Monday, February 22, 2010
"Argumentation: Cognition and Community," Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation, University of Windsor, May 18-21, 2010.
"That Buck Rogers Stuff: the Rhetoric of Science and Science Fiction," Rhetoric of Science and Technology Preconference, Minneapolis, May 28, 2010.
"Persuasion and Argumentation," Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, September 7–9, 2010.
- examining the importance of context in persuasive practices, when they are considered context-dependent;
- understanding how these practices appear in different disciplines, in so far as there are also forms of persuasion in scientific argumentation, for instance, so that persuasion would not be the prerogative only of the literary and the visual arts; a comparative study of different persuasive practices would be particularly fruitful;
- articulating persuasion and argumentation more in detail instead of considering them as opposed. While it is clear that all persuasion processes do not fall within the province of argumentation, some could match the epistemological and cognitive criteria governing argumentation as a rational enterprise;
- from this point of view, integrating some persuasive techniques into the field of argumentation would make it possible to take into account different kinds of discourse which are still too often excluded from the field of argumentation precisely because they would be more persuasive than argumentative: literature, advertising, political propaganda, visual argumentation.
Participants are welcome to deliver their papers in French or in English. Abstracts (c. 300 words) and provisional titles should be submitted, together with a brief résumé (one page) in Word format, to Georges Roque (email@example.com) no later than February 15, 2010. The final decision of the selection committee will be communicated by February 28, 2010.
"Ethics, Hospitality, and Radical Atheism," a Dialogue between Derek Attridge and Martin Hägglund, University of Oxford, March 4, 2010.
"Film-Philosophy III," Third Annual Conference of the FILM-PHILOSOPHY Journal, University of Warwick, July 15-17, 2010.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Cfp: "Form and Genesis," Sixth Annual Conference, The Theory Reading Group, Cornell University, April 22-24, 2010.
Mary Daly, noted feminist theologian and philosopher, died on January 3rd of this year. Her fans and intellectual descendants range across disciplines, professions and continents. The feminist blogosphere offers tributes to her imagination and wildly witty tongue, and plenty of folks are still complaining about her brand of feminism. Although it’s difficult to sum up an entire career and a stack of books in one word, for Daly, ‘sin’ does a pretty good job. Sin is a feminist goal. If you haven’t heard that, you’ve been missing out. So rather than a conventional obituary, let me offer some advice for those who would like to add some sin to their bookshelves. . . . (Read the rest here: http://www.philosophynow.org/issue77/77benson2.htm.)
"Hegel's Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life," Kalamazoo College, February 26-27, 2010.
Cfp: "Geographies of Black Internationalism," Institute of British Geographers, Royal Geographical Society, London, September 1-3, 2010.
Dockstadter, Nels. "Spinoza’s Epistemology." INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY. Updated September 13, 2009.
Malinowski-Charles, Syliane. Review of Olli Koistinen, ed. CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO SPINOZA'S ETHICS. NDPR (February 2010).
"Spinoza and Texts: Spinoza and the Arts and Humanities," Spinoza Research Network, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, April 7-8, 2010.
- Dimitris Vardoulakis (University of Western Sydney), “The Politics of the Text: Writing and Singularity in Spinoza”
- Peg Rawes (University College London), “Spinoza’s Architectural Passages: Drawing out Geometric Comportments”
- Nicholas Halmi (Oxford), “Coleridge’s Ecumenical Spinoza”
- Nick Nesbitt (Aberdeen), “Natura Naturans: the Spinozian Foundations of the Haitian Revolution”
- Simon Calder (Cambridge), “George Eliot, Spinoza, and the Ethics of Literature”
- Amy Cimini (New York University), “The Secret History of Musical Spinozism”
Registration: Attendance is free and lunch will be provided on Day 2. Advance registration is required. Please download and complete the registration form, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29. Further information may be found here: http://spinozaresearchnetwork.wordpress.com/.
Monday, February 15, 2010
McCloskey, Deirdre. "Prudence, You No Longer Rule My World." TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION January 14, 2010.
Fowler, Ryan C. Review of Seth Bernardete, THE RHETORIC OF MORALITY AND PHILOSOPHY. BMCR (January 2010).
Moore. Christopher. Review of Simon Goldhill, ed. THE END OF DIALOGUE IN ANTIQUITY. BMCR (February 2010).
"Phenomenology and French Epistemology," St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, April 9-11, 2010.
