Ephemeris, Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy


Call for undergraduate papers


Ephemeris 2016

is now available in print.

Ephemeris is an undergraduate journal of philosophy that is student-run and dedicated to publishing exceptional undergraduate writing grounded in the distinct value and interest of the philosophical endeavor.

Contributions: Contributions are solicited in all areas of the philosophical discipline. Contributions should take the form of essay, article, or short note. Review articles are welcome. Please include a short abstract describing the thesis of the paper and main conclusions.

Submission: Be sure to include your name, postal and email addresses, and the university or college in which you are enrolled as an undergraduate.

Please send your work and any correspondence to <Ephemeris.ephemeris.uc@gmail.com>. You should receive a confirmation of receipt shortly thereafter.

Submission deadline is February 13th, 2017.

For more information about Ephemeris and submission guidelines, please visit our website at <http://punzel.org/Ephemeris


We look forward to hearing from you or your students; and please pass the word along.

Editors, Ephemeris

c/o Dept of Philosophy

Union College

Schenectady, NY 12308 USA


CFP: Humanities: Special issue on rape and trauma


Humanities will publish a Special Issue on rape and trauma: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/rape_trauma

As many feminists have noted, rape is a common source of trauma, yet there is little public discourse on the subject. Trauma from any source is even more common—most people experience a traumatic event in their lifetime. Yet there is surprisingly little discourse on trauma. Collecting trauma narratives is important for at least three reasons: (1) discussing traumatic memories can restore a sense of control and agency in the speaker, (2) publicizing trauma narratives contributes to a public understanding of trauma, including how to respond appropriately to trauma survivors, and (3) documenting trauma narratives supports a properly polyvocal and critical approach to trauma, as opposed to the stereotypical, hegemonic, and simplistic notions that tend to prevail in public discourse. In addition, the very definition of trauma is deeply contested, and trauma discourse has implications for various theoretical constructs, such as notions of the self, agency, autonomy, and responsibility. For example, if discussing trauma enhances the speaker’s agency, perhaps this means that agency is inherently relational (see Brison 2003). We invite critical perspectives on rape and trauma from any discipline in the humanities. Papers may draw from any relevant source of evidence, ranging from the empirical sciences to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays.

Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Gualtiero Piccinini (University of Missouri – St. Louis)
Dr. Michelle Ciurria (University of New South Wales: Practical Justice Initiative)


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com

by registering and logging in to the website.* Once you are registered, go to the submission form: http://susy.mdpi.com

. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles, as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process by referees selected and approved by the editors. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/instructions

Humanities is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Key words:

Trauma, rape, abuse, victim, survivor, identity, narrative, self, agency, autonomy, responsibility

*Register here: http://susy.mdpi.com/user/register

*Log in here: http://susy.mdpi.com/user/login

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Ciurria at mciurria.academia@gmail.com.

Albert Einstein on racism

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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“Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]”

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...
Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

16 April 1963
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.


Footnote to “Letter from South America”

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Bullshit Ahead warning in style of warning road sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. So-called higher education often rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture has elevated bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit, then take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with second-order bullshit. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, often seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.

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