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CFP for the 2nd annual conference is up!

23 Apr

Big news! The CFP for the 2nd annual conference is up and ready for submissions (due July 15th)!

Already the excellent philosopher Fred Evans (Duquesne University) and the amazing podcast, The Partially Examined Life (http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/) have signed up to join us!

Here is a brief outline of the theme:

The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, “(un)commons: theory and public space.” Devoted to a critical examination of the public sphere, the conference is seeking papers and artworks that deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis of public space, as well as those which deal with philosophy, criticism, and analysis in public space.

Towards the end of interdisciplinary collaboration, this conference invites contributions from a range of disciplines including philosophy, architecture, geography, psychology, religious studies, communication, rhetoric, and sociology, among others. Additionally, we strongly encourage artists and performers whose work deals with the notion of the “public” or the “common” to submit samples or descriptions of works in any medium—visual, musical, performance, installation, etc. We will accept paper and panel proposals on any topic relevant to continental philosophy, and particularly encourage those that seek to cross the bounds between multiple disciplines.

Additionally, since the conference will be joined by a live recording of an episode of “The Partially Examined Life” (http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/), we strongly encourage those whose work deals with the “new media”—including podcasts, blogs, youtube, etc.—to join us.

Full CFP available as a pdf here

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Reading Group Tonight!

9 Mar

Reading group kicked off with a bang last week. Be sure to stop in tonight for what is sure to be some exciting discussion of the second half of the preface to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. The big debate last week — and which is likely to continue into tonight — is whether it is possible to read Hegel otherwise than as the totalitarian systematizer that he is often said to be.

When: 8:00pm
Where: Industry Public House, Lawrenceville

pdfs: HERE

Reading Group Kickoff Tomorrow (Monday, March 2nd)

2 Mar

Philosophers, amateur philosophers, non-philosophers, and friends; the reading group is back tomorrow night!!!

Head on over to the Industry Public House in Lawrenceville at 8:00pm for discussion of the first half of the “Preface” to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.

Reading Group is Back, March 2nd!!!

21 Feb

Following a delay — caused by some shananigans finding a new reading group location — we are thrilled to announce that the Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Reading Group is back! For the Spring we will be looking at texts related to the reemergence of Hegel in continental philosophy, with some really interesting texts (including: Hegel, Kojeve, Butler, Derrida, Malabou, Zizek, and Caputo). As per usual, no books are required, all texts will be available via pdf HERE (Zizek is not yet available, but will be well before the April 20th).

When/Where: We will be meeting on Monday Nights at 8:00pm at the Industry Public House in Lawrenceville.

Reading Schedule:

  • March 2nd – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit – Preface (first half)
  • March 9th – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit – Preface (second half)
  • March 16th – Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit – “Master/Slave Dialectic”
  • March 23rd – Kojeve’s Introduction to a Reading of the Phenomenology of Spirit – “In Place of an Introduction”
  • March 30th – Butler’s Subjects of Desire – Chapter 1 and “Final Reflections”
  • April 6th – Derrida’s preface to Malabou’s The Future of Hegel
  • April 13th – Malabou’s The Future of Hegel – Chapter 10
  • April 20th – Zizek’s Less Than Nothing – Chapter 4
  • April 27th – Caputo’s The Insistence of God – Chapter 6

*As a reminder, although we are going “thematic,” it is worth remembering that it is certianly not necessary or expected that you attend every week (though that would be great!). Basically, if you can’t make a week, don’t sweat it! Just stop in whenever you can. Our discussion will not presuppose that you have read all of the previous readings, only that you are interested in thinking deeply and discussing.

 

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Winter 2015 Updates!

26 Jan

We have a ton of exciting information, so here it goes:

  • The PCPN has finally upgraded our two man operation into a fuller, more representative committee (five members!). What does this mean? 1.) less stress for me and Jeremy, 2.) more well rounded topics and themes, 3.) more exciting programing.
  • Reading groups? Yes! The roup is coming are back, and it is coming back soon! This winter we will be moving from Sundays to Monday nights at 8:00pm. Our first meeting will be Feb. 2nd, keep your eyes posted for a pdf which will be posted asap. Moreover, we will now be orchestrating approx. two month “thematic series” all year long. What does this mean? It means that rather than topics changing every week, there will be a unity to the readings. What does this not mean? It does NOT mean that you are obligated to come every week, or that you will “fall behind” if you skip a week. In fact, just like in the past, we will be tackling a new author every week in a short standalone pdf (for FREE!!!). Our first series will be looking at the recent rediscovery of Hegel, after he had been abandoned and denigrated during much of the 20th century.
  • 2nd annual conference? Yes! it is happening, and we are really excited. Stay tuned for more detailed information, but what I can tell you now, is that our theme will be thinking (rethinking?) the role and nature of “public space,” and that the title of the conference will be “(un)commons: theory and public space.” The conference is scheduled for late September, and a cfp is already in development. What will we be looking for? More great papers like last year, plus artwork, performance art, film, or anything else that tackles the big questions regarding public space.

Back from Hiatus!

5 Dec

The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Reading Group is back from a brief hiatus for two last meetings before the end of the semester. Be sure to stop by this sunday for Mcgowan’s “On the Necessity of Contradiction: Hegel with the Speculative Realists” at the East End Book Exchange (4:00pm).

Alphonso Lingis Video Up

21 Nov

Passion — the Alphonso Lingis lecture/multimedia event that we co-sponsored on Nov. 8th — has been released on Youtube. If you missed the event, be sure to check it out!