Graduate Conferences

Philosophy Graduate Student Association Colloquium Series

View the Winter 2016 Colloquium Poster here.

Logic, Math, and Physics Conference (LMP)

The annual LMP graduate student conference is entirely organized and run by graduate students in the philosophy department at Western University. The LMP conference is open to paper submissions of 5,000 words on any topic in philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of physics from graduate students who have not yet defended their PhD thesis. In a typical year, the LMP selects 8 speakers for the two-day conference.

During the two-day conference, each of the selected graduate students has 35-40 minutes to present their philosophy paper, which is then followed a 20-minute critical discussion. This is followed by a keynote talk from a prominent professor in philosophy of logic, math, physics, or some combination thereof. The LMP graduate conference is followed by Western’s annual senior conference in Philosophy of Physics. All faculty speakers invited to the senior conference are invited to attend LMP to provide feedback to student speakers.

The Clifton Memorial Prize is an annual award given to the graduate student who submitted the top paper in the philosophy of physics, in honour of former Western Ontario Professor Robert K. Clifton. This prize is adjudicated by the philosophy of physics faculty members at Western.

Past Keynote speakers include:

2016: James Ladyman

2015: Elaine Landry

2014: Doreen Fraser

2013: Hans Halvorson

2012: Hartry Field

2011: George Smith

2010: Kevin Kelly

2009: David Malament

2008: Mark Wilson

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PhilMiLCog is Western's annual graduate conference in the Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Cognitive science. This conference is usually scheduled in April or May. Please visit their site for information on last year's conference.

PhilMiLCog is a truly inter-disciplinary conference which provides an opportunity for graduate students with common interests from various departments in North America and Europe to come together and participate in lively scholarly research. PhilMiLCog has accepted submissions in the Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics and Epistemology of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Linguistics, Computational-Representational and Connectionist Psychology, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Science. Past keynote speakers include:

  • 2014 Berit Brogaard, Melvyn Goodale, & Angela Mendelovici
  • 2013 Jody Culham, Edouard Machery, & Jackie Sullivan
  • 2012 Kathleen Akins & Brie Gertler
  • 2011: William G. Lycan & Susan Schneider
  • 2010: Fred Adams & Richard Samuels
  • 2009: Jesse Prinz & John Nicholas
  • 2008: Reinaldo Elugardo & Peter Ludlow
  • 2007: Dorit Bar-On & Keith Simmons
  • 2006: Michael Devitt & Ned Block
  • 2005: Peter Carruthers & Robert Stainton
  • 2004: Ernest Lepore & Chris Viger
  • 2003: David Rosenthal