I am very happy to announce a new scholarship in Georgia State University’s highly ranked terminal MA program in Philosophy.  Our new graduate “Scholarship in Liberalism” is a competitively awarded scholarship for an outstanding student with a demonstrated interest in the arguments of historical or contemporary philosophical liberals (in the tradition of figures such as Locke, Smith, Hume, and Mill) about issues such as freedom, justice, political authority, social order, and related themes. We expect the award would provide a $15,000 stipend for each year in the two-year program plus a full tuition waiver.  (This is but one of several available special awards.) Some further details are here.

Here is the Department website.  We’ve long had a strength in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law and we place many of our graduates into excellent PhD programs.

I especially hope that young BHLs will consider applying!

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For those who like to delve into data (but not collect it), “Cato’s new database Humanprogress.org is now live! Humanprogress.org is a comprehensive database that aims at spreading rational optimism to people around the world.”  Cato says they “cautiously collect data from many reliable sources, and show our findings in a new viewer-friendly webpage. Since it includes very comprehensive data on various research topics, it might be able to provide scholars with very useful and reliable evidence for their arguments.”  I played around with it a bit and do think it can be useful.

Those interested in these things probably already know about GapMinder, but if you don’t check that out as well.  For that matter, check out Hans Rosling’s Ted Talks, especially this.  Seriously, all of his talks are worth watching (and, no, he’s not a libertarian).

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We are extending the deadline for submitting abstracts for BGSU’s conference on the scope of religious exemptions until December 1st, 2014.


The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

The Scope of Religious Exemptions

April 17th-18th, 2015 

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in Bowling Green, Ohio, April 17th-18th, 2015. The keynote speakers are Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame) and Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern University).

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by December 1st, 2014. We welcome submissions in all areas in applied ethics and philosophical issues relevant to this year’s conference theme: the scope of religious exemptions. We are especially focused on papers that address normative questions about religious exemptions, including the moral-philosophical justifications for religious exemptions and how often and to whom religious exemptions should be granted. We will consider multiple approaches to the topic, not merely in political philosophy and political theory, but normative ethics, metaethics and applied ethics.

Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions made in December 2014. Please direct all abstracts and queries to: pibarra@bgsu.edu

Further information about the Workshop and previous workshops are available on the workshop website (under construction): http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/philosophy/workshops-and-conferences.html

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