Friday, October 26, 2007

Philosophers' Carnival Number 55

Philosophers' Carnival #55 is on at The Brooks Blog.

Mind Papers

David Chalmers and David Bourget have announced the launch of MindPapers, a new website with a bibliography covering 18,087 published papers and online papers in the philosophy of mind and the science of consciousness. Many of these are available online at no cost and many more should accessible for University of Newcastle students if the follow the instructions for 'off campus access' or via the library portal.

This isn't just a great resource for philosophy students and academics, but for those studying and practicing psychology as well with over 3900 entries on the science of consciousness.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Philosophy Australia Needs Editors

Philosophy Australia Call for Editors

Editors are required for, a non-profit project that relies on the contributions from the Australian Philosophy Community.

Position(s) are restricted to Honours Students/Post-Graduates and
Academics in the field of Philosophy. All applicants must reside in
Australia or be attached to an Australian University or Research Center.

Technical skills:
  • Data collection
  • Data entry
  • Research skills (a lot of internet based, but not restricted to)
  • Wiki Software knowledge (not required, but preferred)
The position of Editor will require research into the division they
are allocated. This may require data collection of names, details
about organisations, contacting departments/universities, and entering
information into the website/project.

Those who are interested are to inquire with Dean Goorden via

Deadline: 1st of November, 2007.

More information about Philosophy Australia can be found at:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Question - Is Dwarf-tossing Ethical?

Is dwarf-tossing ethical?
The question was raised in a forum at the St James Ethics Centre, but is one that, I believe, this forum should consider (if we have not done so already).
(I recall that juggling Brazilian midgets, in some ways similar to dwarf-tossing, was a pass time of the late Professor C Ooly McCool …)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2008

The Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2008 has just put out it's first call for papers - both complete single papers and 'work-in-progress' papers (for those in earlier stagers of their research. All sessions will be 45 minutes in length 20-25 for the presentation and the remainder for questions and discussion.

The conference is on March 26 - 28 2008. The APPC is the perfect opportunity to present your work in a non-intimidating environment and receive constructive feedback. The program will include plenary addresses, ample time for discussion following papers, a graduate career workshop and a conference dinner on the Thursday night. There will also be some travel subsidies available for overseas and interstate participants (information available soon).

Attendance is free (or there was no price mentioned at least), so I'd encourage any undergraduates who can get along for at least one of the days to do so.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Philosophers' Carnival 54

The Philosophers's Carnival 54 is on at The Uncredible Hallq.
Other than misnaming it the Philosophy Carnival, (something that could only annoy the hopelessly pedantic like myself), it is a good edition, containing a solid selection of articles and opinions.