University - Center City Campus
1515 Market Street

For more information please contact David Wolfsdorf,

The Ethics of Bodily Commodification

The Ethics of Bodily Commodification

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

Keynote Speakers: Mark J. Cherry (St Edwards University)
Samuel Kerstein (University of Maryland)
Other speakers will be selected from a Call for Papers

For more information please contact James Stacey Taylor,

Philosophy on Film Series

Philosophy on Film Series 2016
Fantasy: From Page to Screen

Sponsored by the GPPC and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Four consecutive Thursdays
7pm - 10pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 West Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Fee: $40.00 per person (for the whole series)
Registration opens on March 1, 2016.
Register on the BMFI website:

Thursdays, March 31 & April 7:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Based on a book by J.R.R. Tolkien
Presenter: Robert Dobie (La Salle University)

Thursday, April 14:
Coraline (2009)
Directed by Henry Selick
Based on a book by Neil Gaiman
Presenter: S. Joel Garver (La Salle University)

Thursday, April 21:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Directed by David Yates
Based on a book by J.K. Rowling
Presenter: Craig Franson (La Salle University)

Marc Moreau:
S. Joel Garver:

Blessed Are the Tolerant: Religion, Pluralism, & Virtue

Blessed Are the Tolerant:
Religion, Pluralism, and Virtue

Saturday, March 19. 2016
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Dunleavy Room, Union Building
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Speakers: John Bowlin (Princeton Theological Seminary)
David Decosimo (Boston University)
with respondents and a panel discussion

For more information please contact S. Joel Garver,

Non-Western Philosophical Traditions

Non-Western Philosophical Traditions

3:00pm, Friday, February 26, 2016 -
6:00pm, Saturday, February 27, 2016
429 Claudia Cohen Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Speakers: Susana Nuccetelli (St. Cloud State University)
Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University)
Nalini Bhushan (Smith College)
Xiaomei Yang (Southern Connecticut State University)
Jay Garfield (Smith College)
Bryan van Norden (Vassar College)
James Maffie (University of Maryland)

For more information please contact Aditi Chaturvedi, or Nabeel Hamid,

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduates are invited to submit philosophical essays suitable for a fifteen to twenty minute presentation by the deadline date – Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Please send submission in .doc or .rtf format to Peter Amato,