2019 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium – UPDATE

We’re sorry to report that logistical snags have once again arisen, and we will be unable to hold the 2019 PAPC as scheduled.

We wish the authors well in finding venues for their work.  Check back to this space for updates about the future of the PAPC.


The Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium returns this year, and will be held on Saturday, October 5th. Our keynote speaker will be Adina Roskies of Dartmouth University.

Our format remains largely the same as past meetings, and the deadline for submissions (both to the main program and the working groups) is July 1st.  We hope to see you this fall!

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And We Would’ve Gotten Away With It, If It Hadn’t Been for You Meddling Kids…

Due to a number of logistical challenges that we were not able to overcome, we will not hold this year’s Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium as originally scheduled on September 8th. Those challenges would stifle our efforts even on other dates, so we have elected not to reschedule and have put the conference on hiatus until next year.  

You can expect the PAPC to return in September of 2019 with a full slate of working groups, a regular set of concurrent afternoon sessions and a keynote speaker. (The keynote is already booked, and we are particularly excited about this – details to follow later this year).  The deadline should be around June 1, as usual.  Check back here, on PhilEvents, and everywhere fine philosophy conferences are advertised in a few months.

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2017 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium Schedule

Working Groups

9:00 – 12:00





Keynote Address

1:00 – 2:15, Burnett 114 (Yost Auditorium)

“The Practical Significance of Collective Reasons for Individual Agents”

Abraham Roth, The Ohio State University

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Working Group Papers

For participants:

Analytic: AnalyticPapers

Continental: (coming soon)

Ethics: (EthicsGroup1) (EthicsGroup2)

History: (coming soon)

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2017 PAPC Registration Page

Here, you can both both pre-register for this year’s conference, and sign up to join us at the banquet on the evening of September 9th. We have PayPal links below for various registration options, and we’ll email you receipts after the conference. Continue reading

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2017 PAPC Announcement and CFP

The 2017 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA.  Our keynote speaker this year will be  Dr. Abraham Roth of The* Ohio State University.

Our format this year will be similar to past years. Those who wish to submit either abstracts to our working groups, or full papers for consideration in the main program may do so at http://pittphil.com/submissions



* – You have to put the ‘The’ in there. They’re really insistent about that.
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2016 PAPC Schedule

The full schedule for the 2016 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium (to be held on Saturday, September 10th) is now available.  Click below for more details.

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Keynote Speaker for the 2016 PAPC

We’re pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dan Selcer of Duquesne University.  He has been a friend and generous contributor to the PAPC in the past, and he’s a welcome addition to the program this year.  Dan’s research covers numerous figures in early modern philosophy and science, though his interests also extend to contemporary continental thought.  A title for his talk will be made available here some time in late spring or summer.

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The Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium Returns on September 10, 2016

Since we’re all very, very serious professionals here at the PAPC, we opted not to accompany this announcement with a picture or clip of Schwarzenegger as the Terminator uttering “I’ll be back.” Silly! Unprofessional!  (Also, announcing that you will be back when you are sort of back doesn’t quite express the right thing. You can see our quandary here.)

But the PAPC will return on September 10, 2016.  You will find a link to the Submissions page in the links bar at the top of the page, so feel free to head over there and send us things as soon as you like.  The deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2016.

Please also note that we have expanded the offerings this year to include a working group in “Feminism and Gender Theory.”  Much like the other groups, the title is intended to be as broad and inclusive as possible, and we will most likely assemble multiple smaller groups once all the abstracts and papers arrive.

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The PAPC is on hiatus for 2015

Greetings.  It’s about that time of year when we would normally be sending out a call for papers for the Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium in the fall.  However, this year, the program coordinators have decided to put the PAPC on hiatus for a year.  We are a small group doing most of the core work, and some of our key members have been away for much of the last year on sabbatical or other projects.  Rather than trying to rush something together shorthanded, we will simply invite everyone to submit papers to us next fall and winter for what will undoubtedly be a fine meeting in 2016.  Check back here for more details later.

The PAPC was developed in part to foster a sense of academic community throughout our region and welcome intriguing work from farther afield.  One of the most welcome features of the work we have done has been the degree to which others have volunteered and supported this work every year.  We appreciate those contributions, value that work, and we hope to see you all again soon.

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