The 64th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference

The 64th Annual NW Philosophy Conference

Oregon State University,  Corvallis, Oregon

Friday October 26 (3-6pm)

(followed by a reception and dinner)

Saturday October 27, 2012 (8-6pm)

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Schedule and Papers


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The theme for this year’s conference is Responsibility.  The world is filled with extraordinary problems -- the loss of biodiversity, the problems associated with climate change, the gulf between the rich and the poor, seemingly endless war. Yet answers to questions of who is responsible for these conditions and what responsibility entails remain elusive.  At the same time, received concepts of agency, responsibility, and determinism have undergone challenges and changes by philosophers from different perspectives.

Are concepts of responsibility and related matters in need of further revision? Are they in need of rescue and defense? In what ways do they speak to questions that matter today and that will matter in the future? The concept of responsibility has connections to issues of ethics, punishment, free will, religion, desire, experimental psychology, evolutionary biology, personal identity, and many other issues.

We welcome thought-provoking papers on all aspects of this concept, broadly or narrowly construed.

However, this conference has a tradition of welcoming quality submissions on ANY philosophical topic and we will continue that tradition.   Our hope is to organize the papers about responsibility into dedicated sessions within the larger meeting.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Perry

The keynote speaker for this year's conference will be philosopher and co-host of the widely popular "Philosophy Talk" radio show, Dr. John Perry.  John Perry  is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, and the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Nicod and Humboldt Prizes. A popular lecturer, in 1990 he was awarded the Dinkelspiel Award for undergraduate teaching. 

He is the author of over 100 articles and books, including A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality, Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness, and Reference and Reflexivity.   He also has the internet’s most popular essay on procrastination.   He is currently working on a book entitled, "Wretched Subterfuge:  A defense of Hume's account of the compatibility of freedom and causation."

His talk for this conference is entitled:

"Are there really two concepts of blame and responsibility?"


Important Dates

The final day for paper submissions is: Friday, August 31, 2012.

Acceptance notifications will be sent on:  September 21, 2012.

Last day to register for discounted hotel reservations is:  October 01, 2012

The conference will be held on: Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27, 2012. 


Programs from recent previous conferences can be found below:


Call for Papers

Deadline for the receipt of papers is Friday August 31.  Papers should be 25 minutes reading time (typically this is no more than 3000 words).This maximum will be strictly enforced. Submissions should include the paper and a cover page with paper title, abstract, and the author’s name and affiliation, if any (e.g., independent scholar, associate professor). Graduate students should indicate that they are graduate students.  Hard copies will be accepted, however, electronic submissions (Word or PDF documents) are strongly preferred.  Authors of accepted papers are expected to be available as commentators as well.

Send papers to wuzgalis@oregonstate.edu or snailmail to:

William Uzgalis,
Department of Philosophy,
Hovland Hall 205 ,
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 97331



Registration fee is $75 and will include a dinner and a luncheon.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept payments directly on-line. 

Please fill out the linked form and you (and we) will immediately receive an email with your responses.     Please print this email and mail it along with a check (payable to "Oregon State University") before October 19th to finalize your registration.  

Click here to begin the registration process!

NOTE:   Spouses/Partners/etc are welcome at the formal dinner.  However, there is a $20.00 charge per person for those wishing to just join for dinner.


We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the conference at the Hilton Garden Inn which is just steps from the OSU campus.  

To ensure that you get a room and the discounted rate, you will need to go to THIS WEBPAGE to make your reservations before October 01, 2012.  

(Please do not go to the main Hilton site to make your reservations or you will not be registered as part of the conference.   We cannot fix your reservation once it is made so please only use THIS WEBPAGE). 

Hilton Garden Inn

(If you would prefer, you can also call the Hilton Garden Inn in Corvallis at (541) 752-5000,
but you MUST mention that you are registering as part of the 64th Annual NW Philosophy Conference)


Ground Transportation

PDX to Corvallis:  HUT Shuttle

Eugene to Corvallis:  OMNI Shuttle


Further Information

If you have any questions about the conference, please email one of the conference coordinators:

Flo Leibowitz and Bill Uzgalis

Click here for more information about the OSU Philosophy Program.

Click here for more information about Oregon State University.

Click here for more information about Corvallis, Oregon.