We are pleased to share our Call for Papers for our 12th Annual Conference!
The Lighthearted Philosophers Society (LPS) is an organization for philosophers who approach their work with a sense of humor. We strive to create a venue for professional philosophy that is welcoming, and engaging, and most importantly funny. Please join us in our merry ruminations!
Our conference attracts philosophers from all over the nation and around the world. We are interested in both the philosophy of humor and humorous philosophy from any field. We welcome witty papers from any area of philosophy, and we’d especially enjoy papers on philosophical questions about humor. This year’s conference will also feature a stand-up comedy night, so if you’re in attendance you’re welcome to join us onstage!
All materials should be prepared for blind review; contact information, affiliation, whether you would like to volunteer as a heckler (see below), etc. should be included on a separate cover sheet. We will accept submissions in the following forms:
1) Full paper submissions: Please prepare papers with limited time for presentation in mind (2,500-3,000 words is preferable).
2) Panel proposal: Panel description should be 350-500 words, which should specify what each panelist will contribute.
3) Individual Short Performances: Submissions should include a 350-500 word rationale describing the theoretical contribution of the performance piece as well as a 350-500 word abstract describing the nature of the performance itself. Please include any audio-visual requests in the abstract.
4) Abstract submissions: Abstracts should be 350-500 words, and should be accompanied by a references/work cited page. Please note that we give preference to full papers.
Hecklers (commentators) will accompany each accepted submission. If you are interested in volunteering to comment and are not submitting a paper, please email the conference organizer with your areas of specialization, contact information, affiliation, and indicate you would like to volunteer as a heckler. Otherwise, if you would be interested in providing a commentary, please indicate this on your submission cover sheet.
Selected papers will be considered for the Joseph S. Ellin Memorial Essay Prize ($100)
Selected hecklers will be considered for the Richard C. Richards Almost Memorial Prize ($50)
Those selected will be notified by July 15th.
Please submit your papers electronically to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be directed to the email address above.
Sunday needs a sermon! What do you think?
We come into the world knowing some stuff!
Having recently participated in a lively philosophers’ café I started thinking about the history of these informal gatherings which are aimed at a broad public for the discussion of social issues, moral problems, epistemology and the like. I suppose in some way they are a spinoff from Old Socrates who walked around Athens engaging citizens in philosophical discussions.
I have been involved since my SFU days when, with Dale Beyerstein, I participated in a few on the mainland. And then we had several over the years at VIU. [ Here, or here] In BC it looks like SFU is the mother of the cafés:
SFU’s Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in the heart of our communities. Since 1998, this award-winning program has engaged the interests of scholars, seniors, students, philosophers, and non-philosophers through stimulating dialogue and the passionate exchange of ideas.
All cafés are free to attend. No registration is required.
Café philosophique (“cafe-philo”) is a grassroots forum for philosophical discussion, founded by philosopher Marc Sautet in Paris, France, on December 13, 1992.
Here in Nanaimo we also have a long (fairly long) history of using these cafés to engage our community. Go here to learn more about current, future and past events.
And they are FUN.
Miranda: “Oh brave new world that has such people in it”. – Shakespeare, The Tempest“They will grow up with what the psychologists used to call an ‘instinctive’ hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned. They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives” Huxley, Brave New World(1932) “Die breite Masse eines Volkes […] einer grossen Lüge leichter zum Opfer fällt als einer kleinen. The broad mass of a nation […] will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (1925
Professor Luciano Floridi discusses a “Brave.Net.world” in which disinformation abounds. Read the paper!