114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Philosophy, Ethics, and the Human

Session Chair: 
James Lu, California Baptist University
Altadena II


  1. Lauren Camille Mason, The University of Arizona
    This presentation considers a theoretical framework for narrativizing and reading the black body in crisis in contemporary films and novels, such as HBO’s The Wire, films like Precious (2009), and novels such as John Edgar Wideman’s Fanon (2008). What does it mean to produce and/or “read” a suffering body, and how may we develop a critical framework that is empathetic to human suffering in texts?
  2. Tim Luther, California Baptist University
    Literature rivals philosophy when it portrays alternative ways of being human. It helps stimulate imagination and encourages the possibility of change. This paper examines works of literature through a Rortian lens in order to develop new ways of achieving solidarity and justice, connecting private irony with a public concern for human welfare.
  3. Shane Baker, Independent Scholar
    How can we ground human symbolic activity in the broader, nonhuman world from which it must inevitably come? In constructing theoretical frameworks that prize indistinction over difference, I see anthropologist Eduardo Kohn’s application of Peircean semiotics and social theorist Roger Caillois’ reflections on psychoanalysis as partaking in a similar logic, one that states, "we can only conceptualize the nonhuman because we are of it."
Session Cancelled: