Thursday, September 25, 2008

Philosophy in the N.Y. Times again...

See this excellent piece on philosophy (and philosophy at Auburn, in

In the interest of full disclosure, I do I know Kelly Jolley a bit...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

An Undergraduate Philosophy Journal: Stance

Here's an email about an undergraduate philosophy journal. If you're
interested in the Call for Papers, I can send you a copy of the email
with the attachment. --CF


Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a Call For Papers for Vol. 2 of Stance: An
International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal. Stance is a
peer-reviewed, peer-produced, academic journal that publishes papers
by current undergraduate students.

Authors of published papers will receive a free print version of the
journal and their article will be in the Philosopher's Index. Stance
has a full digital presence: Via the
website, you can reach past issues in an open source format.

Please encourage your students with superior work to submit a paper.
Also, please distribute this CFP widely.

I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Cassandra Reed

Call For Papers

An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Submission Guidelines:
Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current
undergraduates may submit papers between 1500 and 3500 words in length
(exclusive of notes and bibliography). Papers should avoid unnecessary
technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible
audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on
the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research,
creativity, lucidity, and originality. For more specific guidelines
see the website at

Submission Procedures:
• Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format and sent as an
attachment to
• Manuscripts should be double spaced (including quotations, excerpts,
and footnotes)
• The right margin should not be justified
• To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be
prepared for blind review. Include a cover page with the author's
name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including
footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.
• Footnotes should use the author-date format found in The Chicago
Manual of Style.
• Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly
quoting a source that has followed British style.


Deadline: Friday, December 19, 2008

Call for External Reviewers

Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Stance is looking for interested undergraduate philosophy students to
serve as external reviewers for this year's issue. This is an exciting
opportunity to gain experience working for a groundbreaking journal in
the field of philosophy, as well as a chance to hone your skills in
writing and reviewing philosophy papers.

Participation in this project will require a moderate level of
experience in philosophy, strengths in writing and editing, as well as
a sufficient degree of self-motivation necessary to complete the work
by the given deadlines. We anticipate that each external reviewer will
be sent one or two papers to review in late December or early January.
It is possible that a reviewer will be asked to review one or two
further submissions later in the spring if a particular piece requires
further consideration. If accepted as an external reviewer, training
material will be provided that will explain what is expected in the
formal review. Reviewers will also be credited in both the print and
electronic versions of the journal.

If you are interested, please provide us with the following information:

Name of School:
Year in School:
Philosophy Courses Taken:

Your specialty, or concentration

What experience do you have that would qualify you for this project?

What goals do you have that working on Stance will support?

What, in your opinion, are the makings of a good philosophy paper?

Along with this application, we have provided a further application
form to serve as a letter of recommendation from a philosophy
professor with whom you have worked. Please have both items returned
to us by e-mail at or by mail at:

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306-0500

Postmarked By: November 3

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to working with you.

Monday, September 22, 2008


A poem on the vicissitudes of grammar, sent to us courtesy of our very
own Joel Press:

(Grammar is somewhat related to philosophical concerns--or at least, it can be.)