Radical Philosophy Association

 
 

An International, Non-Sectarian Forum for Philosophical Discussion of Fundamental Change




2010 Call for Papers, Univ. of Oregon

RPA Newsletter December 2009
Membership in the RPA

Radical Philosophy Review

RPA's Iraq Leaflets
RPA's Afghanistan Pamphlet

Welcome to the home page of the Radical Philosophy Association (RPA). Founded in 1982, RPA members struggle against capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, disability discrimination, environmental ruin, and all other forms of domination. We also oppose substituting new forms of authoritarianism for the ones we are now fighting. Our efforts are guided by the vision of a society founded on cooperation instead of competition, in which all areas of society are, as far as possible, governed by democratic decision-making. We believe that fundamental change requires broad social upheavals but also opposition to intellectual support for exploitative and dehumanizing social structures. Our members are from many nations and continue a variety of radical traditions including (but not limited to) feminism, phenomenology, Marxism, anarchism, post-structuralism, post-colonial theory and environmentalism. Our efforts center on conferences and publications. We consider the enterprise of radical philosophy inherently interdisciplinary and welcome persons not trained in philosophy. 
 

Index 



Membership

Committees
Conferences
Documents
Email Lists
Feedback
History
Jobs
Left Links
News
Teaching


 

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Basic Information


 

The RPA has an expanding number of on-going activities which it sponsors on a continuing basis. 

The RPA's day to day operations are managed by the Advisory Committee

We publish the Radical Philosophy Review (RPR), a biannual journal. The RPR includes original articles on the cutting edge of radical thought as well as reviews of the publications of RPA Members and other books of interest to radical philosophers. Volume I, Issue 1, of the RPR appeared in December of 1998. (Most information is available through the Philosophy Documentation Center). Our RPA Newsletter, published quarterly, keeps members informed about what's going on in radical philosophy.

The RPA organizes paper-reading sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association's Eastern, Central, and Pacific Divisions. The RPA sponsors an annual Research Network in Cuba each June in Havana, Cuba. This two week trip includes a five-day conference at the University of Havana with professional counterparts and other activities designed to increase familiarity with Cuban society.

The RPA's Latin America Solidarity Group facilitates interchange with philosophers in Latin America and the Caribbean, and takes appropriate action in light of new "free trade" regimens. One of its efforts, the Chiapas Solidarity Project, worked on the health and relief needs of La Realidad in the Lacandon jungle of Southeastern Mexico. The RPA's Cross-Cultural Committee makes a commitment to furthering the development of cross-cultural philosophy. In even numbered years, the RPA holds a biannual International/National Conference. The 2000 Conference was in Chicago, Illinois, the 2002 conference was in Providence, Rhode Island, and the 2004 Conference was at Howard University. The 2006 conference was at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and it focused on the theme "Reclaiming Democracy: Visions and Practices from the Radical Left." In 2008 the RPA was at San Francisco State University.

The Center for Global Justice was formed in 2003 by a group of RPA members in the bilingual and multicultural community of San Miguel de Allende in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, a living laboratory of neo-liberal globalization. The Center for Global Justice is an international educational and research organization located in the global South and dedicated to progressive social change. We support social movements that contend another world is possible.The Center has two main goals. First is to form a global network of members who gather, analyze and disseminate information on the world-wide effects of corporate globalization. The second is to explore and share workable and just solutions to the social and economic problems caused by neo-liberal policies. The Center has hosted three international conferences so far. On its web page you will find a couple hundred papers in English as well as in Spanish from its conferences and other projects. The Center also has a unique summer Internship Program that brings together students from the U.S., Cuba and Mexico for experiential learning in an intercultural setting. In addition, the Center is a site where faculty, students and activists can come for research or for a writing retreat. Several have come for investigation of immigration issues or to help organize cooperatives. The Center has a revolving loan fund to assist cooperatives and invites new members who share their goals.  Members vote and they may list themselves in its Directory, submit work for publication on our website, and get discounts on our residential suites.

