Friday, April 30, 2010
Does Canada need students studying fields such as literary theory? More than ever, if we can judge by the example of scholars like Ian Lancashire, an English professor from the University of Toronto, and his colleague Graeme Hirst, a computational linguist, who topped the New York Times annual list of the best ideas of 2009. Their idea was to analyze Agatha Christie’s novels based on the knowledge that written vocabulary changes subtly but perceptively with the onset of dementia. Their textual analysis demonstrated for the first time that the prolific Christie did, in fact, write her last novels while suffering from Alzheimer’s. Moreover, their work suggests new diagnostic tools for identifying the initial onset of dementia which, in turn, make possible new preventive treatments. . . .
Read the rest here: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/we-need-literary-theorists.aspx.
Carlisle, Clare. "Kierkegaard's World: Part 4: 'The Essentially Human is Passion.'" GUARDIAN April 5, 2010
"Twenty-First Century Heidegger," Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, September 10-11, 2010.
Professor Miguel de Beistegui, University of Warwick
Dr Joseph Cohen, University College Dublin
This two-day conference intends to explore, expand, and contest contemporary research on the German phenomenologist Martin Heidegger. The principal aim of the conference is to examine the oppositional, complementary, and sometimes contradictory ways in which Heideggerian scholarship has been developed in the first decade of the twenty first century. Scholars are invited to critically address fundamental questions in the Heideggerian scholarship, including its direction, problems, and potential. The conference hopes to bring together the increasingly disparate approaches to Heidegger’s work, whether those approaches are traditional in their employment of phenomenology and hermeneutics or whether they apply Heidegger’s thinking in new and surprising ways. Papers from a wide variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, cognitive sciences, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, political science, language studies, literature, film studies, geography, and architecture are encouraged. It is hoped that, by bringing together both traditional and contemporary scholars, the conference can initiate, facilitate, and foster further research and collaboration related to Heidegger’s philosophy.
The following list—which is by no means exhaustive or exclusive—contains some of the themes the conference intends to address:
Classic problems and questions of phenomenology and hermeneutics
The overcoming of metaphysics as a task of a new epoch Papers on recently published volumes from Heidegger’s Gesamtausgabe and recently published translations
The significance or insignificance of the existential analytic for contemporary society
Space, place, and dwelling in Heidegger’s work
Potential applications of Heidegger’s topology, topography, and geography
Heidegger’s influence on environmental thought and architecture
Heidegger’s relation to literary and film studies
Heidegger’s relationship to Eastern thought and his reception in the East Political and social issues arising from Heidegger’s engagement with National Socialism
Heidegger’s contribution to the philosophy of science
Heidegger among the psychiatrists, psychologists, and cognitive scientists
The post-modern and post-continental engagement with Heidegger
The future of Heidegger’s philosophical thought.
The conference language is English, and each speaker will be allotted twenty minutes of presentation time. Please e-mail an abstract of approximately 250 words to: email@example.com. Please include a separate page with the title of the paper, the name of the author, your institutional affiliation, and e-mail address.
"Hermeneutics and Science: Worlds, Realities & Life," International Society for Hermeneutics and Science, Sigmund Freud University, August 27-29, 2010
The aim of this conference is to provide an open and inspiring atmosphere to discuss all of these and related issues. Possible topics for discussion includes: •Reflections of scientists on their own praxis •Creativity, innovation and re-interpretation •Interpretation in History of Philosophy of Science •Science as human enterprise/praxis •Information and meaning: the question of interpretation •Open world hermeneutics: go beyond the "two cultures" •Life-world, systems and institutions •Institutions, organisations and relationships •What does it mean to live a fulfilled life? •How to cope with uncertainty? Challenges of uncertainty in everyday life and science. •Philosophical background of Dasein analysis •Life technologies and human survival: human-environment relations. •Varieties of relatedness to the world •Tools, toolmaking and technologies •Embodiment and thinking •Scientific knowledge and experties
Visit the conference website here: http://ishs.hu/call-for-papers.
"Hegel and Collingwood," Westminister Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, May 7, 2010.
"On Error," Research Group in Continental Philosophy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, October 29-30, 2010.
Keith Ansell-Pearson (University of Warwick),
Paul Davies (University of Sussex),
Christoph Menke (Goethe University Frankfurt),
John Roberts (University of Wolverhampton)
Is a form of discourse, philosophical or otherwise, conceivable without a relation to error: the errors it considers potentially amendable, the errors it seeks to distinguish itself from, or the errors it inadvertently generates? If this relation is neither uniform nor stable, if the status, value, and identity ascribed to error may vary across disciplines or even within a single philosophical corpus itself, what does this variability express? And what consequences will the transformations in philosophy’s understanding of error have for its procedure in general? This two-day international conference, organized by INC, the Research Group in Continental Philosophy at Goldsmiths, University of London, aims to ascertain the meaning and function of error for philosophical thought today. Researchers are invited to submit original papers of forty minutes reading time devoted to any aspect of the theme in question.
Areas of research may concern (but are not limited to) the following: Error and . . .
• Deception, ideology, and false consciousness
• Its relation to concept, category, or statement
• Methodologies of correction or adaptivity
• History (transmission and persistence of problems)
• Determinacy and indeterminacy
• (Un)predictability: the aleatory instant
• Reinventions of the truth-error relation (Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Canguilhem, Foucault)
• Being wrong or being right: logics of argumentation
• Wilful error (dissimulation, méconnaissance, detour, fabulation, etc.)
• Psychoanalysis: situating the subject in the “dimension of making a mistake”
Submissions: Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words in length, along with your name, department, institution, and email address. Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2010 (You will be informed of our decision by 1 August 2010). Email abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details: http://www.gold.ac.uk/inc/incconferenceonerror/.
