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The International Conference for Philosophical Practice

May 18 and 19, 2007

Purdue University Calumet

Hammond, United States


Introduction to the Conference


For most of this country�s history, philosophy has been confined primarily to academies of higher learning where its relevance to the everyday lives and concerns of ordinary people has largely been either ignored, overlooked, or unappreciated. Thus, the primary goal of the International Conference for Philosophical Practice is to promote the awareness of philosophy�s importance to the concerns and issues affecting our everyday personal and professional lives.


Central topics include but are not limited to:


  • The nature of philosophical counseling.
  • The relationship between psychological and philosophical counseling.
  • The certification and licensure of philosophical practitioners.
  • Training and curriculum issues in philosophical practice.
  • The role of logic and critical thinking in philosophical practice.
  • Ethical issues in philosophical practice.
  • Ethics consultation in medicine, law, business, the environment, and related fields.
  • The role of philosophers on institutional ethics committees.
  • Philosophers as political consultants and policy analysts.
  • The value of an undergraduate major in philosophy.
  • Philosophers as administrators.
  • Philosophers as software developers and information technologists.


Abstracts and Evaluations


Abstracts only (limited to 500 words) and a brief, one-page CV may be submitted electronically to Dr. Samuel Zinaich, Jr. (


The organizers will oversee a peer-review process for all the submitted abstracts. Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and anticipated conceptual depth. Revised versions of some of the (full-length) papers will appear in the conference proceedings of the International Journal of Philosophical Practice.


Key Dates


Submissions due: January 1, 2007

Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2007

Conference: May 18 and 19, 2007


Conference Sponsors


Purdue University Calumet

The School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Purdue University Calumet

The Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue University Calumet

American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy

The International Journal of Philosophical Practice

The Institute for Critical Thinking


Conference Organizers


Samuel Zinaich, Jr. (Purdue University Calumet)

Elliot Cohen (Institute for Critical Thinking)

Jim Tuedio (California State University, Stanislaus)

Kate Mehuron (Eastern Michigan University)

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