Monday, January 25, 2010
Cfp: "The Cartesian 'Myth of the Ego' and the Analytic/Continental Divide," Radboud University of Nijmegen, September 3-4, 2010.
Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/article/Giving-Emerson-the-Boot/63512/.
Possen, David D. Review of Soren Kierkegaard, CONCLUDING UNSCIENTIFIC POSTSCRIPT TO THE PHILOSOPHICAL CRUMBS. NDPR (January 2010).
Revolution is a serious business, and C.L.R. James knew more than most. Our brand-new collection presents eight never-before-published lectures by the celebrated Marxist cultural critic, delivered during his stay in Montreal in 1967 and 1968. Ranging in topic from Marx and Lenin to Shakespeare and Rousseau to Caribbean history and the Haitian Revolution, these lectures demonstrate the staggering breadth and clarity of James' knowledge and interest.
Strikingly little information exists today about the period of time James spent working with West Indian intellectuals and students in Canada in the late 1960s, but the research of editor David Austin demonstrates the critical role these encounters played in the development of James' more mature critical theory. Readers just beginning to delve into James work will find this collection accessible and engaging, an ideal introduction to a complex and multi-faceted body of scholarship. Also included are two seminal interviews produced with James during his stay in Canada, selected correspondence from the time period, and an appendix of essays on James' work, which includes the seminal Marty Glaberman essay, "C.L.R. James: The Man and His Work.".
You Don't Play With Revolution also includes a preface by Robert A. Hill, co-founder of the C.L.R. James Study Circle and historical advisor to the new James archive at Columbia University, and a lengthy historical introduction by David Austin.
Further information is available here: http://www.akpress.org/2009/items/youdontplaywithrevolution.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Cfp: THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN CONTINENTAL AND ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY. BALKAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY (forthcoming 2011).
The philosophical situation in the Balkans has always been characterized by day to day contacts and collaboration between philosophers belonging to different schools and orientations. We see this as an opportunity for our journal: why not extend this spirit of tolerance and collaboration, and offer a space for dialogue between the two still antagonistic camps?
Those who are interested to contribute to the Special Issue of BJP for 2011 can find the guidelines for submission at http://www.philosophybulgaria.org/en/Publikacii/BJP/index.php.
The deadline for submission of papers is 31 December, 2010.
"Georg Lukács's 'Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat,'" Marx and Philosophy Society, London Knowledge Lab, February 6, 2010.
- Gordon Finlayson (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex and is the author of many books and articles on the Frankfurt School);
- Tim Hall (Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London. His article "Reification, Materialism and Praxis: Adorno's critique of Lukács" is forthcoming in Telos  and he is the co-editor of The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács [New York: Continuum, 2010]);
- Michalis Skomvoulis (PhD student at the University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne and has written extensively on Lukacs).
Marx and Philosophy Society: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/.
Cfp: "Thinking the World in the 21st Century," School of Philosophy, University of Tasmania and Australian Phenomenology and Hermeneutics Association (APHA), April 30-May 1, 2010.
‘World’, then, relates their thought, and ‘world’ is the theme around which this colloquium is gathered. With this as the rather open background, we are seeking contributions with a worldly bent: they may be steeped in phenomenology or graced with the lightest of hermeneutic touches. They might take the shape of a standard conference paper, or be entirely creative. Together we hope to create a collegial, challenging, and inspiring colloquium.
Please email your 250-500 word abstract to Philosophy.Admin@utas.edu.au by February 15th.
Cfp: "Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice," St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, September 23-26, 2010.
Short papers are invited for the following panels; contributors should aim to deliver a 20-minute piece with 10 further minutes for questions and discussion. Please send the proposed title of your paper, with an abstract of not more than 500 words, to the convenor of the panel for which it seems most appropriate.
- Modern Theology
- The Bible
- Islamic Studies
- Religion and Modernity
- German Idealism
- The Visual Arts
- Higher Education
- Spirituality and Reconciliatio
- Continental Philosophy of Religion
- Critical Theory
- Theological Humanism
Visit the conference webpage here: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc2329/index.html.
- "May 1968, Sartre and Sarkozy Abstract by JEAN-PIERRE BOULÉ 1-25
- "Saving 1968: Thinking with Habermas against Habermas" by KEVIN W. GRAY 26-44
- "The May 1968 Archives: a Presentation of the Anti-Technocratic Struggle in May 1968" by ANDREW FEENBERG 45-59
- "May ’68 and the One-Dimensional State" by CHRIS REYNOLDS 60-77
- "The Frankfurt School’s Interest in Freud and the Impact of Eros and Civilization on the Student Protest Movement in Germany: a Brief History" by PETER-ERWIN JANSEN 78-96
- "Les événements de Mai as Theory and Practice" by ADRIAN SWITZER 97-129
- "Sartre’s Pure Critical Theory" by JOHN DUNCAN 130-175
Cfp: "Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease," Oriel College, University of Oxford, September 11-13, 2010.
