The Possibility of Progress
441 E Fordham Rd
New York 10458
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Conference Theme: The Possibility of Progress
2024 Fordham University Philosophy Graduate Student Conference
April 5 & 6, 2024
Hosted by the Fordham Philosophical Society
Keynotes: Dr. Serene J. Khader (CUNY), Dr. Michael Baur (Fordham)
Beginning in 18th Century Europe, the idea of progress emerged as a central theme in philosophy, finding its clearest expression in thinkers like Kant, Hegel and Marx. However, a growing skepticism towards the notion of progress emerged in 20th Century thought, intensified particularly by the critical insights of philosophers such as Adorno, Lyotard and Derrida. In more recent studies, some decolonial philosophers have problematized or rejected the idea of progress, whereas other philosophers associated with the Frankfurt school (Habermas, Honneth, Forst) have defended it.
This conference will provide a platform to examine, debate, and reevaluate the concept of progress along with its meaning, its challenges, and its potential for shaping a more promising future against our contemporary backdrop of global challenges. We invite graduate students in philosophy to submit abstracts that explore the “Possibility of Progress” through the aforementioned frameworks and any other relevant discourse. We welcome your participation and look forward to your contributions.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Progress and Freedom
Progress in Human Rights and Social Justice
Progress and Political Struggle
The Role of Language in Shaping Power and Progress
Notions of Moral Progress
Progress and Happiness
Progress as an Imperative
The Dark Side of Progress and Its Unintended Consequences
Critiques from Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives
Progress in Feminist Theory
The Future of Progress
Pre-modern Notions of Progress
Teleological Versus Non-teleological Progress
Historicism and Progress
Progress in Religious Thought
Progress and Enlightenment Thought
Progress in the History of Philosophy
Theories in Scientific Progress
The Pursuit of Progress and the Search for Meaning
Other work broadly related to “The Possibility of Progress” is also welcome.
Please submit a 300-500 word abstract prepared for blind review to [email protected] in PDF format. In the body of the email, please include:
Keywords (maximum five)
Submissions are due by January 12, 2024. After anonymous review, applicants will be notified by January 30, 2024. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A.
The conference will take place in person on April 5 & 6, 2024 on Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus located at 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458.
For questions, please contact the conference organizers at [email protected]