115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Philosophy and Literature

Session Chair: 
Pete Steiger, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Eiben 207


  1. Owen Staley, California Baptist University
    In this paper, I return to Grammatologie at its fiftieth anniversary to inquire what has been the lasting effect of Derrida’s deconstruction of Rousseau’s etiology of language?  I conclude that the reputations of both texts have prospered, but that Grammatologie has obscured rather than revealed important concerns within Rousseau’s Essai
  2. Brenda Machosky, University of Hawai`i, West O`ahu
    On the premise that aesthetics is metaphysics, and inappropriate to the experience of works of art, this paper will explore alternatives to the aesthetic system that judges works of art. The philosophy of Maurice Blanchot offers this possibility, and Indigenous literatures and arts that are not beholden to western metaphysics of presence and representation provide viable texts and contexts for this exploration.
  3. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
    The tension between Kant's universal ethics and his atrocious writings on race gives rise to troubling questions as to how to assess Kant's legacy. In reflecting on the difficulty of reconciling these two aspects of Kant, I intend to also offer some preliminary remarks on how to approach similar problems in the study of comparative feminist philosophy.
Session Cancelled: