SAAP Annual Meeting 2014

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Public Philosophy Network: Jane Addams as Public Philosopher

Saturday, 8 March 2014
09:00 - 10:40

Lawrence A

Chair: Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield

Jane Addams as Public Philosopher: What Can We Learn from Her?
The Public Philosophy Network is an organization that promotes, encourages, and supports publicly engaged philosophical research, teaching, service and projects. The American pragmatist tradition provides us with both a legacy and current models of public philosophy. In this participatory session we will focus on the life and legacy of Jane Addams. Thanks to the work of Charlene Haddock-Seigfried and others, Jane Addams is increasingly being taken seriously as a philosopher. But for some philosophers, Addams’ publicly engaged work continues to unsettle her place in the canon. In this panel, we explicitly embrace Addams as a public philosopher who epitomizes the pragmatic conceptualization of the scholar-activist and we discuss how we are inspired by her work and legacy. How can we bring (back) publicly engaged philosophical work to the center of contemporary American philosophical activity? In this panel, speakers will make short presentations to initiate a conversation about Addams’ work and legacy as a publicly engaged philosopher; all are invited and encouraged to participate in the discussion.


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