CFP: Society for Exact Philosophy


The 39th annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy will be held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. May 26-28, 2011. Conference organizers: Chris Tillman and Esa Diaz-Leon.


The Society for Exact Philosophy invites submissions for its 2011 meeting.

Keynote speakers:
NATHAN SALMON (UC Santa Barbara)

Paper submissions in all areas of analytic philosophy are welcomed. A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special volume of Synthese, guest edited by Marc Moffett.


Submission Instructions

Authors are requested to submit their papers according to the following guidelines: 1) Papers should be prepared for anonymous refereeing, 2) put into PDF file format, and 3) sent as an email attachment to the address given below — where 4) the subject line of the submission email should include the key-phrase “SEP submission”, and 5) the body text of the email message should constitute a cover page for the submission by including i) return email address, ii) author’s name, iii) affiliation, iv) paper title, and v) short abstract.

Electronic submissions should be sent to

Nota Bene: All submissions will receive email confirmation of receipt. If your submission does not soon result in such an email confirmation, please send an inquiry either to the above address or to the local organizer.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference web site.

Or contact the conference organizers:

Chris Tillman

Esa Diaz-Leon

“The SEP is dedicated to providing sustained discussion among researchers who believe that rigorous methods have a place in philosophical investigations.”

Join us in Winnipeg.


Launching March 8, 2011, and you don’t have to spend dollars you don’t have, if you are simply interested in noting your support:

ww4w sells words – books, articles, speeches, poems – and uses the funds to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries through microcredit loans.

See the About page for the fuller details, but I excerpt for your convenience the author-editor’s explanation of “how it will work:”

  • Every purchase from the WW4W online bookstore will generate funds that will go to a portfolio of microcredit loans to women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
  • I will select a number of women entrepreneurs registered with to begin our philanthropy.
  • The money that is raised by the sale of words will go to these women.
  • I will administer the portfolio, at least in the early stages, but every part of the exchange will be transparently available for scrutiny on the WW4W website.
  • You will be able to track the money raised from the sales of words, the loans made to women entrepreneurs (together with details of their business projects), the progress of the businesses, and – in due course – the repayment of the loans.

That is the idea.

Good luck, Anne Summers!

Man models women’s clothes

Or so it is being reported in the stories on Andrej Pejic. (Googling around, I can’t find any evidence that Pejic identifies as anything other than a man, but please do tell me if I’ve got that wrong.) At first it sounds pleasingly gender-bendy. But Pejic is being presented is a female ideal– even more unattainable than previous ones. And that doesn’t seem so pleasing somehow.

But he also seems to be doing men’s shows, and appearing in articles on trans icons (posing as Ziggy Stardust, not as himself). So maybe it’s all good? What do you think? (Thanks, A!)

What trans men tell us about inequality

There is a new book… that examines the workplace experience of those who have taken a different journey: the transition from female to male….

Most of the men interviewed revealed that as men they were given more authority and respect in the workplace than they had received as women, even when they had stayed in the same job. They also found that their economic gains post-transition were greater despite the fact that their human capital remained the same.

Here are just a few of the observations made about the personal difference they found between being a woman in the workplace and being a man.

As men they found that they were perceived as being right more often. One tells a story of intentionally repeating a comment that had just been made by a woman in a conference setting. The woman had been shot down for making the comment but when the man made exactly the same observation the reaction was “Excellent point!”

Alternatively, the men found that displays of knowledge that had been previously sanctioned by their employers when they were women were now rewarded and they were encouraged to offer their opinions. More support was provided to them at work when they needed it, and more resources made it easier for the men to perform their jobs well.

As men, they found that behaviour that had been previously perceived as excessively assertive when they were woman was now positively seen as “taking charge.”

But there’s an important exception.

About one-third saw no gains to being a man. It turns out that the real gain described above is not in becoming a man, but in becoming an older white man. Becoming either a Black or Asian man meant facing a whole new set of challenges in the workplace as either being too aggressive or too passive. If the transition made them look like very young men (especially over the period in which they are developing peach fuzz beards) they saw no advantage, or were disadvantaged for their youth and perceived lack of experience.

For more, go here. Or get the book.

(Thanks, Frog and Shaula!)

