William McBride: “Rethinking Philosophy as a Public Discourse” (3/11/12)


Time: 9:30 – 11:30, March 11, 2013

Location: Moonlight Hall, Ying Jie Exchange Center, Peking University

Commentator: Prof. Tu Weiming

Organizer: Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies & World Ethics Institute Beijing



It is important to celebrate philosophy’s role as a public discourse in a world that can benefit greatly from it. First half of the talk considers the obstacles to the realization of this role, from both within philosophy itself and “outside” philosophy. The second half of the talk explores the contemporary phenomenon of the “One World” that we are increasingly becoming, with a view to opening up the prospect of a public philosophical discourse that, while not neglecting the special features and problems of individual nations and cultures, nevertheless aspires to a global relevance.


About the speaker:

William L. McBride is President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), Arthur G. Hansen Distinguished Professor and Director of Philosophy and Literature at Purdue University. McBride specializes in social political philosophy, legal philosophy, and continental philosophy. His publications include From Yugoslav Praxis to Global Pathos: Anti-Hegemonic Post-Post-Marxist Essays (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), Philosophical Reflections on the Changes in Eastern Europe (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), Social and Political Philosophy (New York: Paragon House, 1994), Sartre’s Political Theory (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991), and The Philosophy of Marx (London: Hutchinson University Library, 1977).