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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2014 PAPC Schedule

Check it out.  We seem to have a program in place.  Download a copy here.

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Minor change from past years

Those planning to attend the PAPC this year who have attended in the last may want to note a slight change in conference logistics.  Where past meetings were held in the Burnett Center on W&J’s campus, that venue is booked for another event this year.  Instead, both morning and afternoon PAPC events will be held in the Swanson Science Center and Dieter-Porter Hall.  Both are just a short walk down Grant St. from the parking lot and Burnett Center.  (Click to enlarge the image below.)


For those attending the PAPC for the first time, this will all be new anyway.  If you have been here before, just be sure not to wander into the other event in your pre-caffeinated state.  Philosophy will be in short supply over there!

For those planning to drive this year, remember that it’s best to navigate to 236 E. Maiden St.  Technically off campus, but it delivers you right to the visitor parking lot.

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Working Group Abstracts

Working groups have now been organized for this year’s PAPC, and abstracts are available here.

Those who plan to attend the PAPC are welcome to sit in with working groups in the morning, even if they do not have papers up for discussion. Reviewing the abstracts might be a way to decide if you would choose to do so. If you would like to sit in and are not already a member of a group, please contact Michael Wolf (, who will put you in touch with the group’s leader.

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You have reached the new online home of the Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium! The menu links above will lead you to all the important details.  We hope to see you in September.

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