The 2010 conference is extending a call for papers on any aspect of this complex set of circumstances. Because this is a very broad brief, we particularly welcome papers that address the following themes:
I. Health, Illness and Disease in a Globalised World
* Health, human rights and social justice
* Health, disease and citizenship
* Health and place
* Diasporas and disease
* Health, disease and international medicine
II. Systemic Problems in Health Care
* Managerial vs clinical imperatives
* Professional hierarchies and internal conflicts
* The speed of innovation
* The contested nature of evidence-based medicine
* Patients or clients?
III. Beliefs about Health
* Positive thinking, tranquillity and mindfulness
* Faith in diets (including water), eg vegan, low-carb, natural/organic
* Exercise, breathing
* Belief vs practice
* Fears: allergies, sensitivities, negativethinking, stress, contamination
* Puritanism and health beliefs
* 'Healthism' as the new religion
IV. Attitudes to Medicine/Healing
* Medicine as science
* Alternative/non-western approaches: evidence or ideology?
* Mistrust in 'the system' ('medicine/science cannot explain everything')
* Mistrust in the practitioners (lack of knowledge/competence/professionalism)
* Risk and trust in the medical encounter (including hospital stays)
* Litigation in the context of health care; the underlying complexities
V. Purveyors of information
* The media and the popularity of medical programs
* Personal networks
* Dr C. O. M. Puter – the role of the Internet
* Reflexivity in the system – how does public information feed back into health care?
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 26th March 2010. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th August 2010. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs with the subject line HID9. Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Joint Organising Chairs:
- KWM Fulford (Warwick, UK), "Delusion and Spiritual Experience: Facts, Values and Concepts of Disorder in Mental Health"
- Lennart Nordenfelt (Linköping, Sweden), tba
- Fredrik Svenaeus (Södertörns högskola, Sweden), "What is phenomenology of medicine? Embodiment, illness and being-in-the-world"
This three-day international conference will explore differences and overlaps between these different accounts. The conference aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to create dialogue between them, as well as between researchers and healthcare practitioners, on the concepts of health, illness and disease.
We welcome contributions from philosophers, historians and sociologists of medicine on any topic that falls within the broad remit of the conference title. Each paper will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a ten-minute discussion. We aim for the conference to be inclusive and to represent a broad range of views and approaches. We particularly welcome contributions from healthcare practitioners. There will be a number of slots reserved for graduate papers and graduate bursaries will be available.
Please send proposals (500 word abstract) via email by Monday 12 April, 2010 to both organisers:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Cfp: "Translation and Philosophy," Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, March 25-26, 2010.
Some suggested questions and subtopics are the following:
- Examples of the philosophical themes or questions discussed in world literature by different authors from different periods
- Examples of the approaches to philosophical themes or questions in literature
- Which philosophical themes, fields (e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics) or questions are or have been especially apt to be discussed in the forum of world literature? Why?
- Which philosophical themes or questions are difficult to be discussed by means of fiction? Why?
- Which literary genres or types of novels are especially suitable to be forums of philosophical discussion?
- In what ways does philosophical imagination differ from fiction? In what sense is imagination similar in philosophy and in fiction?
- What special tools are available in literature to deal with philosophical questions - tools that are lacking from standard academic philosophical prose?
- In what ways can philosophical tools (concepts, views, theories) be used for the analysis of literature of different countries and cultures? In what ways should philosophical tools not be used in literary research?
- What philosophically interesting differences and similarities can be found in the literature of different cultures and continents? Are the differences related to philosophical themes and questions, or rather to approaches or the ways of discussing?
- What gender differences are there in male and female novelists' approaches to philosophical questions? How do philosophically oriented novelists discuss gender?
- How have feminist philosophers treated issues relating to gender, sexuality and embodiment in literary works? What kinds of philosophical concepts or theoretical approaches can be productive from the feminist perspective when studying the above mentioned questions in literature?
Please send 150 words abstract by email to Panos Eliopoulos email@example.com by February 15, 2010.
Cfp: "Shifting the Geography of Reason: Music, Rhythm and Movement," 7th Annual Conference, Caribbean Philosophical Association, Cartagena, Colombia, August 11-14, 2010.
