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#031--November 5, 1998; Media Advisory
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
(415) 338-1665

Radicals From Around The World Gather At S.F. State

Radical Philosophy Association to hold international gathering starting today

WHAT: San Francisco State University is much quieter today than during the stormy days of the student strike 30 years ago this month, but radicals come back to campus this weekend. Radical philosophers that is. More than 200 scholars and students of philosophy from around the world will meet at S.F. State Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 5-8) for the third international conference of the Radical Philosophy Association.

WHEN AND WHERE: The conference, which will meet at S.F. State’s Seven Hills Conference Center on the campus, will hold sessions on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1-5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. both days and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. S.F. State is located at 19th and Holloway avenues.

DETAILS: The philosophers, who are coming to S.F. State from across the U.S. and countries such as Mexico and Canada, will discuss topics such as radical masculinity, pornography and the Sartrean "look," the relevance of dialectics, the morality of racial stereotypes, philosophical ethics in the modern world and radical political ecology. They also will discuss the death penalty, radical perspectives on race and multiculturalism, the student uprisings of 1968, the current situation in Chiapas, Me x ico from recent visitors, and political prisoners and the prison industry. Notable speakers include Angela Davis and John Gerassi, a student of Jean-Paul Sartre.

The Radical Philosophy Association, which was founded in 1982, is an international forum for philosophical discussion of fundamental social and economic change. The group started in 1968 as the radical caucus within the American Philosophical Association. The group held its first national conference at Drake University in 1994 and its second at Purdue University in 1996.

For more information about the conference, call either Anatole Anton, organizer of the conference and chair of the Philosophy Department at S.F. State, at (415) 338-1598 or Ted DeAdwyler of the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-7110.


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