Monday, August 15, 2011

Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium VII

Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium 2011
Conversations VII: Social and Political Philosophy

November 16 - 18, 2011
Hosted by the Department of History and Philosophy, University of the
West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

The broad theme for the seventh Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS)
will be social and political philosophy. In keeping with the spirit of
our conversations, we hope to bring together, for discussion on social
and political matters, thinkers operating in and across different
cultural and philosophical traditions as well as other disciplines
that share a boundary with philosophy. We invite papers examining
pertinent issues ranging from social and political ideals such as
equality, justice, and liberty through political ideologies such as
anarchism, Confucianism, conservatism, Marxism, and socialism, to
issues related to the distinctive problems of studying human society.
Also invited are papers on themes such as the nature of political
authority, individual rights and responsibilities within society;
racism, ethnicity, and gender discrimination; war and terrorism; crime
and punishment; development and social progress; social agency, the
relevance of Darwinian theory in the social sciences, etc. CHiPS
encourages dialogue across philosophical traditions, and so
particularly welcomes contributions that deal with or compare a
variety of philosophical traditions or approaches.

Our keynote speaker will be Professor Charles W. Mills. He is John
Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern
University, USA. Author of the seminal The Racial Contract and three
collections of papers, his work is in the general area of social and
political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory
centred on class, gender, and race. He will deliver a public lecture,
entitled “Racial Justice”.

CHiPS VII will be held in the third week of November to coincide with
UNESCO World Philosophy Day (this year November 17th). The Symposium
will begin on Wednesday 16th and end on Friday 18th.

In an effort to ensure well-prepared, quality presentations, abstracts
(300-500 words) are due by August 15, 2011. Participants whose
abstracts are accepted by the vetting committee will then be required
to submit their completed papers via email as an attachment in Open or
LibreOffice, Word, or Wordperfect by the firm deadline of October 15,
2011. (These papers will then be posted on-line for other participants
to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the
Symposium can be devoted much more to discussion than to exposition of
the written papers.) We hope that revised papers will continue to be
available on-line: those from the earlier symposia can be accessed
from http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fhe/histphil/Philosophy/ChiPS/ .

Contact persons:

Dr. Frederick Ochieng’-Odhiambo: frederick.ochieng-odhiambo@cavehill.uwi.edu

Prof. Ed Brandon: edbrandon@gmail.com

Ms. Roxanne Burton: roxanneeburton@gmail.com

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