The RPA's Internet Committee maintains this web page and also helps keep track of an Email List for those who wish to discuss radical philosophy on-line. 

The RPA conference proceedings, the Radical Philosophy Today book series, publishes peer-reviewed papers from the RPA biennial

conferences. The first two volumes were published by Humanity Books, an imprint of Prometheus Press. Race, Class and Community

appeared in 2000 and The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures came out in 2001. After a considerable hiatus,

the series continued with the Philosophy Documentation Center. Volume 3, Liberation between Selves, Sexualities, and War, edited by

Greg Moses and Jeffrey Paris, appeared in August 2006; volume 4, Philosophy Against Empire, edited by Tony Smith and

Harry van der Linden, appeared in October 2006; and volume 5, Democracy, Racism, and Prisons, appeared in December 2007. Volumes 3-5 can be ordered at the Philosophy Documentation Center, where one can also find the table of content of each volume. RPA

members receive a price discount.

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Committees

Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee is composed of the Co-Coordinators (Richard Jones email rajones19@cox.net and Anne Pomeroy email afpomeroy@verizon.net), the Secretary (Richard Peterson, email PetrsnRT@msu.edu), the Treasurer (Harry van der Linden, email hvanderl@butler.edu), the chairs of the three regional planning committees--Eastern (J. Everet Green, email everet@optonline.net), Central (Tanya Loughead email tanya.loughead@canisius.edu), and Pacific (Anatole Anton email aanton@sfsu.edu), Graduate Student Representative (Forrest Perry email forrest.r.perry@vanderbilt.edu), and three additional members (Cliff DuRand, email cliff@globaljusticecenter.org, Ely Dorsey, email edorsey@bridgew.edu, and Melissa Burchard, email mburchard@unca.edu).

Center for Global Justice
For information email info@globaljusticecenter.org 

Cross-Cultural Committee
RPA makes a commitment to furthering the development of cross-cultural philosophy. This commitment includes having more panels on non-Western philosophy, developing a critique of the cultural imperialist assumptions of Western philosophy, theorizing post-colonial struggles, and developing pedagogy for cross-cultural philosophy which challenges the hegemony of Western philosophy. For information contact:

Karsten Struhl
215 West 88th Street, #3B
New York, New York 10024-2324 USA
Email kastruhl@tiac.net

Internet Committee 
Jack GM
Email jackgm@grandecom.net

Latin American Solidarity Group 
To create solidarity with progressive groups in Mexico. For more info on the Chiapas Solidarity Project contact:

Patricia Huntington
Philosophy
Loyola University
Chicago IL, 60625-5311 USA
Email phuntin@luc.edu

Fred Evans
Philosophy
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh PA, 15282 USA
Email evansf@duq3.cc.duq.edu 

Newsletter Committee
Richard Schmitt
Worcester State College
Worcester MA, 01602 USA
Email richard_schmitt@charter.net   

Outreach
Doug Morris
Department of Education
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales NM 88130 USA
Email doug.morris@enmu.edu 

Radical Philosophy Review

Jeffrey Paris, Executive Editor

Philosophy Department
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco CA, 94117-1080 USA

Email paris@usfca.edu

Treasurer
Harry van der Linden
Philosophy and Religion
Butler University
Indianapolis IN, 46208 USA
Email hvanderl@butler.edu 
 

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Conferences

Research Network in Cuba

 

taking place June 19-29 2009
For information, contact Cliff DuRand, email cliff@globaljusticecenter.org

 

Philosophy Born of Struggle

For further information please contact J. Everet Green, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern, New York, 10901, email everet@optonline.net

 

 

RPA's 9th International/National Conference

University of Oregon, November 11-14 2010

 
 

Left Forum
 
For information, contact Betsy Bowman, email ebowman@igc.apc.org

 

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Documents


Radical Philosophy Review
RPA's Afghanistan Pamphlet
RPA Constitution and By-Laws 
RPA's Iraq Leaflets
RPA Membership Form and RPA Newsletter
RPA's Plan Colombia: Plan for Peace or Plan for War?
RPAers on texts for teaching Race & Anti-Racism
 

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Email List

RPA Email List: Here are the instructions for the RPA Email List.

