Category : political philosophy

This Friday and Saturday: Dissent and its Discontents

Join us this Friday and Saturday for our graduate student conference! The conference will take place Friday, October 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gabriel Rockhill from Villanova University and our own Dr. Joy Gordon. Presenters will speak on panels on discourse, decentralization, structural oppression, argumentation, community, political obligation, and (non?)violence. Click on Graduate Conference to view the full schedule!

Dogs, God, Goya, and Levinas

Goya’s “The Dog”

Here is an blog post on the connection between dogs and spirituality. It includes a touching anecdote from Levinas on a dog’s recognition of his humanity:

There were seventy of us in a forestry commando unit for Jewish prisoners of war in Nazi Germany. . . . We were beings entrapped in their species; despite all their vocabulary, beings without language. . . . How to deliver a message about one’s humanity which, from behind the bars of quotation marks, will come across as anything else than the language of primates.

And then, about halfway through our long captivity, for a few short weeks, before the sentinels chased him away, a wandering dog entered our lives. One day he came to meet this rabble as we returned under guard from work. He survived in some wild patch in the region of the camp. . . . He would appear at morning assembly and was waiting for us as we returned, jumping up and barking in delight. For him, there was no doubt that we were [human].

CFP: Subjectivity in Question

CFP: Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Princeton University

April 11-12, 2014


Call for Papers (deadline January 17, 2014)


The Committee for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University welcomes papers concerning any topic in political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. Papers should be submitted via the conference website by January 17, 2014. Approximately eight papers will be accepted.


The Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University will be held from April 11-12, 2014. This year, we are excited to include Professor Bryan Garsten, Yale University, as keynote speaker and conference participant.


The conference offers graduate students from across institutions a unique opportunity to present and critique new work. Each session, led by a discussant from Princeton, will focus exclusively on one paper and will feature an extensive question and answer period with Princeton faculty and graduate students. Papers will be pre-circulated among conference participants.


Submission Information:

  • Due date January 17, 2014.
  • Submissions must be made in PDF format via the conference website:
  • Papers should be no more than 7500 words.
  • Format without any identifying information; include title but exclude all personal and institutional information.
  • Submissions by email or postal mail will not be accepted.


Papers will be refereed by political theory graduate students in the Department of Politics at Princeton. Acceptance notices will be sent by in February.


Assistance for invited participants’ transportation, lodging and meal expenses is available from the committee, which acknowledges the generous support of University Center for Human Values and the Department of Politics at Princeton University.


Questions and comments can be directed to:


For more information, please visit the conference website at

Conference: Equality and Public Policy, Ohio U., Nov. 14-16

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites you to attend our conference on Equality and Public Policy. This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends on equality as a social and political ideal guiding public policy.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (14–16 November 2013). Gerald Gaus (Arizona) will deliver the keynote lecture. Full conference program below.

Limited rooms at a conference rate may be available at the Ohio University Inn; please inquire if you are interested.

Thursday, 14 Nov.
Keynote Session, 7:30 pm.
Gerald Gaus (University of Arizona):  “The Egalitarian Species”
Friday, 15 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Kristin Voigt/Gry Wester (McGill University): “Equality in Public Health: Relational or Distributive?”
Steve Horwitz (St. Lawrence University): “Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan): “Equality and Freedom: Forgotten Connections”
Sarah Skwire (Liberty Fund): “Without Regard of Persons: Gender Equality, Theology, and the Law in the Writing of Margaret Fell”
Session III, 2:00 – 3:45
Scott Winship (The Manhattan Institute): “Inequality of Income and Inequality of Opportunity”
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame University): “Relational Equality and Inherent Stability”
Session IV, 4:00 – 5:45
Dierdre McCloskey (University of lllinois): “Equality is Better Viewed as Dignity”
Debra Thompson (Ohio University): “What Lies Beneath: Equality and the Making of Racial Classifications”
Saturday, 16 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Govind Persad (Stanford University): “Equality over Time: Mobility, Security, and Economic Justice”
George Sher (Rice University): “How does Choice Justify Inequality?”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Tom W. Bell (Chapman University): “What Can Corporations Teach Governments About Democratic Equality?”
Rich Vedder (Ohio University)/Daniel Bennett (Florida State University): “Inequality and American Higher Education: History, Theory and Evidence”

Dr. Mark LeBar (

Dr. Robert G. Ingram (

Conference flyer at

CFP: [Extended Deadline] 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014

2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014


Friday-Saturday, 23-24 May, 2014 Chicago Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, IL, USA



Ethics – A Challenge to the Scientific and Engineering Community  
Second Announcement and Call for Papers – Deadline Extended



With the evolution of science, technology and engineering, ethical problems often arise. Ethics and ethical conduct have become a critical issue in the 21st Century.


Scientists, technologists and engineers of all ages, students as well as senior professionals, encounter ethical challenges in their professional and personal lives. Often, an answer to such challenges arises from brainstorming sessions and intense discussions. Are ethics and morals the same? Are ethics and laws consistent? Could professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct of another discipline? Should ethics be sacrificed for global “competitiveness”?


