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U of M's Spindel Philosophy Conference Sept. 24-26 Will Weave Three Topics University News
For release: September 8, 2009

For press information, contact Mary Beth Mader, 901-678-2535

The 2009 Spindel Conference at the University of Memphis will merge three broad streams of contemporary thought. “The Sexes of Evolution: Continental Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy and Evolutionary Theory” will be the theme of the conference hosted by the U of M Department of Philosophy Sept. 24-26.

The Conference will showcase the contributions of philosophers working at the important and timely junction of these philosophical traditions. Their work addresses the central question driving this year’s conference: What can continental philosophy contribute to the understanding of the feminist issues raised by evolutionary theory, broadly understood?

Presenters will include Claire Colebrook of Penn State University, Penelope Deutscher of Northwestern University, Paola Marrati of Johns Hopkins University, Ladelle McWhorter of the University of Richmond, Kelly Oliver of Vanderbilt University, and Luciana Parisi of Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Since 1981, a select group of philosophers, experts on special topics in philosophy, have met at the University of Memphis to present papers and discuss a wide range of philosophical questions. It has established itself as one of the most distinguished philosophy conferences in the nation.

The papers and commentaries presented during the conference are published in the annual Spindel Conference Supplement to the Southern Journal of Philosophy. Spindel Conference Supplements are widely regarded as containing cutting-edge scholarly papers on specific philosophical issues and are used worldwide by scholars for their research and as texts for graduate courses.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Beth Mader at 901-678-2535 or via email at

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