Send submissions for panels and abstracts of individual presentations by March 31st, 2010,by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the conference website here: http://www.caribbeanphilosophicalassociation.org/CPA_2010.html.
Seeking to situate itself within this theoretical context, the 2011 AdI volume intends to address the relevance of Italian critical theory today. It will be divided in two parts. The first section will include invited papers only. Some of the most prominent Italian philosophers have been invited to contribute and they have all accepted the invitation. The second section will be open to the contributions of scholars who wish to engage in this theoretical debate and will answer this call for papers. As a mere suggestion, submissions may be organized around keywords such as aesthetics, bioethics, biopolitics, cognitive approaches, deconstructionism, difference and identity, existentialism and phenomenology, feminism, geopolitics, genealogy, gender, GLBTQ studies, elites and multitudes, Europe and Empire, grammatology, hermeneutics, humanism and anti-humanism, Idealism and its legacy, metaphysics and its destiny, Marxism and post-Marxism, modernity and post-modernity, North/South dichotomy, otherness and sameness, philosophy and religion, political theology, traveling theories, semiotics, style and the philosophical discourse. In additional to the theorists who have already been mentioned, Annali d’Italianistica will welcome papers on other relevant figures of the Italian thought in the last sixty years. As Annali d’Italianistica intends to make Italian critical theory available to the English-speaking world, all contributions will be in English.
For more information, visit: http://www.ibiblio.org/annali/upcoming.html#adi_2011.
Fish, Stanley. "The True Answer and the Right Answer." THINK AGAIN BLOG. NEW YORK TIMES January 11, 2010.
Should we go off the right standard and return to the true standard? A nice idea, but one that imagines a world where the judgments reached by systems are tested against a truth that is independent of any system. Where would that truth come from, how would it be identified and how could the endless disputes about what it is be resolved? (The law’s project is to hold such disputes at bay.) It is because there are no answers to these questions that we will have to settle for the truths that systems create, deliver and validate in a sequence that may be reassuring but is finally without a foundation.
Read the rest here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/the-true-answer-and-the-right-answer/.
Deconstruction has at least two aspects: literary and philosophical. The literary aspect concerns the textual interpretation, where invention is essential to finding hidden alternative meanings in the text. The philosophical aspect concerns the main target of deconstruction: the “metaphysics of presence,” or simply metaphysics. Starting from an Heideggerian point of view, Derrida argues that metaphysics affects the whole of philosophy from Plato onwards. Metaphysics creates dualistic oppositions and installs a hierarchy that unfortunately privileges one term of each dichotomy (presence before absence, speech before writing, and so on).
The deconstructive strategy is to unmask these too-sedimented ways of thinking, and it operates on them especially through two steps—reversing dichotomies and attempting to corrupt the dichotomies themselves. The strategy also aims to show that there are undecidables, that is, something that cannot conform to either side of a dichotomy or opposition. Undecidability returns in later period of Derrida’s reflection, when it is applied to reveal paradoxes involved in notions such as gift giving or hospitality, whose conditions of possibility are at the same time their conditions of impossibility. Because of this, it is undecidable whether authentic giving or hospitality are either possible or impossible.
In this period, the founder of deconstruction turns his attention to ethical themes. In particular, the theme of responsibility to the other (for example, God or a beloved person) leads Derrida to leave the idea that responsibility is associated with a behavior publicly and rationally justifiable by general principles. Reflecting upon tales of Jewish tradition, he highlights the absolute singularity of responsibility to the other.
Deconstruction has had an enormous influence in psychology, literary theory, cultural studies, linguistics, feminism, sociology and anthropology. Poised in the interstices between philosophy and non-philosophy (or philosophy and literature), it is not difficult to see why this is the case. What follows in this article, however, is an attempt to bring out the philosophical significance of Derrida’s thought. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.iep.utm.edu/derrida/.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
ABSTRACT: One claim reiterated with increasing boldness by the 'analytic' tradition in philosophy is that what sets it apart from long-time rivals is a shared adherence to proper norms of argumentation. Gradated deviancy from this (supposedly univocal) canon by English-speaking practitioners has therefore raised important questions about who can repair under the banner “professional philosopher.” We will portray as deeply worrisome the idea that argumentation should secure not just conclusions, but disciplinary membership as well.
Download the paper here: http://yorku.academia.edu/documents/0059/5409/M._Champagne_-___Analytic_Philosophy_s_Arrogation__.pdf.
