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NEH Summer Programs in Philosophy

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There are a few National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institutes and seminars in philosophy now accepting applications. They are: Emmanuel Levinas: Ethics of Democracy (Summer Seminar for College & University Teachers) A week-long Seminar of intensive text-based examination and discussion of politics and democracy viewed from the perspectives of the ethics of responsibility elaborated by the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995).  Opposing the war and suppression of human-wolves of Hobbesian ‘realpolitik’, on the one hand, and the isolated individualism of the liberalism of Lockean propertied freedom, on the other, Levinas roots the political in the radical imperatives inter-personal obligation and ethical responsibility – for each other and for all others – which is to say, in the quest for social justice.  Such a perspective, binding the political to the ethical, to morality and to justice, makes democracy not one regime among others but the best regime, the ideal of politics. Project Directors: Richard Cohen; James McLachlan Grantee Institution: The University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York Dates: August 10 – 14, 2020 (1 week) David Hume in the 21st Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment (Summer Institute for College & University Teachers) This Institute is designed to study multidisciplinary perspectives on the work of eighteenth-century Enlightenment giant, David Hume. It features a rotating faculty of twelve eminent scholars. While we will explore Hume’s impact in epistemology, ethics, history, and economics, a notable feature is its focus on the implication of Hume’s thought in non-traditional areas. Faculty will address Hume’s approach in relation to Eastern thought, the status of women (including early modern woman philosophers’ responses to Hume), race, the status of animals, and the environment. Participants will also have opportunities for small group discussions with faculty while enjoying the environs of beautiful. . .

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