The CFP for this year’s Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium is now available HERE. In addition to the main program, the PAPC runs several working groups designed for scholars to present and discuss their work in progress. There are working groups in ethics, analytic, history, and continental philosophy. I coordinate the continental group.
If you have something to submit, please do so through the PAPC site.
I just stumbled across the “Kant’s Questions“ book series by Routledge, which has two volumes out and a projected three more for 2015. This is a fantastic idea, and I’m excited to get my hands on the enlightenment volume. Check out the series HERE.
Frederic Seyler reviews The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2013) by J. Aaron Simmons and Bruce Ellis Benson. If I were to write a review of this book, I’d probably say a lot of what Seyler says, but I’d focus more on the very last bit. Find the review HERE.
The latest issue of Cosmos and History includes an article–kind of a survey–of recent developments in continental realism, materialism, and related. Some of what Niemoczynski has to say about the “new” metaphysics in “21st Century Speculative Philosophy” is familiar to anyone who has followed the developments, but he also drops some less familiar names and suggests some new directions for anyone interested in speculative philosophy today. At the very least, the article is a conversation starter for what it does and does not say.
The issue also includes an interview with Iain Hamilton Grant, conducted by Niemoczynski himself.
Dylan has the cover of his new book with Zero, The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror, up at Side Effects. Looks good and, having read a bit of it, reads damn good too.
I recently learned of the Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Reading Group. They organize discussion of, obviously, continental philosophy texts. They meet in the East End Book Exchange in the Bloomfield neighborhood. It’s really great to see this kind of extra-academic activity going on in the city!
Their website is HERE.
My book Levinas Unhinged gets a very positive and nicely written review by Will Rees at 3:AM Magazine. I couldn’t be happier that the book is described as an “act of vandalism,” but one that is also “reinvigorating.” It seems like it’s accomplishing exactly what I wanted it to accomplish.
Rees finds some minor points of contention, all of which I think are fair and warrant the closer attention he calls for. At one point he says that a “decisively narrow conceptualization” of phenomenology informs my reading of Levinas. He is absolutely right about this. I give a rationale for this, and a defense of it, in my two forthcoming books, Plastic Bodies and The End of Phenomenology. Hopefully he’ll find them as worthwhile as he does the Levinas book.