This year’s conference — After Existentialism, with keynote speaker Professor Christina Howells — was our first with parallel sessions. This meant a total of 13 talks (yes, I know that’s an odd number) before the keynote and a lot of difficult decisions for delegates.
I was very impressed with the ones I heard — two on existentialism and psychotherapy, two on the construction of gender, two on authenticity and inauthenticity, and one on the phenomenology of reading, finishing with an excellent keynote address arguing that Peter Sloterdijk’s superficially existentialist philosophy is, on closer consideration, profoundly anti-Sartrean.
We are very grateful to Maison Française d’Oxford for the use of their excellent building and for providing such great coffee, and to their regular caterers for a superb lunch. We were lucky with the weather, so the beautiful garden was a bonus. We hope to return to this venue in future years.
Jon Webber, President of UK Sartre Society