Announcement

An International conference:

PRAGMATISM & VALUES

THE 1st CENTRAL EUROPEAN

Pragmatist Forum

Location

Hotel Academia
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Tatras Mountains
Slovakia

Dates

Monday, May 29, 2000 - Thursday, June 1
Arrive in Bratislava or Vienna Sunday, May 28
Leave from Bratislava for Hotel Academia Monday, May 29

For information in the US contact

John Ryder
ryderj@cortland.edu
Dean of Arts and Sciences
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY 13045

For information in Europe contact

Emil Visnovsky
ksbkemvi@savba.sk
President, Slovak Philosophical Association
Department of Social & Biological Communication
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Klemensova 19
813 64 Bratislava
Slovakia

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Stará Lesná, Slovakia / May 28 - June 2, 2000

Sunday, May 28 Hotel Bratislava

20:00 Dinner and Informal Opening Meeting

Monday, May 29

9:00 Bus to Stará Lesná, from Hotel Bratislava

14:00 Arrive in Stara Lesna, Hotel ACADEMIA

16:00 Refreshment & Registration

17:00 Opening Session

Joseph Margolis, Temple University, USA

Pragmatism's Master Economies

Chairs: John Ryder, Emil Višňovský

20:00 Opening Dinner and Reception

Tuesday, May 30

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 10:30 Session I
Community, Pragmatism and Democracy

James Campbell, University of Toledo, USA

The Centrality of Community to Democracy

Egon Gál, Comenius University, Slovakia

Public Reason and Background Culture

Leszek Koczanowicz and Agata Sypniewska, University of Opole, Poland

Self -Creation and Community: Does the Pragmatist Idea of Self-Creation Presuppose a Social Utopia?

Chair: Tom Rockmore

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:45 Session II
Pragmatists

Anthony Graybosch, California State University, Chico, USA

Thoreau's Sentimental Education

Vasil Gluchman, Prešov University, Slovakia

John Dewey and Consequentialism

Timothy Madigan, University of Rochester Press, USA

Sidney Hook: Defender of Democracy

Chair: Russell Goodman

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:15 - 16:00 Session III
Richard Rorty and Contemporary Philosophy

Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University, USA

Rorty, Philosophy, and Social Hope

Tatiana Sedová, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

Toward Rorty's Refutation of Epistemology

Pedro Rodriguez, University College London, UK

The Pragmatist Strikes Back: Rorty, Derrida, and the "Literary" Critique of Postmodernism

Chair: Egon Gál

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:15 Session IV
Justice and Value

H. James Birx, Canisius College, USA

Dynamic Integrity: The Pragmatic Value for Our Millennium

Chet Bowers, Portland State University, USA

The Double Bind in Reconciling Dewey's Epistemology with an Eco-Justice Pedagogy

Michael Eldridge, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Pragmatism's Elusive Life-Enhancing Social Philosophy

Chair: Vladimír Zeman

18:30 Dinner

Walks and/or Talks

Wednesday, May 31

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 10:30 Session V
Human Nature and Human Differences

Phillip McReynolds, Pennsylvania State University

Dewey’s Ideal of Scientific Democracy: Where are We Headed?

Rosa Maria Calcaterra, University of Rome, Italy

Human Nature and Rational Norms

Shannon Sullivan, Pennsylvania State University

Race, Space and Place: Deweyan Reflections on Racism and the Roma

Chair: James Campbell

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30 Session VI
Pragmatism and Europe

Howard Calloway, University of Mainz, Germany

Europe, Unity, and Antinominalism

Vladimir Zeman, Concordia University, Canada

Expectations Which Have Not Materialized? The Track Record of Pragmatism fro Karel Čapek to Our OwnTimes

Harvey Sarles, University of Minnesota, USA

Can Theory Travel?

Chair: Leszek Koczanowicz

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

14:00 - 19:00 Trip Through the Tatras

20:00 Dinner

Thursday, June 1

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 10:30 Session VII
Pragmatism and Science

Igor Hanzel, Comenius University, Slovakia

Hegel's Pragmatism of Concepts vs Carnap's Logic of Science

Jane Skinner, University of Natal, South Africa

New Pragmatism and the Entrenchment of Science

Chair: Chet Bowers

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:45 Session VIII
Aesthetics and Values

Krystyna Wilkoszewska, University of Krakow, Poland

Dewey's Philosophy of Art as a Challenge for European Aesthetics

Zdenka Kalnická, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Pragmatist Metaphors: What They Can Reveal about Their Values

Etela Farkašová and Marianna Szapuová, Comenius University, Slovakia

Chances for Alliance Between Pragmatism and Feminism

Chair: Shannon Sullivan

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:15 - 16:00 Session IX
 
Pragmatism and Analysis

Russell Goodman, University of New Mexico, USA

Wittgenstein, James, and Pragmatism

Giovanni Maddalena, University of Rome, Italy

Peirce's Abduction: A Meeting Point Between Hermeneutics and Analysis

Chair: Rosa Maria Calcaterra

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:15 Session X
Closing Session

John Ryder, State University of New York, Cortland, USA

American Philosophy in Europe

Emil Višňovský, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

Pragmatism and Our Cultural Identity

Chair: Joseph Margolis

18:30 Farewell Dinner

Friday, June 2

 9:00 Departure for Bratislava


INSTRUCTION

Travel Instruction

Where do you have to get?

