A nice discussion of Anca Gheaus’s paper, over at Crooked Timber.
Men being artificially intelligent. June 20, 2013
Lots of them. (Thanks, P!)
PT-AI 2013 – “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”
Oxford, St. Antony’s College
Jean-Christophe Baillie (CSF, Aldebaran Robotics, Paris)
“AI: The Point of View of Developmental Robotics”
Theodore Berger (University of Southern California, L.A.)
Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)
“What Does Watson 2.0 Tell Us About the Philosophy & Theory of AI?”
Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University, Boston)
“If brains are computers, what kind of computers are they?”
Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire/University of Oxford)
“Enveloping the World – How Reality Is Becoming AI-Friendly”
Stuart J Russell (UC Berkeley)
“Rationality and Intelligence”
Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, London)
“Consciousness, Artificial Intelligence, and the Frame Problem”
Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling, Scotland)
“AI and Extended Cognition”
On Lying about a gendered conference/volume June 19, 2013
Nine Men discuss the semantic pragmatic distinction May 20, 2013
This is especially notable, since this is an area where there are lots of women working, both on the philosophy and linguistics sides.
Men speak about randomization and causal inference May 15, 2013
Stephen Senn (Centre de Recherche Public de la Santé, Luxembourg)
“Being a Statistician Means Never Having to Say You’re Certain”
David Papineau (Department of Philosophy, King’s College, London)
“What Kind of Causes Do Randomized Trials Tell Us About?”
George Davey-Smith (MRC Centre for Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology, Bristol)
“Origins of ‘fair tests’ of treatment in the late 19th century: how and why”
John Worrall (Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics)
“On the the Epistemic Virtues of Blinding”
Alexander Bird (Department of Philosophy, Bristol)
“From Mill’s Method of Difference to Randomization in the Logic of Comparative Trials”
Want to know about being a person? Or being a human? April 29, 2013
Men compare perspectives on philosophy April 9, 2013
Here’s the line-up for tomorrow’s Dialogues: Philosophy in Comparative Perspective colloquium. Can you spot the missing perspective?
“Meaning: Problems and Solutions from an Indian Perspective” by special guest speaker J.L. Shaw (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
“Scientific Dualism and Theological Materialism: Avicenna and the History of Philosophy of Mind” by Muhammad Ali Khalidi (York University)
“Schopenhaur and Indian Thought” by R. Raj Singh (Brock University)
“Indirect Unity: Merlaeu-Ponty and Nagarjuna on the Human and Non-human” by Michael Berman (Brock University)
“Non-Violent Warriors: Marcus Aurelius and The Bhagavad-gita” by Kenneth Dorter (University of Guelph)
UPDATE (June 5):
Feminist Philosophers just received the note below, an important one, from Muhammad Ali Khalidi, one of the speakers at this conference. We generally close comments on Gendered Conference Campaign posts, but Dr. Khalidi ends his very thoughtful (and most welcome) note by asking readers’ advice. So, I’ll open the comments for folks who wish to provide advice. (For what it’s worth, it’s not clear to me that Dr. Khalidi *needs* advice; he makes some really excellent points in his note, reproduced (with permission) below:
As one of the speakers at the event flagged above, I’d like to explain the circumstances behind my accepting the invitation to speak. When I was invited to speak at this event, I wrote back to the organizers saying that I was a signatory to the GCC petition and that I couldn’t accept unless they made an effort to invite a woman to speak at the event (at that point, I think only one other speaker had been decided).
I won’t quote the response because I didn’t ask permission, but the gist of it was that the organizers were staunch supporters of the GCC and their frequent events feature a large proportion of female speakers (which I verified online, http://www.philosophyandculture.org/2012MC.html), but that they might not be able to locate a female speaker for this particular event. Also, I was told that they were restricted by their budget to inviting speakers from southern Ontario, so they could not guarantee that they would be able to find a female speaker on this specific (rather esoteric) topic, namely interactions between western philosophy and Indian and Islamic philosophy.
So I was faced with a choice, to accept and possibly be part of an all-male line-up or to decline and to stick up for a different type of under-representation in academic philosophy. Since the event was meant to bring to the fore under-represented traditions in philosophy, ones which are not usually taken seriously by mainstream philosophy departments, I weighed the possibility of lack of female representation against the chance to speak on the Arabic-Islamic tradition. The idea behind the event was to talk about the inter-connections between these other philosophical traditions and western phil. In fact, I would argue (and did) that at least in the case of Arabic-Islamic tradition, it’s actually part and parcel of what’s called “western philosophy” but has been edited out of the canon and is now usually ignored or treated as a separate curiosity. Also, for what it’s worth, half the speakers were members of “visible minorities” (to use the Canadian terminology), which are also grossly underrepresented among academic philosophers. So that’s how I made the decision to accept the invitation to an all-male event. Does trying to overcome one form of underrepresentation justify possibly acquiescing in another? In this case I decided that it was, but any comments from other readers on how to handle such situations would be welcome.
GCC: Another all-male list of invited speakers March 19, 2013
This one, on probability. (From PHILOS-L)
The Sixth Workshop on Combining Probability and Logic (progic 2013) continues the progic workshop series
(www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/progic.htm). Progic 2013 takes placeon September 17 and 18, 2013.
Progic 2013 focuses on “Combining probability and logic to solve
philosophical problems”. Topics include but are not restricted to
-) argument strength
-) belief revision
-) probability logic
Invited speakers are Igor Douven (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen), Alan HÃ¡jek (School of Philosophy, Australian National University), Kevin T. Kelly (Center for Formal Epistemology, Carnegie Mellon University), Hannes Leitgeb (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), and Peter Milne
(Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling).
GCC: Does Morality Need Religion? March 18, 2013
Apparently it doesn’t need women. All ten speakers are male.
To find out why we’re mentioning this, go here.
2013 MAWM: Registration Open March 14, 2013
I just got the below notice, and when I looked at the list of speakers, what do you know? An amazing line-up with lots of women!
On September 14-15, 2013 the University of Notre Dame will host the second Midwest Annual Workshop in Metaphysics (MAWM). We invite and encourage all interested parties to attend! MAWMs are targeted workshops for Midwestern faculty and graduate students working in metaphysics. Each MAWM features 5-7 invited speakers, the majority of whom come from Midwestern institutions. They provide a venue for sharing new research and building community among metaphysicians in the region. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit the website.