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Solidarity Care: How to Take Care of Each Other in Times of Struggle

Myisha Cherry
Being aware of social injustices can cause existential and mental pain; comes with a burden; and may impede a flourishing life. However, I shall argue that this is not a reason to despair or to choose to be willfully ignorant. Rather, it’s a reason to conclude that being conscious is not enough. Rather, during times of oppression, resisters must also prioritize well-being. One way to do this is by extending what I refer to as...

Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, Trauma as Humor, and Epistemic Responsibility

Kamili Posey
This essay examines whether trauma has a nonexploitative place in marginalized comedy. Through the lens of Hannah Gabsby’s 2018 Netflix performance, Nanette, it analyzes two questions: (1) if marginalized trauma in the context of comedy extends the traditional framework for evaluating comedy and (2) if audiences are responsible for being “good consumers” of traumatic narratives from marginalized performers. Considering three analyses of Gadsby’s Nanette offered, respectively, by Rebecca Krefting, Peter Moskowitz, and Fury, this essay argues that a...

Possession, Dispossession, and Haunting

Sierra Billingslea
Haisla writer Eden Robinson’s acclaimed novel, Monkey Beach, demonstrates the lived-effects and consequences of colonial trauma. This ongoing trauma ripples throughout the community of Kitamaat Village, creating a cycle by which it repeats and magnifies. By contextualizing cycles of trauma within epistemic injustice and temporal sovereignty, this article elucidates both the harms inflicted upon the Haisla people by colonization and the modes of resistance developed by Robinson and her characters. I argue that Robinson uses the...

Shame and Trauma Go to Class

Abby Wilkerson
To be a member of an oppressed social group is to face differential risk of trauma. Using Sandra Lee Bartky’s recognition of certain emotional states as “primordial disclosure,” I explore socially occasioned trauma, shame, and depression as gendered and racialized phenomena in higher education—a crucial site for exploring the processes that situate some bodyminds as normative, deserving, and competent, while others are situated as less able or deserving, or as intruders. Given systemic inequality, mental...

The Need for Philosophy in Times of Trauma

Melissa Burchard
For many years, trauma has been seen as a frequent “elephant-in-the-room,” one of those features of life that we do not wish to strengthen by acknowledging its presence. Many people try to shun that elephant, averting their eyes and covering their ears, because the pain of it is not what anyone wants, and the effort of responding to it seems more than what many are willing to bear. Unfortunately, ignoring trauma does not make it...

Trauma and the Loss of Self

Kei Hotoda
In this paper, I introduce two ideas that lie at the intersection of trauma and philosophy: (1) a particular self-conception that is best visible in cases of severe abusive trauma that I call “taking oneself as someone at all” and (2) the kind of response required to help restore this loss, which I call “therapeutic recognition.” My hope is that describing these two ideas using various philosophical concepts and research found in authors as varied...

The \"Endangered Voices\" of the Taiwanese Victims of Japanese Sexual Slavery

Magdalena Zolkos
While the question of justice for the victims of sexual slavery institutionalized by the Japanese Imperial Army during the war has generated great communal and scholarly interest, in Taiwan it remains a pressing and unresolved concern what implications this traumatic history has had for the consolidation of the postcolonial and post-authoritarian publics. This is not only because the sexual enslavement of Taiwanese women unfolded before the backdrop of Japan’s colonization of Taiwan, in particular of...

Toward Engaging a Broader Public: Children and Public Philosophy

Michael D. Burroughs & Desiree Valentine

Foundations for Communities of Philosophical Conversation

Andrea Christelle, Sergia Hay, James Lincoln & Eric Thomas Weber
In this paper, four leaders of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA) argue that there are public, shared needs and benefits for people to develop communities of philosophical conversation. We believe that there are seeds for philosophical community that need space to grow. We offer a plan and resources for starting, building, and maintaining such communities.

