The VPSC is designed to foster as much active and productive philosophical discussion as possible, both in the scheduled sessions and during the informal conference activities. Because it is a pre-read conference, sessions will not begin with a presentation by the author. Instead, each commenter will speak briefly (seven minutes). Then the author will have a brief period to reply to the comments (seven minutes). The remainder of each session—99 minutes—is for discussion with the conference participants at large.

Many participants will want to contribute at each session, so we ask everyone to make their contributions as succinct as possible. (It’s a pre-read conference—consider writing your question down in advance!) We want to ensure that many different voices and perspectives are heard.

Further details about discussions and the chairing procedure will be announced soon.