Alabama Philosophy News




This page features philosophy news from around the state (and environs). Please send info on publications, new hires, and anything else that should be posted here to Roderick Long at longrob@auburn.edu. Of course upcoming talks and conferences will continue to be posted on our calendar page.




28 September 2016

The HTML version of the schedule is now up as well.

Personal note from the webmaster (Roderick Long): for a second time in a row I have to miss the meeting. Phooey! Hoping to break the spell next year.


23 September 2016

A PDF version of the schedule is now online. The HTML version will follow shortly.


9 June 2016

At last our website is functional again! (Long story, involving the site’s migration from thrice-damned Yahoo to thrice-damned Aabaco.) And so we can now finally give you this information (which has already been made available on our Facebook page):

The Fall 2016 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held September 30-October 1, once again at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (850-916-2999) in Pensacola, Florida (info on reservation deadlines and reservation code forthcoming). Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 1st. Download the poster.

We’re also pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Marilyn McCord Adams of Australian Catholic University and Rutgers University. Check back for further updates.


27 September 2015

The schedule for the upcoming meeting is now online (in both HTML and PDF).

A personal note from the webmaster (Roderick Long): I’ve attended every APS meeting since I first came to Auburn in 1998; this is the first one I’ll have to miss (I’ll be at a conference in Iceland that weekend). Very sorry not to catch the talks, the people, the beach, and the island cuisine! Hope to see you all next year.


15 May 2015

The Fall 2015 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 2-3, once again at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) in Pensacola, Florida (info on reservation deadlines and reservation code forthcoming). Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 2nd. Download the poster.

We’re also pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our October meeting will be Michael Lynch of the University of Connecticut.

Check back for further updates.


29 April 2015

The Fall 2015 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held on October 2-3. Details to follow in early May.

4 October 2014

The HTML version of the schedule is now up as well.

20 September 2014

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online in PDF form; HTML to follow shortly.

4 May 2014

The Fall 2014 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 10-11, once again at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) in Pensacola, Florida (info on reservation deadlines and reservation code forthcoming). Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 1st. Download the poster.

We’re also pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our October meeting will be Eleonore Stump of St. Louis University.

Check back for further updates.


19 September 2013

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online.

30 July 2013

The reservation code for the conference hotel is APG.

28 July 2013

The APS now has a Facebook page. Like us or else!

14 June 2013

The deadline for student essay submissions has been extended to September 1st, to make it easier for faculty to get the word out to promising candidates. The deadline for the regular program remains unchanged. An updated version of the poster, with the new information, is available here.

27 April 2013

The Fall 2013 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 11-12, once again at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) in Pensacola, Florida (info on reservation deadlines and reservation code forthcoming). Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 2nd. Download the poster.

We’re also pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our October meeting will be Richard Richards of the University of Alabama.

Check back for further updates.


11 September 2012

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online.


4 June 2012

The deadline for reserving a room at the Hilton is Sept. 10th (mention group code ALB).


1 June 2012

The Fall 2012 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 5-6, once again at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) in Pensacola, Florida (info on reservation deadlines and reservation code forthcoming). Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is July 27th.

We’re also pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our September meeting will be David McNaughton of Florida State University.

Check back for further updates.


10 August 2011

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online.


30 April 2011

The Fall 2011 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held September 23-24, once again in Pensacola, Florida. Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is July 22nd; deadline for reserving a room at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) is August 30th (mention group code ALP).

We’re also pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our September meeting will be Michael Watkins of Auburn University.

Check back for further updates.


30 August 2010

Abstracts have now been added. And there was much rejoicing.


28 August 2010

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online. Abstracts will be added soon.


John Heil 1 May 2010

We’re pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for our September meeting will be John Heil of Washington University in St. Louis.


23 February 2010

The Fall 2010 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held September 24-25, in a new venue: Pensacola, Florida. Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 16th; deadline for reserving a room at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (866-916-2999) is August 24th.

Check back for further updates.


9 November 2009

Check out this write-up of two-time student essay award winner Jonathan Cobb.


8 November 2009

Our URL has changed from http://www.geocities.com/ALPHILSOC to http://alphilsoc.org. The old address will redirect to the new one for a while, but probably not indefinitely.


28 September 2009

There’ve been some revisions and updates to the schedule.


18 September 2009

The schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online.


15 May 2009

The undergraduate essay contest page has been revised and updated.

In other news, Yahoo is retiring its Geocities addresses, so the URL of this site will be changing in a few months. Watch this space for an advance announcement.


1 May 2009

The Fall 2009 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 2-3, in our usual venue of Orange Beach, Alabama. Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 17th; deadline for reserving a room at the Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn (251-974-1600 / 877-782-9444) is September 18th.

Our Keynote Speaker will be David Christensen of the University of Vermont and Brown University.

Check back for further updates.


24 September 2008

Our business lunch will be at The Hangout (101 E. Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores); from the hotel, head west (toward Gulf Shores) on Perdido Beach Blvd. (becomes E. Beach Blvd.) 3.67 miles. See you at the beach!




19 August 2008

A tentative schedule for our upcoming meeting is now online.


29 July 2008

Alas, the email address listed on our paper submission page was incorrect. It has now been updated. The correct address is alabamaphilsoc@gmail.com. Apologies for this goof-up!


18 June 2008

The registration code for the hotel this year is back to APS. (Last year it was DOP, whatever that stood for ....)


29 May 2008

The Fall 2008 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held September 26-27, in Orange Beach, Alabama. Deadline for submitting papers or undergraduate contest essays is August 7th; deadline for reserving a room at the Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn (251-974-1600) is August 31st. More information soon!


21 August 2007

Hilton The conference schedule for our 2007 meeting is now online.

Please be sure to make your hotel reservations by the end of August (that’s the deadline for keeping open our block of rooms) and mention Alabama Philosophical Society or Group Code DOP to get the conference rate.

Everyone is invited to the Business Lunch on Saturday, which will be at the Bayside Grill; see map.

In other news, the Society’s expenses have been steadily rising while our income hasn’t; hence the higher-than-usual registration fee ($40) this year, on which the Society is still taking a loss. If you would like to help us keep fees lower in the future, please consider making a contribution. Checks should be payable to the Alabama Philosophical Society and sent (for now) to Roderick T. Long, Department of Philosophy, 6080 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn AL 36849.


23 May 2007

Andrew Melnyk The Fall 2007 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held September 21-22, back in our old venue in Orange Beach, Alabama. Please note that this is about A MONTH EARLIER THAN USUAL, and the DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERS IS AUGUST 7TH. Mark your calendars!

Our Keynote Speaker will be Andrew Melnyk (U. Missouri-Columbia).

Rooms will be held at the Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn (251-974-1600) until August 31st.

Download and post our Call for Papers poster and Student Essay Contest poster.


18 October 2006

Here are updated driving directions:

To get to the AIME Building from the 20/59:

Exit 73, Route 82 (= McFarland Blvd.). If going South/West on 20/59, go right (= NW). If going North/East on 20/59, go left (= NW).

Go several miles and exit onto Jack Warner Parkway (that’s the exit right after Campus Drive). Go west (right, looping around), towards The University of Alabama.

Go about a mile and take a left at the first traffic signal, onto McCorvey Drive.

In 1 block, you'll come to a traffic light (on McCorvey). Bear right (to stay on McCorvey).

Then take the first left. The parking lot nearest to the AIME building will be right there. You won't be ticketed during the conference.


To get to the Comfort Inn (4700 Doris Pate Drive, Tuscaloosa) from the 20/59:

Exit 76, US 11, toward East Tuscaloosa/Cottondale.

Turn left onto Woodland Hills Drive. Keep to the left to stay on that road.

Turn right onto Skyland Blvd East/US 11.

Turn slight right onto Doris Pate Drive.

To get to the 20/59 from the AIME Building:

Go right onto McCorvey.

Bear left at light, to go down hill, toward Jack Warner Parkway.

Take a right at the light, onto Jack Warner Parkway.

Go about a mile and exit right to Route 82 (= McFarland Blvd.).

Go about 5 miles and look for the signs to 20/59. The South/West entrance is on the right. The North/East entrance is on the left.

See also maps.


10 October 2006

The new conference schedule is now online.


