The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is inviting scholars working on the history or the philosophy of science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions. The Society’s annual conference is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan, and will be held between May 26-28, 2018. Jutta Schickore is going to be the International Keynote Speaker, and C. Kenneth Waters will deliver the Drake Lecture. The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is January 19, 2018. Graduate students are eligible for the Richard Hadden Prize for Best Student Paper. For more information, please visit:



I just finished an Open Source reader (and thus free) that you might find useful for your Introductory Courses. It just got posted and already I’m receiving very kind reviews.

As well, If you happen to be using my Critical Thinking textbook (only $30.00 US from Broadview Press) feel free to send me a note if you’d like a copy of the power point lecture slides that I use with it.

Best Regards,


Dr. Jeff McLaughlin Ph.D., Chair:  Philosophy, History and Politics

Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada

Dr. McLaughlin’s selection of texts for:

The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy

is part of the BC Faculty Pressbooks Sites 

and provides a rich selection of original texts.



Ephemeris, Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

Call for undergraduate papers

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.


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Ephemeris 2018 wIll include a special section on the topic whether it is justifiable in a democracy to implement public policy motivated by personal conviction with an eye to such topics as whether religious citizens and politicians may vote or legislate their religious convictions, whether the state may subsidize religious schools and related topics. We will publish the three best papers we receive in this field.

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 You should receive a confirmation of receipt shortly thereafter. 

​Submission Deadline: January 15th, 2018.

For more information about Ephemeris and submission guidelines, please visit our website at <>.

Announcing Ephemeris 2017 is available

Editors, Ephemeris

c/o Dept of Philosophy

Union College

Schenectady, NY 12308 USA


The Reasoner – good for your mind!

                                 THE  REASONER 12(1)

Volume 12, Number 1 January 2018

ISSN 1757-05 22

The latest issue of The Reasoner is now freely available for download in pdf
format at []

GUEST EDITORIAL / Seamus Bradley

– An Interview with Gregory Wheeler / Seamus Bradley

– Logic in the Wild, 9–10 November / Rafal Urbaniak et al.

– Mathematical Philosophy / Jean Baccelli
– Medieval Reasoning / Graziana Ciola
– Philosophy and Economics / Conrad Heilmann

– Events
– Courses and programmes
– Jobs and Studentships

See [] for previous issues and submission


Letter from former mayor of Nanaimo


 Happy New Year Nanaimo – 2018 opportunity to “throw the bums out”

In October 2018 we will have the voting opportunity to “throw the bums out” at City Hall.

For more than 3 years fellow Nanaimoites have come up to me and asked:

“What the heck is going on at City Hall?”

My constant answer is: “Bill Bestwick’s ego. He is so greedy for power that he uses his majority control to attack and destroy any Councillor or staff who question him. The waste, lies, and incompetence now universally recognized, except by apologists for evil, stem from Bestwick and his goons.”

The response is invariably: “Well, it’s time to throw all the bums out!”

I agree, except for the two who have had the backbone to stand up to the bullies, Diane Brennan and Sheryl Armstrong.

This October the abused taxpayers of Nanaimo will have the opportunity, in the overdue municipal elections, to clean house and elect an independent council. I recommend you vote for those candidates committed to an independent audit of expenditures, and accountability for any illegal or misuse of public funds. Including, reimbursement personally from the abusers. Any fraudulent payment of tax money for ‘dismissal compensation’ aka ‘golden handshakes’ must be reversed.


Gary Korpan (Mayor, City of Nanaimo, 1993-2008)

[Gary, thanks for the copy of your letter! May I publish it on … “Episyllogism”?-  Hi Bob
Certainly. I intended it to be released as an “alert to the public” so feel free to disseminate it as you will.
Happy New Year, Gary]

NB: Transparency: once upon a time , Gary was a student of mine at Malaspina College in a building no longer extant. He went on to be a lawyer and the second longest serving mayor in Nanaimo’s history (Frank Ney holds the record). He continues to be active in city affairs.