Program

The first draft of the program for the 2019 RRS Meeting is now available. Download a PDF version here. Please send any corrections to Susan Dieleman at sdielem @ siue . edu

Second Meeting

November 22 – 24, 2019

Penn State University

University Park, PA


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

9:00-12:00 REGISTRATION
8:45-9:00 WELCOME REMARKS: Eduardo Mendieta (Assembly Room)
9:00-10:20 INVITED PANEL: LEARNING WITH & FROM RORTY (Assembly Room)

Chair: Christopher Voparil (Union Institute & University)

E. D. Hirsch (Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities at the University of Virginia): Reminiscences, and Late Rorty on Nationalism

Kian Tajkbakhsh (Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University): Reading Rorty in Tehran

10:20-10:30 BREAK
10:30-12:30 Faculty Staff Club Alumni Lounge Assembly Room
NORMATIVITY
Chair: Name (Institution)

William M. Curtis (University of Portland): Rorty, Wittgenstein, and Rule-Following

David Macarthur (The University of Sydney): Does Rorty Have a Blindspot about the Normative of Truth?

Jared Riggs (University of Toronto): Why Wasn’t Rorty a Normative Pragmatist?

 IRONY & LIBERALISM
Chair: Name (Institution)

Rebeca Perez Leon (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico): Irony’s Import to Liberal Democracy

Robbie Moser (Mount Allison University): Irony, or Philosophy, in a Populist Age

David McClean (Rutgers University): Rorty on the ‘Too Sane’

ETHICS & FOUNDATIONS
Chair: Name (Institution)

David Haack (KU Leuven, The New School): Anti-Foundationalism, Reason, and Ethics

Susana de Castro (Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro): The Plausibility of Nonfoundationalism in Ethics

John P. Anderson (Mississippi College of Law): Human Rights Discourse that Faces Contingency: A Rortyan Vision

12:30-2:00 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN (EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING)

 

2:00-3:20 Faculty Staff Club Alumni Lounge Assembly Room
 REASON & LANGUAGE
Chair: Name (Institution)

Brandon Beasley (University of Calgary): Rorty as Ideal Language Philosopher

Owen Alldritt (Emory University): Everyday Dogmatism: Habermas and Rorty on Practical Reason

 FEMINISM AND PRAGMATISM
Chair: Name (Institution)

Susan Dieleman (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville): Richard Rorty and the Justification of Philosophy


Kate Phelan (RMIT University): Why Feminists Should be Pragmatists

THE SELF
Chair: Name (Institution)

Michela Bella (University de Nantes) & Matteo Santarelli (University of Bologna): Richard Rorty’s and Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Unconscious

Bryan Vescio (High Point University): Pragmatism and the Tragic Sense of Death

3:20-3:30 BREAK
3:20-4:40 RORTY & DAVIDSON
Chair: Name (Institution)

Robert Piercey (Campion College at the University of Regina): Triangulating Ethics

Yvonne Huetter-Almerigi (Universita de Bologna): Action without Truth: Rorty and his Critics on Orwell and Revolutionary Practice

HOW TO READ RORTY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Kristian Bjorkdahl (University of Oslo): Epideictic Utopia: Rorty and the Ethical Groundwork for Liberal Politics

Elin Danielsen Huckerby (University of Cambridge): Magister Ludi: Rortian Pragmatism and the Playful Virtues of the Novel

EXISTENTIALISM
Chair: Name (Institution)

Martin Muller (Volkshochschule Munchen): From Tragic Heroism to Pragmatic Ironism? Remarks on the Existentialist Dimension of Rorty’s Ethics

Richard Gilmore (Concordia College): Rortian Ethics, or, How to Zim Zum

4:40-4:50 BREAK
4:50-6:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PART I (Assembly Room)
Robert B. Brandom

Fetishism, Anti-Authoritarianism, and the Second Enlightenment:
Rorty and Hegel on Representation and Reality

7:00-? DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

9:00-12:00 REGISTRATION
9:00-10:20 Faculty Staff Club Alumni Lounge Assembly Room
MEXICO
Chair: Name (Institution)

Nalliely Hernandez (Universidad de Guadalajara): Uses of Irony: Literature, History and Political Identity in Mexico

Sergio A. Gallegos-Ordorica (John Jay College of Criminal Justice): Antonio Caso’s Proto-Rortyan Ethics

HOPE AND FREEDOM
Chair: Name (Institution)

Alexis Dianda (Dartmouth College): Rorty and the Irony of Hope

Bjorn Ramberg (University of Oslo): Philosophy and Freedom

LOVE AND ETHICS
Chair: Name (Institution)

