Thanks a lot for a very nice conference! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. From what we have heard, the quality of papers was very high - let's hope this is the beginning of a new era for analytic philosophy in francophone countries!
- click here for the final report, including a list of participants, some statistics and the last version of the programme
- click here to continue our discussions on the interactive website of SOPHA 2009 - thanks again to Cédric Eyssette who created this!
- click here for the SOPHA 2009 facebook group, including links to pictures
- click here to browse through the full (printed) programme
- click here for the "philomaton mobile" - the first items will hopefully be available soon!
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The organising committee will not publish proceedings. Authors are invited to submit their papers to one of the following:
- igitur (open access, predominantly French)
- répha, (exclusively French)
- dialectica (exclusively English)
1st prize: Filipe Drapeau Contim: Identité, constitution et contreparties
Nicolas Tavaglione: La résurgence du pion. Individualisme moral et guerre juste
Cain Todd: Attending Emotionally to Fiction
Frank Lihoreau: On knowing-how and ability
Carlo Proietti: Futurs contingents et logique modale
Sonia Roca-Royes: The Williamson-Kment tandem: naturalism and the epistemology of modality
Jan Willem Wieland: Socrates’ Shadow. On Asymmetry Tests
Elia Zardini: Luminosity and Vagueness
István Aranyosi: An argument for species as sets of organisms
Margherita Arcangeli: Gedankenexperimente et Imagination
Derek Ball: Kripke's Puzzle
Guillaume Bard: Paternalisme et responsabilité: la notion de santé d'esprit chez Susan Wolf
Roberto Ciuni: Reference Pointers and a Hybrid Language for Actualism
Niall Connolly: How the Dead Live
David Furrer: Amélioration humaine et justice sociale
Martin Gibert: Une pensée peut-elle être mauvaise?
Ghislain Guigon: Composition, identité et représentation
Marie Guillot: Semantic Relativism and the Epistemology of De Se Thoughts
Eric Guindon: Descriptive names are not directly referential: two arguments
Jean-David Lafrance: La présence complète des objets matériels
Julia Langkau: Intuitions, Paradox Cases, and Rationality
Olivier Ouzilou: La compréhension spontanée des raisons
Sabine Plaud: Mettre un terme à la chaîne des raisons : Wittgenstein et le problème de la régression
Michael Sollberger: La synesthésie et la pertinence des structures phénoménales pour la perception
Tuomas E. Tahko: Two-Dimensional Modal Semantics, Conceivability, and Modal Epistemology
SOPHA general assembly
At their general assembly, the members of the SOPHA (ie you) elected the following committee for next term of three years:
president: Max Kistler (31 votes)
vice-president: Cyril Michon (31 votes)
treasurer: Philipp Keller (30 votes, 1 blank)
Fabrice Correia (31 votes)
Michael Esfeld (32 votes)
Yasmina Ghodbane (30 votes)
Frédéric Pascal (28 votes)
Christine Tappolet (31 votes)
blank votes: 5
This means that the SOPHA 2012 will take in Grenoble.
Just before the conference dinner...
© Tuomas Tahko. To see the same picture in higher resolution, please click here.
The "Société de Philosophie Analytique" (SOPHA) organises an international congress every three years. In 2009, the congress was held for the first time in Switzerland.
The official languages of the congress were English and French.
The SOPHA 2009 is organised by the following committee : Philipp Keller (Genève) [coordinator], Fabrice Correia (Genève), Michael Esfeld (Lausanne), Kevin Mulligan (Genève), Martine Nida-Rümelin (Fribourg), Alexandrine Schniewind (Lausanne), Gianfranco Soldati (Fribourg), Daniel Schulthess (Neuchâtel)
SOPHA 2009 is organised in close collaboration with the commitee of the SOPHA : Mélika Ouelbani (Univ. Tunis, présidente), Michael Esfeld (Lausanne, vice-président), Françoise Longy (Paris, trésorière), Alain Voizard (Montréal, trésorier), Paul Egré (Institut J.Nicod), Philipp Keller (Genève), Max Kistler (Paris), François Lepage (Montréal), Pascal Ludwig (Paris), Frédéric Pascal (Paris), Gianfranco Soldati (Fribourg).
Local organising committee: Philipp Keller, David Furrer.