Bratislava, the Capital of Slovakia, Central Europe,

Hotel Bratislava

When do you have to get there?

Sunday, May 28, 2000

How can you get there?

Fly to Vienna, the Capital of Austria (located about 45 miles from Bratislava). Take one of the following the buses from Vienna Airport, Schwechat, to Bratislava:

The bus will take you to Bratislava Central Bus Station. Here take one of the following options:

From Bratislava Airport take:

Move from Prague Airport to Prague Central Railway Station where you can take one of the following trains to Bratislava Main Railway Station:

Move from Prague Airport to Prague Central Bus Station at Florence where you can take one of the following buses to Bratislava:

Very important note!

All participants will be taken together from Bratislava to Stara Lesna , Hotel Academia (and back) where the Forum itself will be held (both places distanced about 350 miles) by the special coach on May 29, 2000. The cost for this travel is included in the fee.

The coach will have to leave for Stara Lesna on Monday, May 29 at 9 am (see the provisional program bellow). Thus it is required that all participants gather together at that very point on the parking place in front of the Hotel Bratislava), or better arrive to Bratislava on Sunday, May 28 and spend a night here.

However, for those who might eventually miss this meeting point, here is the information how to get to the Hotel Academia in Stara Lesna from Bratislava on their own (and paid by themselves as well):

Accomodation

All participants from abroad will spend the night from May 28 to May 29 at the Hotel Bratislava. This accomodation will be provided for them for free (thanks to our sponsors).

The rooms at the Hotel Bratislava will also be provided for those participants who will need to spend the night from June 2 to June 3 there. The cost is 30.- usd per person/per night in a single, and 25.- usd in a double room.

All participants will be staying during the Forum from May 29 to June 2, 2000 at the Hotel Academia, Stara Lesna, The High Tatras, North-Eastern Slovakia (in single or double rooms according to their wish). The cost is included in the fee.

NB: The facilities and surroundings of the Hotel Academia provide opportunities for some sport and tourist activities (at least walking and jogging), so fitting suit and sneakers are recommended.

Receptions, meals and refreshments

Reception will be held after the opening session on May 29 at 8 pm. Special „Goodbye Dinner“ will also be served on June 1 at 8 pm.

Main meals will be served three times a day.

Refreshment will be served at the registration by arrival to the Hotel Academia, Stara Lesna on May 29. Further refreshements will be served twice a day during coffee breaks.

All cost for these services is included in the fee.

No special requirements concerning meals and diets has been reported, however, some could additionally be provided.

Informal Trip over the Tatra Mountains

The trip is scheduled on June 1 from 2 pm - 7 pm. The detailed program of the trip will be announced at the opening of the Forum (elevated wireway up to the top of the Lomnicky Peak of 2,500 metres above the see with the excursion at the Astronomy Observatory of the Slovak Academy of Sciences located there is being planned). Sport and tourist suit is recommended (such as a sweater and anorak). The cost for this trip is included in the fee.


List of Participants

USA

1. H. James Birx, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

2. Chet Bowers, Portland State University

3. Howard Callaway, currently at University of Mainz, Germany

4. James Campbell, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

5. Michael Eldridge, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC

6. Russell Goodman, University of New Mexico, NM

7. Anthony GRAYBOSCH, CSU Chico, Chico, CA

8. Timothy Madigan, University of Rochester Press, NY

9. Joseph MARGOLIS, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

10. Phillip mCREYNOLDS, PennState University, PA

11. Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

12. John Ryder, SUNY, Cortland, NY

13. Harvey SARLES, University of Minnesota

14. Shannon Sullivan: PennState University, PA

CANADA

15. Vladimír Zeman, University of Calgary, Calgary

SOUTH AFRICA

16. Jane Skinner, University of Natal, Durban

ENGLAND

17. Pedro Rodriguez, University College, London

POLAND

18. Leszek KOCZANOWICZ, University of Opole

19. Agata Sypniewska, University of Wroclaw

20. KrystynaWilkoszewska, University of Krakow

ITALY

21. Rosa Maria Calcaterra, University of Roma

22. Giovanni MADDALENA, University of Roma

CZECH REPUBLIC

23. Zdeňka Kalnická, University of Ostrava:

SLOVAKIA

24. Etela FARKAŠOVÁ, Comenius University, Bratislava

25. Marianna SZAPUOVÁ, Comenius University, Bratislava

26. Egon Gál, Comenius University, Bratislava

27. Vasil Gluchman, Prešov University, Prešov

28. Igor Hanzel, Comenius University, Bratislava

29. Tatiana Sedová, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

30. Emil Višňovský, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

NB:

Time assumed for each presentation (save the opening lecture by Prof. Margolis) including questions and comments is roughly 30 minutes.

Final Note:

In case of emergency or in any other case you can reach Emil Visnovsky on his mobile phone No 0905400065.


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