Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Somaesthetics at the Dewey Center in Krakow

The John Dewey Research Center at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow is inaugurating a division on somaesthetics. There is an open invitation for this on September 3rd, 2012 at 2:00PM.

"Somaethetics" is the contemporary pragmatist aesthetic of Richard Schusterman, Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, and he will be attending and giving a lecture on "Pragmatism, Somaesthetics, and Contemporary Art."

The lecture will be followed by a dance performance presented by Teatr Tańca DF. At 4.30 p.m. there will be a panel discussion (in polish) with the participation of aestheticians and dancers. The aim of the discussion is to exchange ideas between theorists and dancers on issues relating to body consciousness, somaesthetics, and

*The Somaesthetics Section has been organized by*
*Dr. Lilianna Bieszczad*
*The detailed program can be found on*

(I have heavily edited the original announcement.)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

International Conference on Rethinking Pragmatist Aesthetics

*International Conference “Rethinking Pragmatist Aesthetics”*

August 31-September 2, 2012

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Campus in Wroclaw (Poland)****

Pragmatist aesthetics is a rich theoretical tradition which has its
beginnings in the work of classical pragmatists (most notably, John
Dewey’s 1934 book Art as Experience), and which was rejuvenated in the 80s
and the 90s by such scholars as Richard Rorty, Joseph Margolis, and Richard
Shusterman. The latter’s 1992 book Pragmatist Aesthetics can be seen as a
symbolic moment in the emergence of the second wave of pragmatist
aesthetics, and today, twenty years after its publication, it is perhaps
the right time to rethink pragmatism’s contribution to aesthetic theory.The
aim of this conference is to reflect on pragmatist aesthetics’ history and
current condition, but also on its potential to address the most pressing
problems of contemporary philosophical aesthetics, and to project the
future avenues for its progress. ****

Keynote speaker: Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University)****

Conference program is attached to this message. ****

Organizers: prof. Leszek Koczanowicz ( and dr. Wojciech
Malecki ( The conference language is English.

Josiah Royce Society Session at the Eastern APA

The Josiah Royce Society will sponsor a session at the APA-Eastern meeting in Atlanta, GA:


GVIII - 8. Josiah Royce Society

11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Topic: New Directions in Royce Scholarship

Chair: Mathew A. Foust (Lander University)

Speakers: Kara Barnette (Gustavus Adolphus College)
"Between Revenge and Forgiveness: Royce’s Concept of Atonement and Feminist Legal Theory"

Matthew Jacobs (Pennsylvania State University)
"Purpose, Discursivity, and Normativity in Royce and Brandom"

Commentator: Mathew A. Foust (Lander University)

C.S. Peirce Society Session at the Eastern APA

The C.S. Peirce Society will be sponsoring a session at this year's meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, in Atlanta, Georgia:

GV - 2. Charles S. Peirce Society
5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Topic: Peirce and Value Theory
Chair: Robert Lane (University of West Georgia)


Diana Heney (University of Toronto)
"The Peircean Strand in Pragmatist Ethics"

Rosa Mayorga (Miami-Dade College)
"Peirce and Value Theory"

Aaron Massecar (University of Guelph-Ontario)
"Peirce, Moral Cognitivism, and the Development of Character"

Monday, August 27, 2012

2012-2013 C.S. Peirce Essay Contest

Topic: Any topic on or related to the work of Charles Sanders Peirce.

Awards: $500 cash prize; presentation at the Society's next annual
meeting, held in conjunction with the Central APA (in New Orleans,
Louisiana, USA, February 20-23, 2013); possible publication, subject
to editorial revision, in the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2012

Length: Because the winning essay may be published in the
Transactions, the length of contest submissions should be about the
length of an average journal article. The maximum acceptable length is
10,000 words, including notes. The presentation of the winning
submission at the annual meeting cannot exceed 30 minutes reading time.

Open to: Graduate students and persons who have held a Ph.D. or its
equivalent for no more than seven years. Entries from students who
have not yet begun their graduate training will not be considered.
Past winners of the contest are ineligible. Joint submissions are
allowed provided that all authors satisfy the eligibility requirements.

Advice to Essay Contest Entrants:

The winning entry will make a genuine contribution to the literature
on Peirce. Therefore, entrants should become familiar with the major
currents of work on Peirce to date and take care to locate their views
in relation to published material that bears directly on their topic.

Entrants should note that scholarly work on Peirce frequently benefits
from the explicit consideration of the historical development of his
views. Even a submission that focuses on a single stage in that
development can benefit from noting the stage on which it focuses in
reference to other phases of Peirce's treatment of the topic under
consideration. (This advice is not intended to reflect a bias toward
chronological studies, but merely to express a strong preference for a
chronologically informed understanding of Peirce's philosophy.)

