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The 2019 Hannah Arendt and Reiner Schurmann Annual Symposium in Political Philosophy

The 2019 Hannah Arendt and Reiner Schurmann Annual Symposium in Political Philosophy

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
General Public 

What is the relationship between concepts and experience? Is experience conceptual “all the way down,” as John McDowell holds? Or are there aspects of experience that are not usefully characterized as conceptual, as Hubert Dreyfus holds? This symposium surveys recent work on these debates, work that explores the possibility that the mind's relationship to the world takes a variety of different forms.

The symposium has an unusual structure: All presentations are going to be about other presenters' work, and the symposium as a whole will presuppose familiarity with that work. All of the relevant background readings are available on the symposium's website  (

"Varieties of Intentionality" 

Friday May 10

  • 1pm: Rachel Goodman (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 
    Introductory Overview 

    1:30pm: Jake Quilty-Dunn (University of Oxford) 
    On Elisabeth Camp's "Putting Thoughts to Work" 

    4:30pm: John Kulvicki (Darmouth College) 
    On Jacob Beck's "Perception is Analog"

Saturday May 11

  • 1pm: Jacob Beck (York University)
    On Jake Quilty-Dunn's "Perceptual Pluralism"

    4pm: Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
    On John Kulvicki's "Modeling the Meanings of Pictures"

The Five Essential Readings for the Conference

The conference is predicated on the assumption that everyone in attendance will have read all five of these essays:

Some Helpful Background Readings

Here are ten additional readings that help to fill in some of the background to the topics that will be discussed at the conference. Those new to these topics might start with the Kulvicki, Camp, and Giardino and Greenberg readings, and then move on to the others.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Zed Adams at

Presented by The New School for Social Research and Philosophy Department

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