Monthly Archives: November 2012

Theopoetry: Phenomenological Christology

Be Sure to check out a Michael Dise’  blog, Theopoetry, over at blogspot, particularly his intriguing Phenomenological Christology.  He has some really interesting considerations of incarnation, Eucharist, and alienation in reference to Christology.


Deleuze/Foucault conference at Purdue soon

Object-Oriented Philosophy

This comes from Dan Smith himself:

Between Deleuze and Foucault

Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts

November 30 – December 1, 2012

An international conference exploring the relations between the work of Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and Michel Foucault (1926-1984).

Plenary Speaker:

William Connolly, Johns Hopkins University


Marco Altamirano, Purdue University; Alain Beaulieu, Laurentian University; Thomas Flynn, Emory University; Colin Koopman, University of Oregon; Leonard Lawlor, Penn State University; Nicolae Morar, University of Oregon; Thomas Nail, University of Denver; Roberto Nigro, Université de Paris; Chris Penfield, Purdue University; John Protevi, Louisiana State University; Anne Sauvagnargues, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre; Janae Scholtz, Alvernia University; Daniel W. Smith, Purdue University; Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University; Kevin Thompson, DePaul University

Roundtable Discussion:

Gary Gutting, Notre Dame University

Todd May, Clemson University

Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond

Alan Schrift, Grinnell College

Moderated by: Alan Rosenberg, Queens College, CUNY

The conference is free and open…

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer


This is one of the greatest pictures ever taken.
This Picture burns a whole into my soul.
Those eyes have seen so much.


Back from SPEP

This past week/end the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy held its yearly conference.  Although the flight cancellations and other travel difficulties (resulting from Sandy) brought a large number of paper cancellations, particularly on Thursday, the event was nonetheless a great experience to be a part of.  With scholars from across the globe, the program was bursting with presentations on Phenomenology (particularly Heidegger, Husserl, and French thought), Deconstruction, Race and Gender Theory, Critical theory, psychoanalysis, and much more.  Generally, there were about a dozen simultaneous presentations, interspersed with a variety of plenary addresses, including, notably, Miguel de Beistegui’s lecture “The Question of Desire in French Phenomenology” (gotta give a shout out for the Silverman Pheno. Center).

Of the panels that I was able to attend, the standout was by far “Is Radical Phenomenology Too Radical? Paradoxes of Michel Henry’s Phenomenology of Life.”  There, Frederic Seyler (DePaul University)presented the above paper, with a response by Jeffrey Hanson (Australian Catholic University) notable for his recent publication Affects of Thought.  Both speakers were particularly clear and cogent, and Seyler was able to critique Henry’s thought, while simultaneously remaining quite fair to the thinkers position, an accomplishment which is seldom achieved.