SPAWN 2017 First-order Metaphysics

June 26 – 28, 2017
Syracuse University

Following the distinctive SPAWN format, the papers for the main workshop sessions will all be by junior philosophers, who have earned their Ph.Ds since 2006. The commentators will be more senior philosophers.

The SPAWN workshops are all “read-ahead”, and the nine papers for the main sessions will be posted on the password-protected Papers section of this website by mid to late June.
In order to maintain the small workshop format, participation in SPAWN is by invitation only and not open to the public. If you are not an invited participant but would like to attend, please contact the 2017 SPAWN director, Kris McDaniel ( Only a small number of outside participants can be added.

Academic Organizer: Kris McDaniel ( Logistics Coordinator: Arturo Javier Castellanos (; Webmaster: Teresa Bruno (

This year’s conference is sponsored by the Alice Hooker ’34 Endowed Fund for Philosophy and The Central New York Humanities Corridor supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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