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.

Academic Year 2013-2014

September 26, 2013
Film Screening
of Hannah Arendt

October 18, 2013
Text Seminar
Martin Heidegger, Letter on Humanism; Hannah Arendt, “The Perplexities of the Rights of Man”

October 22, 2013
Philosophy Colloquium (Lonestar Tourist)
Joe Rouse, “Two Concepts of Objectivity”

November 13, 2013
Study Group Workshop
Fred Evans

November 14, 2013
Philosophy Colloquium
Fred Evans

November 21, 2013
Glasscock Center Event
Albert Camus Centennial Roundtable

December 10, 2013
Text Seminar
Levinas, Humanism of the Other (selections); Katz, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism (selections)

January 18, 2014
Text Seminar
Claire Katz, Levinas and the Crisis of Humanism

January 22, 2014
Guest Lecture and Reception
Seyla Benhabib, Yale University

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

February 5, 2014
Andrew Benjamin, “Beyond Mere Affect: From Nietzsche to Kant”

February 7, 2014
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

February 21, 2014
Interactive Reading Seminar
“Gender, Judaism, and the Limits of Forgiveness”

February 27, 2014
Keith Ansell-Pearson, “Naturalism as a Joyful Science”

February 28, 2014
Text Seminar
Keith Ansell-Pearson “Thinking Beyond the Human Condition with Bergson and Deleuze”

April 17, 2014
Davenport Lecture
Jane Kneller

May 2014
Annual Planning Meeting

Academic Year 2012-2013

January 19, 2013
Annual Workshop

Dr. Ted George | Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University

January 24, 2013
“Mandatory Ultrasound Viewing and the Politics of Vision”
Rebecca Kukla | University of South Florida

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

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

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

May 15, 2013
Guest Scholar Session TBD