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The topic of the 2018 University of Calgary Graduate Philosophy Conference is the Philosophy of Biology broadly construed. The aim of the conference is to explore the newest work at the intersection between philosophy and life and medical sciences. We welcome submissions from philosophers and biologists, and have no restrictions concerning preferred topics or approaches to philosophy of biology. Hence, the aim is to create an environment of intense collaborative work able to reflect and to foster diversity in the philosophy of biology.

Dates: May 3-4 2018

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Roberta Millstein (UC Davis) and Marc Ereshefsky (University of Calgary)

SENIOR PARTICIPANTS: The university of Calgary philosophers of science Megan Delehanty and C. Kenneth Waters also confirmed their participation in the general audience during the whole conference. Hence, besides the keynote speakers, they will also be engaging with the graduate students.

SUBMISSIONS: To submit a paper for the conference, we require (I) an abstract of roughly 300 words and (II) either a paper draft or a long abstract of roughly 1500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography), submitted as electronic attachments (.docx, .doc, or .pdf). Draft papers/long abstracts should be prepared for blind review. Please send submission via easy chair:


AFTER THE SUBMISSION: Decisions will be made by February 20. The organization will assign a commentator to each accepted paper. The commentator is a university of Calgary graduate student with reasonable knowledge about the paper’s subject. This commentator will read the paper draft/long abstract and provide initial comments a month prior to the conference. After that, the speaker will have the opportunity to keep the discussion with the commentator for about 4 weeks before presenting the paper in the conference.

FORMAT OF THE TALKS: Each speaker will deliver a 20 minutes talk. Then the commentator has 10 minutes to present his considerations and the speaker has 5 minutes to reply. Finally, we have 25 minutes of Q & A open to the general audience.

ACCOMODATION IN CALGARY: To help defer costs, the organization is providing the opportunity for speakers to stay with fellow philosophy graduate students from the University of Calgary. If you are interested, please contact us at

DURING THE CONFERENCE: Besides coffee-breaks, the event provides light breakfast and lunch. There will also be dinners with the keynote and senior participants. The organization is working on the possibility of subsidizing these dinners. More information to follow soon.


Philosophy Department, University of Calgary

Social Sciences Building, 12 floor

2500 University Dr, NW T2N 1N4 Calgary Alberta  Canada



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