2002/3 Newsletter

APA Sessions

  • Pacific APA. San Francisco: Westin St. Francis on Union Square. 26-30 March 2003.
    • Thursday, 27 March, 8:00 – 10:00 PM
    • Group Session 19
    • Chair: Timothy Crockett, University of California, Berkeley
    • Speaker: Dennis Plaisted, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Topic: “On Leibniz’s Arguent for Primitive Concepts” (Winning Essay, 2002 LSNA Essay Competition)
    • Commentator: Alan Nelson, University of California, Irvine.
  • Central APA. Cleveland, Ohio: Renaissance Cleveland. 23-26 March 2003
    • Thursday Evening, 24 April
    • Group Session GIII-1 (7:30 – 10:30 PM)
    • Leibniz Society of North America, Garfield (4th floor)
    • Chair: Glenn Hartz, The Ohio State University, Mansfield
    • Speaker: Justin Smith, Miami University, Ohio
    • Topic: “Leibniz on Being Embodied”
    • Commentator: Ohad Nachtomy, Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

LSNA Essay Contest

  • The winner of the 2002 Leibniz Society Essay Competition is Dennis Plaisted, Rochester Institute of Technology, for his essay, “On Leibniz’s Argument for Primitive Concepts.” Plaisted will deliver this paper at the Leibniz Society session to be held in conjunction with the APA Pacific Division meetings in the spring of 2003.
  • Twenty-first annual competition (2003): In an effort to encourage the study of the philosophy of Leibniz in North America and to give recognition to deserving scholars, the Leibniz Society of North America is continuing its annual Essay Competition. Submitted essays should be on some aspect of the philosophy of Leibniz. They should be from twelve to twenty-five pages in length (double-spaced), and should be submitted by June 1, 2003, as determined by postmark. The winning essay (or essays) will be presented before the Society at the 2003-2004 A.P.A. Meetings, traditionally at the Central or Pacific Division Meetings, with the Society retaining final discretion as to the specific site. In addition, the author of a winning essay will have the option of publishing it in the Leibniz Review. To facilitate anonymous judging, the author’s name should be given only on a separate title page or cover sheet and should not appear in the body or footnotes of the paper. Judges reserve the right not to name a winner in the event that none of the submissions is deemed to be of sufficient quality or suitability for the award. Suitability for oral presentation may play a role in the judging. Full scholarly apparatus is preferred but not required; sufficiently developed works-in-progress will, therefore, have a chance in the competition and may be submitted. Previous one-time winners are encouraged to re-enter, but a given person can win the competition at most twice. (N.B.: this is a change from earlier competition rules.) Essays in French or German may be submitted as well as those in English, but all applicants should keep in mind the condition of presentation and should not submit an essay unless they will be able to read their paper at the designated A.P.A. Meeting. Please send submissions to the Editor of the Leibniz Society Newsletter: Professor Mark Kulstad, Department of Philosophy, MS-14, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251-1892 // (713) 348-2724 // kulstad@ruf.rice.edu