Why We Need Women in War Zones

An excellent article here dealing with Lara Logan’s sexual assault in Egypt.
Women can cover the fighting just as well as men, depending on their courage.

More important, they also do a pretty good job of covering what it’s like to live in a war, not just die in one. Without female correspondents in war zones, the experiences of women there may be only a rumor.

Look at the articles about women who set themselves on fire in Afghanistan to protest their arranged marriages, or about girls being maimed by fundamentalists, about child marriage in India, about rape in Congo and Haiti. Female journalists often tell those stories in the most compelling ways, because abused women are sometimes more comfortable talking to them. And those stories are at least as important as accounts of battles.

There is an added benefit. Ms. Logan is a minor celebrity, one of the highest-profile women to acknowledge being sexually assaulted. Although she has reported from the front lines, the lesson she is now giving young women is probably her most profound: It’s not your fault. And there’s no shame in telling it like it is.

(Thanks, David!)

Asperger’s – new blog

I just came across this blog, which describes the experiences of a twenty-six year old woman who probably has Asperger’s Syndrome – as she says in the info, she doesn’t yet have a diagnosis, but her experience fits. There’s only one post up at the moment, but it looks like it will be interesting and informative. It also reminded me of the recent research that suggests Asperger’s is far more prevalent in females than originally thought, but the disorder manifests differently in females, and since the diagnostic criteria were based on male manifestations of the disorder, many females go undiagnosed. See this post for more information.

Same-sex marriage: Obama now onboard!

From CNN:

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.

“The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny,” Holder said.

The key provision in the law “fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional.”

“Given that conclusion, the president has instructed the (Justice Department) not to defend the statute” in two pending cases in New York, Holder said. “I fully concur with the president’s determination.”

Obama has previously expressed his personal opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act but had never stated an opinion relating to its constitutionality.

An imperfect solution, one which leaves same-sex marriages vulnerable to the decisions of the next president. But it is one more milestone in the long march to equality.

Pro-big gov’t Republican wants us to report miscarriages

Were you longing for fresh news of the Georgia state rep who wants to describe rape victims as accusers?  He wants your attention so badly, else why would he now propose a bill to the Georgia assembly which includes a proviso that women report miscarriages  (see Section 2.14) and volunteer to be investigated as to whether or not they caused their miscarriages?

(a) A report of spontaneous fetal death for each spontaneous fetal death which occurs in this state shall be filed with the local registrar of the county in which the delivery occurred within 72 hours after such delivery in accordance with this Code section unless the place of fetal death is unknown, in which case a fetal death certificate shall be filed in the county in which the dead fetus was found within 72 hours after such occurrence.

Subsection (3) is especially charming:

When a spontaneous fetal death required to be reported by this Code section occurs without medical attendance at or immediately after the delivery or when inquiry is required by Article 2 of Chapter 16 of Title 45, the ‘Georgia Death Investigation Act,’ the proper investigating official shall investigate the cause of fetal death and shall prepare and file the report within 30 days…

Perhaps you already heard something about this, and thought it must surely be an exaggeration; after all, no anti-Big Government conservative would seek such a phenomenal expansion of government into individuals’ private lives.  And imagine the expense!

But possibly it is a sneaky jobs-creation bill, because imagine the Traumatized Women Investigation Taskforce (TWIT) it would require establishing!  I for one, look forward eagerly to his forthcoming proposal to have every woman in Georgia report their every menstruation, just in case it contains a zygote.  The city of Atlanta alone would keep investigators of those nefarious women so busy!  And who’s to say women don’t do something to bring their periods on!

(I know, it’s just one state rep in Georgia whose bill will likely never pass.  I’m just obeying his bid for fame, but I also want to remain vigilant.  If this guy ever runs for president, then this material is comedy gold.)

Dream big, little girl

So, I was at the mall today (due to an incident involving an iPhone and a pavement), and I wandered through Primark’s children’s section. Initially, I was pleasantly surprised to see PINK cardies in the boys’s section (admittedly, it looks like maybe this is because preppy is coming back, but I’ll take what I can get). Feeling good, I took a photo (which didn’t come out very well). The good feeling lasted about 30 seconds, as I turned to see this one, in the girls’ section.

[T-shirt reads “Future Footballers Wife”]