Department of Philosophy

Summer Institute in American Philosophy: American Philosophy and Empire

July 8 through 13, 2019

The Summer Institute in American Philosophy is designed for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in philosophy and other disciplines interested in Pragmatism and American philosophy.

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Keynote Speaker: Alexander Livingston, Ph.D.

Alexander Livingston is Associate Professor of Government and a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He is the author of Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism (Oxford University Press, 2016), as well as numerous articles and chapters on democracy, race, religion, and American political thought and philosophy. His work has appeared in American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, Theory & Event, Humanity, Contemporary Pragmatism, and Philosophy and Rhetoric, as well as numerous edited volumes including most recently A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois. He is currently writing a book on the genealogy of civil disobedience and the politics of nonviolence in the long civil rights movement.

Livingston will give two addresses on his current work: What’s Love Got to Do with It? India, Jim Crow, and the Political Theology of Civil Disobedience and Reconstructing King: How the Philosophy of Civil Disobedience Displaced the Politics of Nonviolence.


Sessions and events will take place Monday July 8 through Saturday July 13.

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Graduate Student Funding

There are a limited number of graduate student travel stipends available. Priority will be given to graduates who are presenting their work for the first time at an SIAP event, although all attendees who request funding assistance will be considered. These grants cover the full cost of housing and registration. Students should indicate their desire to apply in their submission email. See the CFP. These grants are funded by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in philosophy and other disciplines interested in Pragmatism and American philosophy are invited to register.
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