Pedro Ferrao (University of Lisbon): Rorty on Ethics: For and Against

Anthony Sean Neal (Mississippi State University): Philosophy as Poetry: Rorty and the Spirituals

10:20-10:30 BREAK
10:30-12:30 METAPHILOSOPHY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Paolo Coamporese (McMaster University): From Metaphilosophy to Historiography

Colin Koopman (University of Oregon): Rorty’s Metaphilosophy: An Unexpected Source for Rorty’s Vocabulary Pluralism

Michael Bacon & Neil Gascoigne (Royal Holloway, University of London): Rorty, Metaphilosophy, and the New Pragmatism

NIETZSCHE & FOUCAULT
Chair: Name (Institution)

Alejandro Sanchez Lopera (Pitt): Richard Rorty’s Foucault: ‘We, Liberals’?

James Hersh (Salve Regina University): When is Desire Dangerous? The Conversation Leading from Nietzsche’s ‘Delicate Boundary’ to Rorty’s ‘Poeticized Culture’

Daniel I. Harris (Trent University): Nietzsche Between Rorty and Foucault

LITERATURE & ETHICS
Chair: Name (Institution)

Ben Roth (Harvard College Writing Program): Can Trees Care? Can We, Anymore? The Overstory by Richard Powers and Rorty’s ‘The Inspirational Value of Great Works of Literature’

Marcos Carvalho Lopes (UNILAB-BA): Richard Rorty, Literature, and Moral Education

Carlin Romano (Ursinus College): Rorty’s Literary Ethics

12:30-1:00 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (Assembly Room)
1:00-2:00 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

 

2:00-3:20 Faculty Staff Club Alumni Lounge Assembly Room
DEBATING RORTY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Raff Donelson (Louisiana State University): The Rorty-Dworkin Debate

Steve Stakland (Northern Virginia Community College): Richard Rorty’s Conservative Educational Philosophy: E.D. Hirsch and Curricular Content

SOLIDARITY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Mark Phillips (University of New Orleans): The Hope of Achieving a Global Civilization         

James Roney (Juniata College): Rorty, Nussbaum, and Appiah: Narrating Solidarity, Empathy, and Identity

ETHICS AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE
Chair: Name (Institution)

David Rondel (University of Nevada, Reno): Rorty’s Ethics as Radical, Tragic Pluralism

Federico Penelas (Universidad de Buenos Aires): The Importance of Words: Ironism, Liberalism, and the Affectivity of Final Vocabularies

3:20-3:30 BREAK
3:30-5:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: PART II (Assembly Room)
Robert B. Brandom

Fetishism, Anti-Authoritarianism, and the Second Enlightenment:
Rorty and Hegel on Representation and Reality

5:00-5:10 BREAK
5:10-6:30 INVITED PANEL: RESPONSES TO BRANDOM (Assembly Room)

Chair: Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State University)

Richard J. Bernstein Vera List Professor of Philosophy, the New School for Social Research

Karen Ng Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Brady Bowman Associate Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University

7:00-? DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

9:00-10:20

 

Faculty Staff Club Alumni Lounge Assembly Room
REALITY AND OBJECTIVITY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Griffin Klemick (University of Toronto): The Problem with Picturing: Rorty’s Critique of Sellars Revisited

Javier Moreno (Universidad de los Andes): Objectivity without Abasement

IMAGINATION
Chair: Name (Institution)

Santiago Rey (Universidad de los Andes): Imagination as a Social Virtue

Federico Colmenares Escallon (Universidad do los Andes): Richard Rorty: From an Ironic Reading to an Ironic Way of Life

PUTTING RORTY TO WORK
Chair: Name (Institution)

Tracy Llanera (University of Connecticut): Disavowing Hate: Group Egotists from Westboro to the Klan


John Giordano (Merrimack College): Richard Rorty, Ethnocentrism, and Moral Community: A Westerner’s Response to Female Genital Mutilation

10:20-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:50 RORTY & DEWEY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Christopher Voparil (Union Institute & University): Rorty and Experience


Stephane Madelrieux (University of Lyon): Dewey and Rorty on Scientific Method and Moral Virtue

RORTY & ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY
Chair: Name (Institution)

Sanjit Chakraborty (University of Hyderabad): Stepping Out Analytic Trend: Revisiting Rorty’s Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

ETHICS IN MARGINAL CASES
Chair: Name (Institution)

Paul Showler (University of Oregon): Richard Rorty on Moral Status

Wade Roberts (Juniata College): Narrative, Imagination, and the Horizon of Moral Inclusion: Rorty and Environmental Ethics