The conference was formally titled, “The Moral Equivalent of War. From William James to Camp Williams James and Beyond: Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and the Social Representation of Truth.” The conference commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the publication of Williams James’s famous essay, “The Moral Equivalent of War.” Professor Rosenstock-Huessy found so much value in James’s essay that he and a group of young men formed a work camp in Vermont in 1940 named Camp William James. The concerns of the camp were not only to eliminate war, but also with soil conservation and forestry, community revitalization, land re-settlement, leadership, the integration of incompatible social and economic classes, education for all, and more. Though the camp lasted little more than two years the ideals it strove towards are still ones that we strive for today. Professor Rosenstock-Huessy had one theme that he held to until his death in 1973, namely that in order to achieve a better future for humankind, men and women, the individual and the community, must be actively engaged in creating that future.
The conference was made possible by the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Society, the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund, the William Jewett Tucker Foundation, the Ethics Institute, and by generous donations from Paul Lee, Theodore Weymouth, and others.
Last Updated: 1/25/11