Continental Philosophy Seminar

A Glasscock Center Three-Year Seminar (2013-2016)

Seminar Director:
DANIEL CONWAY|Professor, Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Continental Philosophy is a multi-disciplinary field that takes its bearings from the seminal insights and influential theories that emerged in the fertile, post-Kantian period of European philosophy (roughly, 1800- present). Major figures of influence include Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Bergson, Sartre, Beauvoir, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Derrida, Deleuze, Badiou, and Agamben. Traditions and developments central to the field of Continental Philosophy include: German idealism, existentialism, phenomenology, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, Lebensphilosophie, deconstruction, post-colonial studies, Holocaust studies, negative theology, and liberation theology. Students and scholars of Continental Philosophy may be found in any number of academic disciplines and settings at contemporary colleges and universities.

The Seminar in Continental Philosophy will include, develop, and build on the activities of the Continental Philosophy Study Group and will focus its energies and resources on the following activities: Organizing and hosting conferences, workshops, and other events in Continental Philosophy, including an annual conference that will attract leading scholars to the TAMU campus in College Station; Promoting original contributions to disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Continental Philosophy; Serving as an institutional home and clearing-house for teaching and research initiatives pertaining to the field of Continental Philosophy; Enhancing graduate and undergraduate mentoring within and across participating disciplines; and Engaging in global outreach via various working groups and networks within the field of Continental Philosophy.

Spring 2014 Activities

Saturday, 18 January 2014, 4-6 p.m.
Text Seminar
Claire Katz, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism
401 YMCA Building

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 4-5 p.m.
Guest Lecture and Reception
Seyla Benhabib, Yale University
311 Glasscock Building

23-25 January 2014
Sponsored Conference
Hannah Arendt’s Eichman in Jerusalem: 50 Years On
311 Glasscock Building

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Andrew Benjamin, “Beyond Mere Affect: From Nietzsche to Kant”
401 YMCA Building

Friday, 7 February 2014, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Author Meets Reader Roundtable
Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism and and An Introduction to Modern Jewish Philosophy
Claire Katz, Andrew Benjamin, Mary Ann O’Ferrell, Kristi Sweet, Apostolos Vasilakis
311 Glasscock Building

Friday, 21 February 2014, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Interactive Reading Seminar
“Gender, Judaism, and the Limits of Forgiveness”
311 Glasscock Building

Thursday, 27 February 2014, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Keith Ansell-Pearson, “Naturalism as a Joyful Science”
401 YMCA Building

Friday, 28 February 2014, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Text Seminar
Keith Ansell-Pearson “Thinking Beyond the Human Condition with Bergson and Deleuze”
401 YMCA Building

Thursday, 17 April 2014
Davenport Lecture
Jane Kneller

May 2014
Annual Planning Meeting

Fall 2013 Activities

Thursday, 26 September 2013, 6 p.m.  
Film Screening of Hannah Arendt
HECC Screening Room

Friday, 18 October 2013, 4-6 p.m.
Text Seminar
Martin Heidegger, Letter on Humanism; Hannah Arendt, “The Perplexities of the Rights of Man”
Room 401, YMCA Building

Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Philosophy Colloquium (Lonestar Tourist)
Joe Rouse, “Two Concepts of Objectivity”
Room 401, YMCA Building

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Study group workshop with Fred Evans
Room 401, YMCA Building

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 3:45-5:30 p.m. 
Philosophy Colloquium
Fred Evans
Room 401, YMCA Building

Thursday, 21 November 2013
Glasscock Center Event
Albert Camus Centennial Roundtable
Room 401, YMCA Building

Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 5-7 p.m. 
Text Seminar
Levinas, Humanism of the Other (selections); Katz, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (selections)
Room 401, YMCA Building

Spring 2013 Activities

19 January 2013
Annual Workshop
Dr. Ted George | Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

24 January 2013, 3:30-6 p.m.
“Mandatory Ultrasound Viewing and the Politics of Vision”
Rebecca Kukla | University of South Florida
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

14 February 2013
“Two Types of Continental Philosophy of Religion”
John Caputo | Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities, Syracuse University

11-14 March 2013
Poetry vs. Philosophy Conference
Jennifer Ann Bates | Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University

18 April 2013
Text Seminar
Maurice Merleau-Ponty | “Eye and Mind”

15 May 2013
Guest Scholar Session TBD