CFP: New School Grad Student Conference on Philosophy & Art (April 2010)


Below is a CFP for a graduate student conference on “Philosophy & Art,” to be held at the New School for Social Research in April:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This message is to announce the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research entitled “Articulations: A Conference in Philosophy & Art.”

Dates: April 22-23, 2010

Paper Submission Deadline: October 16th, 2009

Keynote Speakers: Stanley Cavell (Harvard), Dmitri Nikulin (The New School)

Description: In crafting the ideal city in the Republic, Socrates banishes the poets yet continues to recite myths in advancing his arguments, thus blurring any firm boundary he ostensibly proposed between the arts and philosophy. With this inaugural moment of the Western tradition, Plato intently draws our attention to the question of their relationship. Philosophy and art have been continually entangled, their relationship in question, their necessity to each other dismissed and insisted upon in turn.

Philosophy has ever defended itself by dividing itself from something, foremost its own past — but it has always felt a particular threat from the realm of art. It would, of course, be too quick to say that philosophy’s relation to art is one of mere competition and struggle. Philosophy has perpetually returned to the aesthetic in considering the relation between the sensible and the intelligible, in thinking about the ethical, in contemplating beauty, and even in consideration of its own grounding and form. Art therefore occupies a distinguished, if precarious, relation to philosophy.

Throughout an underlying question lingers: Is there something special about art, something it does that makes it in the end incommensurable with what philosophy does? It is precisely this relation that this conference aspires to explore.

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author’s name

ii. Title of Paper

iii. Institutional affiliation

iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)

Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than December 18, 2009. If there are any questions, or you would like a copy of the CFP, please email us at


P.J. Gorre, Graduate Conference Organizer, The New School for Social Research, email:

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