Metaphysicians: send in your essays!


Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholar Prize

The Younger Scholars Prize program, funded by The Ammonius Foundation ( and administered by the Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysicsis an annual essay competition open to scholars who are within ten (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to the Editor of OSM (see below). The award is $8,000, and winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics.

Submitted essays must report original research in metaphysics. Essays should generally be between 7,500 and 15,000 words; longer essays may be considered, but authors must seek prior approval by providing the Editor with an abstract and a word count prior to submission. Since winning essays will appear in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics submissions must not be under review elsewhere. To be eligible for next year’s prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by 31 January 2013. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit remarks and references that might disclose their identities. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The winner will be determined by a committee of members of the Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics and will be announced in late February or early March 2013. (The Editorial Board reserves the right to extend the deadline further, if no essay is chosen.) At the author’s request, the Board will simultaneously consider entries in the prize competition as submissions for publication in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, independently of the prize.

Inquiries should be directed to the Editor, Dean Zimmerman, at dwzimmer AT, or by post through regular mail at:

Professor Dean Zimmerman
OSM Younger Scholars Prize
Philosophy Department
Rutgers University
Davison Hall, Douglass Campus
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882

Conference: Feminist Philosophy and Essentialism (Berlin)


Dates: 19 – 20th of July 2012
Location: Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität Main Building (Unter den Linden 6), Berlin


Would you be the same individual if you were gendered differently? The workshop asks this and related questions with a special emphasis on Charlotte Witt’s recent book The Metaphysics of Gender (Oxford University Press, 2011). According to Witt, most ordinary social agents find the answer to the above question to be an obvious ‘No!’ and they have no difficulties providing an intuitive answer. By contrast, most academic feminists working on gender find the answer neither obvious nor easy. What generates such divergent views and why are ordinary agents so secure in their gender ascriptions? In her book, Witt provides an articulation of this and offers an account of gender essentialism that is based on Aristotelian unification essentialism: gender (being a woman/ man) functions to unify social individuals so that an individual – rather than an aggregate of diverse parts – exists. The workshop interrogates Witt’s view, considers alternatives to it and discusses the role of gender essentialism in feminist philosophy.

Dan López de Sa (ICREA and Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
Eva von Redecker (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Natalie Stoljar (McGill University, Canada)
Alison Stone (Lancaster University, UK)
Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire, USA)

Attendance is free but places are limited. To register, please email feminismhu AT by 30th of June 2012.

We hope to be able to provide travel bursaries for students/ unwaged participants. If you would like to be considered for one, or have any queries regarding the Symposium Series/ this event, please contact the organiser Mari Mikkola (mari.mikkola AT

Watch out, realists!

Mr Jender sent me this cautionary tale from Boing Boing:

Jonathan Springston, a senior reporter for the Atlanta Progressive News, was fired from the online news service because, according to an email from the site’s editor to Creative Loafing magazine, Springston “held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”

CFP: Feminist Metaphysics

Call for Abstracts/Papers 

Feminist Metaphysics

This volume is to be published by Springer Publishing as part of a series on Feminist Philosophy. The series will include five volumes on: Feminism and Aesthetics; Feminist Philosophy of Religion; Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science; Feminist History of Philosophy; and Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy. 

Series Editor: Elizabeth Potter. Volume Editor: Charlotte Witt.

 As the first collection of papers devoted to the topic of feminist metaphysics, this volume is a landmark in the development of feminist philosophy.   Although feminist metaphysics remains a contested field within feminist philosophy, its history stretches back at least to Beauvoir’s The Second Sex.    Feminist interest in metaphysics includes broad questions concerning the ways in which ontologies and metaphysical frameworks are implicated in the oppression of women or their exclusion from intellectual history, and specific questions concerning the adequacy of theories of personal identity, of the self, and of the body.   

Most of the papers in the volume will be previously unpublished, original work approximately 8500 words in length. Possible topics include (but are not limited to!):  the relationship between metaphysics and feminist theory; essentialism and anti-essentialism about sex and gender; theories of the body and embodiment; theories of subjectivity, agency, personal identity and the self.  

The editor welcomes contributions from diverse feminist perspectives including those of analytic and continental feminists, feminists of color, and feminists from diverse cultural and national origins.   The choice of papers to include will reflect the editor’s desire to include a range of topics and perspectives in this landmark collection. Those interested in submitting an essay for this volume should send a 200 word abstract by January 15, 2008.  Acceptance decisions will be based on the preliminary draft of your essay, which will be due by May 15, 2008. Authors whose submissions are accepted on the basis of the preliminary draft will have until October 2008 to complete their essays (8500 words). Inquiries, abstracts and submissions should be sent electronically to Charlotte Witt (