Monthly Archives: March 2013

CFA: “Politics at the Limits of Civil Society”

Politics at the Limits of Civil Society

A Conference in Political Philosophy

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

September 20 – 22, 2013


Keynote Addresses:  Max Pensky (Binghamton University), Chiara Bottici (New School for Social Research), and Monique Deveaux (University of Guelph)


Our present political moment has been marked by the diversification of political landscapes and the emergence of new antagonisms. These transformations demand that we rethink the extent to which our concepts in political philosophy are adequate to the task of making sense of our present situation. One pertinent question is whether the concept of society underlying our normative and critical theories is called into question by recent events, from the collective contestations of capitalism to the construction of state constitutions under military occupation. This question is attested to by the return to concepts from modern political thought, such as “civil society,” the “commons,” and the “multitude.” Part of the promise of these concepts is that they seem to provide conceptual resources for thinking the diverse forces of the social body, as well as new modes of political subjectivity, outside of and against the theoretical coordinates of the state and the market. An answer to this question will be both practical and ontological. It must take into account not only concrete changes to the institutional and political structures of society, but also the ideal models by which we judge claims to social justice and conceive the possibilities of political existence.


The Philosophy Graduate Students Association welcomes submissions in the history of social and political philosophy on, but not limited to, the following themes:


Civil society and its transformations
Democracy: challenges and limits
Conceptions of the political
The People, Citizens, Multitude
Critiques of modernity
Collective political organization and action
Theories of political sovereignty
Theories of power
History, utopia, and the future
Crisis, limit, and social transformation
Limits of political representation
Potential politics
Politics and culture
Politics of time
Capital, crisis, and political economy
Property and the Commons
Critique and method
The state, borders, and mobility
Liberalism and its detractors
Antagonism and conflict in society
Constitution-building under occupation

Submissions: Abstracts should be between 400–700 words. Submissions must be formatted for blind-review: abstract and title should be attached as a .pdf file and should not bear the name of applicant or any identifying information. Please include the following information in the body of the email: full name, title of paper, contact email and phone number, institutional affiliation and status (e.g. faculty, graduate student, independent). Final papers should be around 20 minutes spoken.


** There are two financial awards for top graduate student submissions to help cover travel expenses.
Please send all submissions to:

All submissions must be received no later than June 15th, 2013.


This conference is sponsored by Philosophy Graduate Students Association, Department of Philosophy, Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Social Change, College of Arts, and Vice President of Research at University of Guelph.

CFP: CLIO: Hegel Research Studies

The annual series in the journal CLIO is not limited to any single “orthodox” interpretation of Hegel. It welcome researchers who argue for in some way getting past the Hegel legend and for connecting with the historical Hegel, identifying with his project, and realizing  it further in the twenty-first century. The goal is to free Hegelian research from being merely esoteric by bringing it when appropriate into the contemporary public sphere. It in part seeks to bring Hegel increasingly into mainstream philosophy, and especially analytic philosophy.

Submission deadline for Hegelian Research Studies June 30, 2012.

CLIO has published Arnold Toynbee, Hayden White, H. S. Harris and numerous Hegel scholars over the years—plus first English translation of Hegelian texts. Quality Hegel scholarship serving Hegelian research also welcome. Current Hegel issue is vol. 41, Fall 2012. Contact Clark Butler,

CFParticipation for graduate students working in aesthetics: ASAGE: Authors, Book Reviewers, Blind Reviewers

Call for Participation: Authors, Book Reviewers, Blind Reviewers
ASAGE (American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal)
ASAGE is a peer-reviewed, graduate journal of aesthetics and the philosophy of art, sponsored by the American Society for Aesthetics. We publish articles, book reviews, dissertation abstracts, and interviews. For details on how to contribute as an author or blind reviewer, please visit the site. The submission period for Issue 5.2 is now open.
Deadline for article submissions: 5/30.
Deadline for book review proposals: 4/30.
Deadline for dissertation abstracts: 5/30.
Any questions or comments can be directed to
Michael Gutierrez
PhD Student, Loyola University Chicago
Editor, ASAGE

Conference: “Norms of Freedom in Kant and Hegel,” UChicago, Apr 12-13

Norms of Freedom in Kant and Hegel
April 12-13
Student Center East
Room 302, 3rd Floor Conference Tower
750 S. Halsted Street (just south of Harrison)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Speakers include:
Terry Pinkard, Paul Guyer, Christoph Menke, Thomas Khurana, Dirk Setton, Stephen Engstrom, Rahel Jaeggi

Cpt. Andrew Anthony Vernon, MD, MHS, “Public Health & Morality in the Developing World,” Loyola, March 27

Henrik Lagerlund colloquia, Marquette, April 4 & 5

Dear friends,

Please note the following two events

1) The Marquette University Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy presents
Henrik Lagerlund, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
“Some Conceptions of Body in the 14th Century”
Thursday, April 4, 2013. 1:30 pm
AMU 252

2) The Marquette University Department of Philosophy presents a colloquium:
Henrik Lagerlund, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
“Late Medieval Nominalism and the Emergence of Modern Empiricism”
Friday, April 5, 2013, 3:30 pm
Conference Center, Raynor Memorial Library

I hope you can make it!

Owen Goldin
Dept. of Philosophy
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881


Congratulations to Rebecca Scott!

The recipient of this year’s Graduate Student Teaching Award is Rebecca Scott.

We congratulate Rebecca on her teaching achievements. And we want to congratulate the other applicants for the award, all of whom have been successful teachers and taught innovative and engaging courses.

This award will be presented in May at the end-of-year potluck when we will also be honoring graduating students.




Putting more female and non-white authors into your intro-class syllabus


It is well known that white male authors tend to dominate most intro class syllabi in philosophy. Well, there is a new resource I came across…
Check out this blog post for the link to a new (and ongoing) database of suggestions for texts authored by female philosophers that you can incorporate into your syllabus.
I hope this helps some of you. ALSO:
I thought of starting similar database just for us grad students at Loyola (and maybe faculty too). Three reasons:
  • We would be able to then approach each other and ask “how did you use this particular text?”, “how did it go?”, and so on.
  • I would also want to hear of texts written by non-white authors.
  • We can more easily access the texts from each other.
[Link to internal database for shared teaching resources is available to Loyolans. Contact us or an AGSP member if you would like access to the database.]
Best, Asaf

Philosophy Club Meeting with paper presentation, “Embodiment and Personhood and the Role of Others,” March 26, 5pm


Dear Philosophy Majors and Minors,

Attached is a flyer for our next club meeting. It will be a paper presentation with a question/discussion period afterward.


Bioethics Minor Lecture, LUC, March 21

CFA: CONF: Law, Culture and Morality, University of Illinois



Topic: Law, Culture and Morality: East and West
Dates: October 4-5, 2013

Place: University of Illinois

Abstract: 150 words

Email to Chandana Chakrabarti <>

Sponsored by:
The University of Illinois,
The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, and
The Institute  of Cross-Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange

Date of proposal acceptance: Week after the proposal is submitted

Legal Philosophy; Philosophy of Right; Morality & Law; Law & Marxism;
Legal Positivism; Legal Realism; Virtue Ethics; Virtue &
Jurisprudence; Utilitarianism, Deontology & Law; Dworkin &
Interpretivism; Philosophical Approaches to Legal Problems; Justice &
Globalization; International Law; Natural Law; Bentham, Austin &
Dworkin; Natural Law & Natural Rights; Law, Authority & Morality; Law
of the Land & International Law; Ancient Law; Laws of Manu & Other
Hindu Lawgivers; Confucius Theory of Virtue; Islam & Law; Law & Human
Rights; Postmodernism & Law; Virtue & Knowledge; Morality & Society;
Confucius Ethics; Perfectionist & Situational Ethics; Moral
Relativism; Humanism & Positivism; Ethnic Identity & Culture; Human
Nature & Human Culture; Cultural Anthropology; Consumption & Morality;
Politicizing Consumer Culture & Effects on Morality; Dynamics of Group
Culture; Ethnic Boundaries; Constructing & Deconstructing Ethnic
Identity; Cultural Transformation; Culture & Morality; Christian
Ethics; Buddhist Ethics; Hindu Ethics; Jewish Ethics; Islamic Ethics &
Global Ethics.
The above list is suggestive and not exhaustive.

Advisory Board Members:
Panos Eliopoulos (Greece), Yolanda Espina (Portugal), Gordon Haist
(USA), Robin Kar (USA), Elizabeth Koldzak (Poland), Simi Malhotra
(India), Maria Marczewska (Poland), Debkumar Mukhopadhyay( India),
Rizwan Rahman (India), Ming Shao (China), Tommi Lehtonen (Finland),
Andrew Ward (UK), Su-Chen Wu (Taiwan)

Papers from the Conference will be published subject to editorial
review (Journal of International and Interdisciplinary Studies/Journal
of Indian Philosophy & Religion)

Central Michigan University Moral Psychology Symposium, Mar. 29

On Friday, March 29, the Central Michigan University Philosophy Program is pleased to host a one-day Symposium on Moral Philosophy and Psychology.  We have an outstanding line-up of speakers:  Jesse Prinz, Shaun Nichols, Susan Dwyer, and Ron Mallon.  They will be speaking about recent developments in moral psychology and how these developments ought to affect moral philosophy. 

The symposium is free and open to the public.  (Students–both graduate and  undergraduate–are most welcome.)  Although we are still finalizing the schedule, we expect the event to run from about 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and our intention is to build in many opportunities for discussion with the participants during the event.

As we finalize the details and the program, we’ll post them on the website,

If you have any questions about this event, please Robert Noggle at or by phone at (989)-774-2657

Teaching Talk, Friday, Mar. 15

Hi, everyone!

As a part of our teaching group this semester, Rebecca and I have invited two professors to come to Loyola to speak to us about teaching. We’ve invited David Concepcion, a professor at Ball State, and Donna Engelmann, a professor at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Both of them led the teaching and learning seminar that Rebecca and I attended this summer.

They will be discussing learner-centered teaching generally, and particularly topics such as the relationship between feminist ethics and epistemology and teaching, creating community in the classroom, alignment in teaching, and teaching and the job market. We think this discussion will be very helpful for anyone who’s currently teaching or planning on teaching in the next few years.

Their talk will take place on Friday, March 15th at 3:30pm in Crown Center 530. We hope that many of you will attend!


PRG Newsletter 3/16

We have a few events of interest to call your attention to, both PRG-organized and otherwise. Regarding events not organized by the PRG, consult the appropriate parties for last minute schedule changes and modifications. Schedule changes to PRG events may be found, as always, at the website.
On Friday, March 8th the Chicago-Area Consortium in German Philosophy will be putting together an event titled “Issues In Phenomenology”. The speakers include Dr. Hanne Jacobs (LUC), Dr. Sebastian Luft (Marquette), and Dr. Frédéric Seyler (DePaul). Find more details here.

On Saturday, March 16th the PRG will hold its fourth workshop. The theme is religion. We will hear from members of both the philosophy and theology departments at LUC (paper titles below). The speakers will begin at 2pm in the Crown Center, Room 140. Check the website for updates.

Dr. Hugh Miller “From the Sacred to the Holy: Is ‘Lecture Talmudique’ Phenomenology?”
Dr. Colby Dickinson “The Problem of Having a Body: Exploring Queer Phenomenologies”
Justin Nordin “Ricœur and Chrétien “On the Possibility of a Phenomenology of Religious Experience”

On Tuesday, March 19th InterCcECT will be hosting Dr. Andrew Cutrofello (LUC) for an event that should be of interest to list members. The talk is titled “Two Contemporary Hegelianisms” and will be held at the Newberry Library, 4pm in Room B82. Find more detailshere.

Have you been forwarded this newsletter from a friend, but are not yet subscribed to the list yourself? Sign uphere to receive news on PRG projects, including workshops, reading groups & more.

Reminder: this year’s Phenomenology Roundtable will be held at Loyola University Chicago in late May (5/19 – 5/21). The three day event will be an opportunity to present new research and workshop papers. We’re pleased to welcome two invited speakers, Dr. Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt) and Dr. Lewis Gordon (UCONN), in addition to our regular contributors. For more information on dates, times, and how to participate, consult the Roundtable website.

The PRG at the philosophy department of Loyola University Chicago is dedicated to advancing research in phenomenology and related disciplines. The initiative is open to the entire academic community. Inter-disciplinary approaches are welcome. Seminars and workshops will be held on a regular basis to present and inspire new directions in research.