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Margolis Festschrift

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The Department of Philosophy at Temple University announces a one-day conference on Friday, May 9, 2014 in honour of Joseph Margolis’s 90th birthday. The conference will be replete with both scholarly papers and personal reminiscences. All are welcome, and there is no charge for the conference or the conference lunch; preregistration is requested (see below).

The conference features an international array of scholars speaking on topics relating to Margolis’s distinctive set of interests, including aesthetics, the role of the arts in the philosophy of culture more broadly, and pragmatism. Speakers include Thierry de Duve (NYU), Lydia Goehr (Columbia), Barbara Carnevali (EHESS, Paris), John Gibson (Louisville), Sami Pihlström (Helsinki), Serge Grigoriev (Ithaca College), and Lior Levy (Haifa). There will also be personal reminiscences by colleagues and former students. CLA Dean Teresa Scott Soufas will open the proceedings.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium. Professor Margolis was a founder of this organisation.

For planning purposes, we request that those who expect to attend pre-register at:


If you require disability accommodations, please indicate under “Special Requests.” The conference will be held the 1810 Conference Suite, 1810 Liacouras Walk, on the Main Campus of Temple University.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Doubletree Hotel at a conference rate of $159 per night for those who wish to stay the night before and/or after the event. Contact http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/P/PHLBLDT-MRG-20140508/index.jhtml

Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. He continues to teach a full load of courses, lecture around the globe, and publish at an astonishing rate. He has published six monographs since 2007, co-edited three collections since 2005, and averages several articles a year. Recent titles include Pragmatism Ascendant: A Yard of Narrative, A Touch of Prophecy (Stanford, 2012), Pragmatism’s Advantage: American and European Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century (Stanford, 2010), The Cultural Space of the Arts and the Infelicities of Reductionism (Columbia, 2010), and The Arts and the Definition of the Human: Toward a Philosophical Anthropology (Stanford, 2009).