Call for Abstracts

May 20-22, 2018, Moonrise Hotel, St. Louis, MO

Keynote Speaker: Mark van Roojen (Nebraska)

SLACRR provides a forum for new work on practical and theoretical reason, broadly construed. Please submit an anonymized abstract of 750-1500 words by January 15, 2018 to In writing your abstract, please bear in mind that full papers should be suitable for a 30 minute presentation. Please attach your abstract as a pdf file, the name of which should be based upon the title of your abstract. (In other words, don’t name your file FILE.pdf or ABSTRACT.pdf)

Papers accepted this year will be eligible for publication in a special issue of Res Philosophica on the topic of reasons and rationality to be published in the first half of 2019. Furthermore, one essay published in the issue will receive a $3,000 prize for best paper. Authors of accepted papers may, but need not, submit their paper to this special issue. Submissions of full papers for the issue will be due August 31, 2018, and will be blind reviewed. Questions regarding the special issue of Res Philosophica can be directed to the editor, Joe Salerno, at

What to Submit

SLACRR includes papers in ethics, epistemology, and other areas of philosophy that deal with reasons, reasoning, or rationality. For instance, we would be interested in papers exploring such questions as:

What is the relation between reasons for actions and reasons for beliefs?
What are the sources of our reasons for belief?
How are features of one’s psychology relevant to reasons?
What is the relation between reasons and what we ought to do or believe?
What is the relation between reasons and value?
Are the requirements of practical and theoretical rationality normative?
What is the relation between individual rationality and collective rationality?
Are actions or beliefs themselves structured by reasons?

Of course, this is just a small sample of fitting questions. Further questions can also be directed to Eric Wiland, Julia Staffel, Kathryn Lindeman, Billy Dunaway, or to