Invited speakers and symposia
There are four invited speakers, one of which is the dialectica lecture:
- Christine Tappolet, Montréal
- François Clémentz, Aix-en-Provence
- Jérôme Dokic, Jean Nicod
- Penelope Mackie, Nottingham (dialectica lecturer)
There are four invited symposia:
- Logic and Philosophy [organisers: Fabrice Correia, Philipp Keller] with Paul Egré, Benjamin Spector and Dennis Bonnay
- Political Philosophy [organisers: Kevin Mulligan, Philipp Keller] with Soumaya Mestiri, Ridha Chennoufi, Mounir Kchaou and Francis Cheneval
- Dispositions [organiser: Michael Esfeld] with Claudine Tiercelin, Jean-Maurice Monnoyer and Max Kistler
- Norms and Rationality [organiser: Pascal Engel], with Daniel Laurier, Gianfranco Soldati, Alan Millar, Giovanni Tuzet and Christian Piller
There are slots for parallel sessions (40 minutes, including discussion), in the following sections:
- philosophy of science
- applied ethics, political and social philosophy
- normative and meta-ethics, action and decision theory
- aesthetics and philosophy of religion
- history of philosophy
Selection committees for contributed papers
- metaphysics: François Clementz, Philipp Keller, Friederike Moltmann, Frédéric Nef, Cyrille Michon, Joëlle Proust
- epistemology: Yves Bouchard, Pascal Engel
- language/logic: Fabrice Correia, François Lepage, Pascal Ludwig
- mind: Filip Buekens, Jérôme Dokic, Luc Faucher, Pierre Poirier, Gianfranco Soldati
- philosophy of science: Michael Esfeld, Max Kistler, Thierry Martin, Christian Sachse
- applied ethics, political and social philosophy: Bernard Bärtschi, Ruwen Ogien, Christine Tappolet
- normative and meta-ethics, action, decision: Daniel Schulthess
- aesthetics, philosophy of religion: Roger Pouivet
- history of philosophy: Alexandrine Schniewind
Call for Papers: Extended deadline 15th of June 2009
The Call for Papers is now open. Please go to our online submission site to submit a 120-word abstract and a one-page summary (presenting the main argument).
Decisions on whether papers have been accepted will be made by the end of June 2009.
Online registration is now open:
If you do not have a credit card, please make the payment to
- beneficiary's address: Université de Genève; 24, rue Général-Dufour; CH-1204 GENEVE
- bank: UBS; 8, rue du Rhône; CH-1240 Genève
- account: BIC UBSWCHZH80A; IBAN CH740024024047231901F
- Compte « SOPHA » UN6955, titulaire Prof. Kevin Mulligan.
The registration fee includes the program, coffee breaks, light lunch and the conference dinner and gives access to all talks, including the public lectures. It has to be paid by everyone, including invited speakers and organisers. In case of payment before the 31st of June 2009, the fee is 70 CHF for PhD-students (please bring proof of immatriculation) and 120 CHF for everyone else. For payments after the 31st of June 2009, the fees are 80 CHF for PhD students and 140 CHF for all others.
In case you do not want to come to the conference dinner, you may purchase day-passes for 20 CHF. Registration for the conference dinner will be available on-site only in case of cancellations.
For Swiss doctoral students in philosophy only attending the two CUSO seminars, separate badges will be available.
Participants are requested to wear their badge at all times. For security reasons, these will be checked regularly.
The "Cité Universitaire Genève" has confirmed that they make available 100 individual rooms, with the possibility of an additional bed, furnished, with a sink; toilets, showers and kitchens on the floor. Please make your reservations as early as possible. More information is available here:
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, please click here for a list. Hotels in Geneva are expensive and in high demand. Please make your bookings as much as possible in advance.
Thanks to an agreement with Hotels Combined Pty Ltd, participants booking one of these hotels receive a 10% discount through the "conference support program". Click here for a list with price results for the stay between 9/2/2009 to 9/5/2009.
Every hotel in Geneva and the "Cité Universitaire Genève" will offer you tickets for free public transport (they are reimbursed for the expenses by the Geneva Tourism Office). Don't be afraid to ask.
For all inquiries, write to the conference coordinator, Philipp Keller.