Furthermore, ethical conduct has global and cultural perspectives. Could unethical conduct in one culture be acceptable in another? What is the difference between ethics and codes of conduct? Are there principles that could be considered as valid through all cultures? Could we claim that the fundamental bases of ethics are independent of our origins?


With all these questions (and many others) in mind, we are delighted to announce that the first

IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, Technology (IEEE Ethics 2014)


The IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members.


The Symposium will offer a rich scientific program of highest quality with invited speakers from all over the world and intends to bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss questions and concerns related to ethics in science, technology, and engineering. Issues will be explored both from a scientific point of view and from a social or individual aspect, including global, multicultural perspectives. The Symposium will enable participants to debate and reflect on issues facing scientists and engineers, and to address the importance of ethics in a diverse scientific and professional global community. Scientists, engineers and other professionals who have relevant experience to be shared are encouraged to participate in the Symposium which will provide a platform for exchange of views in three different formats: formal presentations, panel discussions, and small group discussions.


Workshops, tutorials, “Birds-of-a-Feather” provokquium panels and special invited sessions will be organized on stimulating topics. The Symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition.


The Theme of the Symposium is: “Ethics AND…”


Ethics isn’t practiced in a vacuum. At this symposium, we want to put ethics into different perspectives, put ethics to work in different contexts, and look at ethics from different vantage points. To that end, each of our tracks is labeled ‘Ethics and… X.’ We hope that you will find several of these X’s particularly interesting.


For the latest information, please visit our web site at:


Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers on their latest research results covering all aspects of Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering.


We also solicit proposals for special paper sessions, panels, workshops and tutorials. Workshops and tutorials provide fundamental exposure to topics ranging from introductory through intermediate to advanced levels. They will be presented in two-to-three hour in-depth sessions at the Symposium.


Join us in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL, where you can combine “business with pleasure,” share your insight, ask questions and learn from the experts/innovators at the IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium. Your published paper will be seen by thousands in the professional community and across the wide array of disciplines. In addition, all papers presented at IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium will be submitted to IEEEXplore with unlimited exposure.


We invite you to take this opportunity to share your research – theoretical, practical and case studies. Plan to submit your paper proposal now.


Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished English-language abstracts and session proposals. PDF format is preferred for all submissions.


Authors’ and Session Proposers’ Submission guidelines and Schedule – SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED


Please check the Symposium website, for detailed Authors’ Instructions on submitting paper and poster abstracts and proposals for special paper sessions, panel sessions, open forums, workshops, and tutorials, and for templates for the Final Paper Manuscripts.

§ Abstracts for individual papers (500 words), Posters (500 words), Special Paper Session Proposals, Panel proposals, Tutorial proposals, and Workshop proposals are due by October 15, 2013

§ Notification of Acceptance: November 30, 2013

§ Final Paper Manuscripts for the Symposium Proceedings: January 12, 2014


CFP: The Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Oppression, Autonomy, and Biomedical Ethics

The Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW) invites abstracts for 30-minute talks/papers to be given at the Pacific APA in San Diego, April 2014 on topics related to oppression, autonomy and biomedical ethics.  Send your abstract (or questions) to Tim Christie ( with the subject heading “2014 Pacific APA”.  Deadline: September 30.

CFP: Transatlantic Research Group: “Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy”

The 3rd International Conference of the Transatlantic Research Group in collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Women and Gender Studies Program, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presents the Conference on Sexuality, Human Rights and Public Policy.


This conference draws on a broad range of academic fields—including anthropology, sociology, political philosophy, history, political science, and cultural studies—to investigate the dynamics of public policy, human rights, and sexuality as they relate to inclusion and exclusion globally.


Panels, papers, creative presentations, and roundtables that employ diverse, interdisciplinary and inter-generational perspectives are especially welcome in these areas:


Public policy, Law and Sexuality

Human body, Gender and Sexuality

Culture, Identity and Sexuality

Religion, Culture, and Sexuality

Christianity and Sexuality

Islam and Sexuality

Social Media and Sexuality

Sexual Orientation, Sexual/Gender Identity

Sexuality and Reproductive Rights

Human Body and Cultural Meanings

Human body, Stereotypes and Sexualities

Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Violence

The Female Body and Gender-based Violence

Heterosexuality and “Other” Sexuality


Abstracts should be around 300 words and include the paper title and the name and contact details of the presenter. Abstracts should be submitted by October 25, 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Monday January 20, 2014.

Please send abstracts and papers to Chima Korieh, Marquette University:


CFA WMU Bioethics/Medical Humanities Conference, Sept. 26-27

FWD: from AGSP listserv

[To whom it may concern,]

I just wanted to send word along to your department (especially graduate students) regarding a bioethics/medical humanities conference nearby at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. It’s only 2-2.5 hours drive from Chicago. The conference takes place September 26-27, and they’re accepting abstracts through July 15.

The primary focus “will be on emergent technologies in health care and humanities, and how these affect patient care, the patient experience, and the effectiveness of the practice of health care, though proposals in any area of medical humanities are welcome.” I’ve attached the full CFA.



