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Lehigh University

Thursday, October 23 - Friday 24, 2014

Image of stacked books, announcing 'Philosophy Unbound'; Keynote speaker: Louise Antony, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


The Second Annual Lehigh University Conference in Philosophy

Philosophy Unbound

Thursday October 23—Friday 24, 2014


Keynote speaker: Louise Antony, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Keynote Address: "The Openness of 'Illusions'"


The Lehigh University Philosophy Department announces our Second Annual Philosophy Conference.  We are pleased to host a rich program of speakers from across the United States and Europe. Papers to be presented this year explore the conference theme by challenging, redrawing, or even erasing traditional divisions either within philosophy or between philosophy and other disciplines.

Among the papers to be presented are those focusing on philosophy and autism, music, literature, film, economics, media, critical theory, theology, feminist theory, and psychology.  Other papers address issues of methodology, the idea of philosophical progress, metaphysical grounding and conceptual change, and philosophy’s relation to its audiences. Others challenge traditional historical divisions within philosophy and traditional divisions between ethics and epistemology, naturalism and anti-naturalism, and analytic and continental approaches to philosophy.  Among the thinkers, writers, poets, and activists discussed are Kant, Stanley Cavell, Derrida, St. Augustine, Francis Bacon, Foucault, Samuel Beckett, Heidegger, Andrea Dworkin, Wittgenstein, Fernando Pessoa, and Husserl.

Lehigh faculty, students, and the general public are most welcome to attend.


The conference series has been made possible through the generosity of an anonymous Lehigh University alumnus, to whom we are most grateful.


Department of Philosophy

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA