CFP: 2nd Annual Conference of the South African Centre for Phenomenology

2nd Annual Conference of the South African Centre for Phenomenology

 

1st CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism

 

11-13 April 2014

Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Organized by Rafael Winkler, Catherine Botha, Abraham Olivier, Andrea Hurst, Marianna Oelofsen

 

Keynote speakers:

Professor John Sallis (Boston College)

Professor Paul Patton (UNSW)

Professor Tyler Burge (UCLA)

Professor David Papineau (KCL)

Theme:

Naturalism is one of the dominant trends in both Anglo-American and European philosophy today. Owing to the influence of the works of W.V.O. Quine, Wilfred Sellars and Hillary Putnam among others, scientific naturalism both as a methodological and ontological position has become one of the mainstays of contemporary analytic approaches to knowledge, mind and ethics. From the early 1990s onward, European philosophy in the English-speaking world has been witnessing a shift from the subject-centred philosophies of phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism to a position that can loosely be described as non-scientific naturalism or naturalistic monism, owing largely to the translation of Deleuze’s works into English and recent explorations into neuroscience and the philosophy of mind by continental authors such as Catherine Malabou and others. Although there are significant differences between these two kinds of naturalism, both are at one in rejecting the first-person standpoint of phenomenology to the question of mind, meaning, knowledge, normativity, or art. This rejection challenges one of the founding claims of phenomenology, namely that no satisfactory account can be given of these issues from a naturalistic standpoint.

The aim of this three-day international conference is to bring together philosophers and postgraduate students working in the three main areas of contemporary philosophy, namely analytic thought, phenomenology, and continental naturalism. The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phenomenology and cognitive science;
  • Phenomenology and the philosophy of mind;
  • Phenomenology’s critique of naturalism;
  • The meaning of nature in art, science and philosophy;
  • Continental and analytic naturalism;
  • Naturalism and subjectivity;
  • Naturalism, nature, art;
  • Life and consciousness;
  • Wittgenstein, Sellars, Putnam, Quine, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Michel Henry, Bergson on nature, meaning, intentionality or mindedness.

Submission:

Please provide a 700 word abstract for blind review and send it to ujphenomenology@gmail.com. The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000 words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. discussion). The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday the 31st of January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by Friday the 21st of February 2014.

Proceedings:

The International Journal of Philosophical Studies will be dedicating a special issue to a selection of the papers presented at the conference. Details regarding the submission of papers for consideration for the special issue will be announced in the 2nd CFP.

Conference fees:

The fee for the three-day conference for participants is R1200 (R400 per day). It is free of charge for all participating graduate and PhD students.

Bursaries:

A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.

Accommodation:

Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at Plumpudding Guesthouse (http://www.plumpudding.co.za/) and The View (http://www.theviewhotel.co.za/), which are walking distance from the UJ Auckland Park Campus. The current rate at Plumpudding Guesthouse is R650 per night inclusive of breakfast.

For more information about the conference, visit the Department’s website: http://www.uj.ac.za/philosophy. Alternatively, please contact Rafael Winkler (rwinkler@uj.ac.za), Catherine Botha (cbotha@uj.ac.za), Abraham Olivier (aolivier@ufh.ac.za), Andrea Hurst (andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za) or Marianna Oelofsen (moelofsen@ufh.ac.za).

Call for Assistance: The Collected Papers of D.C.S. Oosthuizen (1926-1969)

“All who knew D.C.S. Oosthuizen called him Daantjie. He was an influential and creative influence in South African philosophy, beginning with his 1949 cum laude M.A. thesis from the University of Stellenbosch (discussed in Andrew Nash’s paper ‘How Kierkegaard Came to Stellenbosch’).  He then studied in the Netherlands, first at the Free University and then at the City University, where he graduated again cum laude with a DPhil on Husserl. He also studied under Gilbert Ryle during sabbatical years in Oxford in 1962 and 1968.  He taught briefly at Stellenbosch and at the University of the Orange Free State, and led the philosophy department at Rhodes University from 1957 until his early death in 1969.  While there he initiated the journal ‘Occasional Papers’ which later developed into the ‘Philosophical Papers’ we know today.  He was more widely known in South Africa in the 1960’s for his talks and sermons on ethics, politics, culture, and faith under Apartheid, of which he was an early opponent – some of these were published by Ian Bunting in ‘The Ethics of Illegal Action’, SPROCAS/RAVAN, 1973.  He is remembered through an annual academic freedom lecture at Rhodes University.” (Thanks to James Moulder for this)

We are putting together Daantjie’s collected works, which we expect to be able to publish in 2014 – including both his technical philosophy and his more public work.

  • Do you have copies of talks, sermons, papers, or lectures by Daantjie?  We have copies of most papers that were published – and have recently been promised some additional unpublished papers written for Gilbert Ryle and Rom Harre in 1968 – but most of Daantjie’s unpublished work is currently lost.
  • Do you have memories or anecdotes related to Daantjie that they would be willing to share?  We have just started a site of memories and information at http://dcsoosthuizen.blogspot.co.uk : please look.  We would be hugely grateful if you can help extend and improve it.
  • We are also looking urgently for a Husserl scholar who would find it a labour of love to translate a 6655 word paper on Husserl’s Constitution Problem from Afrikaans into English.  The reward for this would be largely spiritual (it should be a good paper!).  We would be happy for the translation to be published separately also, but have little to offer other than acknowledgement and gratitude.

