Alex Cooper found an old copy of Emory’s “grey book” (student handbook) for philosophy. It contains the complete reading list for the comprehensive exams Alex and I took in 2006, so I’ve been able to update the comprehensive exams page. (NB: It’s a good idea to keep a hard copy of these things. Valuable information can disappear when programs change and websites are updated).

I’ve also been in contact with Karin de Boer at the University of Groningen about 1)  a volume on critique and modern philosophy that she’s editing and 2) the workshop described below. It’s nice to find people working on similar problems in different places…


May 30-31, 2011

Faculty of Philosophy
University of Groningen
The Netherlands


Dr. Birgitta-Sophie von Wolff-Metternich (Heidelberg)
Dr. Arnaud Pelletier (Hannover)
Prof. dr. dr. Brigitte Falkenburg (Dortmund; to be confirmed)

Theme of the Workshop

Already in his Prize Essay of 1764 Kant opposed the Leibnizian-Wolffian
tradition by arguing that the methodology of mathematics is not
suitable for disciplines such as philosophy. The Critique of Pure
Reason demarcates philosophy from mathematics along the same lines.
Kant’s contrast between traditional philosophy as analysis of concepts
and mathematics as a priori synthesis of concepts is relatively clear.
Yet this cannot be said of the way in which the first Critique
conceives of the relation between general logic, special logics,
transcendental logic, transcendental philosophy, and the sciences.
Traditionally, disciplines were often distinguished by their object or
domain of investigation. By contrast, Kant’s demarcation of mathematics
and philosophy seems to concern the methods these disciplines employ.
To which extent does Kant’s methodological approach replace the
traditional way of demarcating the various disciplines?  What is the
precise nature of Kant’s distinction between general, transcendental,
and special logic? To what extent do the differences between the
disciplines stem from the specific cognitive faculties involved in
them? Do philosophy and the sciences depend on logic (of some sort) for
their method and, if so, for their method alone? We invite
contributions that address these and related questions.

Call for Papers
The programme leaves room for a limited number of short presentations
(20 minutes per paper). Abstracts (no more than 400 words) can be sent
to Johan Blok ( before March 15. Those selected will be
notified by April 1. Unfortunately, we cannot provide for travel and
lodging costs. For any questions, please contact Johan Blok.

Organizing Committee

Dr. Karin de Boer
Drs. Johan Blok
Drs. Job Zinkstok
Prof. dr. Detlev Pätzold
Prof. dr. Pauline Kleingeld


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