SPAWN 2018

August 13 – 15, 2018
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.D.’s since 2008. The commentators will be more senior philosophers. This year, in addition to the main workshop sessions, there will be two keynote addresses.

The seven papers for the main workshop sessions will be posted on the password-protected “Papers” section of this website in early July. Conference participants are not expected to read all of the papers in advance, but are encouraged to read papers selectively according to their particular interests.

Each workshop session will consist of a paper presentation (40 minutes) and comment (10 minutes), followed by a brief reply by the author and an open discussion (55 minutes).

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 2018 SPAWN academic organizers (see below). Only a small number of outside participants can be added.

Academic Organizers:
Chris Noble ( and Kara Richardson (
Logistics coordinator: Nicole Fortier (
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.

Image: Socrates and his students, from Mubashshir ibn Fātik, Mukhtār al-ḥikam wa-maḥāsin al-kalim (“The Choicest Maxims and Best Sayings”). Original in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.

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