If you have papers, memories or help to offer, or you just want us to let you know when the books are likely to be published, please email Jannie Oosthuizen at jan.bev@gmail.com

Statement by PSSA Executive on Dr Louise Mabille’s recent article in Praag

The Philosophy Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) distances itself unequivocally from the views attributed to Dr Louise Mabille in her recent article in Praag.  The PSSA is dismayed at the ignorant and racist views expressed within this piece.  Both the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria, and the PSSA, condemn her article in the strongest terms.  Central to philosophical engagement is the rigorous exchange of ideas; there is no place in such engagement for racism and prejudice.

Temporary Lectureship in Philosophy of Science and Medicine

The UP Philosophy Department is seeking a part-time and temporary lecturer to instruct the following course during the first semester in 2014:

FIL 155 Science and World Views This is a first year level semester module that is compulsory for all Medical Science students. There is only one 50 minute lecture a week, but the lecture is repeated twice, as there are usually around 900 students registered for the module. There are also weekly tutorials taught, and assignments marked, by tutors whose work is co-ordinated by the lecturer of the module. Tutorial assignments, 2 semester tests, and the exam and supplementary exam papers are set by the lecturer. The lecturer is responsible for the marking of all written assessments except the tutorial assignments, although tutors may help with marking of short questions in tests and exams. Given the administrative burden of organising 900 students, we are looking to appoint at least two persons.

Within the current course structure, 7 weeks are dedicated to  an introduction to philosophy of science, focusing on scientific method; 2 weeks on an introduction to clinical reasoning; 3 weeks on an introduction to ethics; and 2 weeks on case studies. The current course content and study material will be revised for 2014, with a view to expanding the component on the nature of clinical reasoning, and introducing case studies relevant to health issues in South Africa.

Requirement: A Master’s Degree; teaching experience with large groups of students; ability to teach and debate philosophical ideas with people who do not have an extensive background in philosophy.

Strong recommendation: Solid background in philosophy of science/medicine and ethics; a PhD.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated groups.
All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.
The University of Pretoria reserves the right not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised.

Remuneration starts at around R15 000 for the module for someone satisfying the minimum requirements.

To apply, by 15 October 2014 email the following to the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below:

(1) A CV including academic record, academic teaching experience, , and contact details of two referees

(2) A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teaching ability, including a lecture schedule/syllabus for the module advertised, and ideally also student evaluations for prior courses

(3) A cover letter detailing a statement of motivation for and interest in the advertised position.

For any further questions, please contact the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below.

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem Professor and Head

Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028

e-mail: emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za

Temporary Lectureship in Moral and Political Philosophy – UP

The UP Philosophy Department is seeking a part-time and temporary lecturer to instruct the following two courses: BPE 211 (a semester course taught to all Accountancy students in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences) during the first semester, and FIL 251 (a 7 week course repeated in 3 quarters and taught to the rest of the EMS faculty) during the second (no vacancy), third, and fourth quarters in 2014.
BPE 211 Accountancy Ethics
Ethics in business and accountancy
In the first 10 weeks of this module students are equipped with an understanding of the moral issues influencing human agency in economic and political contexts. In particular philosophy equips students with analytical reasoning skills necessary to understand and solve complex moral problems related to economic and political decision making. We demonstrate to students how the biggest questions concerning the socio-economic aspects of our lives can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Examples of themes which may be covered in the module include justice and the common good, a moral consideration of the nature and role of economic markets on society, issues concerning justice and equality, and dilemmas of loyalty. The works of philosophers covered may for instance include that of Aristotle, Locke, Bentham, Mill, Kant, Rawls, Friedman, Nozick, Bernstein, Dworkin, Sandel, Walzer, and MacIntyre. In the last 4 weeks of the module the focus is on professionalism, careers and ethics. Codes of ethics in business and professions, professional codes, as well as ethical issues in the accountancy profession are discussed.

FIL 251 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy
In this module students are equipped with an understanding of the moral issues influencing human agency in economic and political contexts. In particular philosophy equips students with analytical reasoning skills necessary to understand and solve complex moral problems related to economic and political decision making. We demonstrate to students how the biggest questions concerning the socio-economic aspects of our lives can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Examples of themes which may be covered in the module include justice and the common good, a moral consideration of the nature and role of economic markets on society, issues concerning justice and equality, and dilemmas of loyalty. The works of philosophers covered may for instance include that of Aristotle, Locke, Bentham, Mill, Kant, Rawls, Friedman, Nozick, Bernstein, Dworkin, Sandel, Walzer, and MacIntyre.

Given the administrative burden of organising groups of 500+ students in each case, we are looking to appoint at least two to three persons.

Requirement: A Master’s Degree; teaching experience with large groups of students; ability to teach and debate philosophical ideas with people who do not have an extensive background in philosophy.
Strong recommendation: Solid background in moral philosophy and political philosophy; a PhD.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited, to candidates from under-represented designated groups. All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. The University of Pretoria reserves the right not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised.

Remuneration starts at around R15 000 for a module for someone satisfying the minimum requirements.

To apply, by 15 October 2014 email the following to the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below:
(1) A CV including academic record, academic teaching experience, , and contact details of two referees
(2) A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of teaching ability, including a lecture schedule/syllabus for the module advertised, and ideally also student evaluations for prior courses
(3) A cover letter detailing a statement of motivation for and interest in the advertised position.

For any further questions, please contact the Head of the Department of Philosophy at the address given below.

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem Professor and Head

Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028
e-mail: emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za