Ending Life: Incarceration, Health, and Institutional Epistemic Injustice

Nancy McHugh

Toward an Operational Definition of Islamophobia

Amin Asfari, Ron Hirschbein & George Larkin
Abstract concepts such as Islamophobia invite operational definitions that prescribe courses of inquiry that eschew the abstract in favor of the concrete. Ideally, such inquiry renders a concept more intelligible by providing conceptual clarity and by prescribing a research agenda. In our view, inquiries regarding Islamophobia should confront 1) how Muslims are identified, or misidentified, 2) whether Islamophobia is a phobia, prejudice, or both, and 3) how Islamophobia must be narrated.

The New Ethics of Food: Special Issue Introduction

Gretel Van Wieren & Zachary Piso

Reflections on the Women's March

Alexandra Hidalgo

Ghetto Abolitionism: Racial Justice for the Twenty-First Century

Andrew J. Pierce
This essay argues that activist calls to “defund police” can be understood as normatively directed toward what Tommie Shelby calls “ghetto abolitionism,” the abolition of areas of concentrated poverty and racialized disadvantage known colloquially as “ghettos.” In making the case for ghetto abolitionism, I distinguish it from the integrationism typical of twentieth-century racial justice movements and present it as a form of restorative justice. With an appreciation of the reciprocal relationship between theory and practice,...

(Re)Imagining (Re)Habilitation

Elizabeth Lanphier, Takunda Matose & Abu Ali Abdur'Rahman
In this article we argue that developing programs focused on rehabilitation in the setting of mass incarceration is an incoherent goal given that rehabilitation presupposes prior habilitation. Yet, histories of social and personal trauma render this initial habilitation illusive, at best, for much of the population that ends up incarcerated in a setting such as death row. Our claim is that traumatic histories can impede development and lead to antisocial consequences to such an extent...

Practicing Public Scholarship

Christopher P. Long

An Expanded Understanding of the Ethical Importance of Civic Engagement in Food Sourcing Decisions at the Institutional Level

Robert Streiffer, Zachary Piso, , Daniel Remley &

A Critical Conversation on Paul B. Thompson's From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone

Zachary Piso, Ray Boisvert, Lisa Heldke, Erin McKenna, Per Sandin, Gretel Van Wieren & Paul B. Thompson

Toward Linguistic Responsibility

Emanuele Costa
In this short article, I analyze forms of public speech by individuals in positions of power through a framework based on Austin’s theory of speech acts. I argue that because of the illocutionary and perlocutionary force attached to such individuals’ offices and their public figures, their public speech qualifies for being framed as speech acts—which are not covered by even a broad understanding of freedom of speech or right to privacy. Therefore, I formulate a...

You Were the Song that my Soul Understood

Learning in the Open Air

Amanda Corris
The typical college lecture hall is a highly artificial environment: windowless, fluorescent-lit, and technology-heavy. It all but necessitates treating students as mental receptacles, where learning is a matter of passive absorption of knowledge, and where it is increasingly difficult to hold students’ attention. Natural environments, such as forests and public parks, provide a striking comparison—they free us from technological distractions, invigorate our senses, and encourage physical in addition to mental exploration. What’s more, research in...

The Kisceral Connection: A Life Beyond Logical Reasoning with the Phish

Community-Engaged Learning in Times of COVID-19, or, Why I'm Not Prepared to Transition My Class into an Online Environment

Angie Mejia
In this text, I outline my attempt at restructuring a community-engaged course during a pandemic while also navigating institutional expectations that gloss over the logistical difficulties of modifying this type of curriculum. I argue community-engaged educators should bypass existing resources provided by their universities and look to what those at their discipline’s intellectual margins are providing instead. In a hurried, almost confessional tone, I also reflect on whether we can do community-engaged work during a...

How Is Phish Therapeutic? Reflections through Self-Inquiry

Isaac Slone

“Pulsating with Love and Light”: A Case Study on Phish and the Vibe

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