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Philosophy Post-1968

Deadline: February 18, 2008

PHILOSOPHY POST-1968

1968 marks a pivotal moment both politically and philosophically in post-war Western Europe. As one of the most powerful instances of popular revolutionary sentiments of the period, the events of 68 radically transformed the intellectual context. While the perceived failure of this revolution led to an 'incredulity towards grand narratives' this also opened up a number of lines of thought emphasizing difference, power and the 'event'.

On the fortieth anniversary of May 1968 we ask what impact these events have had on philosophical thought. How is one to assess the claim that '68 marked the beginning of the end of grand narrative philosophy? How has '68 reshaped the relationship between activism and philosophy, abstract theory and political phenomena? Particular areas for discussion could include:

  • The concept of power and the viability of a Foucauldian analysis of economic and social structures.
  • The reformulation of the concept of 'revolution'.
  • How are aesthetic categories reapplied to political phenomena after '68?
  • The rearticulation of Marxism's concept of alienation.
  • Skepticism about class consciousness and the emergence of single issue politics.
  • The concept of commitment in philosophy.
  • Is a Science of Man still possible after '68?
  • Attention to temporality and historicity in critiques of structuralism.
  • Is there a return to grand narrative philosophy?
  • Do the events of '68 put an end to the unfinished project of modernity?
  • The move away from identity and sameness to a thinking of difference.
  • The return of a more problematized subject.
  • Attempts to develop a philosophy of the 'event'.
  • Does '68 give new life to Pragmatism?
  • The return to thinking philosophically about ethics.

Papers should be suitable for a 20 minute presentation and prepared for blind review. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent by Monday 18 February 2008 to: pygradc@essex.ac.uk or, in duplicate, by post to:

Graduate Conference 2008
Department of Philosophy
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
CO4 3SQ

The department is able to offer limited financial assistance to those giving papers, therefore we strongly advise you to ask for travel assistance from your home institution.

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