1. To post to the list, messages should be sent to "rpa-list@listserv.utk.edu" (without the quotes).
2. To subscribe send a message to "listserv@listserv.utk.edu" (without the quotes) with
"Subscribe rpa-list Che Guevara" (again without the quotes) in the body of the email. (Of course, you'd use this name only if you are Che; otherwise use your own name.)
3. To unsubscribe send a message to "listserv@listserv.utk.edu" (again, no quotes) with
"Unsubscribe rpa-list" (once more, no quotes) in the body of the email.
4. Future posts will be archived at http://listserv.utk.edu/archives/rpa-list.html
5. Send your questions about this listserv to its manager, Christopher Hodge, email chodge5@utk.edu 
 

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Feedback

Feel free to contact any of the following individuals about (and also join!) the RPA: 

To learn more about the RPA, contact RPA's Co-Coordinators Richard Jones email rajones19@cox.net and Anne Pomeroy email afpomeroy@verizon.net. To join the RPA, fill out our membership form

To link your group's event with the RPA, contact RPA's Secretary, Richard Peterson, email PetrsnRT@msu.edu
 

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History

Originating in 1968 as the Radical Caucus within the American Philosophical Association (APA), we formed ourselves into the Radical Philosophy Association (RPA) in 1982. While continuing to hold alternative sessions at the APA meetings, we also began to hold occasional weekend conferences of our own as well, including a series of conferences on Class, Race and Gender. 

Since 1990, RPA has been the principal organizer of an annual conference in Havana that has helped to try to undermine the U.S. blockade of Cuba by establishing contacts between Cuban and North American philosophers and social scientists. 

From its beginning the RPA has published the RPA Newsletter. In 1990 we established a semi-annual Radical Philosophy Review of Books (now called the Radical Philosophy Review) as well. 

In 1994 the RPA held its first International/National Conference at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, leading to a further expansion of our activities for graduate students and adjuncts. For a more detailed history of the RPA, see A RPA History and RPA History: A Chronology The 2008 conference announcement is here! 

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Jobs

Academic jobs outside of the RPA

APA Job Info: (members only, logon required)
Jobs for Philosophers: in 4 languages, a great job source
Job Openings in the Chronicle of Higher Ed
 

Activist jobs within the RPA

There are still a few activist jobs available within the RPA. If you are interested in such volunteer positions, contact RPA's Co-Coordinators Richard Jones email rajones19@cox.net and Anne Pomeroy email afpomeroy@verizon.net 

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Left Links


From A to Z

 
African-American Mosaic: Library of Congress 
African-American Women: Duke U. 
African-Americans: from Digital Librarian 
Africana.com: News & Culture 
African Philosophy Resources: also African-American resources 
Afro-American History: links 
Alain Leroy Locke Society
Alternative Press Center
American Free Press: alternative media 
American Indian Philosophy Association
American Leftist
American Philosophical Association
American Slave Narratives: U.Va
Angelaki: journal of theoretical humanities
Anti-Death Penalty Project: from the RPA 
Anti-Racism Page: from SUNY Cortland's Kathy Russell

Bisexual Resource Center

Capitalism Nature Socialism: new from Routledge
Catholic Worker Movement
Chomsky.info: Noam Chomsky's official web page
Communist Party USA

Death Penalty Information Center
Democracy Now!: alternative media 
Democratic Socialists of America
Donnelly/Colt: progressive products

Episteme Links: general philosophy resource

FAIR: media watchdog 
Freedom Socialist Party

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet: Peter Suber's big list

Hermenaut
Howard Zinn online

Industrial Workers of the World: UK
Inequality Project: world-wide research from U.Texas 
Institute for Economic Democracy
Institute for Global Communications
Institute on Race & Poverty: policy research from U.Minnesota 
International Socialist Review 
Intersex Society of North America

Jim Hightower
Jobs with Justice
Journal of Mundane Behavior

Killing the Buddha: spirituality without religion

Leftist & Progressive Directory: Jay Moore's extensive list 
Lit. on Race, Ethnicity & Multiculturalism: L.Hinman 

Marx and Philosophy Society
Marxism Mailing List 
Marxism Page: on-line texts 
Michael Moore: documentary film activist

Mother Jones: magazine
MoveOn.org

Naked Punch
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Security Archive: U.S. govt. NAFTA documents
New York Review of Books
New York Times
North American Society for Social Philosophy

oliveworks: against NATO war in Yugoslavia 
Online Newspapers: around the world

PeaceNet: peace, social/economic justice, fighting racism 
People for the American Way: fighting the radical right  
Philosophy Links  
Philosophy Research Base
Progressive Review: alternative media 
Public Eye: research on the right wing 

Queer Resources Directory

Race, Racism and the Law: V.R.Randall at U.Dayton 
Radical Philosophy: journal from the UK 
Radical Philosophy Review: journal in the USA 
Radical Psychology Network
re:constructions: reflections on humanity and media after tragedy

Richard Schmitt Out of the Woods

Society for Disability Studies

SWIP: the Society for Women in Philosophy

Telos Press
Theory.Org.Uk: exploring mass media, identity, gender
This Modern World: Tom Tomorrow
Tom Paine.Common Sense: corporate critiques 
True Majority: peace & social justice
truthout: news & politics

Union for Radical Political Economics
United for a Fair Economy
United for Peace

War Times
Women's Studies: Feminist Theory: U. Iowa Libraries
Working Stiff Journal: U.Texas

Z Communications: social reform, Howard Zinn 
 

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Membership

Here is the RPA Membership Form. This link has information about the student membership of $25 which includes an RPR subscription. The benefits (of all types of membership) include the Newsletter and discount on Radical Philosophy Today book series.

 

The RPA conference proceedings, the Radical Philosophy Today book series, publishes peer-reviewed papers from the RPA biennial

conferences. The first two volumes were published by Humanity Books, an imprint of Prometheus Press. Race, Class and Community

appeared in 2000 and The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures came out in 2001. After a considerable hiatus,

the series continued with the Philosophy Documentation Center. Volume 3, Liberation between Selves, Sexualities, and War, edited by

Greg Moses and Jeffrey Paris, appeared in August 2006; volume 4, Philosophy Against Empire, edited by Tony Smith and

Harry van der Linden, appeared in October 2006; and volume 5, Democracy, Racism, and Prisons, appeared in December 2007.

Volumes 3-5 can be ordered at the Philosophy Documentation Center, where one can also find the table of content of each volume. RPA

members receive a price discount.


 

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News

The date indicates the time posted

 

RPA's Eastern APA Resolution on War in Iraq: 12/02/02 

Children of the Gulf War: U.S. Photo Tour: 11/26/02 

Report on Death Penalty in Cuba Dialogue: 11/01/00 

Anti-Death Penalty Project, including winning student essays: 3/21/00 

Chiapas Solidarity Project Pharmacy Update: 11/28/00 

Cross-Border Solidarity: A New Alliance Between Scholars and Labor Unions: 2/23/99 


 

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Teaching

Syllabi

American Nonviolence: Greg Moses
Equality and Social Justice: David Kahane, U.Alberta 
Existentialism: Kathy Miriam, UNH
Feminist Social Thought: Mecke Nagel, SUNY 
Philosophy of Education: Greg Moses

Teaching Materials 

Adbusters: satire and commentary on advertising 
Affluenza: PBS explores social costs of capitalism 
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
Cost of War: compare Iraq War costs to social program costs 
Ethics Updates: teaching materials from Lawrence Hinman 
FEC Info.: campaign finance contributions by district 
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: definitions, etc. 
Plan Colombia: Plan for Peace or for War?: a left analysis of narcopolitics
Radical Teacher: journal 
RPAers on texts for teaching Race & Anti-Racism
 

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Special thanks to Tim Maletic, my colleague from IU's Department of Philosophy and fellow union organizer in IU's GEU, for allowing the RPA to adopt his design for our web page.


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