October 27 2015
Dr. Corey McCall, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion presented his paper "Nietzsche and Dewey on the Question of Nature" at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in Atlanta on October 7-11. The paper argued that, although Nietzsche and Dewey both see the relationship between humans and the natural world as dynamic and potentially destructive, they draw very different political conclusions based on this shared conception. Nietzsche argues that we ought to be skeptical of political society, while Dewey hopes to tap the creative potential of liberal democracy. Dr. McCall concluded that our national politics is dominated by Nietzsche's political skepticism, but we must revive Dewey's conception of creative democracy if we are going to do anything about the environmental threats we face.
Dr. McCall’s review of Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism's Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, 2015) was published by Society and Space. The review can be found here: