Last weekend, the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the umbrella organization for continental philosophy in North America was held in New Orleans. New Orleans is a fantastic city. I had never visited before, so I had an impression that was kitschy. But I left thinking it was beautiful. I stayed in the Garden District. My first morning there I took the streetcar to the conference hotel and the driver of the streetcar got out of the streetcar and went into a hotel and was gone for five minutes. As a friend said, “Union break, don’t h8.” The city was loud and colorful and much better than anything I had ever learned from The Pelican Brief about what the city would be like.
SPEP was all a-Twitter® and I storify it here. In this post, I want to give a more sustained consideration to two panels I attended, two papers in particular: Sara Brill’s “Beyond Zôê and Bios: On the Concept of Shared Life in Aristotle’s Ethics” and Robin James’ remarks at the Advocacy Committee’s New Media, Social Networks and Philosophy panel.* Read more