Saturday, June 28, 2008
Gallix, Andrew. "Dead Philosophers' Society: an Interview with Simon Critchley." 3: AM MAGAZINE June 26, 2008.
PUB: Critchley, Simon, and Reiner Schürmann. ON HEIDEGGER'S BEING AND TIME. London: Routledge, 2008.
Annual Conference, British Society of Aesthetics, St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, September 5-7, 2008.
- Stephen Davies (University of Auckland) “Why Art Cannot be a Spandrel”
- Alexander Nehamas (Princeton University)"Because It Was He, Because It Was I: Aesthetics and the Good of Friendship"
- Berys Gaut (University of St. Andrews) “Interactive Storytelling and Computer Games”
- Hannah Ginsborg (UC, Berkeley) “Rule-Following and Aesthetic Objectivity”
This year's William Empson lecture will be given by Jonathan Jones (The Guardian) "Painting and the Decline of Magic: Artists, Shamans and Art Factories"Further information is here: http://www.british-aesthetics.org/conference2008.aspx.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Rorty, Richard, et al. "What does Nietzsche Mean to Philosophers Today?" KRITIKA & KONTEXT 35 (2007).
Lee, Benjamin Todd. "Review of Paul Allen Miller's POSTMODERN SPIRITUAL PRACTICES." BRYN MAWR CLASSICAL REVIEW (June 2008).
Saunders, Timothy. "Review of R. Drew Griffith's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE AGORA." BRYN MAWR CLASSICAL REVIEW (June 2008).
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Given that Enlightenment rationality developed in Europe as European nations aggressively claimed other parts of the world for their own enrichment, scholars have made rationality the subject of postcolonial critique, questioning its universality and objectivity. In On Reason, the philosopher Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze demonstrates that rationality and, by extension, philosophy, need not be renounced as manifestations or tools of Western imperialism. Examining reason in connection to the politics of difference--the cluster of issues known variously as cultural diversity, political correctness, the culture wars, and identity politics--Eze expounds a rigorous argument that reason is produced through and because of difference. In so doing, he preserves reason as a human property while at the same time showing that it cannot be thought outside the realities of cultural diversity. Advocating rationality in a multicultural world, he proposes new ways of affirming both identity and difference. Eze draws on an extraordinary command of Western philosophical thought and a deep knowledge of African philosophy and cultural traditions. He explores models of rationality in the thought of a broad range of philosophers from Aristotle, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes to Noam Chomsky, Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam, Jacques Derrida, and Cornel West. He considers portrayals of reason in the work of the African thinkers and novelists Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Wole Soyinka. Eze reflects on contemporary thought about genetics, race, and postcolonial historiography as well as on the interplay between reason and unreason in the hearings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He contends that while rationality may have a foundational formality, understanding of its foundation and form is dynamic, always based in historical and cultural circumstances.Here is an extract from John Pittman's review:
Eze is perhaps best known for his critical reading of Kant’s anthropological writings and the philosophical ‘raciology’ they contain, in his important article, “The Color of Reason: The Idea of ‘Race’ in Kant’s Anthropology.” He extended that critique to include Hume as well in his edited volume on Race and the Enlightenment. Indeed, Emmanuel Eze was the contemporary writer who most consistently explored the issue of the racial logic of the founding thinkers of the European enlightenment. In Achieving our Humanity: the Idea of a Postracial Future (2001), Eze extended that inquiry, discussing at length the history of race conceptions in European thought, arguing that the modern origins of philosophical racism in Europe lie in the writings of Hume and Kant, and reflecting on the cultural issues faced by Africans in the diaspora. He was something of a ‘hardliner’ on the role of modern European philosophy, arguing both that the racism that ravaged Africa and produced the horrors of the middle passage and New World slavery was a modern invention underwritten by the ‘greats’ of the modern philosophical tradition, and that the philosophical foundation of the ‘Enlightenment project’ was itself compromised by the pervasive racialization of the social thought of its celebrated founding figures. He emphatically rejected the suggestion that “we ‘separate’ the ideal from the real [Enlightenment], holding on to one while rejecting the other.” (Eze 1997, 12). “It is more appropriate,” Eze claimed, ”to consider Africa’s experience of the ‘Age of Europe’ as the cost of Occidental modernity” (Eze 1997, 13). There were signs his hard-line attitude had softened by the time Achieving our Humanity was written. There he justified his concerns about what he saw as Kant’s racializing of reason by referring to himself as one of those “who do not wish to continue to see the word ‘universalism’ regarded as a curse word (to damn nonwhite cultures or as an expletive against white cultures) [and] are interested in separating true from false universalism” (Eze 2001, 81). On Reason (2008) can be seen as Eze’s constructive response to his abiding concern with the consequences of European enlightenment’s racialization of reason: if no nonracialized version of European philosophy’s method can be recuperated, then we must look elsewhere for a truly universal account of reason.Read the rest of the review here: http://web.mit.edu/sgrp/2008/eze/PittmanSP08.pdf.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
CFP: "Philosophy of Language and Linguistics," Department of English and General Linguistics, University of Łódź, Poland, May 14-15, 2009.
