I spent some of the final days of 2007 at the American Philosophical Association eastern division meeting in Baltimore. What a change from years past. There were some very good sessions, including one on the history of philosophy with attention to difference, featuring Robert Bernasconi, Eduardo Mendietta, and Penny Deutscher. There were several feminist panels and a very good SPEP presentation by Kelly Oliver with a response by Tina Chanter. The new eastern division president is Anthony Appiah and the next one will be Seyla Benhabib. Altogether, it’s possible to discern a shift in the leadership and the program to things that, I think, matter. Moreover, the mood was very different — perhaps because the interviewing took place in a different hotel and because the meeting was in Baltimore. It was simply more laid back. What a nice change.
By Noelle McAfee
I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.View all of Noelle McAfee's posts.