16 July 2006

The Fall 2006 meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society will be held October 20-21 at the University of Alabama’s AIME Building in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (See driving directions and campus map.)

Our Keynote Speaker will be Derk Pereboom (UVM/Cornell).

Rooms will be held at the Comfort Inn (205-556-3232) until September 19. Please don’t delay in reserving a room: the Kentuck Festival of the Arts will take place that same weekend.

Download and post our Call for Papers poster and Student Essay Contest poster.


26 October 2005

Thanks to everyone for a successful conference! And thanks to outgoing APS President Michael Patton for arranging the Comer and Eclipse locations for us, and for a hilarious presidential address.

Officers for the coming year are Chase Wrenn (President), Torin Alter (Vice-President), and Roderick Long (Secretary-Treasurer).


19 October 2005

Another conference update: For anyone so rash as to pass up the trivia challenge and cash prize at the marvelous Eclipse, for alternative entertainment Friday night there is also a Sister Hazel concert on campus for $15. Here is the link:

http://www.montevallo.edu/news/SisterHazel.shtm


18 October 2005

More information on our upcoming conference:

The locations for the papers are 102, 104 and 106 in Comer Hall, and the Hospitality Suite will be in the Palmer Commons, 202 Comer Hall.

Here is a link to a handy map of Montevallo (in addition to the one farther down on this page):

     http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=35115

Here are driving directions from Birmingham and Montgomery. (See farther down for driving directions between Montevallo and the hotel in Calera.)

From BirminghamFrom Montgomery
The University of Montevallo is located in Shelby County, approximately 30 miles south of Birmingham. The campus is located approximately 9 miles from the Shelby County Airport exit (Exit 234) off Interstate 65.

Interstate 65 South

Exit 234 – Shelby County Airport
Left at the end of the ramp (Pass gas stations and bank)
2.0 miles – Right onto County Road 22 West
3.0 miles – Left at traffic light onto Highway 119 South
3.0 miles – Pass “Welcome to Montevallo” sign
At 3rd traffic light, turn right onto Boundary Street
Cross into campus; at 2nd stop sign, turn right onto King-Harman Street
Comer Hall is the first building on the left after the 1st cross-street (Bloch Street)


Park in any non-handicap space.
The University of Montevallo is located in Shelby County, approximately 60 miles north of Montgomery. The campus is located approximately 9 miles from the Calera exit (Exit 231) off Interstate 65.

Interstate 65 North

Exit 231 Calera – Highway 25 – University of Montevallo Highway
Left at the end of the ramp onto Highway 25 South
1.0 mile – Left at traffic light onto Highways 25 & 31
2 Blocks to Second traffic light – Right onto Highway 25 South
6.0 miles to green “University of Montevallo” sign
Right onto Highway 155 North
At first traffic light turn right onto 119/Main Street
At 2nd traffic light, turn left onto Boundary Street
Cross into campus; at 2nd stop sign, turn right onto King-Harman Street
Comer Hall is the first building on the left after the 1st cross-street (Bloch Street)


Park in any non-handicap space.

Also, some errors on the schedule have been corrected.

Check back for last-minute updates.


10 October 2005

A tentative conference schedule is now online.


22 September 2005

CONFERENCE LOCATION CHANGE

Owing to the recent meteorological unpleasantness, this year’s conference will be held not in Orange Beach but at the University of Montevallo. The hotel for the conference will be the Calera Holiday Inn Express at 357 Highway 304 in Calera, about 12 miles away. Register (205-668-3641) by October 14 to get the conference rate of $79. (Please note that it may be possible to get a lower rate for this hotel through other sources such as Travelocity, and that no conference events will take place at this hotel.)

One advantage of the Montevallo location is the proximity of the Eclipse, APS President Michael Patton’s own caf�/bookstore.

APS Vice-President Chase Wrenn: The Eclipse is one of the most important benefits of holding the conference at Montevallo.

APS Secretary-Treasurer Torin Alter: 1. It’s owned by a philosopher with excellent taste, and everything about the place reflects this. It’s simply the way a café/bookstore should be.
2. The food and atmosphere are great.
3. They hold fun trivia contests regularly. How cool is that?
4. I personally vouch for its way-coolness.