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With few exceptions, traditional instruction has involved separate disciplines like finance, marketing and strategy, with an emphasis on quantifiable analyses and methods. While some valued what a liberal arts background could provide, the dominant view was that those elements had no place in professional business schools.
BUT even before the financial upheaval last year, business executives operating in a fast-changing, global market were beginning to realize the value of managers who could think more nimbly across multiple frameworks, cultures and disciplines. The financial crisis underscored those concerns — at business schools and in the business world itself.
As a result, a number of prominent business schools have re-evaluated and, in some cases, redesigned their M.B.A. programs in the last few years. And while few talk explicitly about taking a liberal arts approach to business, many of the changes are moving business schools into territory more traditionally associated with the liberal arts: multidisciplinary approaches, an understanding of global and historical context and perspectives, a greater focus on leadership and social responsibility and, yes, learning how to think critically. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/business/10mba.html?em.
"Hegel and Religion," School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney, September 14-15, 2010.
Visit the conference website here: http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/index.php?cf=31.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Read the interview here: http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2009-11-30-spinoza-en.html.
But a new Leviathan was gobbling up the old public spaces, Arendt believed. With the advent of the modern nation-state, a social dispensation began to emerge, one whose adepts—sociologists, psychologists, planners—were skilled in techniques derived from the social sciences but whose motives were far from pure. The new social technician, part schoolmarm, part bully, sought not merely to study behavior but also, Arendt argued, to control it. The school of Pericles was giving way to the school of Pavlov.
The social signori, Arendt maintained, sought to impose behavioral norms on people through “innumerable and various rules”—bureaucratic harnesses intended to “normalize” men and women, to compel them to “behave,” and to punish their “spontaneous action or outstanding achievement.” Refractory spirits who failed to conform were to be stigmatized as “asocial or abnormal.” In her more perfervid visions, Arendt foresaw a social apocalypse, a “leveling out of fluctuation” that would result in the “most sterile passivity history has ever known.”
Arendt’s jeremiad had a good deal in common with the warnings of other mid-twentieth-century prophets, among them David Riesman and Friedrich Hayek. It resembles, too, the insights of contemporary critics like Camille Paglia, who contends that too many Americans have become “complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them.” But Arendt had her own idiosyncratic understanding of the way public space could help block the road to serfdom. The old forums, in liberating so much potential, foiled those who desired “conformism, behaviorism, and automatism in human affairs.” The question that haunts the reader of Arendt’s work is whether we can get the old places back. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_4_urb-public-space.html.
"Audiovisual Posthumanism: Aesthetics, Cultural Theory and the Arts," University of the Aegean, Greece, September 24–26, 2010.
• Posthumanist Cultural Theory and Art Theory
• Posthumanism, Visual Arts and Digital Media
• Posthumanist Aesthetics
• Posthumanism and Transhumanism
• Posthumanism as a New Humanism
• Posthumanism and the Postmodern
• Criticizing Posthumanism
• Posthuman Identities
• Posthumanist Utopias and Dystopias
• Posthumanist Literary Theory
• Posthumanism and Science Fiction
• Posthumanism and Comics [from comic strips to graphic novels]
Submissions (by June 15, 2010) to:
1. Evi Sampanikou: email@example.com
2. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Domna Pastourmatzi: email@example.com
4. Irina Deretic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marino, Patricia. Review of Laurie J. Shrage, ed. 'YOU'VE CHANGED': SEX REASSIGNMENT AND PERSONAL IDENTITY. NDPR (January 2010).
'You've Changed' is a thoughtful and engaging collection of eleven philosophical essays on sex reassignment, from a range of scholars with varying points of view. This book is unusual in the degree to which it brings philosophical rigor and depth to questions of ordinary life: In what way is my sex identity part of my overall identity? Is sex primarily an embodied, social, or experienced identity? How can we create a world in which everyone's sexual identity is respected? The book also shows the reader glimpses of important entailments in the other direction -- that is, ways in which our reflections on these local questions challenge our background theories and methods. The writing is interesting and lively, and there is a well-organized and insightful introduction by the editor, Laurie Shrage.
Naturally, this book will be of interest to those working in gender and sexuality studies, queer studies, feminist philosophy, and science studies. But it should also be of interest to those interested in the epistemological, metaphysical, and moral aspects of personal identity. The theorizing here offers a set of reflections on identity from a new and important perspective, and several authors argue that ethics, politics and values are essential to understanding identity. This claim is worth considering from a broader perspective than just sex and gender.
These essays take up a large number of topics. Rather than trying to address all of these I'll focus on a few broad themes. . . .
Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=18487.
"Kierkegaard and the Political," Department of Politics, Philosophy and International Relations, University of the West of England, April 15, 2010.
- David Wood, "Singular Universal Once Again" (Vanderbilt University, USA)
- Christine Battersby, "Kierkegaard, the Phantom of the Public and the Sexual Politics of Crowds" (Warwick University, UK)
- Clare Carlisle "Kierkegaard and the Question of Freedom" (Liverpool University, UK)
- Alison Assiter "Love for Strangers: the Sublime and the Poltical" (UWE, UK)
Saturday, January 09, 2010
It is a sign of these confused, amnesiac times that a straight-faced discussion can be held across the liberal-leaning pages of the New York Times and the Chronicle Review about whether to burn the books of one-time Nazi and full-time philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976).
Not literally burn them, of course; the irony would surely be too much even for the most historically forgetful. No, should they be metaphorically burnt? That is, should publishers stop churning out new editions of his collected works, should libraries cull him from their collections, and should university courses purge him from their syllabuses? ‘Is it degenerate literature?’, they just about stop themselves from asking.
The occasion for this mini-outbreak of illiberal liberalism is the imminent publication of the English-language edition of Frenchman Emmanuel Faye’s 2005 intellectual scandal-mongerer, Heidegger: the Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy. For anyone who’s laboured, heavy-lidded, over Heidegger’s excursus on Austrian poet Georg Trakl, Faye’s conclusions may come as something of a surprise: ‘If [Heidegger’s] writings continue to proliferate without our being able to stop this intrusion of Nazism into human education, how can we not expect them to lead to yet another translation into facts and acts, from which this time humanity might not be able to recover?’ This is what you might call a leap of Faye. One minute an undergraduate is getting to grips with fundamental ontology, the next he’s given himself a severe side-parting, donned a brown shirt, and has begun planning the systematic extermination of Jewry. Being and Time today, being a Nazi tomorrow.
While commentators might not have quite caught Faye’s Nazi-fever, they have been suffering from considerable liberal self-doubt. In the New York Times, Patricia Cohen wondered if a philosopher’s unsavoury life-history should see his philosophy disregarded. She concluded with Faye’s warning: ‘Teaching Heidegger’s ideas without disclosing his deep Nazi sympathies is like showing a child a brilliant fireworks display without warning that an ignited rocket can blow up in someone’s face.’ Over at Slate, Ron Rosenbaum, the author of Explaining Hitler, worried that Heidegger’s thought is so permeated with Nazism that it had rubbed off on his long-term lover, the venerated Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt. And Carlin Romano, in an entertainingly disrespectful piece for the Chronicle, just wanted the ‘Black Forest babbler’ ridiculed out of the cultural canon. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/reviewofbooks_article/7762/.
Cfp: "Deleuze: Ethics and Politics," 4th Biennial Philosophy and Literature Conference, Purdue University, April 9-10, 2010.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- immanent vs. transcendent criteria in ethics
- political theory, law and jurisprudence
- the role of the State in relation to capitalism
- the possibility of social forms of organization radically exterior to the State forms
- the positive or productive function of desire as a creative force directly invested in the social field
- the problem of micro-fascism with respect to individual and collective processes of subjectivation
- forms of resistance enabled by minor literature and other processes of becoming-minor
- conceptions of cartography as a critical and transformative social analytic of power relations.
Dr. Daniel W. Smith is known for national and international projects including translations of Deleuze and Klossowski and several works on Deleuze leading up to the forthcoming publication of his book on Deleuze’s philosophical system. Dr. Eugene Holland specializes in social theory and modern French literature, history, and culture. He has published widely including a 1999 volume on Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus and a forthcoming book on Nomad Citizenship. Dr. Arkady Plotnitsky has contributed numerous publications on Deleuze and on the topics of science, literature, and philosophy. He is currently working on a book entitled Space-Time-Matter-Thought: Non-Euclideanism from Riemann and Deleuze, and Beyond.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2010.
Email submissions to: email@example.com.
Papers and abstracts should be sent as Word documents. Personal information is to be sent in the body of the email and should not appear on the paper itself.
Cfp: "Critical Social Theory: Freud and Lacan for the 21st Century," 7th Annual Social Social Theory Forum, University of Massachusetts, Boston, April 7-8, 2010.