The title of the conference is deliberately ambiguous: we wish to investigate the relation between ‘philosophy of language’ and ‘linguistics’, but we also want to focus on ‘philosophy of language’ as opposed to ‘philosophy of linguistics’. Are the two in opposition, or do they perhaps complement one another? The principal aim of our conference is to bring together philosophers and linguists; we would like the papers to address the following issues (the list is not exhaustive):
- what are the new problems and issues in the philosophy of language in the 21st century?
- have any traditional problems been successfully solved?
- how does research in linguistics influence the philosophy of language and philosophy of linguistics?
- how does philosophy influence modern linguistics?
The following scholars have accepted our invitation to address the conference as plenary speakers:
- Prof. Eros Corazza (Institute of Cognitive Science, Carleton University)
- Prof. Katarzyna Jaszczolt (Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
- Prof. Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Łodź)
- Prof. Michael Morris (Department of Philosophy, University of Sussex)
- Prof. Jaroslav Peregrin (Department of Logic, Charles University, Prague)
Abstracts of papers of max. 500 words should be forwarded by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is 31 December 2008. Presentations should last max. 30 minutes (including discussion and questions). Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1 March 2009. A volume of conference proceedings will be published with an international publisher.
CFP: "Islamic Resurgence in the Age of Globalization: Myth, Memory, Emotion," Norwegian University of Science and Technology, September 4-6, 2009.
- Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College
- Armando Salvatore, Humboldt University
- Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah
It is intended that an edited volume will be published, based on the proceedings of the conference. Traveling expenses and accommodation for paper presenters will be covered by the organizers, as will be an excursion to the fjords and a concluding dinner. Abstract proposals (maximum 400 words, with a brief CV, maximum two sentences) should be sent by January 31, 2009 to: Ulrika Mårtenson (email@example.com), Itzchak Weismann (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Mark Sedgwick (email@example.com). Acceptances and rejections will be notified by April 2, 2009.
"Armchair in Flames? Experimental Philosophy and its Critics," University of Cologne, September 22-24, 2008.
- To what extent are intuitions relative in different areas of philosophy?
- What are the determining background factors? (theory, cultural and socio-economic factors, priming effects etc.)?
- Are intuitions relative across the board and under all conditions? Are folk intuitions, conceptual intuitions as well as rational intuitions equally affected? Does relativity even hold for sufficiently reflected intuitions?
- Can we explain away the experimentally observed relativity by reinterpreting the data or criticizing the methodology of experimental philosophy?
- What bearing do these findings have on the status of intuitions as evidence?
There will be participants from both camps: experimental philosophers as well as more traditionally minded philosophers. Here is a list of confirmed speakers and preliminary titles:
- Thomas Grundmann (University of Cologne, Germany): "Some Hope for Intuitions: a Reply to Weinberg"
- Frank Hofmann (University of Tübingen, Germany): "Intuitions, Dispositions, and the A Priori"
- Joachim Horvath (University of Cologne, Germany): "Experimental Philosophy and Meta-Epistemology"
- Jens Kipper (University of Cologne, Germany): "Philosophers and Grammarians"
- Kirk Ludwig (University of Florida, USA): "Intuition and Relativity"
- Thomas Nadelhoffer (Dickinson College, USA): "The Psychology of Philosophy"
- Christian Nimtz (University of Hamburg, Germany): "What Intuitions are not"
- Joseph Shieber (Lafayette College, USA): "On the Very Idea of Experimental Philosophy."
- Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University, USA): "Intuitions and X-Phi"
- Anand Vaidya (San José State University, USA): "On the Central Theoretical Posit of Experimental Philosophy"
- Jonathan Weinberg (Indiana University, USA): "Are Philosophers Experts?"
The workshop is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) and the Universität zu Köln. Attendance of the workshop is free, but please check our website for registration and further information: http://www.armchairinflames.uni-koeln.de/.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Read the rest here: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/transcendentalism/.
"Hegel and the Philosophy of Spirit," Annual Conference, Hegel Society of Great Britain, University of Oxford, September 1-2, 2008.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
PUB: Samet, Jerry. "The Historical Controversies Surrounding Innateness." STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY June 19, 2008.
Lane, Bob. "Review of Myint Swe Khine's KNOWING, KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEFS." METAPSYCHOLOGY June 3, 2008.
Here we see a combination of the metaphysical, ontological, and political dimensions [of Rousseau's Platonic affiliation]: the commitment to transcendent ideas as the ultimate authority for moral and political arguments. (xxvii)What Williams calls Rousseau's Platonic affiliation is presented as encompassing matters epistemic, faith in god, the immaterial soul, and freedom of the will, but not an institutional affinity -- at least not in this initial presentation. His use of 'Platonic' includes Plato himself and those whom Williams quite reasonably assigns to a Platonic tradition including St Augustine, Ficino, Descartes, Leibniz and Malebranche. Williams does not differentiate between Platonic and neo-Platonic. He also bluntly nails his own Platonist colours to the mast in what might be called his "so what?" moment, where he gestures towards the beneficial wealth-generating aspects of materialism, but despairs over the ethical vacuum that results in undergraduate cheating on exams, performance enhancing drugs, corporate plunder, and genocide. . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13389.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
But four books seized my attention—then and now—and seem of major importance. They were published from 1975 to 1979: Patricia Spacks’s The Female Imagination (1975), Ellen Moers’s Literary Women (1976) Elaine Showalter’s A Literature of Their Own (1977), and Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s The Madwoman in the Attic (1979). . . .
Read the rest here: http://dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=1170.
- Précis: The Phenomenological Mind by Shaun Gallagher and Dan Zahavi
- Articulating and Understanding the Phenomenological Manifesto by Daniel D. Hutto
- Phenomenology, Neuroscience and Impairment by Jonathan Cole
- The Importance and Limits of Phenomenological Philosophy of Mind by Marc Slors
- Intentionality and the Externalism versus Internalism Debate by Alessandra Tanesini
- Phenomenology: Contribution to Cognitive Science by Andrew Brook
- Phenomenology as Another Toolbox for Neuroscience? by Lars Schwabe and Olaf Blanke
- Reply: A Phenomenology with Legs and Brains by Dan Zahavi and Shaun Gallagher
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Visit the journal homepage here: http://www.abstracta.pro.br/english/Default.asp.
"Reconsidering Polanyi," Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, June 26-28, 2008.
The programme may be found here: http://www.polanyi.bme.hu/conference/prog.php.
CFP: "Rousseau and Revolution," Institute of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, March 13- 15, 2009.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Rosen, Jonathan. "Return to Paradise: the Enduring Relevance of John Milton." NEW YORKER June 2, 2008.
"T. S. Kuhn's THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS: Impact, Relevance and Open Issues," University of Athens, August 21-23, 2008.
Friday, June 13, 2008
- Leo, John. "The Hazards of Telling the Truth." Wall Street Journal April 15, 2008(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120821739801814533.html?mod=opinion_journal_books);
- Boyle, Brenda. "Siege of the Ivory Tower." New York Sun May 21, 2008(http://www.nysun.com/arts/siege-of-the-ivory-tower/76754/);
- Preston, John. "History Lesson: a Race Odyssey." Times Higher Education May 29, 2008(http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=402177&c=1).
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Williams, Jeffrey J. "Why Today's Publishing World Is Reprising the Past." CHRONICLE REVIEW June 13, 2008.
James R. Hamilton writes that his book, The Art of Theater, has but one concern: to explain and defend the claim that theatrical performance is "a form of art in its own right, independent of literature" (15). This claim, he adds, has always been true; theatrical performances have never been mere presentations of texts. Its truth has only recently been discovered, however, as the history of theater long hid it from our view. . . .
Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13329.
