Mississippi Philosophical Association annual meeting at MSU to explore understanding and reimagining ways of life

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

The Mississippi Philosophical Association -- dormant for the past two years because of COVID-19 -- returns this month with its annual meeting featuring noted philosopher Elizabeth Anderson as keynote speaker.

The two-day event at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville is hosted by MSU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion. MSU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Anderson’s keynote address from 4-6 p.m. on March 24.

Anderson’s lecture -- “What Kind of Work is Good Enough?" -- will explore topics regarding contemporary work/life balance, the modern work ethic, democratizing the workplace, and what a “good life” looks like.

Manuel Rodeiro, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and chair of the event, said he hopes listeners will gain insight into the work of contemporary social/political philosophers in understanding and reimagining ways of life.

“Elizabeth Anderson is one of the foremost social/political philosophers in the world. She has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship,” Rodeiro said.

Anderson has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 1987. Currently she is a John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor.

Anderson’s publications include a 1993 Harvard University Press publication, Value in Ethics and Economics, as well as numerous journal articles and essays in anthologies and collections. She authored a 2017 Princeton University Press publication, “Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).”

The Mississippi Philosophical Association is the state’s foremost association of philosophers and was founded to increase the understanding and appreciation of philosophy; to encourage research and advance the standards and ideals of the teaching of philosophy; and to cultivate an interest in the study of philosophy in Mississippi institutions of higher learning.

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,000 students, 300 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs and 25 academic majors offered in 14 departments. Complete details about the College of Arts and Sciences or the philosophy department may be found at www.cas.msstate.edu or www.philosophyandreligion.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Sarah Nicholas | College of Arts and Sciences

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