Faculty Lecture at Swarthmore College

Open to the college community and the public:

"Historical Understanding and Political Ideals:
Kant and Benjamin"

Richard Eldridge - Professor of Philosophy

Thursday, 3 February 2011
Scheuer Room - Swarthmore College

This talk takes up the following questions:
    1) How do historical narratives explain events and provide understanding? 2) What is the role of political ideals in the framing of historical narratives? 3) How, for both Kant and Benjamin, does historical narrative play an essential role in furthering the task of (critical) philosophy? 4) What are the specific, opposed conceptions of historical understanding and ideal political life held by Kant and Benjamin?

Upcoming Buddhist Ethics Conference

Free and open to the public:

Buddhist Ethics
Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:00 to 9:00pm.
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Followed immediately by a reception.
West Chester University, Philips Memorial Hall,
Philips Autograph Library, S. High St. at University Ave.

David Loy, Xavier University
"Healing Ecology: Buddhist Reflection on the Eco-Crisis"

    Dr. Loy is interested in the dialogue between Buddhism and modernity. His books include Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy; Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism; and most recently The World Is Made of Stories.

Jin Park, American University
"Ethics of Tension"

    Dr. Park specializes in Zen and Huayan Buddhism, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, Buddhist ethics, and Buddhism's encounter with modernity in Korea. Her publications include: Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics (2008) and Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (ed., 2010).

Charles Johnson, University of Washinton

    Dr. Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary critic, short story writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and was the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington. A Ph.D. in philosophy, he is the author of 18 books, among them Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing (2003).

To register for the conference, please email Charlotte Moore at cmoore@wcupa.edu

For further information contact Frank Hoffman, fhoffman@wcupa.edu or 610.436.2361 or download the conference flier (Word document).

This event is co-sponsored by the GPPC, the West Chester University Philosophy Department, and the Ethnic Studies Institute at West Chester University West Chester University.

Videos from the Rawls Conference

The College of New Jersey has posted videos from the GPPC-sponsored Rawls Conference: A Theory of Justice: Forty Years On that was held on October 23, 2010.

To download the videos from their website, you may use the following links:
Talk by Samuel Freeman (University of Pennsylvania)
Talk by Erin Kelly (Tufts University)
Talk by Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
All talks are in .MOV format and run at about 1:10 hours in length.