Department of Philosophy



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The philosophy of difference as broadly construed for the purposes of this conference includes political, epistemological, ontological, and metaphysical ideas that allow us to consider the position of the other and to think alterity in diverse ways. This may involve approaching philosophical concepts from artistic avenues or from non-Western perspectives; it may emphasize embodied social justice work, or the structures that re-inscribe oppression; it may follow Levinas’ assertion that “the whole of philosophy is only a meditation on Shakespeare” and utilize non-philosophical texts to explore these issues. Difference here simply implies the refusal to subsume other cultures into the Western perspective while noting the uniquely human experiences that we share.

On February 9-10, contributors and participants will explore these themes.

Click here for the call for papers, and other conference details.