Jacque Lacan’s French reading of Freud comes particularly close to the sociological imagination. His theory of the symbolic order and the linguistic precursors of the unconscious have added additional dimensions to the discourse of social theory. His notion of the decentered and alienated self rooted in the intellectual culture of Emile Durkheim, Ferdinand de Saussure, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Michel Foucault find its corollaries in the writings of sociologists and philosophers such as George Herbert Mead, Charles Horton Cooley, and Erving Goffman. This year’s Social Theory Forum provides an opportunity for a re-examination and discussion of these fertile intellectual domains for a new cross-disciplinary pursuit of scholarship in social theory. The conference organizers seek papers that employ rigorous analyses and interpretations of the past and present of these intellectual engagements that form the foundation of modern social theory.
Papers in feminist theory, queer theory, literary criticism, social linguistics, conversational analysis, philosophy of mind, etc. that engage and interrogate Freud or Lacan are all welcomed.
The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and presentations. We welcome submissions from scholars and graduate students in humanities and social sciences and as well as from writers in allied disciplines. We ask that authors submit a one-page abstract as email attachment (MS Word Format) to SocialTheoryAbstracts@libraryofsocialscience.com no later than February 9, 2010. Upon selection and notification of approval by the organizing committee, submitters must send completed presentation paper manuscripts (around 12-15 pages, preferably double-spaced in Times 12 typeface) by March 15, 2010. We are in the process of securing a publishing venue for selected papers. As in prior years, the papers will be peer-reviewed by anonymous referees for possible publication. Details will be announced before the conference.
- "Argumentative Thinking: an Introduction to the Special Issue on Psychology and Argumentation" Abstract PDF by Lance J. Rips 327-336
- "Argument Content and Argument Source: an Exploration" Abstract PDF by Ulrike Hahn, Adam J.L. Harris, Adam Corner 337-367
- "Belief-Overkill in Political Judgments" Abstract PDF by Jonathan Baron 368-378
- "What Constitutes Skilled Argumentation and How Does it Develop?" Abstract PDF by Marion Goldstein, Amanda Crowell, Deanna Kuhn 379-395
- "Differentiating Theories from Evidence: the Development of Argument Evaluation Abilities in Adolescence and Early Adulthood" Abstract PDF by Petra Barchfeld, Beate Sodian 396-416
- "Deliberation versus Dispute: the Impact of Argumentative Discourse Goals on Learning and Reasoning in the Science Classroom" Abstract PDF by Mark Felton, Merce Garcia-Mila, Sandra Gilabert 417-446
- "Eemeren & Garssen's Controversy and Confrontation: Relating Controversy Analysis with Argumentation Theory" PDF by Frank Zenker 447-475
- Zenker's Ceteris Paribus in Conservative Belief Revision: On the Role of Minimal Change in Rational Theory Development" PDF by Pierre Boulos 476-478
Cfp: "Abolition, Liberation, and the Intersections with Social Justice Movements," 8th Annual Conference for Critical Animal Studies, SUNY, Cortland, April 10, 2010.
Please send proposals OR abstracts for panels, roundtables, workshops, or paper presentations no more than 500 words. Please send with each facilitator or presenter a 100 maximum word biography.
Deadline for Submissions is February 15, 2010. Accepted presenters will be notified by e-mail by Feb 20, 2010.
Please send proposals/abstracts and biographies electronically to: Sarat Colling (Co-Conference Director): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was born in 1533 and died (following an attack of kidney stones, like his father) in 1592. His mother was of Marrano descent; her family had been Sephardic Jews, forced into Catholicism. Montaigne himself was always formally obedient to the Church. 'Otherwise', he wrote, 'I could not keep myself from rolling about incessantly. Thus I have kept myself intact, without agitation or disturbance of conscience.' In this respect, he was somewhat the precursor of Evelyn Waugh, who said that, had he not been a Catholic, he would scarcely have been human. Montaigne, however, was a genial man of no officious piety; a dutiful mayor of Bordeaux, unaggressive lord of his modest Périgordin manor, and a courtier without grand ambition.
His essays advocated good-humoured acceptance of the vagaries of human life. For all his formal orthodoxy, he was a manifest sceptic: 'There is', he observed, 'no hostility that exceeds Christian hostility.' In practice, he preferred the Stoic amor fati to religious absolutism and abominated the righteous cruelty of those with undoubting convictions: 'It is putting a very high price on one's conjectures to have someone roasted alive on their account.' Sarah Bakewell takes this to be an allusion to the spate of witch-hunting which accompanied the religious wars, but it is no great stretch to see in it a reference to the ongoing series of autos-da-fé on the other side of the Pyrenees. For those who choose to read him so, Montaigne was a bit of a crypto-Jew. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/raphael_12_09.html.
