Program

The final version of the program for the 2016 RRS Conference is now available. Download a PDF version here.

First Meeting

September 8-10, 2016

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

1:00-6:00 REGISTRATION: KIRNER JOHNSON LOBBY
  KRJH 005 KRJH 125
1:00-2:20 RORTY’S LIBERALISM
Chair: Joel Winkelman (Hamilton College)

Mark Sanders (University of North Carolina, Charlotte: Situating Rorty’s Political Philosophy
Youjin Kong  (Michigan State University): Feminism and Historicist Universalism: A Critical Analysis of Richard Rorty’s Anti-Universalism

ETHICAL AND EXISTENTIAL CHOICE IN RORTY
Chair: Todd Franklin (Hamilton College)

Andrew Norris (University of California-Santa Barbara): Metaphysics and Practice After Rorty
Nick Sagos (Rutgers University): On What We Cannot Do Without: Rorty on Granularity and Irony 

2:20-2:30 BREAK
2:30-3:50 THE SELF IN RORTY
Chair: Ramón del Castillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain):

Susana de Castro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Rorty on Freudian Unconscious
James Tartaglia (Keele University, UK): Rorty’s Philosophy of Consciousness

RELIGION AND RORTYAN POLITICS
Chair: Christina Willemson (Hamilton College)

Martin Müller (Munich Community College, Germany): From Irony to Robust Serenity: Pragmatic Politics of Religion after Rorty
Carl Sachs (Marymount University): Rorty’s Aversion to Normative Violence: The Myth of the Given and the Death of God

3:50-4:00 BREAK
4:00-5:20 RORTY ON PHILOSOPHY
Chair: Marianne Janack (Hamilton College)

Carlin Romano (Ursinus College): Rorty and the Fach of Philosophy
Marcos Carvalho Lopes (Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira, Brazil): Richard Rorty’s Philosophy as Apology of Poetry

SECULARISM AND RELIGIOUS BELIEF
Chair: Alexandra Plakias (Hamilton College)

Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): Rorty’s Pragmatist Secularism
Neil Gascoigne (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK): Hinge and Bracket: Rorty and Wittgenstein on Religious Belief

6:30-? DINNER: Little Pub

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Tolles Annex A Beinecke Events Barn
9:00-10:20 RORTY AND THE CLASSICAL PRAGMATISTS
Chair: Katheryn Doran (Hamilton College)

Emil Višňovsky (Comenius University, Slovakia): Peirce and/or Rorty? Two Versions of Pragmatism: An Attempt at their Creative Reconciliation
Rodolfo Arango (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia): Dewey, Rorty, Democracy

RORTYAN LIBERALISM AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Chair: Susan Dieleman (University of Saskatchewan)

William Curtis (University of Portland): Rorty and Hayek: Pragmatism as Creative Destruction
John Anderson (Mississippi College School of Law): Paintbrushes and Crowbars: Richard Rorty and the New Public-Private Divide

10:20-10:30 BREAK: Beinecke Events Barn Lobby
10:30-12:30 INVITED PANEL: RORTY’S ETHICS, NATURALISM, AND REALISM (Beinecke Events Barn)

Chair: Douglas Edwards (Hamilton College)

Chris Voparil (Union Institute & University): Rorty’s Ethics
Bjørn Torgrim Ramberg (University of Oslo, Norway): Rorty’s Passionate Naturalism
Marianne Janack (Hamilton College): Rorty, Rocks and Realism

12:30-1:40 LUNCH: Tolles Annex B
1:40-2:00 ANNUAL MEETING – EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS: Beinecke Events Barn
2:00-4:00 INVITED PANEL: RORTY AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY (Beinecke Events Barn)
Chair: Peter Cannavo (Hamilton College)

Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State University): On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Irony for Democracy: Rorty after Nehamas, Paz, and Wallace
Susan Dieleman (University of Saskatchewan, Canada): What Would it Mean to Call Rorty a Deliberative Democrat?
Federico Penelas (Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET, Argentina): Hermeneutical Injustice and Liberal Redescription

