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2015 Spring Concepts of Self


March 5, 2015

Faculty Seminar: Ruqayya Khan

Self and Secrecy in Religion: An Islamic Contribution Ruqqaya Khan Associate Professor of Islamic Studies Claremont Graduate University This lecture is mainly interested in assessing the significance of secrecy and interiority for conceptions of the self and secrecy in Islamic sources, including the Qur’an and a range of literary sources. It first takes stock of how […]

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December 11, 2014

Public Lectures: Peggy Phelan and Nancy Chodorow

Selfies: The Past and Future of Photographic Self-Portraits 2:30-4:00 p.m. Peggy Phelan Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts and Professor of English and Theatre and Performance Studies Stanford University This talk begins with a discussion of Cindy Sherman’s photography as a primary precedent for selfies generally, and feminist selfies in particular. It then moves on […]

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Public Lecture: Cressida Heyes

Dead to the World: Rape, Unconsciousness, and Social Media Cressida Heyes Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality and Professor of Philosophy and Political Science University of Alberta, Canada Recent sexual assault cases involving women who are unconscious — whether because drunk, drugged, anesthetized, in a coma, or asleep — have drawn attention to the […]

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Faculty Seminar: Julia Sushytska, Ph.D.

Between Humanism and Antihumanism: Mamardashvili on Becoming Human Julia Sushytska, Ph.D. Independent Scholar Our epoch has been marked by a debate of the end: the end of history, of narrative, of metaphysics, and also the end of the human being. Michel Foucault’s 1973 The Order of Things concluded with a claim that “man is an invention of […]

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Conference: Varieties of Self

    March 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Self in Confucian Thought Kwong-loi Shun Professor of Philosophy University of California, Berkeley After introducing the notion of the self in Confucian thought, the paper goes on to discuss the Confucian emphasis on ethical self-commitment and on self-transformation. It considers how this emphasis on self-transformation can be […]

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Public Lecture: Katherine Hayles

The Cognitive Nonconscious: A New Framework for the Self Katherine Hayles Professor of Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, Literature Program Duke University Recent work in cognitive neuroscience has identified a level of neuronal organization, the proto-self, that is inaccessible to consciousness but nevertheless is essential for processing information, interpreting ambiguities, and integrating somatic markers from the […]

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Conference: Humans and Selves

    9:30-11 a.m. Libertarianism and the Problem of Flip-flopping John Martin Fischer Distinguished Professor Philosophy University of California, Riverside Fischer’s main topic here is one alleged cost of libertarianism: it appears to imply that our status as free agents who are morally responsible for our behavior ‘hangs on a thread.’ Libertarianism depends on whether the […]

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Public Discussion: Jonathan Lethem and David Treuer

Humbert Humbert and Pnin: Vladimir Nabokov’s Two Authorial Selves (And Our Own) Jonathan Lethem Roy E. Disney ’51 Chair in Creative Writing Pomona College and David Treuer Professor of Literature and Creative Writing USC Claremont-based novelists David Treuer (Prudence) and Jonathan Lethem (Dissident Gardens) consider the different ways Vladimir Nabokov’s elusive self is simultaneously disclosed and shrouded […]

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Faculty Seminar: Ahmed Alwishah

The Concept of the ‘Self’ in Islamic Philosophy Ahmed Alwishah Assistant Professor of Philosophy Pitzer College In his talk Alwishah will examine the concept of the “self” and its relation to human body in Islamic philosophy. In the course of his examination, he will show how early Muslim philosophers, Avicenna in particular, offer a form of […]

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Faculty Seminar: Michael Spezio

A Self for Others: Models of the Self for Benevolent and Beneficent Action The cognitive science of moral action seeks accounts of moral cognition – and their conceptual and valuational structures – that explain stable or unstable, reasoned or unreasoned, moral commitments in the real world. To be successful, cognitive science requires experimental approaches that are relevant […]

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