Are we a nation of individualists pursuing happiness as we each see fit or a country of conformists taking the road most traveled by? The children of Puritans striving to build the city upon a hill or the heirs of Jamestown, driven by the promise of profit? Prudish homebodies or easy riders? Whoever we are, we seem to suffer from a kind of divided personality.
No one could have agreed more than George Santayana (1863-1952). He was once a household name in America: a Spanish-born Harvard professor whose face once graced the cover of Time magazine; a best-selling novelist (The Last Puritan), popular essayist and memoir-writer; and an intellectual mentor to the columnist Walter Lippmann and the poet Wallace Stevens. In his later years he became a permanent expatriate who ended his days being tended by Catholic nuns in Italy, an "old philosopher in Rome," as Stevens put it.
Santayana is most remembered today for a single, painfully overquoted sentence: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But in his lifetime he achieved stature as a philosopher for a whole series of books about the nature of human reason, the sense of beauty and the value of religion. His greatest subject was perhaps his adopted homeland. His writings about America still have the freshness of new discoveries, and they are enlivened—like nearly everything he wrote—by sharp turns of phrase and pungent judgments.
Read the rest here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704240504574585981912442384.html.
On the Galapagos Islands, tourists making scientific haj were treated to ‘an active, life-seeing account of the life of this magnificent scientist’, and a party of Stanford alumni retraced the circumnavigating voyage of HMS Beagle in a well-appointed private Boeing 757, intellectually chaperoned by Darwin’s most distinguished academic biographer. The Darwin anniversaries were celebrated round the world: in Bogotá, Mexico City, Montevideo, Toronto, Toulouse, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Bangalore, Singapore, Seoul, Osaka, Cape Town, Rome (where it was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, part of a Vatican hatchet-burying initiative), and in all the metropolitan and scientific settings you might expect. The English £10 note has borne Darwin’s picture on the back since 2000 (replacing Dickens), but special postage stamps and a new £2 coin honoured him in 2009, as did stamps or coins in at least ten other countries.
Darwin had an anniversary Facebook group dedicated to him: its goal was to have 200,000 unique Happy Birthdays posted by 12 February and a million ‘friends’ by the November anniversary of the Origin. The group also planned a mass ‘Happy Birthday, Darwin’ sing-along, but I don’t think this actually happened. Then there were the Darwin-themed T-shirts, teddy bears, bobbleheads, tote bags, coffee mugs, fridge magnets, mouse mats, scatter cushions and pet bowls; the ‘Darwin Loves You’ bumper-stickers, the ‘Darwin Is My Homeboy’ badges, and the ‘I ♥ Darwinism’ thongs. The opening line of the year’s most substantial historical contribution, Adrian Desmond and James Moore’s Darwin’s Sacred Cause, is: ‘Global brands don’t come much bigger than Charles Darwin.’ Quite right. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n01/steven-shapin/the-darwin-show.
Barash, David P, and Judith Eve Lipton. "How the Scientist Got his Ideas." CHRONICLE January 3, 2010.
When it comes to "doing" science, just-so stories are us. It's not that science ends up being such a story, but it nearly always begins as one, emerging from curiosity, questioning, and uncertainty. It then progresses to reasoned conjecture—to asking, "What if?" and "Could it be?"—and then, if the proffered story seems worth pursuing—and is, in fact, pursuable—to validation, or, as the philosopher Karl Popper and his devotees would have it, to invalidation if not true, and to further refinement if it proves productive. Throughout, the enterprise is steeped in wonder—which includes, not coincidentally, both meanings of the word: as an experience of amazement and appreciation ("the wonder of it all") and as an act of imaginative inquiry ("I wonder if the continents moved" or "I wonder if matter is actually composed of tiny, irreducible particles"). Between wonder, in either sense, and scientific "fact" are just-so stories.
We believe that a just-so story is simply a story, a tentative, speculative answer to a question, and, as such, a clarification of one's thinking, ideally a goad to further thought, and, not incidentally, a necessary preliminary to obtaining the kind of additional information that helps answer a question (which, in the best cases, leads to yet more queries). When that happens—when the narrative is testable and generates fact-based research—then, in a sense, it is no longer a just-so story, but science, pure and … rarely simple.
Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/article/How-the-Scientist-Got-His/63287/.
