Monday, January 5, 2009

New Mexico Student Conference (CFP)

The University of New Mexico hosts the 7th Annual
Philosophy Student Conference

"Thinking about Traditions"

Saturday April 25, 2009

Keynote Speaker:
Jay Garfield
Smith College, Melbourne University,
and Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies

Students working in any philosophical tradition (analytic,
continental, Indian, Chinese, Islamic, feminist, pragmatist or others)
are invited to submit a paper. Topics might include, but are not
limited to, the following:

What does it mean to be a member of a tradition? What is a
tradition? How do traditions impact the thought of philosophers? Can
a philosopher operate outside of all traditions? Can a philosopher
belong to more than one tradition simultaneously? Can philosophers be
critical of their own tradition or use their tradition to criticize
other traditions? Do any particular conceptions of traditions help or
hinder the quarrel between the analytic and continental traditions?
Should philosophers coming from Western traditions investigate non-
Western philosophical traditions or vice versa? Do various factors of
human identity (race, gender, ethnicity, class, age, ability, etc.)
affect philosophical traditions? How do philosophers form, perpetuate
and embody particular traditions? Does an emphasis on philosophical
traditions imply a kind of relativism in which something can be true
in one tradition and false in another? What do traditions tell us
about rationality? Can one be both rational and traditional? Does
thinking about traditions inform the history of philosophy? Why do we
often think of fairly diverse groups of philosophers as belonging to
one tradition?

Deadline for Submissions: January 30, 2009

Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words and appropriate for a
20 minute presentation. E-mail submission as Word documents or PDFs
to Laura Guerrero at lguerrer@unm.edu
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