Call for Papers
Boston College Philosophy Department 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference
March 20-21 2009
Plato gave us a remarkable image: through the process of education, the student leaves behind the shackles and darkness of a cave and ascends to knowledge of the divine forms. That process has practical consequences, which the prisoner faces in returning to the cave and transforming the community.
Since the concern in ancient philosophy for paideia, education has been central to philosophical attempts to discover what we can know and how we should live. Medieval reflection on the order of philosophical study gave birth to the university, which through the liberal arts prepares students to contemplate the highest truths. In modernity education is closely tied to the possibility of universal enlightenment. When challenging enlightenment ideals, contemporary philosophers reevaluate the goals of education and the institutions that house it.
What experiences are formative for the human person? Can those be taught? What is the proper method and goal of a philosophical education? Should such an education shape our political and social life? Or does it serve other ends? We invite papers that consider how these question have been addressed in the history of philosophy as well as what contemporary philosophy can contribute to the discourse on education.
Papers will be blind reviewed. Please limit submissions to approximately 4,000 words and attach a cover page including name, institution and contact information. The submission deadline is January 15th 2009
Mail: Attn: Graduate Conference Committee
Department of Philosophy
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3806