Annual Conference, British Society for Phenomenology. The conference will examine the relation between phenomenology and the work of Gaston Bachelard, Jean Cavaillès, George Canguilhem and Michel Foucault. These thinkers were part of a significant current of philosophy that ran alongside phenomenology in France from the time that Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations appeared there. The differences were often sharply drawn. Cavaillès concluded a careful reading of Husserl’s Formal and Transcendental Logic with a call to abandon the philosophy of the subject in favour of a philosophy of the concept. Others followed his lead, and the two currents appeared to diverge. Yet there remained certain proximities. Phenomenology and the French epistemological tradition share an interest in formalisation, and themes such as history, language, exteriority, and the conditions underlying the possibility of thought are passed between them at various points. At the heart of it all stands Bachelard, whose early writing on time and the philosophy of science was forcefully anti-phenomenological, yet who continued to read phenomenology closely and who could in his later writing describe his project in phenomenological terms. The speakers at this conference will address the relation between phenomenology and French epistemology through a series of reflections that draw texts or thinkers of the one current towards the other. The aim of the meeting is to understand better the points at which the two currents came closest and what continued to separate them. There will be presentations on Bachelard’s understanding of consciousness in terms of discontinuity, on a significant unpublished work by Canguilhem on the subject, on Foucault’s reading of Blanchot, on the possibility of a phenomenological reading Cavaillès, on the extent to which Foucault can be read as joining Cavaillès in an immanent critique of the phenomenological approach to truth, and finally broader and more strategic view of the relation between the two currents. There will also be a panel discussion of Johanna Oksala’s book, Foucault on Freedom. Speakers :
- Jean-Michel Salanskis (Univeristy of Paris, Nanterre), "Phenomenology and Epistemology: War and Marriage"
- Zbigniew Kotowicz (University of Paris), "On Gaston Bachelard: Atomism, Consciousness and Scientific Thought"
- Kevin Thompson (DePaul University, Chicago), "Dialectic, Archaeology, Genealogy: Cavaillès and Foucault on Discontinuity and the Question of Truth "
- Michael Roubach (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Time, Modality, and the Possibility of a Phenomenological Interpretation of Cavaillès"
- Michele Cammelli (Centre Georges Canguilhem, University of Paris VII), "The Subject and Error in the Thought of Georges Canguilhem"
- Adonis Frangeskou (Staffordshire University), "The Thought of the Outside: Towards an Archaeological Aesthetic"
Registration: Registration forms are available on the web-site of the British Society for Phenomenology (http://www.britishphenomenology.com/). Please note, we have had problems with the web-site over the last few days and it will not be accessible or a few days. The problems should be resolved 20th February. In the meantime, you can contact David Webb (email@example.com) and he will send you a registration form directly.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Cfp: "C. L. R. James in Focus: Crossing Boundaries," University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, April 21, 2010.
- Introduction: "Entwined Practices: Engagements with Photography in Historical Inquiry" by JENNIFER TUCKER in collaboration with TINA CAMPT
- "Incongruous Images: 'Before, During, and After' the Holocaust by MARIANNE HIRSCH and LEO SPITZER
- "Seeing and Saying: a Response to 'Incongruous Images'" by GEOFFREY BATCHEN
- "Santu Mofokeng, Photographs: 'The Violence is in the Knowing'" by PATRICIA HAYES
- "Of Fish, Birds, Cats, Mice, Spiders, Flies, Pigs, and Chimpanzees: How Chance Casts the Historic Action Photograph into Doubt" by ROBIN KELSEY
- "Neither Fish nor Flesh" by JOHN TAGG
- "Photographic Ambivalence and Historical Consciousness" by MICHAEL S. ROTH
- "'When I Was a Photographer': Nadar and History" by STEPHEN BANN
- "Photography and the Practices of Critical Black Memory" by LEIGH RAIFORD
- "Photography and the Material Performance of the Past" by ELIZABETH EDWARDS
- "The Evidence of Sight" by JULIA ADENEY THOMAS
Download the issue here: http://www.historyandtheory.org/archives/dec09.html.
"Derrida and Religion," Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, March 26-27, 2010.
Programme Friday Evening, 26th March: Keynote Opening Address, 6:00 p.m. : Hent de Vries (Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University), “'et iterum de Deo': Jacques Derrida and the Tradition of Divine Names" Saturday, 27th March: General Introductory Remarks, 9:00 a.m.: Peter Gordon (History, Harvard University) Morning Session I: Derrida and Judaism, 9:15 - 11:00 a.m.
- Joseph Cohen (Philosophy, University College, Dublin), “Abraham - alterity, sacrifice, place”
- Sarah Hammerschlag (Religion, Williams College), "Poetics of the broken tablet: On the role of the rabbi in Derrida's readings of Edmond Jabès and Paul Celan," Moderator: Ethan Kleinberg (History, Wesleyan University)
Coffee break Morning Session II: Derrida and Christianity, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Richard Kearney (Philosophy, Boston College), "Derrida's Messianic Atheism"
- Edward Baring (Ph.D. History (Harvard), Lecturer, Princeton University), “Derrida and Christian Existentialism” Moderator: Judith Surkis (History, Harvard University)
Lunch, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Session I: Derrida and the Death of God, 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.
- John Caputo (Religion, Syracuse University), "Unconditional without Sovereignty: the Weak Force of the Event and the Weakness of God in Derrida”
- Martin Hägglund (Comparative Literature, Harvard University Society of Fellows), "Derrida's Radical Atheism" Moderator: Sean Kelly (Philosophy, Harvard University)
Coffee break Afternoon Session II: Roundtable, Derrida and Religion, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Introduction: Peter Gordon
- Opening Presentation: Amy Hollywood (Religion, Harvard University)
- Opening Response: Sean Kelly
- Roundtable: Hent de Vries, Richard Kearney, Sean Kelly, John Caputo, and Amy Hollywood
- The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
- The Humanities Center,
- The Committee on the Study of Religion
- The Department of Philosophy
- The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Contact: Jason Beerman, firstname.lastname@example.org A Conference Organized by the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual and Cultural History. For more information on Intellectual History at Harvard see: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~inthist/.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Onof, Christian J. "Sartre's Existentialism." INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY Updated January 17, 2010.
Mussett, Shannon. "Simone De Beauvoir." INTERNET ECYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY Updated January 17, 2010.
"The Non-Philosophy of Francois Laruelle," Department of Philosophy, Warwick University, March 3, 2010.
3.30 - "Non-Philosophy in English" - Nick Srnicek (LSE), Anthony Paul Smith (Nottingham), Reid Kotlas (Dundee) - Three presentations introducing the central features of non-philosophy followed by a joint question and answer session.
5.00 - Break 5.30 - "From the First to the Second Non-Philosophy" - Francois Laruelle - Paper in French, with English translation provided by Anthony Paul Smith, followed by a question and answer session interpreted by Marjorie Gracieuse (Warwick).
- J.K. Gibson-Graham, The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy, and J.K. Gibson-Graham, A Postcapitalist Politics; Reviewed by Richard Schmitt
- Amy E. Wendling, Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation; Reviewed by Chris Arthur
- Bill Martin, Ethical Marxism: the Categorical Imperative of Liberation; Reviewed by David Marjoribanks
- Bernard Reginster, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism; Reviewed by Meade McCloughan
- Andrew Chitty and Martin Mcivor, eds., Karl Marx and Contemporary Philosophy; Reviewed by David McLellan
Download the reviews here: http://www.marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks.
Cfp: "Hegel: Contemporary Readings / Lecturas Contemporáneas," University of Navarra, May 5-7, 2010.
Monday, February 08, 2010
- Faye, Emmanuel. Heidegger: the Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy. New Haven: Yale UP, 2009.
- Maier-Katkin, Daniel. Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness. New York: Norton, 2010.
It's long been known that Martin Heidegger was involved with the Nazi regime, and we are still wrestling with the questions this brings up. Was Heidegger really a true believer, or was he just a careerist? Does this affect the way we view his work, particularly Being and Time? Should it? What does it say about Hannah Arendt that she loved such a man? What does it say about her work examining totalitarianism and power? What does it say about the other intellectuals who defended him when the Allies won and the "denazification" (what a word) hearings began? Within the next year, there will be multiple books published, including Emmanuel Faye's Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy and Daniel Maier-Katkin's Stranger from Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness, trying to find answers to these questions. You can pick apart his work, trying to find alignments between his philosophy and the Nazi philosophy. (I won't be doing that. William James once wrote that he only felt like he truly understood Hegel when he was high on nitrous oxide. I feel the same way about Heidegger.) Heidegger's most famous work, Being and Time, was published in 1927. He didn't join the party until 1933 when he became the rector of the University of Freiburg and used his new enthusiasm to reorganize the school. Many of his critics say they have problems with his work because he never issued an apology for his time in the Nazi party. I'm guessing this is not what they actually want. How does one apologize, exactly, for 12 years spent supporting a political regime, and during the height of his career and intellectual prowess? An apology would be an insult. He did give one interview, printed posthumously, wherein he tried to justify his actions, saying he was trying to save his job. It's an obvious dodge. It doesn't explain why he informed on colleagues, or some of the work Faye cites in Heidegger justifying racism. Heidegger died without giving a real explanation to anyone, including his former lover Arendt, even after she passionately defended him and his work. But even if we had a full confessional from a repentant Heidegger, would that clear things up for us? The problem is not whether this information is available. It's that we don't know what to do with it. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article12020902.aspx.
"Violence in the Everyday Cultural Life of the Caribbean," Annual Conference, Caribbean Studies Association, Barbados, May 24-28, 2010.
Friday, February 05, 2010
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