Dr. Michael V. Chiariello and Dr. Leigh A. Simone attended the 23rd annual conference of The Association of Core Texts and Courses in Dallas on April 20-23. The conference was titled "Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: Core Texts, Liberal Arts, College and The Human Voice." Chiariello chaired the session titled “Does Wealth Have Contexts?” He additionally presented a paper titled “Plato’s Cave: Meta-Politics for the Post-Factual Era." Simone chaired the panel “In Programs and Classrooms: Re-invigorating the Core through Considerations of Gender.” Simone also presented her paper “The People Have Spoken: How Will St. Bonaventure’s The Mind’s Journey to God be Re-Configured and Re-Imagined in the New Core?”
Dr. Daniel L. Tate, professor of philosophy, recently published an article titled “Hermeneutics and Poetics: Gadamer on the Poetic Word” in Estetyka i Krytyka/The Polish Journal of Aesthetics, 43/4 (2016), 157-187. The article, which appears in a special edition devoted to hermeneutics and art, argues that a poetics can be drawn from the interpretations of modern German poetry found in the work of 20th century German philosopher Hans Georg Gadamer.
Despite Gadamer’s sustained engagement with poetry throughout his career, his contribution to a philosophical poetics has been largely overlooked. This article argues that such a poetics can be drawn from Gadamer’s interpretations of modern German poetry, one which is attuned to the poetic word as a privileged site where language as an event of truth (unconcealment) comes to language. The article further outlines the salient features of a hermeneutic poetics by highlighting, elaborating, and integrating the basic traits of the poetic word that emerge from Gadamer’s work.
Dr. Michael Chiariello, professor of philosophy, shared his recent publications and presentations. “Augustine’s Confessions: Interiority at the Core of the Core Curriculum,” has been reprinted in the volume Teaching Augustine, edited by Scott McGinnis and Christopher Metress (Basel: MPDP, 2015). The essay was originally presented at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition conference at Samford University in 2014 and first published in Religions (2015). “Comprehensively Critical Metapolitics” appears in Critical Rationalism at Work: Essays for Joseph Agassi, edited by Nimrod Bar-Am and Stefano Gattei. Zug: Springer, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, 2017. “Postmodernity, Ideology and Rationality in the Communist Manifesto” was presented at the national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses in April 2016. “Plato’s Cave: Metapolitics for the Post-factual Era” will be presented at the upcoming national conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses this April.
Dr. Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy, facilitated “Dialogue on Cultural Competency: Advancing the Strategic Plan” for the leadership of Alfred State College on Nov. 1, 2016. The dialogue is a first step in advancing Alfred State College’s “Roadmap 2020” strategic plan. Dr. Amico conducted a similar workshop in August 2016 for all librarians and library staff at Alfred University.
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