The Canadian Journal of Philosophy hereby calls for papers on the topic “Representation and Evaluation” for a Special Issue edited by Matt Bedke and Stefan Sciaraffa. 

Representation and Evaluation

The volume provides an occasion to explore the role of representation in theories of meaning and mind with special attention to the implications this has for metaethical, or more broadly metanormative, theory. As such, we welcome fresh assessments of the representational purport (or lack thereof) of normative language and thought (e.g., assertions and thoughts concerning oughts, reasons, values, justification and the like). Here is a suggestive, but not exhaustive, list of possible topics.

  • Defense of a non-representational theory of meaning, such as pragmatism, neo-pragmatism, inferentialism, or global expressivism, and its application to normative language/thought
  • Challenges for non-representational theories of meaning, particularly challenges posed by normative language/thought
  • With an eye toward metanormative implications, clarification of the relationship between representation and various meaning-relevant topics, such as

• semantic content, extension, truth condition

• minimalism about truth or other varieties of minimalism

• quietism about various metanormative matters

• meta-semantic theorizing

  • Within a generally representational theory of meaning, how to create space for non-representational fragments of language/thought in a way that expands the usual menu of options for metanormative theory (e.g., emotivism, prescriptivism, expressivism)
  • Any other novel insights into the representational purport (or lack thereof) of normative language/thought

The special volume will include about 15 papers. 8 of the papers are invited contributions, so we are looking for an additional 7 papers for the volume. 


Submissions (10,000 words strict maximum) and a brief abstract should be submitted through the Canadian Journal of Philosophy website Use the pull-down menu for ‘Representation and Evaluation’. Submissions must be received by June 15th, 2017. Submissions should follow the CJP house style. Inquiries should be sent to Matt Bedke at or Stefan Sciaraffa at


  • Matthew Chrisman
  • David Copp
  • James Dreier
  • William FitzPatrick
  • Anandi Hattiangadi
  • Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons
  • Max Kölbel
  • Laura Schroeter and Francois Schroeter


We are happy to say that the following philosophers will be contributing to the volume. They will also participate in a conference dedicated to their contributions which will be held in Vancouver (June 23-25, 2017). If you are interested in attending the conference, please look for an announcement in the spring.

[[Every year, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy publishes a special double-issue, edited by a member of our editorial board.///Chaque année, le Canadian Journal of Philosophy publie un numéro spécial double, édité sous la direction d'un member de notre Comité de rédaction.]]

[[2015 Belief, Action, and Rationality over Time (Edited by Chrisoula Andreou and Sergio Tenenbaum)///2015 Belief, Action, and Rationality (Édité par Chrisoula Andreou et Sergio Tenenbaum)]]

[[2014 Mathematics in Kant’s critical philosophy (Edited by Emily Carson and Lisa Shabel)///2014 Mathematics in Kant’s critical philosophy (Édité par Emily Carson et Lisa Shabel)]]

[[2013 New essays on the nature of propositions (Edited by David Hunter and Gurpreet Rattan)///2013 New essays on the nature of propositions (Édité par David Hunter et Gurpreet Rattan)]]

[[2012 Hume in Alberta (Edited by Amy Schmitter, Ann Levey, Wade Robinson and Jennifer Welchman)///2012 Hume in Alberta (Édité par Amy Schmitter, Ann Levey, Wade Robinson et Jennifer Welchman)]]

[[2011 New essays on Reid (Edited by Patrick Rysiew)///2011 New essays on Reid (Édité par Patrick Rysiew)]]

[[2010 Justice and equality (Edited by Colin Macleod)///2010 Justice and equality (Édité par Colin Macleod)]]

[[2009 Belief and agency (Edited by David Hunter)///2009 Belief and agency (Édité par David Hunter)]]

[[2008 Truths and values: essays for Hans Herzberger (Edited by William Seager)///2008 Truths and values: essays for Hans Herzberger (Édité par William Seager)]]

[[2007 Reasons to be moral revisited (Edited by Sam Black)///2007 Reasons to be moral revisited (Édité par Sam Black)]]

[[2006 Modularity of Emotions (Edited by Luc Faucher and Christine Tappolet)///2006 The modularity of emotions (Édité par Luc Faucher et Christine Tappolet)]]

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