113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Rethinking the Enlightenment and Democracy

Session Chair: 
James Lu, California Baptist University
Time: 
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Location: 
Forum Suite (PH-ET)

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Timothy C. Luther, California Baptist University
    This paper assesses Habermas's criticisms of Adorno and Horkheimer and his reconstruction of critial theory in order to develop the direct connection between rationality and liberation, autonomous responsibility and knowledge.  It develops a normative foundation for his theory of political action.
  2. Richard Hunt, University of California, Riverside
    This presentation will argue that a robust understanding of the U.S. nation-state requires recognition of the ways that “America” functions both as and through rhetorical, racialized tropes and is constituted and shaped through rhetorics of race and colorblindness.
  3. Carlton Floyd, University of San Diego
    This paper examines the ideals of democracy and enlightenment espoused in the American Dream, with a focus on that dream's deferment, as cogently expressed in the poems “A Dream Deferred” and “Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes, and in The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. 
Session Cancelled: 
No