4:00-4:15 BREAK: SCCT Atrium
4:15-4:30 WELCOME: SCCT G027
4:30-6:00  

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Charlene Haddock Seigfried
Making Much of “Doing”
SCCT G027

6:30-8:00 DINNER: Science Center Atrium
8:45 Shuttles pick up attendees and return them to the hotel (Science Center Circle)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

SCCT G027 SCCT G041 SCCT G042
9:00-10:20 INTERPRETING RORTY’S RHETORIC
Chair: Chris Voparil (Union Institute and University)
Santiago Rey (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia): Rorty’s Outrageousness
Finney Premkumar (Azusa Pacific University): Richard Rorty: Making the Public More Intellectual and the Intellectual More Public
ART IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
Chair: Alexis Dianda (New School for Social Research)

John Giordano (Merrimack College): Debating Solidarity and Consensus: Rorty and Habermas as Sources for Activist, Dialogical Art
Fred Copley: The Boundary of the Private and the Public
 
10:20-10:30 BREAK: SCCT Atrium
10:30-12:30 INVITED PANEL: THE POLITICS OF RORTY’S LITERARY TURN (SCCT G027)
Chair: Peter Rabinowitz (Hamilton College)

Colin Koopman (University of Oregon): Literature and Liberal Progress: Richard Rorty and William James between Public and Private
Wojciech Małecki (University of Wroclaw, Poland): Take Care of Sympathy and Freedom Will Take Care of Itself: On Rorty, Novels, and Nonhuman Liberation
Ramón del Castillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain ): Rorty and the Two Nabokovs

12:30-1:40 LUNCH: SCCT Atrium
1:40-3:00 CULTURE AND IMAGINATION IN RORTY
Chair: Marianne Janack (Hamilton College)

Alexander Kremer (University of Szeged, Hungary): Rorty and Imagination
Serge Grigoriev (Ithaca College): Philosophical Writing and a Naturalist Conception of Culture

SELF-CREATION, SOLIDARITY, AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE
Chair: Colin Koopman (University of Oregon)

Tracy Llanera (Macquarie University, Australia): Nihilism and Redemption: Rorty vs. Taylor, Dreyfus, Kelly
Brandon Hogan (Howard University): A Hegelian Critique of Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity

RORTY AND EDUCATION
Chair: Alex Livingston (Cornell University)

Brandon Priebe (The College at Brockport): Toward a Rortian Pragmatic Pedagogy
Steve Stakland (Howard University): Is Education without Dogma Possible? A Critique of Rorty’s Account of Education

3:00-3:10 BREAK
3:10-4:30 RORTY AND LITERATURE
Chair: Benjamin Widiss (Hamilton College)

Richard E. Hart (Bloomfield College): Literature and Moral Progress: Richard Rorty and John Steinbeck
Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University): Rorty on Orwell and Democracy

RORTY’S METAPHILOSOPHY
Chair: Richard Werner (Hamilton College)
Raff Donelson (Northwestern University): Rorty’s Promise in Metaethics
Martin Shuster (Goucher College, US): Rorty and (the Politics of) Love
SCIENCE, ETHICS, POLITICS
Chair: Wojchiech Malecki (University of Wroclaw)
Nalliely Hernandez (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico): Consequences of Rorty’s Pragmatism in Science: An Unexplored Ethical and Political Turn
Tibor Solymosi (Mercyhurst University): Neurophilosophy as Cultural Politics
4:30-4:45 BREAK: Chapel
4:45-6:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Cornel West

introduced by Richard J. Bernstein

On Richard Rorty

Chapel

6:30-8:00 DINNER: SCCT Atrium
8:30 Shuttles pick up attendees and return them to the hotel (Science Center Circle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With special thanks to:

Helena Laporte-Burns

Dannelle Parker and the Office of Conference Services

Maria Maier and Carolyn Mascaro

Sophie Gaulkin

Willa Rose

The Chauncey Truax Fund

The McCullough Fund

The Hamilton College Philosophy Department

 

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