Fish, Stanley. "Politics and the Classroom: One More Try." THINK AGAIN: NEW YORK TIMES BLOG June 8, 2008.
"The Post/Human Condition," Annual Conference, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP), University of Auckland, December 3–5, 2008.
- Prof. Leonard Lawlor (Penn State)
- Prof. Ewa Ziarek (SUNY Buffalo)
- Prof. David Wills (SUNY Albany)
- A/Prof. Nikolas Kompridis (York)
Conference Streams (draft list):
- Animality and Humanity
- Bare Life and Biopolitics
- The Posthuman Body
- Phenomenology of Life
- Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenology
- Arendt and the Human Condition
- Hegel, Desire, Subjectivity
- Levinas and the Humanism of the Other
- Humanism and Anti-Humanism
- The Legacy of Existentialism
- Comparative Philosophy
- Philosophy & Literature
- A Post-Human Aesthetics?
- Richard Rorty in memoriam
- Philosophy of the Future
- The Human To-Come
Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2008. Paper and panel proposals should be emailed to Dr Simone Drichel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, paper title, an abstract (200 words max), plus up to 5 key words.Further information will be posted here in due course: http://www.ascp.org.au/conferences.htm.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
CFP: "Mind, Art and Psychoanalysis: Perspectives on Richard Wollheim," Institute of Philosophy & Heythrop College, University of London, June 20, 2008
"Art, Praxis and Social Transformation: Radical Dreams and Visions," San Francisco State University, November 6-9, 2008.
"PRACTICAL CRITICISM and its Legacies," English Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, June 26-27, 2008.
- Professor Ben Knights, Director of the English Subject Study Centre
- Dr Gary Day, De Montfort University
I. A. Richards’ foundational text Practical Criticism, which he described as ‘in part … the record of a piece of field-work in comparative ideology’, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1929. Its methodological and theoretical assumptions constitute the basis of all subsequent teaching and much critical analysis of literary texts. Practical criticism is still the first mode of encounter with literary texts for most students, and major traditions of literary analysis and theory, from New Critical approaches to deconstruction, from psychological and psychoanalytic approaches to linguistic and reader-response theories, owe conceptual and methodological debts to Richards’ project in Practical Criticism. The book provided a series of models for the reading of texts, the comprehension of contexts, and the processes of interpretation, analysis and composition, which has influenced subsequent critical practice in profound ways.
This conference will explore the arguments and assumptions, influences and legacies, reactions against and developments from, and contemporary versions of and responses to the traditions of critical reading established by Richards’ text. A selection of the papers will be included in a planned volume marking in 2009 the 80th anniversary of the publication of Practical Criticism.
The conference website is here: http://www.eri.mmu.ac.uk/events/legacies-of-practical-criticism.
Monday, June 09, 2008
David, A. P. "Homer and the Mystery of Blushing: Mind, Body and the Distance Between." MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE December 11, 2007.
Rosenfield, Israel, and Edward Ziff. "How the Mind Works: Revelations." NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS June 26, 2008.
"The Varieties of Moral Experience: a Phenomenological Investigation," Department of Philosophy, Durham University, June 24-25, 2008.
CFP: "Literature and Philosophy," Centre for Philosophy and Literature, University of Sussex, June 12-14, 2008.
- Paul Davies: "Living Without Belief: Philosophy and a Fictional World"
- Alex Garcia-Duttmann: "Literary Examples in Philosophy"
- Jonathan Lear: "Mythic Justice: Plato's Cave"
- Stephen Mulhall: "The Wounded Animal: J. M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality"
- Nicholas Royle: "Miracle Play"
- Kathleen Stock: "Fictional Desires and Fictional Objects"
- Kendall Walton: "Poets, Personnae, Thoughtwriters"
- "Investigating the Shared Background Required for Argument: a Critique of Fogelin’s Thesis on Deep Disagreement" (Abstract PDF) by Dana Phillips 86-101;
- "Dialectical Relevance and Dialogical Context in Walton’s Pragmatic Theory" (Abstract PDF) by Fabrizio Macagno 102-128;
- "Arguing from Definition to Verbal Classification: The Case of Redefining 'Planet' to Exclude Pluto" (Abstract PDF) by Douglas Walton 129-154;
- "Tu Quoque Arguments and the Significance of Hypocrisy" (Abstract PDF) by Scott F. Aikin 155-169.