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FGCU Hosts Diversity in Philosophy Symposium, April 6

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University hosts "Philosophy Without Borders: A Symposium in Honor of Ofelia Schutte," a dynamic one-day symposium focusing on issues of pluralism and diversity in philosophy through the pioneering work of Dr. Ofelia Schutte (Yale University), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 6 in Marieb Hall, Room 200. The event is free and open to the public.

This international conference will host renowned speakers and introduce audiences to key issues and developments in the field of philosophy, with a focus on Latin American philosophy.

At 11 a.m., John Carroll University Professor and Don Schula Chair of philosophy, Mariana Ortega, delivers the keynote address titled, "Self-Mapping, Belonging, and the Home Question." The talk focuses on the experience of being an exile from a home country and the philosophical problems associated with the search for an identity that is tied to a sense of belonging or home.

At 1:30 p.m., a panel consisting of Schutte's former students will discuss issues of cultural identity and the prospect of pluralism in philosophy today. Vanderbilt University graduate fellow Andrea Pitts delivers a talk titled, "Exploring the History of Latin American Philosophy on New Terrain."

Following the presentation, FGCU Assistant Professor Elena Ruiz-Aho delivers a talk titled, "Radical Pluralism: On Finding One's Voice in Professional Philosophy."

At 3 p.m., Professors Elizabeth Millan (DePaul University), Jorge Garcia (SUNY: Buffalo), and Mariana Ortega discuss the impact of Schutte's pioneering work in the fields of existentialism, feminism, and Latin American philosophy.

For more information, contact Elena Ruiz-Aho at, Ellie Levy,, or Paul R. Smith at

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