APS President Michael Patton: We will host a special APS Trivia Game, with a $50 grand prize for the winning team, on Friday night.
We have a lot of great milkshakes (made from scratch, ’natch), pastries, breakfast items, sandwiches,salads, soups and adult beverages.
We have the best Martinis in the Free World.
When the owner has a bit to drink, he buys beer for people.
If Torin brings a guitar, we’ll have a lying angel to serenade us.

For driving directions between Calera and Montevallo see below:






31 August 2005

Thanks to hurricane Katrina, we expect to be announcing a hotel change soon; watch this space.


16 August 2005

Thus fall Auburn bids farewell to departing instructors Brandon Cooke (to Minnesota State), Brian Morton (to Indiana State), and Mark Silcox (to Central Oklahoma), and welcomes new instructors Samantha Corte (UNC), Giovanni Grandi (U. of Western Ontario), Tom Manig (U. of Missouri), and Jason Thibodeau (UCSD).


8 August 2005

This year our conference will be back in our traditional venue, the Hilton Beachfront Garden Inn in Orange Beach on October 21-22. Check out the recently posted info on hotel reservations, call for papers, and our annual student essay contest.


27 October 2004

Information about Friday dinner and Saturday lunch has been added (along with some schedule changes) to our 2004 conference program. Also, an (only mildly helpful) map has been added to our hotel page.

See you in Mobile!


22 October 2004

Dr. Rodney Cupp (who is speaking at this year�s APS) is teaching at UA�s philosophy department this year.


28 September 2004

IMPORTANT HOTEL CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT


Dear Alabama Philosophical Society Member,

Due to Hurricane Ivan, our conference hotel, the Hilton Beachfront Inn in Orange Beach, has finally determined that it will not be able to reopen in time for our conference. As a result, the conference has been moved to the Radisson Admiral Semmes in downtown Mobile, Alabama. The dates of our conference remain the same: October 29th and 30th.

The Radisson Admiral Semmes is a fine hotel, located near Mobile Bay and within walking distance of various attractions in downtown Mobile. Here is the website for the hotel:

http://www.radisson.com/mobileal


We have secured a conference room rate of $72 per night. When registering, please inform the hotel that you are with the Alabama Philosophical Society. The hotel also has some rooms available at the conference rate on Thursday the 28th and Saturday the 30th.

We have received a record number of submissions this year, with many fine contributions from around the country. The review committee will be sending out acceptance notifications in the next few days.

While we may not have sand between our toes, I think that we are going to have a fine conference.

Sincerely,

Eric Loomis
President, Alabama Philosophical Society
ejloomis@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

[Registration deadline: Oct. 22.]



25 August 2004

Submission info and hotel info for the October meetings are now up. See the links at the bottom of the page.


18 August 2004

Archivist Roderick Long has uploaded the APS Constitution and a (nearly) complete list of past officers. Thanks to outgoing Archivist Harold Baldwin for providing these!


9 August 2004

Leaving UAB: Jennifer McKitrick, to University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Leaving the Mises Institute: Guido Hülsmann, to the University of Angers.

Leaving Auburn: Greg Gilson, to Texas Pan-American; Jon Mahoney, to Kansas State; Joseph Osei, to Fayetteville State; Dan Van Kley, to Columbus State.

Coming to Auburn: Darren Domsky, from York University; Stephen Ferguson, from the University of Kansas; Matt Hettche, from Purdue; Brian Morton, from Indiana U.; Gretta Slabey, from the University of Arizona.

Coming to Auburn in the Spring: Zena Hitz, from Princeton.





In Memoriam: James Rachels (1941-2003)

The Alabama philosophical community mourns the untimely
loss of James Rachels, who taught at UAB from 1977 to 2003.
Jim was probably the most prominent philosopher in Alabama’s
history. His book The Elements of Moral Philosophy is on its
way to becoming the best-selling philosophy book of the
twentieth century. He was a popular and effective teacher,
a beloved and respected colleague, and a wonderful man.



We also mourn the losses of Robert V. Andelson (2003) and Charles D. Brown (2004), both Auburn professors emeriti.




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