Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

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The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) is a philosophical society whose initial purpose was to promote the study of phenomenology and existentialism but has since expanded to a wide array of contemporary philosophical pursuits, including critical theory, feminist philosophy, poststructuralism, critical race theory, and, increasingly non-Eurocentric philosophies.[1] SPEP was created in 1962 by American philosophers who were interested in Continental philosophy and were dissatisfied with the analytic dominance of the American Philosophical Association.[2] It has since emerged as the second most important philosophical society in the United States. Amy Allen and Brian Schroeder are the current Co-Executive Directors of SPEP.[3] [4]

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SPEP's first meeting was at Northwestern University in 1962, during which "a handful or two of phenomenologists, existentialists, and iconoclasts gathered."[1] Now with a membership of over 2,500, SPEP has grown to be one of the largest philosophical societies in North America.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Willett, Cynthia; Anthony Steinbock; Lauren Guilmette (2012). ""Introduction"". Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26 (2): 79-81. 
  2. ^ Gutting, Gary (2012-02-19). "Bridging the Analytic–Continental Divide". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ "SPEP officers". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ DesAutels, Peggy. "Amy Allen: November 2013". Highlighted Philosophers. American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "SPEP About". Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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