Yearly Archives: 2017

2018 Annual Meetings of SSHAP and BRS

Next June, McMaster will be hosting the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy (19-21) and the Bertrand Russell Society (22-24) as part of the celebrations around the 50th Anniversary of the Russell Archives. The new home of the Archives and of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, a swank pad at the very gate of campus, will be open for the occasion. Come and join us!

Work Session With Aviezer Tucker (Harvard): Historicism from an Epistemic Perspective

Tues. January 23rd, 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

McMaster University

University Hall 316

Work Session with Aviezier Tucker (Harvard University) on themes connected to Historiography, Epistemology, and the History of Philosophy. Dr Tucker has published broadly on philosophy of historiography and history, political philosophy and theory, intellectual history and history of ideas. Including:

Students and faculty with an expertise and/or interest in historiography, history of philosophy, historical epistemology, and the intersections of history with social sciences and the study of knowledge are invited to join us for a collaborative discussion of Dr. Tucker’s forthcoming research paper “Out of Bounds: Historicism from an Epistemic Perspective”. Please contact Sean Dudley ( no later than January 10th, 2018 so we can plan refreshments and send you a draft version of Dr Tucker’s paper before the event.

All inquiries should be directed to



Historiography, Methodology, Metaphilosophy and the Canon

28-30 June 2018, McMaster University
Organisers: Sandra Lapointe and Erich Reck

This workshop is a true workshop. It brings together leading scholars working in the history and historiography of philosophy to exchange views and share constructive proposals on a number of concerted questions. Each invited speakers at the workshop will lead a 90 minutes discussions focused around a topic of their choice. They will be invited to give a short presentation and make material available, but the program does not include formal talks and each session will be dedicated to evaluating specific problems and questions in a collaborative spirit.

Invited Speakers: Mike Beaney (King’s College London / Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria, BC), Catarina Dutilh (University of Groningen), Chris Green (Dept. Psychology, York University), Daniel Harris, (Hunter College, CUNY),  Martin Kusch (Universität Vienna), Sandra Lapointe (McMaster University), Chris Meyns (Utrecht University), Claude Panaccio (Université du Québec à Montréal), Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech), Erich Reck (UC Riverside), Avizier Tucker (Harvard University)

Call for Discussants

Faculty and graduate students with expertise and/or interest in the history of philosophy and historical methodology or in connected discipline (history of psychology, sociology of knowledge, history of science) interested in joining as discussant are encouraged to send a short letter of intent explaining the nature of their interest in the topic. All discussants will be given a place in the program and will receive an official letter of invitation upon request. They will be invited to join all social events. Discussants do not need to prepare a presentation, and their submissions will not be expected until 31 May 2019.


Summer School 2018

Historiography, Methodology, Metaphilosophy

Summer School, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

June 30th – July 7th, 2018

Co-Directors: Sandra Lapointe & Erich Reck


  • Margaret Cameron, University of Victoria
  • Chris Green, York University
  • Martin Kusch, University of Vienna
  • Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University
  • Chris Meyns, University of Utrecht
  • Claude Panaccio, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Erich Reck, University of California, Riverside
  • Aviezer Tucker, Harvard University

What is distinctively philosophical about the history of philosophy, and what makes it distinct from sociology of knowledge, history of science, or intellectual history (if anything)? Does the history of philosophy (and the history of knowledge more generally) yield other types of reasoning or explanation beside reconstructions and narratives? What kinds of philosophical, sociological, and political factors seem to play a role in canon-formation? These and related questions will be the focus of the 2018 Summer School in Historiography, Methodology, and Metapilosophy. Among the topics explored will be the following: (i) historical methodology in philosophy, (ii) rational reconstruction, narrative, and alternative types of reasoning (e.g. inductive, deductive-nomological, abductive, etc.), (iii) history as a form of explanation, (iv) epistemic goals, values, and norms in history of philosophy, (v) the relationship between history of philosophy and the history of other disciplines (e.g. mathematics and psychology), (vi) the sociology of philosophy and the history of philosophy, (vii) the relationship between cognitive biases and hermeneutic limitations, (viii) canon-formation, (ix) the nature and role of ‘counter-narratives’, e.g. debunking histories or revisionary tales, and (x) the rediscovery of (non-)canonical figures.

Deadline for Application is 5 Feb 2018

More information HERE

SSHAP and BRS to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Acquisition of the Russell Archive at McMaster

McMaster will be celebrating the acquisition of the Bertrand Russell Archive in 2018 and, as part of the celebrations, the Philosophy Department will be hosting the combined meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy ( and the Bertrand Russell Society ( Mark your calendars, for SSHAP (19-21 June 2018) and BRS (22-24 June 2018). We’ll be looking forward to welcoming you in Hamilton.