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The aim of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition is to provide a platform for philosophical dialogue on the West Coast. The annual conference alternates between Seattle (Seattle University), Hawaiʻi (University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo), San Francisco (University of San Fransisco), and Los Angeles (Loyola Marymount University). PACT takes “Continental Philosophy” in its broadest sense, and everyone with an interest in continental thinking is invited to send in a submission and to participate. The conferences are always devoted to a particular theme which is determined at the previous meeting by the vote of all the conference participants.

JPACT is an open-access online journal for the practice of philosophy in the West. We are now accepting submissions. All articles will be reviewed anonymously by at least two readers in addition to a member of the editorial staff.

Please send abstracts and articles in a single file to the Editor,
Chris Lauer

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The Buddha and Silence
The Photoghraphy of Nathan Wirth

2022 Conference


Details and Call for Papers Forthcoming

2021 Conference

The 12th Annual Meeting of the
Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

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Hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo,
September 9-11, 2021


ἀ (a) “without, not”
ἀρχή (arche) “origin, order, rule, authority, government”

the absence of government, hierarchy, order; a state of lawlessness, political disorder, chaos, mayhem; lack of obedience to authority, insubordination; a utopian society of freedom without government; disorder, spontaneous order; liberation in the visual arts, music, and literature.

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Opus217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon, Paul Signac, 1890
Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond

Art & Anarchy

An Exhibition of Visual Art
Hale Ho‘omana Varez Hall
Niaulani Campus
Volcano Art Center

September 10—October 1, 2021
Opening Night
Friday, September 10

Sponsored by the The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Departments of Philosophy and Art

Is anarchism still relevant today in a world facing such crises as the viral pandemic and climate change? Can the anarchist challenge to established order be an obstacle or a solution to the problems of the world today? The visual arts have had a long association with anarchism going back to the 19th century when anarchism became a named political concept. Since then anarchism has influenced many modern and postmodern artists with some artists creating work to further the anarchist cause and others using anarchism to liberate art from constricting agendas about what art should be. This philosophy conference and art exhibition brings philosophers and artists together in response to the topic of anarchy.

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Zhuangzi Dreaming of a Butterfly
Ink on silk, Lu Zhi, Ming Dynasty

Tian Gen roamed along the sunny slopes of Mt. Yin, until he came upon a nameless man on the banks of the Liao River. He said to him, "How is the world to be managed?"
The nameless man said, "Away with you, you boor! What a dreary question! I was just about to go chum around as a human being with the Creator of Things. When I get tired of that, I'll ride off on a bird formed from the unkempt wisps of the air, out beyond the six extremities of the known world, roaming in the homeland of nothing at all, thereby taking my place in the borderless wilds. Why do you come here to bother my mind with this business about ordering the world?
But Tian Gen asked the same question again. The nameless man then said, "Let your mind roam in the flavorless, blend your vital energy with the boundless silence, follow the rightness of the way each thing already is without allowing yourself the least bias. Then the world will be in order."

Zhuangzi, Chapter 7: Sovereign Response for Ruling Powers
Ziporyn, Brook. 2009. Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings, Indianapolis: Hackett Classics.

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