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U of M Philosophy Department Will Hold Graduate Student Conference Feb. 12-13 University News
For release:February 3, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis Department of Philosophy will present the sixth annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, “Contemporary Philosophers Reading the Moderns,” Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13. All conference sessions are open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Daniel W. Smith, associate professor of philosophy at Purdue University, will give the keynote address, “On the Nature of Concepts,” Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building Ballroom.

Conference sessions on Feb. 13 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Panhellenic Building on Patterson Avenue on the U of M campus.

Smith specializes in Delueze and contemporary European philosophy (19th and 20th century continental philosophy). He received his Ph.D. degree in philosophy in 1997 from the University of Chicago.

He has written numerous articles and book chapters on Deleuze and the history of philosophy and is the translator of Deleuze’s Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical and Clinical.

Currently he is working on a manuscript titled Difference and Genesis: Gilles Deleuze and the Legacy of Post-Kantian Philosophy.

A link to the conference program is online at

More information is available from Arsalan Memon by phone at 901-495-9199 or via email at

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