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Upcoming – Last Philosophy and Science Meeting and More

9 Sep

NOTE #1: Mark your calendar, for the second annual pittsburgh continental philosophy conference, September 25th (1:00-9:00pm) and 26th (10:00am-9:00pm). Plenaries include Leswin Laubscher, Fred Evans, and The Partially Examined Life.


READING GROUP:

Join us Monday night (14th) as we wrap up our consideration of philosophy and neuroscience with a look at Mark Solms’ Brain and the Inner World

As always, the text is available as a pdf HERE.

We will be meeting at 8:00pm at Tender Bar + Kitchen, in Lawrenceville (4300 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole summer, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.

OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Justin E. H. Smith, Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII: “Is Western Philosophy a 19th-Century Invention? Historiography and Boundary-Policing from the Encyclopédie to Hegel.”

LOOKING AHEAD:

Keep your eyes open at the beginning October, for our fall reading group series on philosophy and horror. Texts will likely include: H.P. Lovecraft, Dylan Trigg, Eugene Thacker, Graham Harman, Georges Canguilhem, Richard Kearney and many more!

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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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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.

Don’t miss Dylan Trigg, this thursday (Nov. 20th) at 6:00pm

18 Nov

Thursday evening at 6:00pm, Dylan Trigg of the University of Memphis, will be presenting “On Non-Phenomenology in Merleau-Ponty,” at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center. This lecture is not to be missed.

Dylan Trigg is a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at the University of Memphis, Department of Philosophy (in conjunction with Shaun Gallagher) and at University College Dublin (in conjunction with Dermot Moran) working on the phenomenology of anxiety.

His research includes: phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Bachelard); psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan); and various aspects of bodily existence (intersubjectivity, identity, and alterity).

He is the author of the following books:

  • Topophobia (Forthcoming – London: Bloomsbury)
  • The Thing: a Phenomenology of Horror (Winchester: Zero Books, 2014)
  • The Memory of Place: a Phenomenology of the Uncanny (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012)
  • The Aesthetics of Decay: Nothingness, Nostalgia and the Absence of Reason (New York: Peter Lang, 2006)

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Reading Group is Back

14 Oct

After a couple weeks of post-conference recuperation, the Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Reading Group is back this week, with a work by Roberto Esposito entitled, “Foucault was not a person.” Join us for Discussion on Sunday at 4:00pm, at the East End Book Exchange.

Tom Sparrow at the East End Book Exchange

14 Mar

Don’t miss our third official Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Network lecture next thursday (March 20th) at 6:00pm at the East End Book Exchange. We are thrilled to announce that  Dr. Tom Sparrow of Slippery Rock University will be offering a lecture and discussion based upon his paper “From Lived Bodies to Plastic Bodies.” Want to go deeper? The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Reading Group will be be discussing his paper in preparation for the lecture, on Tuesday at 6:00pm (also at East End Exchange). Why not come to both events and get a double dose of Sparrow? The official Facebook can be found here.

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