Philosophy of the City Conference at Brooklyn College

December 5-7, 2013 on the CUNY, Brooklyn College Campus

Boylan Hall, 2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210

Throughout human history, the city has been a site for the articulation of new forms of knowledge, political community, economy and individuality with respect to the (sometimes conflicting) norms of freedom, equality, and justice. Yet, the continued urbanization of the globe poses tremendous problems, particularly in this time of ecological crisis, economic inequality and political uncertainty.

Philosophy began in the city (Plato, Aristotle), and the city is a recurrent topic for major writers in the history of philosophy (Aquinas, Machiavelli), and the urban figures as a prominent site of investigation in numerous fields. Today, the urban holds steady as a prominent area of investigation, crossing disciplinary boundaries within academia. Among many contemporary philosophers, however, the city as an object of study lacks prominence. Yet, trailblazing members of the philosophic community are taking the discipline in new directions, analyzing the city in a 21st century context. The aim of this conference is to build their network and engage those issues from a variety of philosophical perspectives (e.g. ethico-political, phenomenological, feminist, critical race theory).