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Thinking Desire: Taking Perspectives Seriously

Charlene Haddock Seigfried is a Professor of Philosophy and American Studies and a member of the Women’s Studies committee at Purdue University. She is past president of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, was the John Dewey Lecturer for 1998, and is currently vice-president of the William James Society and a member of the executive board of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers and the APA Committee on the Status of Women. Among her publications are Pragmatism and Feminism,William James’s Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy, and Chaos and Context, and she edited Feminist Interpretations of John Dewey and a special issue on feminism and pragmatism in Hypatia. In her recent work on Jane Addams, including introductions toDemocracy and Social Ethics and The Long Road of Woman’s Memory, she develops Addams’ theory of knowledge as a cooperative social inquiry responsive to power disparities.
When Jul 28, 2003
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where 108 Wartik Building
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CHARLENE HADDOCK SEIGFRIED

 

Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

Charlene Haddock Seigfried is a Professor of Philosophy and American Studies and a member of the Women’s Studies committee at Purdue University. She is past president of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, was the John Dewey Lecturer for 1998, and is currently vice-president of the William James Society and a member of the executive board of the Society for the Study of Women Philosophers and the APA Committee on the Status of Women. Among her publications are Pragmatism and Feminism,William James’s Radical Reconstruction of Philosophy, and Chaos and Context, and she edited Feminist Interpretations of John Dewey and a special issue on feminism and pragmatism in Hypatia. In her recent work on Jane Addams, including introductions toDemocracy and Social Ethics and The Long Road of Woman’s Memory, she develops Addams’ theory of knowledge as a cooperative social inquiry responsive to power disparities.

Thinking Desire: Taking Perspectives Seriously

John Dewey claimed that “the moment the complicity of the personal factor in our philosophic valuations is recognized, is recognized fully, frankly and generally, that moment a new era in philosophy will begin.” I assume that feminist theory instantiates this new era in philosophy and I argue that feeling and desire are inseparable from our knowledge claims. I then begin exploring how we can both acknowledge that everything is what it is experienced as and yet still provide adequate criteria for choosing one explanation of reality over another.