Society for the Philsophical Study of Education

SPSE 2013 Official Program

                                  SOCIETY FOR THE PHILOSOPHICAL

                                              STUDY OF EDUCATION 

                                              ANNUAL CONFERENCE

                               Friday and Saturday, November 8 - 9, 2013

                                         Columbia College – Chicago, IL

Friday, November 8, 9 am - 5 pm.

November 8 we will meet on the 10th and 11th floors of 624 South Michigan (South Campus Building). All Friday sessions will be held in room 1107.

8:30 – 9:00

Coffee and registration in room 1103. (Registration is $65; this includes a one-year membership, with all rights and privileges; student registration is $10)

9:00 – 9:45

“The Disabled Knower; An Epistemology from Student to Teacher”

Jason Francel, National Louis University

“Emancipation at The Hands of the Ignorant: A Study of Ranciere”

Eric Souvannasacd, University of North Dakota

10:00 – 10:45

“Eric Fromm’s Dialectical Humanism and the American University”

Don Hufford, Newman University

“Leviathan Versus the Public: Round Two”

Tom Falk, University of Dayton

11:00 – 11:45 Keynote Session

“Jan Amos Comenius, Jan Patocka, and Education as Care for the Soul”

Timothy Leonard, Independent Scholar

11:45 – 1:00    Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:45      Book Panel

Paradigms of Research for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Examples From Practice

Antonina Lukenchuk, National Louis University

Baudelaire Ulysse, Elgin Community College

Eileen Kolich, Benedictine University

Sam Rocha, University of North Dakota

James M. Magrini, National Louis University

Todd Price, National Louis University

2:00 – 2:45

“Kant’s Theory of Reason: Is it Metaphysics After all?”

Guillemette Johnston, Depaul University

“Education Open”

Allan Johnston, Columbia College and Depaul University

3:00 – 3:45

“More Than A Game - How Participants Can be Liberally Educated in Elite Sport Cultures”

Philip L. Smith, The Ohio State University

Frederick L. Goodman, The University of Michigan

“Teaching Philosophy of Education Abroad: A Case Study of The Epistemology of Mind”

Alexander Makedon, Arellano University, Phillipines

4:00 – 5:00      Business Meeting

Everyone is invited to attend. Since the conference fee includes society dues, all registered members are able to vote. (Graduate students are able to participate in the meeting but may not vote or hold an office.)

Saturday, November 9, 9 am – 12 pm.

November 9 we will meet on the 8th floor of 1104 South Wabash Avenue (Film Row Center).

8:30 – 9:00

Coffee and registration in the lobby area; all sessions will be in the auditorium.

9:00 – 9:45

“The Continuity of Experience Principle: A Deweyan Interpretation of Recapitulation Theory”

Sébastien-Akira Alix, University Of Wisconsin-Madison

“Education Towards Being: Removing Content From the Center”

Doron Yosef-Hassidim, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

10:00 – 10:45

“Epistemologies and the Formation of Modern Democratic Individuality”

Nathalie Bulle, National Center For Scientific Research

“Civic Education: Forging an Alliance Between Democracy and Justice”

Elvira Basevich, City University of New York

11:00 – 11:45

“Demystifying the Gothic Adolescent: Suspicion, Affirmation and Critical Pedagogy”

Thomas Joseph, Aurora University

“C. S. Peirce, Action Research, and the Object of Inquiry”

Lisa Palafox, Heald University

Scott Cunningham, Texas Tech University

12:00 – 12:45  Book Panel

A Primer for Philosophy and Education

Sam Rocha, University of North Dakota

Timothy Leonard, independent scholar

David Mosley, Bellarmine University

James M. Magrini, National Louis University

The SPSE gratefully acknowledges the generous support that Columbia College, and the English Department of Columbia College, provided for this conference.



Call for Papers

SPSE 2013

The annual meeting of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education (SPSE) will be November 8th and 9th, hosted at two locations (one Friday, the other Saturday) of Columbia College, in downtown Chicago.

The program committee invites papers to be submitted for presentation at the annual meeting and for possible subsequent publication in the Journal of the Philosophical Study of Education. The committee also welcomes group sessions and “author meets critics” sessions on recently published books.

The Program Committee will only review submissions made in accordance with the instructions below.


Submit blind proposals as a Word or PDF attachmentto SPSEChicago@gmail.com by September 1st, with “SPSE 2013” in the subject line. In the body of your e-mail, please provide the following contact information:


     Institutional Affiliation

     Email address

     Phone number

     Mailing address


Submissions may range from one-page abstracts up to 1000 word summaries, including references. If the session being proposed involves multiple presenters, please specify the contribution of each presenter.


SPSE enthusiastically encourages submissions from graduate students. Accepted graduate student papers will be considered for the SPSE graduate student awards.

Final session from this past year’s conference, share it around!

Memo sent today


After a rich and lively conference this past weekend, there are some exciting new changes on the horizon. Please, lend me your eyes and your time:
The first is this memo and it’s new Gmail source. Our new e-mail address is SPSEChicago@gmail.com This e-mail account will be the central site for SPSE correspondence, including submissions. You should also expect regular updates, reflections, badgering, and more. Feel free to send us your news to share too: a new book, article, a funny story, hate mail, and the like.
The second is new media. We now have a TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr accounts! Click on the hyperlinks to see the newly minted pages. Use and share them with promiscuity! 
The third is the future. We have been very lucky to have a small, stalwart circle of dedicated members. Alex Makedon, Guillemette and Allan Johnson, and Marge Oliker have carried almost all of the weight of the society for the past four years, and beyond. We owe them more than our thanks, we owe them the very fact that SPSE exists at all. And let’s be honest: this also indicates that many of us have not carried our full weight. The trend of hitting and running at our meeting has sadly become the norm. The bright side is that fortune has smiled on us anyway. We have a strong relationship to the American Philosophical Association — the only one of its kind in the field of Philosophy of Education — and a very sustainable conference location and date. Our publications has grown and improved and look more promising today than ever. But fate is an awfully unreliable thing to entrust with our collective future. Let’s not tempt her. I invite you to not only consider submitting and presenting at a future SPSE meeting, I ask for more: that you share the news of our little organization in whatever way you can. That you make it a priority to build and revitalize a dwelling place for ideas and the people who think them. Share your ideas here, too. Take some time to dwell and be present within this academic community.
Last thing: I arrived at the SPSE in 2006, when it was still called the Midwest Philosophy of Education Society. I was a master’s student. I didn’t know anything about anything. I pulled a hit and run. I had to play at a wedding in Texas that evening. Despite my haste and naiveté, I was greeted with Marge’s warm, tender smile and Richard Pipan’s fiery presidential address. My session had three people in it, but each gave me their full attention and took my work seriously. Then, in the hallway, Phil Smith recruited me to Ohio State and the rest is history. My point is that SPSE has had a crucial role in my becoming who and what I am today. I go to different conferences, including PES and the rest, but there is something I cherish about SPSE above all the others: it is a place where you can come as you are, a place and space of acceptance, but not the cheap or easy kind. It is also well-known for its passion and heated exchanges and all the rigamarole of authentic relationships. As you know, these places are RARE. Especially nowadays. Please, consider giving SPSE some of your time, even if it’s the time of reading these memos.
More soon… In the meantime I remain,
Yours truly,
Sam Rocha, SPSE President 
ps —  many thanks and congratulations to David Mosley and Emery Hyslop-Margison, our newly elected vice-president and secretary!