2 02 2010

Sorry for the light posting. The Society has been busy over the last few months, even if the blog has not.

The SSPP panel at SPEP — Anarchism and Philosophy — attracted quite a crowd, wit people standing and sitting on the floor. Conversation rotated around the degree to which anarchism was taken seriously as theory, as philosophy, and whether this was the right question altogether. Is there something in anarchist thought that is inherently hostile to systematization? Conversely, when anarchists have turned to philosophical theories, what have been the hesitations? What political failures could be traced to failures of the imagination, and how can some strains of anarchist thinking help us to overcome these failures?

Our panel at the APA Eastern — Envirnmental Philosophy as Political Philosophy — was also well attended and lively. I’m hoping to bring some first hand reports to the blog soon.

Finally, several SSPP members presented at the Historical Materialism conference in NYC in January. The conference was quite lively, quite youthful, and quite exciting, and every panel seemed to attract more people than the room could hold.  Bill Lewis presented on Henri Lefebvre’s philosophy of science; Hasana Sharp presented on Spinoza’s theoretical antihumanism; Jason Read presented on transindividuality and species being; and I presented on Paolo Virno’s reading of Aristotle.  I haven’t memorized the membership, so if other members presented, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list.


Upcoming SSPP Events

21 09 2009

1.  2009 Meeting at SPEP: Thursday, 29 October, 2009

General information about the SPEP annual meeting can be found at www.spep.org.

PANEL: Anarchism & Philosophy

Time: 9 am – Noon

Location: Lincoln Room

Moderator: Cory Wimberly, University of Texas – Pan American

  • “This Time I’m Serious: Critchley, Anarchism, and the Question of Violence,” Peter Gratton, University of San Diego
  • “Demanding Impossible Justice: Thoughts on Post-Foundationalist Anarchism,” Michael Larsen, Point Park University
  • “Anarchist Philosophy and Working Class Struggle: A Brief History and Commentary,” Nathan Jun, Midwestern State University
  • “Anarchist Meditations,” Alejandro de Acosta, Southwestern University


2.  Meeting at APA Eastern: Wednesday, 30 December, 2000

General information about the APA Eastern Division meeting can be found at: http://www.apaonline.org/divisions/eastern/index.aspx

PANEL: Environmental Philosophy as Political Philosophy

Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Moderator: Trent Hamann, St. John’s University

  • “Creative Evolution, Today: Bergson and Contemporary Biology,” Michael Vaughan, University of Warwick-United Kingdom
  • “Between Walzer and Levinas: Political Viability as a Regulative Constraint for Environmental Philosophy,” J. Aaron Simmons, Hendrix College
  • “Reviving a Global Ecological Feminism: An Ecopolitics of Homeplace,” Jennifer Scuro, College of New Rochelle
  • “Environmental Political Philosophy: On the Future of the Nation State,” Julie Kuhlken (Misericordia University)