The North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
2011 Annual Meeting
September 15-16, 2011
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
NASPH was formed in 2005 in order to further the study of philosophical hermeneutics. While honoring the roots of philosophical hermeneutics in the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer, NASPH also recognizes that the future of such thinking depends on its engagement with a diverse range of figures and issues. Our intention is to promote dialogical discussions focusing on both the sources of, and the prospects for, philosophical hermeneutics.
This year's program, hosted by Boston College, features the following speakers: Charles Scott, Nicholas Davey, Dennis Schmidt, Eileen Rizo-Patron, Ted George, Peter Fristedt, Drew Hyland, and James Risser. A reception follows each day after the last session.
The conference will be held on the Boston College Chestnut Hill Campus. All sessions both on Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, will be held in Gasson Common, located in Gasson Hall, which is in middle campus.
The conference fee is $20 until August 23, and $25 after August 23. For students the fee is $10. For Boston College faculty and students, registration is required and the fee is waived. Payment may be made, preferably by credit card, but payment by *check (made payable to Boston College) is also an option. Receipts will be issued either by email or at the conference. Registration by August 23 would be appreciated.
*If paying by check, register by August 23 and mail check to Mark Thomas; Philosophy Department; Boston College; 140 Commonwealth Avenue; Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
Parking on-campus is payable when registering. See parking details.
A block of rooms has been reserved for NASPH as “Boston College Philosophy” at:
Courtyard by Marriott, Brookline
40 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Reservation phone: 866-296-2296
Hotel phone: 617-734-1393
Hotel Fax: 617-734-1392
Mention “Boston College Philosophy” for special rate of $175/night
Deadline for special rate: August 23
Hotel Parking: $24/day
Reservations must be made by August 23, 2011, for a special rate of $175 (+ 11.7% tax) per room per night (single or double) for a room with 2 queen beds. Reservations may be made by phoning 866-296-2296 and mentioning “Boston College Philosophy.” Since the conference occurs on a football weekend at Boston College, it is likely that rates will be much higher after this deadline date.
Taxi to Hotel
Major airlines fly into Boston’s Logan Airport. Taxi rides from the airport to the conference hotel take about 20-25-minutes and cost about $45. Taxis are reputable that indicate “Boston Licensed Taxi.”
MBTA Train - Airport to Hotel
For those wishing to take the MBTA subway train (the “T”), there is free shuttle service at the airport, outside the baggage claim area, to the airport Blue Line “T” station. From the airport “T” station, take the inbound blue line “T” to the Government Center stop; then take the escalator or stairs one flight up and transfer to the green line “T” that goes outbound to Cleveland Circle (this “T” train is also known as the green line C train); disembark at the Coolidge Corner stop. After disembarking, cross the tracks to the Trader Joe’s side of Beacon Street. Turn right; walk about two blocks to Webster Street; turn left; enter the hotel. Cost of one-way trip on the “T” subway train is $2; away from downtown Boston the subway “T” train operates above ground and is sometimes then called the trolley.
Shuttle Van - Hotel to Campus
For those staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brookline hotel, we will arrange for complimentary shuttle van service between the hotel and the Boston College campus several times during the day on each day of the conference. The first van will pick up conference attendees at the entrance of the hotel at 9:00 a.m. on both days. Other scheduled times will be made available at the conference. The trip takes about 20 minutes.
MBTA Train - Hotel to/from Campus
At the Coolidge Corner outbound MBTA train station, take the Cleveland Circle “T” to the end of the line, which is Cleveland Circle. Disembark and cross the tracks to the side of Beacon Street by the CVS Pharmacy; turn right and walk to the corner, Chestnut Hill Avenue (Applebee’s Restaurant is across the street). Turn left at Chestnut Hill Avenue, walk up the hill to the Reservoir bus station. Wait there for the Boston College shuttle bus that reads “Commonwealth” above the driver’s window. Take this bus (no charge) to the Conte Forum bus stop on campus; disembark; turn right and walk to the 21 Campanella Way Building, which is next to Conte Forum. In the 21 Campanella Way building, on the first floor, there are elevators that go to the fourth floor. On the fourth floor, exit the elevator; turn right; go out of the building; cross directly to the O’Neill Library; take the stairs (an elevator is also available) to middle campus; walk straight ahead across the plaza to Gasson Hall and Gasson Common. To return to the hotel, reverse these directions.
Boston College Shuttle Bus - Reservoir Station/Campus
The BC shuttle bus that reads “Commonwealth” above the driver’s window operates daily between campus and the Reservoir bus/train station on Chestnut Hill Avenue (across from Applebee’s restaurant). This bus runs every 15 minutes. From the Reservoir station to the hotel, walk to the Cleveland Circle “T” stop (walk down the hill to Beacon Street; turn right; walk to the CVS Pharmacy; the “T” station is across from the pharmacy) and take this “T” to the Coolidge Corner stop. The Courtyard by Marriott, Brookline hotel is about two blocks southeast of the Coolidge Corner station. There is no charge for the BC shuttle bus. Reverse these directions to go from the hotel to campus on this bus.
Parking is available for NASPH participants in any vacant space in either the Commonwealth Ave. Garage on levels 3 to 6 or in the Beacon Street Garage on levels 3 and 4. To park in either garage, proceed to the garage entrance, take a ticket, then park on an appropriate level. At the conference information table, your prepaid validated parking ticket will be available. To exit the garage, insert the validated ticket into the machine at the exit of the garage. A discounted parking rate of $10/day is available to conference attendees, if prepaid by September 13; after that date normal rates apply ($3/hour after first 20 minutes; maximum of $25/day). For the discount rate, prepayment via our secure website by credit card is preferred; prepayment by check (payable to Boston College) is also an option. An e-mail receipt will be issued. Payment at regular rates is made when exiting the garage.
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GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTERS
A central aim of our meeting is to promote sustained and substantive discussion of issues raised by presenters. Therefore, we respectfully ask that:
- presenters submit electronic copies of their papers by September 1 to email@example.com so that they can be posted online, and
- presentations of invited papers be limited to 40-45 minutes, and presentations of submitted papers be limited to 25-30 minutes. Adhering to these guidelines will allow a lengthy discussion period for each paper.
GUIDELINES FOR COMMENTATORS
Commentators should bear in mind that the audience will have had access to the papers in advance of the conference. Thus, while a certain amount of recapitulation can occasionally be useful, the commentator’s primary goal is to steer the ensuing discussion in a positive direction. Our advice is to focus on posing a small number of key questions that emerge from the paper, rather than attempting to develop a substantive response to its thesis. In any event, please limit comments to approximately ten minutes to ensure that we have as much time as possible for general discussion.
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NASPH BLOG AND WEBSITE
Announcements and updates about the conference will be posted on the NASPH blog, located at http://nasph.org. Advance copies of papers will be posted on the NASPH blog page located at http://www.nasph.org/p/nasph-2011.html. To access advance papers on this blog page, on the program that is listed simply click on a paper title, which will be hyperlinked to the respective papers as these are made available by the speakers.