Thursday, November 20, 2008

Emory Graduate Conference

The Graduate Philosophical Society at Emory


Philosophy, Politics, and the Ethics of Resistance
Keynote Address: Simon Critchley ?Non-violent Violence?
March 20th - 21st, 2009

"?an experience of disappointment is acutely tangible at the present
time, with the corrosion of established political structures and an
unending war on terror where the moods of Western populations are
controlled through a politics of fear managed by the constant threat of
external attack ?this situation is far from novel and might be said to
be definitional of politics from antiquity to early and considerably
later modernity. My point is that if the present time is defined by a
state of war, then this experience of political disappointment provokes
the question of justice: what might justice be in a violently unjust
world? It is this question that provokes the need for an ethics or
what others might call normative principles that might enable us to
face and face down the present political situation."
-Simon Critchley, Infinitely Demanding

The 2009 graduate philosophy conference at Emory will examine
philosophical conceptions of the relation between politics, ethics, and
social action. We invite papers investigating topics related to one or
more of the following questions: -What is the relation between
political resistance and ethical commitment?
-How should we understand the role of violence and non-violence in
political resistance?
-What role can ethics play in politics? -Must ethics and politics be
conceived differently in the 21st century than in previous eras? -What
relevance do earlier philosophical accounts of ethics and politics have
in our contemporary political climate?
-How have classical, modern or post-modern thinkers conceived or
debated this relation?

We welcome papers related to these topics engaging thinkers from any
period in the history of philosophy,
from Thales and Anaximander to Critchley and Zizek.

Papers should be sent as Word documents, and should not exceed 15
double-spaced pages. Personal information should be sent in the body of
the email and should not appear on the paper itself.

email submissions to Christopher Kluz at: SUBMISSION

Our website is under construction, but information regarding the
conference will be available at

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