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.
Responses are welcome.
Check out this series of short film interviews from Australia.
“In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; like a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion. Where, then, can man find the power to guide and guard his steps? In one thing and one alone: Philosophy.”
~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Source: The Coffee Delicious!
“It made me the listener that I am today,” he says. “It made me listen for little things: the slamming of the door, the jingling of car keys. The wind blowing through trees, the songs of birds, footsteps, a hammer hitting a nail. Just random sounds. Cows mooing. I could string all that together and make that a song. It made me listen to life in a different way.” He unspools a litany of early influences: Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Jimmy Reed, the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Wynonie Harris, Little Walter, Riley Puckett, and the Staple Singers. They took full-time possession of his ear and his imagination: “I’d think about them even at my school desk.”
Read a review of Bob Dylan and Philosophy here.