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Emil Visnovsky
co-chair, Slovakia
Department of Philosophy and History of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
Comenius University
Šafárikovo nám. 6
818 01 Bratislava
Slovakia
emil.visnovsky@uniba.sk

John Ryder
co-chair, Slovakia
Provost, American University of Malta, Triq Dom Mintoff Bormla, BML 1013, Malta jryder6682@gmail.com

James Campbell
USA

Scott L. Pratt
USA

Roberta Dreon
Italy

Krystyna Wilkoszewska
Poland

Leszek Koczanowicz
Poland

Alexander Kremer
Hungary

Sami Pihlstrom
Findland

Lyubov Bugaeva
Russia

Radim Šíp
Czech Republic

Carlos Mougan
Spain

Jane Skinner
South Africa

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DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION

The 2nd Central European Pragmatist Forum

June 7 - 11, 2002

Conference Program

Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7

Arrive at Hotel

Friday, June 7

18:00

Conference Registration

20:00

Informal Introductory Dinner

Saturday, June 8

8:00

Breakfast

8:45-10:30

Keynote Address

John McDermott, Texas A&M University, USA
Transiency and Amelioration: Revisited

Chair:

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-12:45

Session I - Ethics

Paul Thompson, Purdue University, USA
Pragmatism, Discourse Ethics, and Occasional Philosophy

John Shook, Oklahoma State University, USA
Democratic Deliberation, Pluralism, and Pragmatic Moral Evaluation

Alexander Kremer, Hungary
What is the Origin of Obligation? (Why has J. D. Caputo Deconstructed Ethics?

Chair:

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:15-16:00

Session II - Knowledge and Action

Larry Hickman, Dewey Center, Southern Illinois University, USA
Reconstructing Cognitive Relativism: Contextualism, Technoscience, and Democracy

Emil Višňovsky, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
The Pragmatist Reconstruction of Human Rationality

Vincent Colapietro, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Doing - and Undoing- the Done Thing: John Dewey & Pierre Bourdieu on Agency, Habituation and Transformation

Chair:

16:00-16:30

Coffee Break

16:30-18:15

Session III - Community, Democracy, and Freedom

Gert-Rudiger Wegmarshaus, Germany
Cooperation, Education, and Community: Reconstructing John Dewey’s Concept of democracy as a Way of Life. Considering Implications in the New Democracies of Central and Eastern Europe

Andrzey Szahaj, Poland
Community and Freedom. Some Remarks on the Margin of the Debate between Liberals and Communitarians

Nikita Pokrovsky, Higher School of Economics, Russia
The Chicago School of Sociology and American Pragmatism: Its Impact on Today’s Russian Thought

Chair:

18:30

Dinner
Walks and Talks

Sunday, June 9

8:00

Breakfast

8:45-10:30

Session IV - Social Reconstruction

James Campbell, University of Toledo, USA
Institutions and Their Reconstruction

Michael Eldridge, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Social Reconstruction and Philosophy

Mark Lovas, Slovakia
Are ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Reconstruction’ Useful Metaphors to Use When Considering the Organization of Societies?

Chair:

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-12:45

Session V - Self and Other

Lyubov Bugaeva, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Santayana’s Imaginative Knowledge: Presenting an Object

Leszek Koczanowicz, University of Opole, Poland
Between Concrete and Generalized Other. Pragmatism and the Controversies in Post-Conventional Ethics

Lukasz Nyslar, Poland
Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Self? John Dewey’s Concept of Selfhood and Subjectivity

Chair:

12:45-13:30

Lunch

14:00-19:00

Excursion
Kraków

20:30

Dinner
Walks and Talks

Monday, June 10

8:00

Breakfast

8:45-10:30

Session VI - Art and American Philosophy

Richard Hart, Bloomfield University, USA
Radical Empiricism, Alexander Calder, and the Re-construction of Experience and Values

Anthony Graybosch, California State University, Chico, USA
American Beauty

Timothy Madigan, University of Rochester Press, USA
Unlikely Friendship: John Dewey, Albert Barnes, and ”Art and Experience”

Chair:

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-12:45

Session VII - Pragmatists

Jane Skinner, University of Natal, South Africa
Deformation and Reformation: Richard Rorty and Joseph Margolis in the Pragmatist Tradition

Bohdan Dziemidok, Poland
About Joseph Margolis’ Philosophical Views

Jurate Baranova, Lithuania
The Reception of Pragmatism in Postphilosophy: Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty

Chair:

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:15-16:00

Session VIII - Realism

Piotr Gutowski, Poland
Realism and Naturalism: The Case of John Dewey

Tadeusz Szubka, Poland
Anti-Realism and Pragmatism (Dewey, Dummet, Putnam, Rorty)

Mateusz Oleksy, Poland
Pragmatism and Deconstruction on the Question of Realism

Chair:

16:00-16:30

Coffee Break

16:30-18:15

Session IX - Pragmatism and Its Problems

Vladimir Zeman, Concordia University, Canada
Humanism - Should We De-Construct and/or Re-Construct It? On the Capacity of Contemporary Pragmatism to Handle Some Pressing Socio-Political Problems

Martin Kilanowski, Poland
Rejecting the Distinctions in Dewey’s Social and Political Thought

Igor Hanzel, Comenius University, Slovakia
The Construction and Deconstruction of Reality in the Pragmatism of Habermas and Rorty

Chair:

18:30

Dinner
Walks and Talks

Tuesday, June 11

8:00

Breakfast

8:45-10:30

Session X - Pragmatism and Europeans

Hans-Peter Krueger, Germany
Dewey’s Classical Pragmatism and Plessner’s Philosophical Anthropology. A Systematic Comparison of Their Parallels

Zdenka Kalnická, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Metaphors of Pragmatic Thought: The Case of Karel Capek

Anna Ganzha, Russia
Florian Znaniecki and American Pragmatism: Love-Hate Relationship

Chair:

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-12:45

Session XI - Aesthetics

Armen Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State University, USA
Is There a Pragmatist Aesthetics?

Krystyna Wilkoszewska, Jagielonnian University, Poland
How to Build a Pragmatist Aesthetics

Leif Ostman, Finland
The Client as Designer – Interpretations of Design in the Mirror of Pragmatist Aesthetics.

Chair:

12:45-1:15

Conclusion

John Ryder, State University of New York, USA
American Philosophy in Its Place

13:30-14:15

Lunch

14:30-19:00

Excursion
Zakopane

20:30

Farewell Dinner
Walks and Talks

Wednesday, June 12

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