The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review – An International Undergraduate Journal

The editorial board of The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review (PPER) is pleased to announce that the journal, in association with Virginia Tech Publishing, has published its first volume (2022).

PPER publishes original research in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and is the first undergraduate research journal that is open to PPE students worldwide. The first volume of the journal includes contributions from PPE students at Virginia Tech and abroad.

One goal of the journal is to create a community of undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research in PPE, elevate their work, and bring them into conversation. As such, we would be grateful if you would share the volume with your students.

To read the first volume of the PPER, please follow this link.

NYU Bioethics - 2021-2022 Undergraduate Essay Contest

The Center for Bioethics at NYU is pleased to announce its third annual undergraduate essay contest. Undergraduates from across the world are invited to submit a 2,000-3,000 word essay addressing a contemporary issue in bioethics (broadly construed). The winning essay(s) will be eligible for publication in the Medical Dialogue Review and win a cash prize. Essays will be judged by the faculty of the NYU Center for Bioethics.

College: A System for Success from a Fellow Student

From a post entitled "How to Succeed at Berkeley".

Posted by u/johnnydaggers to r/berkeley on reddit 9/1/2021

Hello new Berkeley students!

Over the years I've written a couple of long comments on posts here from people who find themselves struggling part-way though the semester. People seemed to think they were pretty helpful, so I thought I would try to give you all a leg-up and frontload the advice now.

For context, I did my undergrad at Berkeley in engineering and I'm finishing up a PhD at Cal. I have been a TA and a GSI and have seen courses from the "other side."

Obviously a lot of this may have to be adjusted to adapt to the hybrid system we're using right now due to COVID-19, but the main themes still apply.

Getting straight A's is not as hard as people say once you learn "the system". Most of the 4.0 students I knew used the system. I was a solid B/B- student for two years until I figured it out the system myself and then I had a 4.0 every semester after that.

Why Study Philosophy?

In an Institute of Arts and Ideas article from a few years ago, Wittgenstein scholar Peter Hacker gives, well, a wittgensteinian answer:

...questions of sense precede questions of empirical truth – for if something makes no sense, it can be neither true nor false. It is just nonsense – not silly, but rather: it transgresses the bounds of sense. Philosophy patrols the borders between sense and nonsense; science determines what is empirically true and what is empirically false. What falsehood is for science, nonsense is for philosophy.

...[thus, t]he study of philosophy cultivates a healthy scepticism about the moral opinions, political arguments and economic reasonings with which we are daily bombarded by ideologues, churchmen, politicians and economists. It teaches one to detect ‘higher forms of nonsense’, to identify humbug, to weed out hypocrisy, and to spot invalid reasoning. It curbs our taste for nonsense, and gives us a nose for it instead. It teaches us not to rush to affirm or deny assertions, but to raise questions about them.

The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal of Australasia (UPJA)

The UPJA has opened the call for papers and referees for our next issue, Volume 3, Issue 1. We are accepting both original articles and critical reply pieces to previously published UPJA papers.

We accept submissions on any philosophical topic from current undergraduates, including Honours students, or those who have recently graduated from any university worldwide. Submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy, such as women or those for whom English is an additional language, are particularly encouraged. With the generous support of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), we will award two monetary prizes for: Best Paper (Overall) and Best Paper (Written by a Member of an Underrepresented Group in Philosophy).

We are also seeking referee applications from interested undergraduate and postgraduate students or recent graduates worldwide. You will be asked to make comments on papers, suggest revisions to the author, and return an evaluation to the editors. No prior refereeing experience is needed and guidelines will be provided. Your contribution will be recognised in the front pages of the journal.

STANCE: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

STANCE seeks original philosophical essays authored by current undergraduates concerning any philosophical topic. Length: 1500 and 3500 words (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. Manuscripts are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality. Submit here: https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/about/submissions. For complete information about Stance: https://www.stancephilosophy.com/. Inquiries to: ballstatestance@gmail.com

CFP: Prokopton - Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

We now accept submissions for the second issue of Prokopton: Bilkent University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.

The submission deadline is November 19, 2020.

Check our first issue here: http://prokopton.bilkent.edu.tr/issue-1-april-2020/

Among the kinds of philosophical work we accept are original papers, book and article reviews. You can submit your work either in English or Turkish. We also accept translations of philosophical work from any language to Turkish or Turkish to English.

If you would like to submit anything other than original paper(s), please contact us with the details of your work(s). Doing so will highly increase the chances that your work is accepted. Also, make sure to see our previous issues and the kind(s) of work we publish. If you would like to submit an original paper, please take a careful look at our submission guidelines.

You can send all your submissions to prokoptonjournal@gmail.com.

Logic Resources

Peter Smith (Cambridge) is generously providing tremendous resources for students, whether beginning or advanced, setting out to study logic. In a recent email, he writes:

Students are having a rotten time right now. It’s good to do what we can to make learning materials more easily available (a pretty small thing, but something). So: I’ve now made corrected versions of the second editions of

Peter Smith, An Introduction to Formal Logic

Peter Smith, An Introduction to Gödel’s Theorem

(originally published by CUP) both available as free PDF downloads (for anyone who wants a hard copy, there are also at-cost Amazon print-on-demand reprints).

The first is an introduction originally based on the Cambridge first year course for philosophers. The second, although published in a philosophy series too, could be of more interest to mathematicians as it is more maths than philosophical commentary.

More information and links at my website, https://www.logicmatters.net

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.