Call for Papers: The Second Annual Minds Online Conference

The editors of the Brains blog, together with the Departments of Philosophy at Florida State University and the University of Houston, are pleased to announce that the second annual Minds Online conference will be held during the month of September, 2016.

The confirmed keynote speakers are Ellen Fridland (King’s College, London) and Bryce Huebner (Georgetown University).

The conference will extend over several weeks, divided into sessions that are each organized around some common theme. Each paper will be accompanied by a short audio or audiovisual introduction, two to three written commentaries, and a reply by the author. There will then be opportunity for open discussion between readers and authors.

The online conference has many advantages over the traditional conference — including increased exposure for presenters, higher quality papers, higher quality commenters, a more manageable pace during the comment period, less expense, and less travel-related frustration. For more details, see our discussion piece “The Future of Online Conferences in Philosophy.”

The organizers especially encourage the submission of papers on the following topics:

  • philosophy of mind (broadly construed)

  • epistemology (as it relates to philosophy of mind)

  • philosophy of action

  • philosophy of cognitive science

  • moral psychology

Special consideration will be given to papers that engage with research in experimental disciplines such as psychology and neuroscience.

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • limit to approximately 3,500-7,500 words

  • prepare for anonymous review

  • describe with several keywords

  • accompany with an abstract of about 500 words

  • submit as .doc, .pdf, or .rtf (If a paper is accepted, the author must reformat the paper into .doc format in order for it to be included in the program. Authors should plan accordingly.)

Submission deadline: February 15, 2016

Submission decisions: early April

To submit your work, please visit

Please contact with questions or concerns.

We look forward to your submissions, and hope you will participate in the event!

— The organizers: Cameron Buckner (Houston), Nick Byrd (Florida State), and John Schwenkler (Florida State)

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