“Evolution may help explain copulation and even cooperation, but can it account for the creative side of human life? Can it explain art?” (69). This is the main issue concerning Brian Boyd’s mammoth book On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition and Fiction (2009). For those of us concerned with art and the creative process we have, as well, struggled with this issue. Undoubtedly, we have challenged our students and colleagues with circuitous discussions over the “what” of art. Boyd’s work, however, throws us a lifeline pulling us from the mire of unsolvable debate and repetitious frustration by shifting the essential question from “what” to “why”. This simple cognitive maneuver is, in my opinion, as significant to art theory and criticism as the first spark that brought fire to human kind.
As Boyd writes in the chapter entitled "Art as Adaptation," “An evolutionary account of art can clarify why the history of art runs so deep that it has been ingrained in the psyche of the species and the individual” (73). What this means is that concepts such as cooperation, competition, attention, play, status and sociality take on an evolutionary turn by making all artistic manifestations – even the most useless, and tasteless – a “crucial factor in human evolution” (110). But, before going further, let me take you back to the origin of the text which really began in the mid 19th Century. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.arbuturian.com/2010/on-the-origin-of-stories.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Cfp: "The Dialectic,'' 2010 Institute on Culture and Society, Marxist Literary Group, St. Francis Xavier University, June 15-20, 2010.
- Koszowy Marcin ''Preface: the Variety of Research Perspectives in the Study of Argumentation'' (PDF)
The Origins of Informal Logic and Pragma-Dialectics:
- Johnson Ralph H. "Some Reflections on the Informal Logic Initiative" (PDF)
- Blair J. Anthony ''Informal Logic and Logic'' (PDF)
- Eemeren Frans H. van "Strategic Manoeuvring Between Rhetorical Effectiveness and Dialectical Reasonableness" (PDF)
Formal Tools in Analysis of Argumentation:
- Dębowska Kamila, Łoziński Paweł, Reed Chris "Building Bridges Between Everyday Argument and Formal Representations of Reasoning" (PDF)
- Hitchcock David ''Non-logical Consequence'' (PDF)
- Budzyńska Katarzyna, Kacprzak Magdalena ''Formal Models for Persuasive Aspects of Argumentation'' (PDF)
- Jacquette Dale ''Deductivism in Formal and Informal Logic'' (PDF)
- Dziśko Mary, Schumann Andrew ''Cyclic Proofs in Argumentation: the Case of Excluding Boris Pasternak from the Association of Writers of the USSR'' (PDF)
Definitions in Argumentation:
- Kublikowski Robert "Definition Within the Structure of Argumentation'' (PDF)
- Walton Douglas, Macagno Fabrizio ''Classification and Ambiguity: the Role of Definition in a Conceptual System'' (PDF)
Stephen Toulmin's Model of Argumentation:
- Zarębski Tomasz ''Toulmin's Model of Argument and the 'Logic' of Scientific Discovery'' (PDF)
- Bermejo-Luque Lilian ''Argumentation Theory and the Conception of Epistemic Justification'' (PDF)
Ethical and Legal Argumentation:
- Feteris Eveline, Kloosterhuis Harm ''The Analysis and Evaluation of Legal Argumentation: Approaches from Legal Theory and Argumentation Theory'' (PDF)
- Yaskevich Yadviga ''Biomedical Investigations in the Context of Interdisciplinary Strategies: Moral and Legal Arguments'' (PDF)
- Marciszewski Witold ''On the Power and Glory of Deductivism'' (PDF)
Download the essays here: http://logika.uwb.edu.pl/studies/vol29.html.
- "Step Back and Encounter: From Continental to Comparative Philosophy" by Bret W. Davis
- ''Kuki Shūzō and the Question of Hermeneutics'' by Ōhashi Ryōsuke
- "Qui est le Zarathoustra de Nietzsche?" by Françoise Dastur (Translated by David Farrell Krell)
- "Forever Younger: A Reading of Sophocles’ Antigone'' by David Farrell Krell
- ''Sacred Syllogisms and Song for the Ecology of Mind'' by Elizabeth B. Sikes
- ''The Demand of Freedom in Kant’s Critique of Judgment'' by James Risser
- ''The Other of Contemporary Discourse about the Other: Plato’s (not the Platonic) Idea of the Good" by Burt C. Hopkins
- ''Plato Encounters Zen – atop the Mountain Peaks of Iran'' by Joseph Lawrence
- "Appeal and Attitude: Prospects for Ultimate Meaning'' by Steven G. Smith -- Reviewed by Verna Ehret
- "Hegel on Hamann," translated from the German and with an introduction by Lisa Marie Anderson -- Reviewed by Jason Wirth
Essays may be purchased from: ttp://www.equinoxjournals.com/ojs/index.php/CCP/index.