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BRRC/JHAP Open Seminar in the History of Analytic Philosophy

The Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy and the Bertrand Russell Research Centre are teaming up to offer an OPEN ACCESS virtual seminar discussion series on early analytical philosophy where experts’ work in progress will be discussed.

The main synchronous virtual meeting Mondays between 12:30-2:30 will feature a short presentation, followed by “informal seminar” style discussion of a forthcoming paper in all areas of the history of analytical philosophy.

We’re happy to share all resources. Participants will need to register in advance, but the process is simple and we’re happy to add your students as users for a maximum of flexibility. MORE INFO HERE!


Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy

Call for Proposals – Special Issues

JHAP recently created a position of Editor for Special Issues with the purpose of offering support for first rate thematic collections of articles and encourage collective and collaborative publications in the field. The Editor for Special Issues is tasked to receive and assess proposals and to steward prospective Guest-Editors throughout the process.

Proposals on any topic within the scope of the Journal are welcome and encouraged. JHAP aims to promote research and provide a forum for discussion of the history of analytic philosophy. ‘History’ and ‘analytic’ are understood broadly. JHAP takes the history of analytic philosophy to be part of analytic philosophy. Accordingly, it publishes historical research that interacts with the ongoing concerns of analytic philosophers and with the history of other twentieth century philosophical movements and traditions.

Open Access Policy

JHAP provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. No fees are charged to authors for submission or publication of their works.

Length of Issues

JHAP is an online open access publication that offers broad flexibility of format for collections of articles and length of contributions. There are no a priori constraints to the number of essays or the minimum/maximum number of words of each article. This is meant to encourage innovative approach to scholarship and to offer flexibility for Guest-Editors.


Those interested in acting as Guest-Editor for a special issue are asked to submit a 2-page proposal describing the theme of the issue and the proposed list of contributors. All submissions will be reviewed by the Editorial Board to assess fit. Each proposal deemed to fall within the scope of the journal will then be reviewed by external referees. Successful proposals will further receive input from the Editor for Special Issues.

To request a proposal submission form or to submit a proposal contact the Editor for Special Issues directly: lapointe@mcmaster.ca. The Subject must read: “JHAP Special Issue Project”.

Peer-Review of Articles

JHAP will insure that submitted proposals as well as the complete final draft of special issues be peer-reviewed. Guest-Editors will be responsible for anonymously refereeing individual articles within their special issue.


Guest-Editors will be responsible for delivering their special issue within the time-frame they will have defined, on a case by case basis, in consultation with the Editor for Special Issue. Failure to deliver an issue within the time-frame might result in a cancellation of the project

Support for Guest-Editors

Guest-Editors for special issues will have access to a user-friendly portal that will allow them to manage their project online. They will also be stewarded through the project by the Editor for Special Issues. The position of Editor for Special Issues was created with the objective of encouraging new project and fostering a better culture around intellectual collaborations. Those are the principles that will be applied in all aspects of the process.

Commissioned Projects

The Editor for Special Issue is also tasked to recruit Guest-Editors for new projects. Recruitment is guided by the principles that are at the core of JHAP’s mandate: to encourage and support historical research that interacts with the ongoing concerns of analytic philosophy and with the history of other twentieth century philosophical traditions, and to do so in ways that challenges received views and promotes innovation.

Historiography, Methodology, Metaphilosophy and the Canon

28-30 June 2018, McMaster University
Organisers: Sandra Lapointe and Erich Reck

This workshop is a true workshop. It brings together leading scholars working in the history and historiography of philosophy to exchange views and share constructive proposals on a number of concerted questions. Each invited speakers at the workshop will lead a 90 minutes discussions focused around a topic of their choice. They will be invited to give a short presentation and make material available, but the program does not include formal talks and each session will be dedicated to evaluating specific problems and questions in a collaborative spirit.

Invited Speakers: Mike Beaney (King’s College London / Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria, BC), Catarina Dutilh (University of Groningen), Chris Green (Dept. Psychology, York University), Daniel Harris, (Hunter College, CUNY),  Martin Kusch (Universität Vienna), Sandra Lapointe (McMaster University), Chris Meyns (Utrecht University), Claude Panaccio (Université du Québec à Montréal), Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech), Erich Reck (UC Riverside), Daniel Woolf (Queen’s University)

Provisional Schedule:

  28 June 29 June 30 June
9:30 – 11:00 Mike Beaney, Kings College London and Humboldt Universität

Developments and Debates in the Historiography of Philosophy after 1945

Catarina Dutilh, University of Groningen

Conceptual genealogy and longue durée history of philosophy

Martin Kusch, University of Vienna

Relativism and the Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge

11:30-13:00 Christopher Green, York University

Scholarly Institutions as the Fulcrums in the History of Psychology and Philosophy

Chris Meyns, University of Utrecht

Philosophy Without Journals

Erich Reck, University of California Irvine

Philosophical Histories and Goals: The Case of the Analytic Tradition

14:00-15:30 Lydia Patton, Viginia Tech

The Canon as Normal Science? Prospects for a Kuhnian Analysis of Philosophical Research

Daniel Woolf, Queen’s University


Margaret Cameron, University of Victoria

Challenging the canon and the epistemology behind it

16:00-17:30 Claude Panaccio, UQÀM

Historical Narratives and Transtemporal Problems in Philosophy

Daniel Harris, Hunter College/CUNY

How Soon is Too Soon? 


Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

The Metaphysics of Disciplinary History


Logic from Kant to Russell – Work Session with Sandra Lapointe, Nick Stang and Clinton Tolley

17 February 2018, 10:00-13:00

The work session will be dedicated to discussing three papers to be included in the forthcoming Logic from Kant to Russell (Sandra Lapointe, ed.; London, Routledge):

  • Sandra Lapointe, McMaster: How Logic Changes (And How Historians Write About It)
  • Nick Stang, University of Toronto: Frege and Lotze: Logical Anti-Psychologism in Context
  • Clinton Tolley, UC San Diego: Hegel’s Conception of Thinking in his Logics

If you are interested in attending, please contact: lapointe@mcmaster

Location TBA.


2018 Annual Meetings of SSHAP and BRS

Next June, McMaster will be hosting the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy (19-21) and the Bertrand Russell Society (22-24) as part of the celebrations around the 50th Anniversary of the Russell Archives. The new home of the Archives and of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, a swank pad at the very gate of campus, will be open for the occasion. Come and join us!