Yearly Archives: 2015

Logic in Kant’s Wake 2016 – Call for Participation

“Logic in Kant’s Wake” is the name given to a series of workshops that have been held over the course of the last year. More information is available here. The general motivation for the project is to better understand the development of logic in the 19th century and, in particular, to make sense of an idea that seems to have been formidably widespread at the time, namely, that Kant had a tremendous influence on the discipline. This surprising observation raises a number of questions, for instance: What did logicians understood ‘logic’ to mean before and after Kant? What were Kant’s views on logic and how did they inform the views of his successors? What characterizes the Idealists’ reception of Kant’s ideas on logic? How does logic develop in other post-Kantian contexts, e.g. in Fries’ and Herbart’s theories, and later in those of Trendelenburg, Lotze and the algebraists in Britain? Where does the groundbreaking work of Bolzano, Frege and Russell fit within the broader (German-speaking, British) contexts? What of the relation between logic and psychology before the well-known anti-psychologistic criticisms of the end of the 19th century?

From 6-9 May 2016, McMaster’s Philosophy Department will be hosting the final instalment of the workshop. The event is sponsored by McMaster’s Humanities Faculty and Bertrand Russell Research Centre (Faculty of Humanities), Michael Forster Humboldt Professorship (Bonn, Germany) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Workshop Participants:

  • Frederick Beiser, Syracuse
  • Corey Dyck, Western
  • Scott Edgar, Saint Mary’s
  • Michael Forster, Bonn
  • Jeremy Heis, UC Irvine
  • Sandra Lapointe, McMaster
  • Sean Morris, Metropolitant State University Denver
  • Gary Ostertag, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech
  • Consuelo Preti, The College of New Jersey
  • Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Erich Reck, UC Riverside
  • Brigitte Sassen, McMaster
  • Nick Stang, Toronto
  • Clinton Tolley, UC San Diego

Call For Participants

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested to attend. The workshop should be a place where participants can test ideas and benefit from discussion toward the final draft of their paper.

There are not many spots available, but we warmly welcome participation from experts whose work might help throw lights on aspects of the development of logic in the 19th century – alternative conceptions of its scope, method and place within philosophy – that have been neglected. If you are interested in participating, please send a short message indicating your interest :

Society for Exact Philosophy – Registration Open


The 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy will be held at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), 22-24 May 2015.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kathrin Koslicki (Alberta)
  • Diana Raffman (Toronto)
  • Gillian Russell (Washington U)

Conference organizers:

  • Sandra Lapointe (McMaster)
  • David DeVidi (Waterloo).

For a full list of speakers, see the conference website.

Online registration for this year’s meeting and banquet is now open.

Registration DEADLINE: May 19th.

To register, get more information or see a roster of talks, proceed now to the conference website

See you in Hamilton!

Periodisation and Relevance in the History of Analytical Philosophy

The next workshop to be held at McMaster on 16 April will feature the following presentations:

Gilbert Ryle’s Fregean Inheritance

Michael Kremer, University of Chicago


Crossing the Fregean Divide? Metaphilosophy and Purpose in the History of Analytic Philosophy

Aaron Preston, Valparaiso University


When and Why Did People Begin Calling Themselves ‘Analytic Philosophers’?

Greg Frost-Arnold, Hobart and William Smith


Periodization, Relevance and the Traditionalist Approach in the History of Analytical Philosophy

Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University




Logic in Kant’s Wake. Second Workshop

The second instalment of the workshop will be held at McGill University, Montreal, 18-19 March 2015, Thomson House, Room 403


Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech

Nicholas F. Stang, University of Toronto

Clinton Tolley, University of California, San Diego