Friday, February 15, 2013



Dear Friends,

Greetings of Peace and Happiness from SPPIS, Haryana

In a smooth academic environment the most important thing is teacher-taught relationship. But sometime students need to go enlarge this circle and sometime try to find new scholars and teachers who can guide and motivate them to do best and understand more. This also happen to philosophy too. The scholars of India by following their so called GREATEST Ancient Culture where knowledge was distributed to the limited persons, in the present time also, scholars are limited with their self and students only. There are many students/scholars who are willing to interact with scholars/experts of their subject and want to enhance their knowledge, but due to lack of proper information or contact they are getting disappointment. We request you all to be online and available for such students and motivate them to do best in philosophy. We created a page INDEX OF PHILOSOPHERS AND SCHOLARS OF INDIA  ( ) for this purpose. Kindly send us following details, so that some bright students/research scholars can contact and motivated by your scholarship and expertise:



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It is hereby also mentioned that we are not serious scholars, as some of the eminent philosophers and scholars of India who are contributing in knowledge creation. But our simple and creative attempts made a positive impression in the philosophy of India since 2008. We hope that our teachers/scholars/philosophers/thinkers understand this will and cooperate with us. Help us to provide a healthy and positive environment where the real thinkers can distribute their knowledge for the sake of scholarship and their profession.

Waiting for your inspiring  words and positive reply.

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

Society for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (SPPIS) Haryana

15th February, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Call for Papers Mind and Attention in Indian and Contemporary Western Philosophy

Call for Papers
Mind and Attention in Indian and Contemporary Western Philosophy
Conference date: September 21-22, 2013. Harvard University.
Submission due date: March 30, 2013
The goal of the workshop is to bring into focus philosophical work in Indian traditions that address the role of attention of all kinds in mental life. Papers should address any of the following questions in the context of Indian philosophy.
What factors determine how the stream of consciousness unfolds?
By what processes do we bring a subject-matter (an external item, or an idea) into focus?
What factors can determine what the mind is focused on?
What kinds of things can be attended to?
What is the role of attention in mediating between sensation and cognition?
How are capacities for attention related to other capacities such as perception or skills?
What is the role of considerations about attention or the directing or redirection of the mind in arguments for or against the permanence of inanimate objects?
What kinds of methods can be used to redirect attention or mental focus?
What are the practical, epistemic, and ethical benefits or drawbacks of redirecting attention?
What is the role of attention in mediating between sensation and cognition?
Can attention or focusing capacities be trained? If so, how? What are the upshots and the significance of such training?
Are subjects necessarily aware of how their attention is directed? Can they become aware of it? If so, what is the nature of this form of awareness? What role does it play in redirecting attention or the development of the capacity for attention?
Accepted papers must discuss at least some of these questions. Submissions should be a précis of a paper indicating which questions will be addressed and how. Maximum length: 1000 words. Please include a cover sheet identifying which questions your submissions addresses.
Sessions will include 45 minutes for presentation of the main paper, 15 minutes for a commentary, and the rest of the time for discussion. The end of the workshop will feature a round-table discussion.
If your submission is accepted, you will be assigned a commentator. Full drafts of papers (or handouts or slides) are due to the commentator by late August.
Submissions by graduate students and early career scholars are especially encouraged. Funding for travel and lodging will probably be available for every speaker, and will definitely be available for graduate students. If your submission is accepted, we will have more information about funding at the time of acceptance.
In addition to speakers and commentators, the workshop will feature a number of Participants-At-Large, including Ned Block (NYU), Alex Byrne (MIT), David Chalmers (NYU), Christain Coseru (Charleston), Imogen Dickie (Toronto), Jonardon Ganeri (Sussex), Sheridan Hough (Charleston), Sharon Street (NYU), and John Taber (New Mexico).
Organized by: Susanna Siegel (Philosophy, Harvard), Parimal Patil (Religion and South Asian Studies, Harvard), and Sebastian Watzl (Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo).
Submission due date: March 30, 2013.
Submissions should be sent by email to all three organizers:
Susanna Siegel: ssiegel [at sign]
Parimal Patil: ppatil [at sign]
Sebastian Watzl: sebastian dot watzl [at sign]