[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Talk: Tuesday, 10 April, 13:00, Blackshield room: Tracy Llanera (MQ)

Michael Olson michael.olson at mq.edu.au
Fri Apr 6 09:22:15 AEST 2018

Egotism from Westboro to the Klan
Tracy Llanera (Macquarie/UConn)

Date: 10 April
Time: 13:00-14:00
Venue: Blackshield Room, W3A (6 First Walk) 510*
All welcome

*Note the changing venues this semester

Abstract: My talk considers how egotism in the context of hate groups could be undermined. An egotist in a hate group is dogmatic about her self-importance and the correctness of her group beliefs and convictions. Cases of conversion out of hate groups prove that there is a way of weakening egotism. In particular, I look at conversion cases of Megan Phelps-Roper (Westboro Baptist Church) and R. Derek Black (White Nationalism). To make sense of these two conversion cases, I reconstruct egotism as a life-world, or as an interlocking system of redemptive truth, language, and group identity. I argue that redemptive relationships are able to breach egotist life-worlds and render them vulnerable to revision.

Chen, Adrian. 2015. “Unfollow: Conversion via Twitter.” <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/DLAxCxnMRvtDDJ1jC8CHWX?domain=newyorker.com> The New Yorker. Nov 23.
Saslow, Eli. 2016. “The White Flight of Derek Black.”<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/J2ApCyoNVrcKKNr3IM_ZD_?domain=independent.co.uk> The Washington Post. Oct 15.


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