September 23 2015
Thanks to a generous contribution from the Marsden Fund, Dr. Corey McCall, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, participated in the Summer Institute in American Philosophy which met this year for the first time outside the United States at the School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland. From June 4th-14th, he participated in a series of seminars and workshops that examined the various connections between American Pragmatism and European thought, feminism, and Asian thought. While there, he presented a paper entitled, “Lewis Mumford’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, The Dialectic of Enlightenment, and the Critique of Instrumentalism,” which evaluates the critique of John Dewey’s thought found in Mumford’s The Condition of Man and Adorno and Horkheimer’s The Dialectic of Enlightenment. From June 18th-21st, he attended the Caribbean Philosophical Association Meeting in Riviera Maya, Mexico. While there, he presented a paper entitled “Nietzsche, Fanon, and the Question of Fear,” which examines the various ways the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the Martinican philosopher, psychoanalyst, and revolutionary Frantz Fanon saw the emotion of fear as productive of certain kinds of subjectivity. For Nietzsche, fear produces the modern moral subject beset by guilt and bad conscience, while Fanon sees the emotion of fear as productive of the modern racialized black subject.
Since January, Dr. McCall has convened a monthly teen philosophy discussion group at Steele Memorial Library in Elmira. Some topics include forgiveness, the role of art in society, and philosophy in the age of social media. On July 14th, he gave a presentation to the Elmira Rotary Club on the philosophical background of the Four-Way Test, a set of ethical principles that form the basis of the organization.