Biopower, Normalization, and Slippery Slopes

[This post previously appeared on Discrimination and Disadvantage. In an upcoming post, I will discuss how the subfield of bioethics has shaped Canadian philosophy and how the predominance of the subfield of bioethics in Canadian philosophy is intertwined with prestige bias. An earlier post on prestige bias in Canadian philosophy can be found here.] ____________________________________________________ […]

Is “The Right to Die” Racialized Biopolitics?

[This post originally appeared at Discrimination and Disadvantage. In one respect, the title of the post was redundant: biopolitics are always racialized.] _________________________________________________ My post earlier in the week drew attention to the imbrication of the sub-field of bioethics in the workings of biopower and neoliberal biopolitics. I noted how biopolitics has produced discussions in bioethics that […]

The Biopolitics of Bioethics

[This post originally appeared at Discrimination and Disadvantage.] In a chapter of my forthcoming book, I argue that (most of the) claims advanced in the sub-field of mainstream bioethics and even feminist bioethics rely upon an outdated conception of power that manifests in ideas about “choice,” “informed consent,” and “autonomy.” (Most) bioethicists assume what Foucault referred […]

CFP: Facing Catastrophe: Environment, Technology, and Media, San Jose University, Nov. 12-14, 2020 (deadline: Mar. 15, 2020)

14th Biennial RPA Conference  ​Thursday-Saturday, November 12-14, 2020San Jose, CaliforniaHost: San Jose State University The Radical Philosophy Association Conference Program Committee invites submissions of talks, papers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and other kinds of conference contributions for its 14th biennial meeting. CONFERENCE THEME: The possibilities of impending doom once reserved to the threat of global thermonuclear warfare […]

CFA: Criticizing Forms of Life, Groningen, Apr. 1, 2020 (deadline: Dec. 15, 2019)

Organized by the Faculty of Philosophy and the Groningen School of Critical Theory, University of Groningen (NL) Keynote lecture: Rahel Jaeggi Liberal theories often draw a distinction between questions of justice which are capable of being decided in ways justifiable to all concerned and ethical questions, or questions about the “good life”, for which no […]

Posts on Ableist Language and Discourse

Due to the interest in my recent post “Weinberg and Barnes on Ableist Language” (the top link below), I have compiled a list of links to my earlier blog posts (on BIOPOLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, Discrimination and Disadvantage, and New Apps) about disability and ableist language and disability and language in general, beginning with the most recent […]

New Journal: Journal of Contemporary African Philosophy

Journal of Contemporary African Philosophy 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 P.O. Box 100 150, Scottsville, 3209 KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Tel: [033] 345 2241 Fax: [033] 345 2246 Email: JOCAP@domuni.eu Dear colleagues*, in the name of my esteemed colleague Prof Bernard Matolino, I am happy to announce this new journal – Journal of Contemporary African […]

CFP: New Materialism: The Mattering of the Arts, Crafts, and Aesthetics (deadline: Dec. 31, 2019)

Special issue of The Polish Journal of Aesthetics Editors: Katve-Kaisa Kontturi (University of Turku, Finland; University of Melbourne, Australia),Milla Tiainen (University of Turku, Finland), and Adrian Mróz (The Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland). New Materialism is a developing theoretical movement in the 21st century, which has influenced many fields of research including the arts, sports […]

CFP: Love and Friendship Across Cultures (deadline: Dec. 31, 2019)

The Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand and the Philosophical Association of the Philippines are collaborating to publish a book volume entitled “Love and Friendship Across Cultures” to be published by Springer. The book volume contains some of the papers that were presented during the First Joint Meeting of the two associations in July 2019. […]

Constructing Social Hierarchy II, MIT, Dec. 6, 2019

Program: 9:00 Morning Tea 9:30: Susanna Siegel (Harvard), Are There Norms of Attention? 1100: Break 11:30: Elisabeth Camp and Carolina Flores (Rutgers), Framing Our Way to Resistance 1:00 Lunch 2:00: Greg Rastell (Melbourne), Generic: Inference and Accommodation 3:30 Break 4:00: Jason Stanley (Yale), The Problem of Ignorance in the Age of Information 5:30: Reception Catered […]