Category : continental philosophy

LUC Grad Conference: Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood – April 11-12

LUCGCposterDRAFT2Mark your calendars! Our graduate conference is April 11th-12th, at the Lakeshore campus on the 4th floor of the Klarchek Information Commons.

The theme is Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood. We’re going to hear papers from graduate student philosophers from various philosophical backgrounds. And we have excellent keynote speakers slated for both evenings of the conference.  We’re hoping to generate some quality discussion on the ways philosophy affects and transforms our lives.



Friday, April 11th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jonathan Spelman (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Consequences and Virtue

11:40 – 12:25

Theodore Bergsma (Miami University) – On the Substantial Subject: “Aspectival Captivity” in Wittgenstein and Nietzsche

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Ryan Gustafson (New School for Social Research) – Genealogy, Critique, and Normativity

2:50 – 3:35

Justin Kitchen (San Francisco State University) – Virtue as the Skill of Living: Inducing ‘The Good Flow’

3:45 – 5:00

FACULTY KEYNOTE: Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University Chicago) – Husserl on Self-Constitution and Personhood

Saturday, April 12th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jessica Adkins (Marquette University) – Finding the Good in Dying: Defending Physician Assisted Death of the Akratic Agent

11:40 – 12:25

Daniel Rodriguez Navas (University of Chicago) – The Pursuit of Truth and Ethical Self-Constitution: On Foucault’s Kantianism According to Hacking

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Matthew Howery (San Francisco State University) – Posthumous Agency

2:50 – 3:35

David Antonini (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) – Kant on Virtue

3:45 – 5:00

KEYNOTE: Gabriel Richardson Lear (University of Chicago) – Plato on Moral Beauty and the Look of Love


PRG Spring Semester Event Calendar

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Events in Spring Semester

It will be a busy Spring (and early Summer) with four PRG (or, PRG-related) events. Please join us for any and all. Essential details below; consult the website for last minute schedule changes, rooms, and times.

On February 26th Loyola will host a Book Symposium for Dr. Ardis Collins’ new book Hegel’s Phenomenology: The Dialectical Justification of Philosophy’s First Principles. Speakers include:
-Kevin Thompson (DePaul)
-Mark Alznauer (Northwestern)
-Corbin Casarez (LUC)
-and Ardis Collins will provide a response
Details here:

On February 28th we will have a Dinner Symposium on Max Scheler’s Phenomenology of Love with Saboura Hajialiorakpour (SIUC) and
Thomas Ruble (SIUC). Space limited, RSVP required.

On March 22nd the PRG will host Matt Bower (Beloit College) for a talk titled “Affect in the perception of dispositional properties and states of affairs: A phenomenological analysis.” Time/location TBD.

On May 21st-22nd the PRG will participate in a joint workshop with Marquette University. The workshop will be held at Marquette and is open to interested attendees. Details forthcoming.

PRG Workshop: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology, LUC, Oct. 19

Saturday, October 19th /// 1-4pm /// Crown Center, Room 200 (Lake Shore Campus)


Marilyn Nissim-Sabat (Lewis University)

“Contra Ricoeur: The Compatibility of Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis”


Russell Newstadt (LUC)

“Nothing To Us: Negation and the Limits of Experience”


Allan Breedlove (LUC)

“Indoctrination or Transformation? Nussbaum’s Reply to Friedman on the Democratic Ideal of Public Education”

(Our very own!) CFP: LUC Graduate Conference: “Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood”


Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood

A Graduate Student Philosophy Conference at Loyola University Chicago April 11-12, 2014

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013 Keynote Speakers:

 Gabriel Richardson Lear (University of Chicago) ␣ Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University Chicago)

Ancient to contemporary thinkers have struggled with questions about the transformation of the self and what it means to live well. Are multiple conceptions of the good life compatible with more univocal doctrines of goodness and wellbeing? We want to explore what role, if any, philosophy can play in helping us to constitute ourselves as persons, become better selves, or live better lives. The philosophy department at Loyola University Chicago invites papers from a broad range of philosophical perspectives, operating in both continental and analytic traditions, on topics pertaining to the role of philosophy in shaping the self and in living a good life.

All submissions should be submitted for blind review by December 15, 2013. Full papers (up to 3,000 words), with 100 word abstracts, should be sent to in .DOC or .PDF format.

CFP: EPTC 2014: Existential & Phenomenological Theory & Culture

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada


The society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC) invites papers discussing any aspects of existential or phenomenological theory or culture. For example, papers dealing with theoretical or cultural issues in relation to authors such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Beckett, Husserl, Heidegger, Jaspers, Levinas, Malraux, Marcel, Buber, Frankl, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, or Laing are all welcome. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome. EPTC will meet at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada onMay 27-30, 2014, in conjunction with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities of Canada. Our keynote speaker this year will be Christine Daigle.


Interested authors should submit the following electronically in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format:


1. The paper, not more than 4500 words, and prepared for anonymous review (identifiable by paper title only).


2. A separate abstract, not more than 100 words, also listing the paper’s title, author’s name, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address.


If you are interested in either presenting a commentary (of not more than 1000 words) on a paper, or chairing a session, please submit a brief e-mail note indicating as much, including your name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and relevant areas of interest.


EPTC is able to waive Congress fees for a few delegates each year. Such awards will be made according to criteria of financial need and quality of paper at the discretion of the conference program coordinator. Non-tenure-stream delegates interested in this award should append a note indicating as much to their submission materials.


The submission deadline for the above materials is January 15, 2014.


Submissions should be sent to:


For more information on EPTC, see:

Conference: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, Notre Dame, May 10-11

Jacques Derrida: Points of Departure, Northwestern, May 2-4

CFP: SEP/FEP 2013, “Modern European Philosophy and its Politics”


Modern European Philosophy and its Politics

The Society for European Philosophy/Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference for 2013 will be hosted by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London
5–6 September 2013
Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE

Plenary speakers
Professor Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths/Cambridge University
Queer Will
Professor Robert Bernasconi, Penn State University
Kant and the Hottentots
Professor Tuija Pulkkinen, University of Helsinki
Thinking Intervention

The SEP/FEP conference is the largest annual event in Europe that aims to bring together researchers, teachers and others, from within different disciplines, interested in all areas of Modern European Philosophy. Submissions are therefore invited for individual papers and panel sessions in all areas of Modern European Philosophy. For 2013 submissions that address the conference’s plenary theme – Modern European Philosophy and its Politics – are particularly encouraged. This would include papers and panels that address philosophical issues in the history of Modern European Philosophy with regard to the cultural, social and political contexts of their elaboration; and those that address philosophical issues with regard to the social, cultural and political contexts of the present.

Abstracts of 500 words for individual paper submissions and proposals for panels should be sent to Stella Sandford ( by 17 May 2013. Proposals for panels should include a 500-word abstract for each paper within the panel. Proposals from academics, graduate students and independent scholars are welcome.


20th Conference of the North American Sartre Society

The University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 4-6, 2013.




The North American Sartre Society is issuing a call for papers on the occasion of its twentieth conference, hosted by Adrian van den Hoven, at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, October 4-6, 2013. We welcome papers in any area of Sartrean scholarship (philosophy, literature, theater, psychology, politics, intellectual history, Sartre and other writers, etc.). Reading time for a paper should be 25-30 minutes maximum. In addition to individual papers, we welcome suggestions for panel topics. Graduate students are encouraged to submit suggestions for papers. We hope to provide a limited number of stipends for graduate students to help defray the cost of travel and lodging. Any graduate student whose paper has been accepted must however apply for these stipends.


While topics on any of Sartre’s many activities are welcome, one of the themes we are promoting this year is Sartre’s relationship to jazz. It has also been noted that 2013 is the centenary of Camus’s birth. Also in 1943 Sartre published L’Etre et le néant and Simone de Beauvoir published L’Invitée.


We invite anyone interested to submit proposals in either English or French. Nevertheless, we require those whose papers are accepted to become members of NASS (if they are not already) in order to present their paper.




Please E-MAIL an abstract (1-2 pages max) as an attachment to John Ireland: and Matt Eshleman: For panel submissions, please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for each individual paper. These will be forwarded to the Program Committee for blind refereeing.


We have been very fortunate to secure Michel Contat as our Keynote Speaker. Michel Contat, known to every Sartre scholar, has generously agreed to talk to us on the subject of Sartre and jazz.


Further details on the conference, the University of Windsor and hotel arrangements will be communicated to you in due course.


Any questions can be directed to:


John Ireland (President)

Matt Eschleman (Co-President)

Adrian van den Hoven (On-Site Conference Organizer)

Sartre Reading Group meeting time [edited]

From the group’s organizer, Jake:

If anyone is interested in an informal Sartre reading group, we will meet Tuesday, January 29th at 9:45pm** at Oasis (north on Sheridan from campus). The first reading will be the introduction and first chapter (“The Dogmatic Dialectic and the Critical Dialectic”) of Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason, which is about 40 pages. The venue may change after the first meeting depending on level of interest. If you have any questions about the logistics of the meeting, email me (jnabasny [at] luc [dot] edu) and I’ll try to help/accommodate them.



2nd CFP: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought

Premodern Foucault Graduate Seminar

We have had two enrollees drop from the following 10-week graduate seminar, which will meet on Friday afternoons from January 11 through March 15, 2013, so we have two spaces available:

Asceticism, Eroticism, and the Premodern Foucault: Revisiting Foucault’s History of Sexuality through Medieval and Early Modern Sources

Instructors: Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Anna Klosowska, Miami University (Ohio)

For details, prerequisites, and registration information, see


Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program (

“What Sensation Does for Levinas and Deleuze,” Lecture by Tom Sparrow, Northwestern, Nov. 14

The After-Life of Phenomenology Workshop

sponsored by The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities


“What Sensation Does for Levinas and Deleuze”

a lecture by

Tom Sparrow Slippery Rock University, Philosophy
Wednesday, November 14th, 4:00 PM
Kresge Hall, 2-301

(Spanish & Portuguese Seminar Room)
Northwestern University
1880 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
The Event is Free and Open to the Public.

This event series has been generously co-sponsored by:

The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Departments of
Philosophy, Religious Studies, French & Italian, Political Science, English, and German

It is often thought that phenomenology and poststructuralism represent two divergent paths out of modernity. One way to construe this divergence is to take phenomenology as the path of transcendence, while poststructuralism represents the path of immanence. If anyone is a philosopher of immanence, we are told, it is Deleuze. If anyone is a philosopher of transcendence, we are told, it is Levinas. This talk aims to show–by examining the unlikely alliance of Levinas and Deleuze–that such neat distinctions obscure the points of convergence that exist between phenomenology and poststructuralism. In their aesthetics, Levinas and Deleuze share a lot in common, especially when it comes to the functions that sensation, representation, force, and violence play in aesthetic experience. Furthermore, given his approach to aesthetic experience, this investigation raises the question of whether or not Levinas can even be called a phenomenologist.