2015 Theme: "Philosophy and Social Justice"
Tenth Annual Summer Institute for Undergraduates
June 13–June 22, 2015
Philosophy is often criticized for originating in an “armchair” or an “ivory tower.” Yet part of the aim of philosophy has always been to address questions that arise out of collective human practices. This year’s theme will look at the relationship between social engagement and philosophical reflection. We will look particularly at how, beginning from attention to actual social relations, we can enhance the discipline of philosophy. Our speakers come from a variety of philosophical subfields, including metaphysics, philosophy of language, and political philosophy, but each does work that begins in social and political critique. Through readings, writing assignments, visiting lecturers, and professional mentoring, students will learn how theorizing from their own political perspectives and social locations can contribute to the ongoing development of philosophy.
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A FEAST project made possible by the generous support of the Rock Ethics Institute, College of the Liberal Arts, and APA Board of Officers.