CFA: Habit

Hi everyone!  I expect to have a new episode of Sacred & Profane Love out later this week, but in the meantime, please make a note of the following upcoming project of two awesome colleagues of mine.  I will try to submit an abstract and attend (schedule permitting); if you do philosophical work on habit, you should too!

Conference on Habit: Call for Philosophical Abstracts


Scholars of virtue may find the following event of interest: Habit: Practical, Theoretical, and Historical Approaches, a conference in Chicago on September 27-28, 2019. This conference is generously funded by the Center for Ethics & Education and hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference is open to all, so please join us for discussion even if you do not wish to submit for presentation.


Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck)
Stephen Engstrom (University of Pittsburgh)


We invite abstracts for papers on any aspect of the philosophical significance of habit. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • the role of habit in the history of philosophy (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein, etc.)
  • habituation and the acquisition of habits, skills, and virtues
  • the nature, structure, and rationality (or lack thereof) of habitual action
  • the relationship between habits, intentions, and policies
  • habits of thought and reasoning
  • the ethical and/or epistemic significance of habit


Abstracts should be between 500 and 800 words, prepared for anonymous review, and submitted to by March 1, 2019. We will begin reviewing abstracts shortly after the deadline.


For questions, please contact conference organizers Will Small and Jennifer Rothschild at .

Will Small is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Jennifer Rothschild is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Florida.