Bertrand Russell Society 2018 Meeting

Country: Canada

City: Hamilton

Abstr. due: 01.05.2018

Dates: 22.06.18 — 24.06.18

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Russell Archives, McMaster University


The Bertrand Russell Society (BRS), an international organization dedicated to the memory and scholarly study of the philosopher Bertrand Russell, will hold its annual meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from 22-24 June 2018. The conference will include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Bertrand Russell Archives, which is housed and curated by McMaster University Library.

This year’s meeting is also being held in conjunction with the Society for the Study for the History of Analytic Philosophy (SSHAP, whose conference (19-21 June 2018) convenes immediately before the BRS meeting. The organizers hope that BRS conferees will also want to attend the SSHAP meeting and vice-versa. There are many areas of shared interest and possibilities for fruitful exchange. Information about the SSHAP meeting and its call for papers can be found here ( We do ask that those who wish to submit papers for both meetings not submit the very same paper.

If you intend to present a paper at the BRS Annual Meeting, please e-mail a paper abstract to our president, Timothy Madigan, at The abstract should be no longer than two paragraphs. The deadline for submission is 1 May 2018, exactly 100 years after Russell entered prison. There is a time limit of 20 minutes for presentation. An additional 10 minutes is allotted for discussion.

We welcome papers on any aspect of Russell’s personal life and his thought, work, and legacy. We also welcome proposals for other activities that might be appropriate for the meeting (e.g., a master class on an essay by/about Russell). Special emphasis will be given to

    the centenary of Russell's lectures on Logical Atomism;
    Russell's political imprisonment during World War I for statements “likely to prejudice” a British ally (the United States);
    the publication of his proposals for post-war radicalism, Proposed Roads to Freedom;
    the writing of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy and the groundwork for The Analysis of Mind, both of which were undertaken while Russell was in prison.

Further details about the annual meeting (registration, etc.) will be posted at the Bertrand Russell Society website:

Tim Madigan, President • Department of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14625 • 585-385-5259 •

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