We do not require but strongly encourage, where appropriate, citation
of the Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition.
Ideally, citation of texts found in both the Collected Papers and the
Writings should be to both CP and W.

Submissions should be prepared for blind evaluation and must not be
under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Cover letter or email should include complete contact information,
including mailing address and phone numbers, and a statement that the
entrant meets the eligibility requirements of the contest.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Submissions should be sent as
email attachments (Microsoft Word documents, RTF files, or PDF files
only) to Robert Lane, secretary-treasurer of the Society: . Please include "Peirce Essay Contest Submission" in
the subject line of your email.

Submissions by traditional mail are also acceptable. Please mail
submissions to:

Robert Lane
Philosophy Program
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118
Attn: Peirce Essay Contest

Alwin Carus Research Grant

Up to $5000 in research grants to study the Hegeler-Carus collection of the Open Court Publishers library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

I spent a year in that archive and have an unpublished manifest of the Open Court library of texts, which includes autographed first editions of Freud, first editions (original German) of Nietzsche, etc. I can share that information upon request. The rest of the archive catalogue is available at the Special Collections Research Center website, a division of the university.

2012 Midwest Pragmatist Study Group

The program is here. It will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana September 22-23.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Logic of Hatred

Levi Bryant recently engaged in an uncharitable polemic here and here against Matt Segall to which I am compelled to respond. I strongly recommend that the reader view the comments and Bryant’s post before continuing, else they will not appreciate the severity of the polemic.

In short, Bryant is a contemporary Thrasymachus as found in Plato’s Republic. That is, he subordinates his reason to his desires, and acts aggressively in pursuit of them. Let us be more specific.

In his second post on the matter, he castigates the “logic of transcendence or sovereignty” or “patriarchy” that is exemplified in religion. He proceeds to tell us that the structure, and not the content, of religion and similar institutions leads to oppression. He asks us not to focus on the beliefs of religion, which may be good, but to focus upon how they function, in which case he sees only evil. They always embody the logic of transcendence, sovereignty, patricarchy, etc. Later, he limits his accusations to judeo-christian-islamic religions and exempts “paganism,” Buddhism, etc.

Religion leads to “ineluctable violence” as any “social and intellectual structure premised on sovereignty, exception, or transcendence ineluctably generate violence.”

Prof. Bryant, this argument is not benefitting you. It is demonstrably untrue both deductively and inductively. At best it remains a thesis that supports an ideology of hatred, and in your case you have demonstrated that hatred against various interlocutors, most recently Matt Segal. I recommend that you examine your motivations for argumentation, as you are on the path of Thrasymachus, a path of violent confrontation claiming to be reasonable, but motivated by much less noble sources.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

CFP: Philosophy Born of Struggle 2012 at Texas A&M

Born of Struggle 2012

Nineteenth Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Mills
Author of The Racial Contract 
October 26 & 27, 2012

Philosophy Born of Struggle 2012: Call for Papers and Panels

The 19th Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference with the theme Race, Class, Gender, and State Violence  will convene at  Texas A&M on October 26 & 27  2012. State violence while maintaining the pretense of legitimacy has become synonymous with social order and democracy with the prison industrial complex serving as a conduit for controlling the restless masses as well as the greatest competitor to public education.  Reclaim public education by dismantling the prison industrial complex should be a matter of great urgency for educators, and civic leaders of all areas of public life.   This conference explores the interconnections between Race, Class, Gender, state violence and the prison industrial complex and the social impact of having one in every hundred citizens in the United States   behind bars.   

Paper submissions on the following topics are highly encouraged:  Racial profiling and the culture of violence as part of the state apparatus. National Identity and the history of violence.  Economic Inequality and gender/race/ class oppression in the age of mass incarceration.  Education and the pursuit of life, livelihood and liberty. Capital Punishment as the ultimate expression of state violence.

For papers, please submit abstracts with proposed titles and biographical information.  For panels, please submit panel title plus abstracts, titles, names, affiliations, and bios of proposed presentations.  Please email proposals by August 18th to:

Everet Green (

Leonard Harris (

Tommy Curry (

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Advanced Seminar on Peirce in Portuguese

Inscrição 6th Advanced Seminar on Peirce’s Philosophy and Semiotics e 15a. Jornada do Centro Internacional de Estudos Peircianos

Informamos que estão abertas as inscrições para o 6th Advanced Seminar on Peirce’s Philosophy and Semiotics e 15a. Jornada do Centro Internacional de Estudos Peircianos.

A inscrição deverá ser feita com antecedência por meio do formulário eletrônico e os participantes deverão assinar a lista de presença nos dias do evento.

Os Cadernos da Jornada com todos os textos apresentados pelos palestrantes internacionais e nacionais poderão ser adquiridos no local antes do início do evento.