I am delighted to report that the keynote address for the 2017 session of the Gettysburg College Philosophy and Film Seminar - "Cinema and the Thought of Gender" - will be delivered by Professor Michele Schreiber. Professor Schreiber is director of undergraduate studies and associate professor of film and media studies at Emory University, and is the author of American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance, and Contemporary Culture (Edinburgh, 2015)

An open Call for Abstracts will be posted soon!
"Art is the great stimulus to life: how could it be thought purposeless, aimless, l'art pour l'art?" 
 - Friedrich Nietzsche, The Twilight of the Idols (1889)

This is apparently the final volume of unpublished Fitzgerald stories, titled, I'd Die for You, due from Simon and Schuster in Spring 2017.  

Here's an interesting piece by Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler about the importance of Spinoza in today's world.


More than any other philosopher of his time (or most since), Spinoza's is a philosophy concerned from beginning to end with the question of freedom. His analyses of the mechanisms by which people can be compelled to 'fight for their servitude as if for salvation...' are no less relevant today than they were in 17th century Europe. This servitude assumes myriad forms - superstition, ignorance, nationalism, indifference, racism, sexism, religious prejudice, cisgender normativity, resentment, and fear of every stripe. His work from beginning to end concerns the human liberation from the sway of the 'sad passions,' in the direction of becoming truly 'active' individuals. Little wonder that philosophers as politically radical as Deleuze and Guattari would say of Spinoza's Ethics that it is 'the great book of the BwO [Body without organs]' (A Thousand Plateaus, p. 153).
Just read this article by Ben Domenech in the Federalist.