Societal Implications: Applying Academic Philosophy Outside of the Academy

Oct 31, 2017 Jan 11, 2018

Do modern day academic philosophers have an active role to play in non-academic society? Do academic philosophers have a duty to engage in activism?
How can an academic philosopher effectively cultivate a socially conscious public media presence? These quandaries, and others like them, have occasioned
The Society for Applied Philosophy and Boston University to present BU’s Third Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy,
"Societal Implications: Applying Academic Philosophy Outside of the Academy." We are calling for papers and abstracts that broadly fall into the category
of social and political philosophy, and we are specifically interested in those that emphasize the role that rigorous critical and philosophical thought can play outside of a strictly academic context.
Our hope is to highlight underrepresented and international voices on the topic of applied social philosophy, and to present a conference that enhances our collective understanding of both the
social-political landscape and the role that the discipline of academic philosophy can play within it.

This conference will feature two keynotes addresses: one by Professor Lynne Tirrell of the University of Connecticut (until recently at UMass Boston), and one by Professor Kieran Setiya of MIT.

Abstracts of up to 700 words and papers of up to 3,500 words will be considered for acceptance to the conference.
Those whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to submit full papers of up to 3,500 words by no less than three weeks prior to
the conference so that BU graduate students may effectively provide comments. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and should be in either PDF, DOCX or DOC format.
Please include your name, affiliation, and paper tittle in your email. Submissions will be accepted up to and no later than 11 January 2018.
Limited housing accommodations and local transportation will be made available to presenters upon request on a first come first serve basis.
Presenters are strongly encouraged to submit their final drafts to the Journal of Applied Philosophy after the conference.
They are also encouraged to look into the Society for Applied Philosophy’s travel funding for postgraduate students (graduate students in American parlance) here
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