Indiana Philosophical Association

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Indiana Philosophical Association

Fall 2020 Workshop 7 November 2020
Virtual Meeting/Webex Details to Follow

Keynote Speaker

Ashley Bohrer

Assistant Professor of Gender and Peace Studies

Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies

University of Notre Dame

Our Call for Papers is available here (PDF). Please distribute.

Call for Papers

The Indiana Philosophical Association invites papers addressing philosophical responses to crisis, including but certainly not limited to the current public health crisis and its repercussions. Submitted papers should be (i) no more than 3000 words, (ii) prepared for blind review, and (iii) accompanied by a separate page that includes title, author information (name, affiliation, and contact information), and an abstract not exceeding 150 words. Materials should be submitted to Prof. Jeff Gower at

The IPA welcomes continental, historical, analytic, and other philosophical approaches to this year's topic, including interdisciplinary approaches. The ongoing public health crisis warrants thorough philosophical reflection and has already given rise to philosophical controversies. It also invites more general considerations of how philosophical thought has responded and could respond to crisis, whether practical or theoretical. The concept of crisis touches many different philosophical domains, discourses, and traditions, from phenomenology to the philosophy of science, and from Aristotle to contemporary Marxism, feminism and critical race theory. It gains urgency in our current historical moment as human communities contend with multiple, mutually intensifying crises—the pandemic, mass unemployment, and a mounting political crisis that has exploded into the streets in protests against racial oppression and police violence, all taking place amidst the backdrop of the climate crisis. How might philosophy respond? What are the limits of a philosophical response? What can philosophy uniquely offer?

We especially encourage submissions from individuals who identify as members of groups currently underrepresented in philosophy and academia more generally.

Papers should be no more than 3000 words and prepared for blind review.
Submissions should be sent to Prof. Jeff Gower (
Deadline for submissions is 28 August 2020.
Decisions will be sent out no later than 25 September 2020.

Meeting Information

Meeting Format.
The Fall Workshop will be an online meeting held via Webex video conferencing software. Further details will be posted closer to the date of the workshop.

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