Alex B. Neitzke

Department of Philosophy

Michigan State University

CFA: On the body and human identity



Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Body and Human Identity

November 7-9, 2013


[W]e know a person only in his or her embodied presence. In and through that body the person is a living whole. For certain purposes, we may try to “reduce” the embodied person simply to a collection of parts, thinking of the person (from below) simply as the sum total of these parts. But we do not know, interact with, or love others understood in that way; on the contrary, we know them (from above) as a unity that is more than just the sum of their parts.

– Gilbert Meilaender, “The Gifts of the Body”


The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will devote its fourteenth Annual Fall Conference to the theme: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Body and Human Identity. In customary interdisciplinary fashion, this conference will take up a host of questions related to the human meaning of the body and life as an embodied self. These questions will be pursued in the contexts of philosophy, theology, political theory, law, history, economics, the biosciences, literature, and the arts.


We welcome the submission of abstracts drawing on a wide range of moral and religious perspectives and academic specialties. Possible issues to be explored include:



• Teleology and the Human Body

• The Incarnation and the Eucharist

• Beauty and the Human Form

• Property in the Body

• Aging and Relations Among the Generations

• Artificial Intelligence

• Torture

• Marriage, Procreation, and Parenting

• Thought, Language, and the Body

• “Personhood” and the Body

• Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

• Epistemology and the Body

• The Definition and Meaning of Death

• Mind, Body and Dualism

• The Body in Literature and the Arts

• Memory and Identity

• End of Life Decision-making

• Human/Nonhuman Chimeras and Hybrids

• Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

• Vulnerability and Suffering

• “Health” and the Ends of Medicine

• Transhumanism

• Systems Biology

• Eating and Gastronomy

• Performance Enhancement in Sport




One-page abstracts for papers should include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address (if available). Session Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes. Please note that we will not be accepting panel proposals this year.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 5, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, August 23, 2013. One-page abstracts, along with your full contact information, should be e-mailed to or mailed to:


Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
14th Annual Fall Conference
424 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Conference: Art, Social Justice, and Critical Theory, Kalamazoo, May 16-18


Olmsted Room, Kalamazoo College

May 16th – 18th, 2013


Thursday Evening 8:00 PM:

  • Keynote Address: “Active Passivity: On the Aesthetic Variant of Freedom.”  Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Wine Reception: Humphrey House Lounge:

Friday Morning: Theories of Art and Aesthetics: Focus Seel and Zuidervaart:

  • 8:30 – 10:30
    • Paul Guyer, “The Moving Appearance of Truth” (Philosophy, Brown University)
    • Richard Eldridge: “Modernity, Art, and Expressive Freedom” (Philosophy, Swarthmore College)
    • Comments:
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto).

Coffee Break:

  • 11:00 – 1:00
    • Michael Kelly: “Just True Art” (Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    • Elizabeth Millán: : “Aesthetic Opportunities and the Spanish American Landscape: A Look at Alexander von Humboldt’s Aesthetic of Nature through the Lens of Seel’s Aesthetic of Appearing.”  (Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago)
    • Comments
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)

Lunch: 1:00 – 2:00: Banquet Room

Friday Afternoon: The Theory and Practice of Activating Art:

  • 2:00 – 3:45
    • Sandra Shapshay (Philosophy, Indiana University): “”Schopenhauer on the Symbiotic Relationship between Artistic and Philosophical Truth, a Reconstruction and Defense”
    • Veronique Fóti:“Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty” (Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University)
    • Comments:
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)


  • 4:15 – 6:00 Panel Discussion: Mural as Public Art: Artist Dialogue:
    • Christine Hahn [Moderator] (Art History, Kalamazoo College)
    • Conor McGrady (Independent Artist, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
    • Dan Wang (Artist, Madison, Wisconsin)
    • Sonia Baez-Hernandez (Artist in Residence, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College)

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner, Stone Room

8:00 – 9:15 Keynote Address: “Theses on Pictures and Films.” Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

Wine Reception: Humphrey House Lounge:

Saturday Morning:

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Panel Discussion: The Aesthetics and Politics of Food:
    • Amelia Katanski (English, Kalamazoo College)
    • Alison Geist (Director, Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning, Kalamazoo College)
    • David Strauss (History, Kalamazoo College)

Coffee Break

  • 11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Museums and Curatorship:
    • Lambert Zuidervaart [Moderator] (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)
    • Christine Hahn (Art History, Kalamazoo College)
    • Paul Wittenbraker (Art, Grand Valley University)
    • Alexandra Gravely (Art, K’13)
    • Eeva Sharp (Art, K’13)

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch: Stone Room:

Saturday Afternoon:

  • 2:00 – 3:30: Panel Discussion: Performance Art:
    • Adriana Garriga-Lopez (Anthropology/Sociology, Kalamazoo College)
    • Shanna Salinas (English, Kalamazoo College)

Coffee Break:

  • 4:00 – 5:30: Round Table Discussion & Closing Comments:

5:30 Reception, Stone Room

6:30 – 9:00 Dinner, Stone Room


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.


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.

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