Cfp: "Who is Calling? Responsible Hermeneutics – Hermeneutics of Responsibility," Aarhus University, June 3-4, 2009.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Cleffi, Rico. "Your Own James: . . . James Left a Rich Body of Thought; A Marxist Polymath Who Rejected Leninism." THE INDYPENDENT February 19, 2010
"'Become who you are': Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Philosophy of Religion," University of Essex, May 15, 2010.
Carlisle, Clare. "Kierkegaard's World, Part 3: The Story of Abraham and Isaac." GUARDIAN March 29, 2010.
"Working with Stories: Narrative as a Meeting Place for Theory, Analysis and Practice," University of Southern Denmark, March 10-11, 2011.
"Matters of Intentionality," Research Seminar in Phenomenology 2009-2010, University of Liège, May 3-7, 2010.
"Phenomenology & Ancient Greek Philosophy: Reappraisal and Renewal," Department of Philosophy & Social Studies, University of Crete, June 27-29, 2010.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Carlisle, Clare. "Kierkegaard's World, Part 2: The Truth of Knowledge and the Truth of Life." GUARDIAN March 22, 2010
"New Insights into Gramsci's Life and Work," Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, May 28, 2010.
"Salomon Maimon and the ESSAY ON TRANSCENDENTAL PHILOSOPHY," Manchester Metropolitan University, August 19, 2010.
We are pleased to announce the first UK conference on the philosophy of Salomon Maimon (1753-1800). With the recent publication of the first English translation of Maimon’s principal work, the Essay on Transcendental Philosophy, Maimon’s thought has become accessible to the English speaking world for the first time. The conference celebrates this event and aims to stimulate scholarly interest in the thought of this brilliant but neglected philosopher. As well as exploring Maimon’s philosophy, it will look at his influence on successors, including Deleuze and the post-Kantian tradition in general. The Essay on Transcendental Philosophy (1790) is Maimon’s response to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Here he recognizes that the Critique marks a revolution in philosophical method, and wholeheartedly endorses Kant’s turn to ‘transcendental’ philosophy. However, he argues that Kant’s solution to the fundamental problem of transcendental philosophy, viz. how are concepts applied to intuitions, fails. He offers an alternative solution, a transcendental philosophy based on different foundations or, to be more precise, based on a foundation of difference. Maimon’s published philosophical works cover a wide spectrum ranging from philosophy of science and mathematics to logic, morals and aesthetics. We welcome papers on any aspect of his thought and of its relation to that of other philosophers, as well as papers on the Essay itself. Confirmed Speakers: Paul Franks (Toronto) Gideon Freudenthal (Tel Aviv) Beth Lord (Dundee)
E-mail Nick Midgley and Henry Somers-Hall at this address: email@example.com.
"Semiotic's Creativity: Unifying Diversities, Differences, Divides," Romanian Association of Semiotic Studies, University of Iaşi, November 4-7, 2010.
Flaxman, Gregory, and Abe Geil. Review of Joe Hughes, DELEUZE AND THE GENESIS OF REPRESENTATION. NDPR (April 2010).
"Transforming Rhetoric: Discovery and Change," Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, New Mexico State University, October 22-23, 2010.
"All Our Relations: Contested Space, Contested Knowledge," Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, April 6-9, 2011.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Carlisle, Clare. "Kierkegaard's World, Part 1: What Does It Mean to Exist?" GUARDIAN March 15, 2010.
Schulman, Sam. "Good Writers. Bad Men. Does It Matter?" IN CHARACTER: A JOURNAL OF EVERYDAY VIRTUES March 30, 2010.
Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/article/Dead-Poets-Society/64989/.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
"TRUTH AND METHOD Fifty Years After: Gadamer's Influence on the Humanities," University of Leiden, August 26-28, 2010.
Bowler, Michael. Review of Lauren Swayne Barthold, GADAMER'S DIALECTICAL HERMENEUTICS. NDPR (April 2010).
"Kant and Hegel," UK Kant Society and Hegel Society of Great Britain, St. Edmund's Hall, University of Oxford, September 1-3, 2010.
"The Profession of Philosophy, with Brian Leiter and Jack Russell Weinstein." WHY? PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE, April 11, 2010.
"Kierkegaard: Being and Becoming a Self," Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, August 18-20, 2010.
The purpose of the workshop is to examine the arguments underlying the increasing push towards realism in parts of modern continental philosophy, along with approaches that bridge the analytic/continental divide, and to assess the possibility of transcendental approaches to realism within this context. Particular themes that we be focused upon include:- - The arguments of Quentin Meillassoux, and the possibility of transcendental responses to the problems he raises. - The relation between epistemology and ontology. - The relation between philosophy and the natural sciences. Speakers:
- Ray Brassier (Philosophy, American University of Beirut) - 'Kant and Sellars: Nominalism, Realism, Naturalism'
- James Trafford (Philosophy, Unaffiliated) - 'Follow the Evidence: Realism, Epistemology, Semantics'
- Reid Kotlas (Philosophy Grad Student, Dundee) - 'From Transcendental to Abstract Realism: Epistemology after Marx'
- Nick Srnicek (Politics PhD Student, LSE) - 'Extending Cognition: Bridging the Gap between Actor-Network Theory and Scientific Realism'
- Tom O'Shea (Philosophy PhD Student, Sheffield) - 'On the Very Idea of Correlationism'
- Pete Wolfendale (Philosophy PhD Student, Warwick) - 'Objectivity, Reality, and the In-Itself: from Deflationary to Transcendental Realism'
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.