Calvin College & Grand Valley State University

Annual Joint


Philosophy Conference


This Year’s Conference

Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22, 2014

Call For Papers / Conference Poster

/ Conference Schedule / Parking Map /

Jellema Lectures at Calvin

Key Note Speaker:

Tim O’Connor

(Indiana University)

“Two Concepts of Emergence”

Abstract: The correlated terms "emergence" and "reduction" are used in several ways in contemporary discussions ranging from complex systems theory to philosophy of mind, a fact that engenders confusion or talking at cross-purposes. I try to bring greater clarity to this discussion by reflecting on John Conway's cellular automaton The Game of Life and simple variations on it. We may think of such variants as toy models of our own world that, owing to their simplicity, enable us to see quite clearly, in general terms, two importantly distinct ways ("weak" and "strong") in which organized macroscopic phenomena might emerge from underlying microphysical processes. Strong emergence is of greater significance to metaphysics and philosophy of mind; it is also commonly deemed implausible. I close by suggesting that typical reasons for this evidential judgment are unconvincing.

Undergraduates working in all areas of philosophy are encouraged to submit. Full paper requirements and submission details are in the conference

Call For Papers.

The submission deadline is January 31, 2014.

The conference will take place at the downtown Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

Friday evening’s keynote and all conference talks on Saturday will be held in Kennedy Hall of Engineering Rooms 324/330 (times and program TBA!)

Kennedy Hall of Engineering is #7 on the Campus Map. It is possible to park in Lot # 11 (Devos Lot) and Lot # 12 (Eberhard Lot) for free and without a permit on Friday night after 5pm and during the entire day on Saturday.

Professor O’Connor will also be giving the Jellema Lectures at Calvin College on March 19 and 20, the two days before the conference. For more information on these talks, click here.

Past Conferences

2013: April 12-13,

First Annual Calvin-GVSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Keynote: Gary Gutting (Notre Dame), “Religion, Atheism, and Agnosticism”.

CFP Poster  Program