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Disagreement and Philosophy

Call for Papers

Theme: Disagreement and Philosophy
Type: Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
Institution: Ryerson University
Location: Toronto, ON (Canada)
Date: 6.–7.3.2020
Deadline: 13.12.2019

Ryerson University is now accepting papers for its 2020 graduate
student philosophy conference, "Disagreement and Philosophy". We
invite submissions from graduate students working in all areas and
traditions of philosophy to submit papers relevant to the conference

Disagreement affects many aspects of our society and everyday lives -
we disagree about ethics, politics, religion, art, culture, etc.
Disagreement is also perennial within the discipline of philosophy
itself. The purpose of the conference is to explore disagreement in
all these forms and to assess its value. Possible topics for papers
include, but are not limited, to:

- The Nature and Value of Disagreement. Is there something
 distinctive about one particular kind of disagreement? Is it
 inherently valuable? What can be learned or gained from it?
- The Social Impact of Disagreement. How should we deal with
 political disagreements in which one is unwilling to listen to the
 other sides? What happens when one side is silenced? How could one
 demarcate justified from unjustified silencing? How should
 governments or political institutions respond to deep moral
 disagreements among citizens?
- Disagreement and Rationality. What ought we to believe in the face
 of peer disagreement? What is the epistemic value of disagreement?
 How does disagreement amongst recognized experts affect what we can
 claim to know? What is the value, if any, of expert disagreement?
- Disagreement and Religious Faith. Does disagreement among religious
 faiths and traditions constitute evidence for the falsity of any one
 or all religions? What are the cultural and/or political
 ramifications of such disagreements?
- Disagreement and Philosophical Method. How should we view
 disagreements regarding approaches to, and the aims of, philosophy
 and the history of philosophy? What is the value of philosophical or
 meta-philosophical disagreement?

Submission Information

The deadline for submissions is December 13, 2019. Submissions can be
sent to with "Disagreement and Philosophy"
written in the subject heading. Papers should be presentable in
20-25 mins (3000 to 4000 words), followed by a question period. With
your submission, please include a cover page that includes your name,
affiliated institution, contact information, title, and a short
abstract. The body of the paper should be prepared for blind review.

Keynote Speakers

Catherine Z. Elgin (Harvard University)
Regina Rini (York University)

For more information, see:


Klaas J. Kraay
Department of Philosophy
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3
Phone: +1 416 9795000 ext. 6165