In addition to regular sessions covering all areas of philosophy, AAP 2016 will include a variety of streams focusing on work in particular areas. Streams are open to contributions from all delegates. To contribute to a stream contact the stream convenor.


Stephen Yablo If-Thenism

Abstract : A number of strategies have been proposed over the years for finessing apparent truth-conditional commitments: fictionalism, quasi-realism, and presuppositionalism, to name a few. The simplest such strategy, if/thenism, which treats S as predicated on an unspoken assumption A, has fallen largely out of view I ask why this might be and look at ways of modernizing the view to avoid standard criticisms.

Monday 4 July 2pm - 6.30pm

Convenor : Stuart Brock

Philosophy in Schools

In this stream, presenters will consider various approaches to teaching philosophy in schools, as well as the benefits and potential problems with these different approaches. Matthew Lipman conceived of Philosophy for Children in the late sixties. Heavily influenced by the ideas of classical pragmatists John Dewey and Charles Sanders Peirce, Philosophy for Children involves transforming the classroom into a Community of Inquiry where students engage in critical, creative and caring thinking in order to explore philosophical problems and construct meaning. However, the idea that we should be teaching philosophy in schools can be traced back all the way to Plato. Today, Philosophy for Children and other approaches to teaching philosophy in schools are practiced all over the world and this idea continues to influence official curriculum documents, such as Australia's new critical and creative thinking curriculum and the ethical understanding curriculum.  

Tuesday 5  11am - 5.30pm

Convenor : Jennifer Bleazby

New Perspectives on Mind 

This stream will host papers in philosophy of mind conceived as a cross-cultural  and/or cross-disciplinary enterprise. Authors whose papers address issues, debates, or individual figures in philosophy of mind that are either cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary or both should consider presenting in this stream. This stream aims to showcase the newest work in this area.
The stream will have two different kinds of slots (40 min talk + 20 min discussion and 20 min talk + 10 min discussion). Authors can indicate their preference for the kind of slot they would like, but the final decision will be made by the conveners.

If you would like your paper to be considered for this stream, please  submit your abstract here. Indicate that you would like to be part of New Perspectives on Mind Stream and also your preference for a longer or shorter slot.

Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7  - 11am - 5.30pm

Convenors : Monima Chadha & Jennifer Windt

Philosophy of Biology

Philosophy of biology focuses on the theoretical and conceptual issues raised by the life sciences, and occasionally, though less typically, normative issues as well. Traditionally, conceptual issues provoked by evolutionary theory have been the main target of reflection and analysis, but the range has slowly broadened to include other fields within the life sciences, and the stream will reflect this growth in diversity.

Tuesday 5 - 9am - 4:30pm

Convener : Kim Sterelny

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