The Bishop John Fletcher Hurst Philosophy Lecture was initiated by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and named for the founder of American University, who was himself a philosopher. Offered annually in the spring, it brings to the American University campus some of the most distinguished thinkers from this country and abroad. As a result, our students have immediate contact with those shaping philosophical theory in many fields. The department has consistently invited lecturers who are working on the frontiers of contemporary thought and who are relevant to many other disciplines, including aesthetics, the social and natural sciences, history, literature, ethics and the philosophy of religion.
57th Annual Bishop Hurst Lecture
Being Genealogical: Contemporary Philosophical Reflection on Kinship
Mary Beth Mader
Professor of Philosophy
University of Memphis
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Butler Boardroom Noon-2pm
Rhizome 5 by C. Roger Mader
About Mary Beth Mader
Mary Beth Mader is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Her research specializations are in Recent and Contemporary Continental Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy; Twentieth Century French Philosophy; Ontology; and Continental Philosophy and the Life Sciences. She is the author of Sleights of Reason: Norm, Bisexuality, Development (SUNY Press, 2011), and articles on the work of Luce Irigaray, Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. Her current work focuses on the ontology of genealogy and on the history of the philosophical concept of intensity. She is translating Deleuze’s lecture courses on Foucault.
About "Being Genealogical: Contemporary Philosophical Reflection on Kinship"
A new patchwork of notions of kinship is emerging in Euro‐American cultures that confounds many of us. How should we understand ourselves as genealogical beings today? The lecture draws on contemporary thought on the concepts of descent and alliance—from feminist philosophy, evolutionary thought, anthropology and European philosophy—to contribute to a philosophy of human generative relations that sheds vestigial, unjust and misguided presuppositions still at work in current conceptions of kin relation.
List of Past Lectures
56. 2015 Michele M. Moody-Adams, Columbia University, "Civic Art of Remembrance and the Democratic Imagination"
55. 2014 Roger T. Ames, University of Hawai'i, "Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism"
54. 2013 Beate Roessler, University of Amsterdam, "Changing Norms of Friendship: Social Relations in the Age of Social Network Sites"
53. 2012 Susan Brison, Dartmouth College,"The Embodied Self: Trauma, Narrative, and Personal Identity"
52. 2011 Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond, "Savages and Throwbacks: A Foucauldian Genealogy of Racism in the 20th Century"
51. 2010 Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Evils and Inexcusable Wrongs"
50. 2009 Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research, “To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die”
49. 2008 Robert Bernasconi, University of Memphis, “The Policing of Race Mixing and the Birth of Biopower”
48. 2007 Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University, "Witnessing Katrina: Feminist Contributions to Socially Responsible Science"
47. 2006 Alison M. Jaggar, University of Colorado, "The Poorest of the Poor: Justice and the Feminization of Global Poverty"