Symposium on Living Philosophers

Symposium on Living Philosophers

Click here for a printable PDF of this year's poster of events.
Click here for a printable PDF of this year's poster of events.

Most people associate Philosophy with the study of dead white men. At Siena College, we challenge this view, and offer our students a unique opportunity to engage directly with world-famous living philosophers. Imagine spending a year reading the works of a famous thinker and then present your research to them in person. Imagine being able to ask “What did you mean when you wrote this?” or “Why do you think this is the best position?” and have the thinker in question respond to you directly. Imagine receiving feedback on your final paper from the very thinker who you wrote it on. Sound daunting and exciting? Then the Symposium on Living Philosophers is for you.

In 2015-2016, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Symposium. Our featured thinker will be our first from outside the United States: Adriana Cavarero, who teaches political philosophy at the University of Verona in Italy, is a renowned interlocutor of philosophers such as Plato and Kant, playwrights such as Sophocles and Shakespeare, political thinkers such as Hobbes and Arendt, and a strong voice in contemporary debates about the nature of birth, narration, violence, and embodiment.  For a discussion of how Adriana Cavarero's work helps us think about the role of narration in our lives, see this article by Laurie Naranch, co-director of the 2015-2016 Symposium.

This Year's Upcoming Events Include:

September 24, 2015 at 5pm in Maloney Great Room
Adriana Cavarero, University of Verona
“Horrorist Violence from the Holocaust to our Present"

October 29, 2015 at 5pm in SAR 243
Rachel Jones, George Mason University
“Towards a Politics of Non-Equivalence: Resisting Neoliberalism with Adriana Cavarero and Jean-Luc Nancy”

March 17, 2016 at 5pm in SAR 243
Rita Charon, Columbia University Program in Narrative Medicine

April 14, 2016 at 5pm in Maloney Great Room
Adriana Cavarero, University of Verona

April 15, 2016 in Boland Room
Student panel with Adriana Cavarero

Philosophy News

  • World-Renowned Philosopher Adriana Cavarero Featured at Symposium’s Tenth Anniversary

    Siena College was honored to have Adriana Cavarero as the key guest speaker for the 2015-2016 Symposium on Living Philosophers. Hailing from Italy, Cavarero was the first international philosopher to be featured in the Symposium. Read More

  • Dr. McErlean Wins Jerome Walton Award

    Dr. Jennifer McErlean was the proud recipient of the 2014 Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Honorees of the Walton Award are recognized for their record of outstanding and passionate teaching, for their creativity and willingness to experiment, and for their ability to engage students with rigorous and intellectually challenging subject matter. Read More

  • Boisvert Publishes New Book

    For the past several years Dr. Boisvert has been working on two new books in the area of Philosophy and Food, as well as teaching a First Year Seminar course on Food, Values and Culture. Read More

Philosophy Events

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Josh Alexander

Joshua J. Alexander

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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