The articles in this special issue of the Journal of Speculative Philosophy were originally presented at the fifty-eighth annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 31 to November 2, 2019. The meeting was hosted by Duquesne University. It featured two outstanding plenary presentations that bear mentioning even though they are not reproduced in these pages: Susan Stryker's “How Being Trans Made Me a Philosopher!” and Robert Brandom's “Magnanimity, Heroism, and Agency: Recognition as Recollection.” Stryker explained in her talk how she came to recognize and enact her identity as a trans woman, and to publish her pathbreaking paper, “My Words to Victor Frankenstein above the Village of Chamounix: Performing Transgender Rage.” Brandom explained how Hegel's dialectic of confession and forgiveness synthesizes the ancient conception of heroic agency with the modern conception of individual responsibility. Though ostensibly quite different, the two talks converged...

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