Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Emory Graduate Conference

The Graduate Philosophical Society at Emory

Call for Papers:

Philosophy, Politics, and the Ethics of Resistance

Keynote Address: Simon Critchley “Non-violent Violence”

April 10th – 11th, 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: ckluz@emory.edu

Submission Deadline: February 12, 2009

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