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Beijing World Congress of Philosophy, August 13-20, 2018
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Invitation from Robert Howell to aestheticians

I've been appointed a 'chair' (reader, inviter) for the History of Analytic Philosophy section of contributed papers at the Beijing World Congress of Philosophy August 13-20, 2018. Further information about the congress is available at

It's my hope that the papers submitted will include work not just on the historical influences active in past analytic thought and the development of individual texts (although of course such work is more than welcome). But, also, it is important that there be essays that consider the philosophical viability of earlier analytic work—the soundness of arguments, the plausibility of positions, the viability of competing interpretations, and so on.

The philosophers covered can, it seems to me, range from figures like Bolzano (and earlier) down to contemporary thinkers in their relations to their predecessors. And—my reason for contacting ASA members—it would be interesting to have work contributed on the history of analytic work in aesthetics and allied fields as well as on the standard figures in past metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, and so on. So I'm writing to ask that you consider submitting papers to this section in these areas. Please also draw the attention of your students and colleagues to the Congress and its themes.

As indicated on the website noted above, the actual History of Analytic Philosophy papers are meant to be no more than 1800 words in length. But if someone can get travel money or plans to be at the WCP anyway, it would make sense to submit such a paper, especially for junior people or graduate students. If you know anyone who might be interested, please forward the circular to them and encourage them to submit something. The deadline for this and other contributions is February 1, 2018, but I think that the WCP secretariat is likely (but not certain) to entertain late proposals.

As the website notes, it's also possible to create round tables on specific themes or issues. What is needed is three or more philosophers from three or more different countries who are willing to participate in a joint session that they design on some relevant topic. These round tables don't directly concern the History of Analytic Philosophy section and its small papers. But I'd encourage people to consider creating them—the circular allows individual philosophers to propose round tables, and I'd be glad to do my best to support any sensible proposals.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for considering these issues.

Robert Howell
O'Leary Professor
Department of Philosophy
University at Albany, SUNY
Albany, NY 12222 USA
(518) 442-4255 (voice mail),

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