You may be unfamilar with the idea of an online conference. We’re trying it out ourselves.
Here’s how it’s meant to work:
- Various Philosophers contribute written papers on a given theme (in this case, the Growing-Block view of time).
- Those participating in the conference are given access to the papers, through a different page for each paper.
- Participants comment on the papers in the comments thread on the relevant page, and the authors reply.
The contributors are located in various places around the world. The conference lasts a week (24th-30th August) to give each of the contributors a chance to look at comments, think about them, and reply, while repecting the fact that we don’t all live in the same timezone.
How to access the papers:
Each page has the title and abstract of the paper on it, and there will be a dropbox link on that page to a pdf of the associated paper. Clinking on the link should take you to the paper. It may well ask you to sign up to dropbox. This is not needed to access the papers.
The pdfs are password protected. This is because the papers are works in progress, and we don’t want to distribute them as if they were the authors final thoughts on the matter. Hopefully there will be a book, and we don’t want to preempt that. To get the password to access the papers, e-mail Graeme A Forbes at G.A.Forbes@kent.ac.uk. You don’t need to sign-in to anything to access the pages on the blog.
This is an online conference. That means it is on the internet, and you can’t see each other face to face. Nonetheless, this is meant to have the same virtues as a good conference. Discussion of the papers should be collegial, constructive, and charitable. The point of the conference, and of letting people comment on work-in-progress, it to make the papers better. Comments that are not in the spirit of the conference will be deleted.
Your comments may not show up immediately. The commenting parameters have been set so the first comment that you make is pre-moderated, this is mainly to prevent spam.