Call For CommentatorS 

The Society for Philosophy of Emotion (SPE) will be hosting a book symposium for Lisa Kretz's new book, Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment, during the 2022 Central American Philosophical Association (APA) conference, and we are looking for commentators who are interested in engaging in a critical discussion of Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment, with the aim of moving the discourse on relevant topics that are highlighted by her book forward. Please continue reading below for further details on Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment, Dr. Kretz, and the requirements and responsibilities for participating as a commentator. If you are be interested in being a commentator, please email me (Cecilea Mun,, informing me of your interest, along with a copy of your CV, by March 20, 2021. I will contact those who expressed their interest by March 27, 2021, with the decision regarding their expressed interest and any further details. We encourage a diversity of scholars of all ranks who are interested in participating as a commentator to respond to this CFP, provided that they are willing and able to commit to fulfilling the expectations of our double-anonymous peer review process. Commentators will also be selected not only based in their qualifications, but also based on considerations for the value of diversity and inclusiveness.
Universities teach courses in ethics, but do they teach students how to be ethical in practice? Lisa Kretz’s Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment explores the ways that philosophical ethics are currently taught and argues that dominant approaches fail to adequately support ethical action, in part because emotions are all too often ignored or repressed in university classrooms. In isolation, abstract theoretical content fails to motivate. The ability to reason through an ethical dilemma does not, by itself, of necessity impact ethical action. Empowered action requires intentional emotional engagement. Kretz argues that part of the reason affective pedagogy fails to get sufficient uptake is due to the operations of oppression. There is a long history of the reason-emotion dualism undermining recognition of the necessary and valuable epistemic roles emotions play in moral life, and serving as a political tactic to undermine the experience of oppressed groups. This impoverishes ethical pedagogy because it is to the detriment of their ability to teach ethics in a comprehensive way and strips the potential of supporting students to enact their own reflectively held ethical beliefs and values. Using the example of the environmental crisis, Kretz makes a case for supporting students as engaged activists aware of their capacity to ethically change the world.
Lisa Kretz is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Evansville. She is a public philosopher and activist with multiple publications, and nearly 100 presentations on topics such as hope and climate change, bridging the theory-action gap, environmental ethics, oppression theory, philosophy of emotion, pedagogical activism, and the ethics of non-human animal treatment.
Each commentator will receive a free copy of Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment, and your participation as a commentator would include a 20 minute critical commentary on Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment, and a response to your commentary by Dr. Kretz. After the book symposium is presented at the 2022 Pacific APA, I will contact all of the participants to finalize details about submitting revised comments for double-anonymous peer review by at least two referees and subsequent publication, contingent on the peer review process, in the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (JPE). The revisions requested will primarily entail making sure that what is submitted is made to be suitable for publication in the JPE, including adhering to the JPE style guidelines. Please refer to the book symposiums published in the JPE for examples.
If you agree to be a commentator, we ask that you provide a critical commentary from the perspective of your area of expertise, and that your commentary helps contribute to furthering a relevant topic of concern that is brought out in Ethics, Emotion, Education, and Empowerment. Your commentary should be approximately 3,000 words in length, and we will leave the length of the author’s response up to Dr. Kretz to decide. We ask that you have your comments to Dr. Kretz, and me, who will be organizing the book symposium, at least two months before the date of the book symposium. Please also note that the word limit is a guideline, and one of the most important factors to ensure that the book symposium passes the peer-review process is the clarity and accuracy of its contents. Please read about our double-anonymous peer review process for more details.
Furthermore, please note that in order to participate as a commentator, you would also have to become a member of the SPE by the time of the book symposium at the APA conference, and to make sure to register for the 2022 Pacific APA conference; yet your SPE membership will also include a manuscript submission fee waiver from the JPE, which you would be able to use when submitting your commentary for peer review and possible publication. Please note that the JPE is an independently published, open access journal and SPE membership fees and JPE manuscript submission fees all go toward paying for operating costs and providing need based subventions to facilitate diverse and inclusive participation. Our completely transparent Financial Report is also made available for your review.
Finally, the SPE will reserve seats at a local restaurant for a group dinner for some time during the 2022 Pacific APA conference. I will let everyone know when I start planning for this social event, and I would ask that you please RSVP with me in order to ensure the proper coordination of our plans. Please also contact me regarding any dietary restriction, and please note that all participants will be responsible for their own bill.