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Calvin O. Schrag organized a panel on John Wild entitled “The Origins of SPEP: Remembering John Wild” for the Forty-Sixth Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in 2007 in Chicago, hosted by DePaul University with Northwestern University. The panel, which was held in the morning of November 9 as Morning Session 2, was divided into two parts. Part 1 was devoted to The Promise of Phenomenology: Posthumous Papers of John Wild, which had been edited by Richard L. Sugarman and Roger B. Duncan and published by Lexington Books in 2006. For this section there were two speakers: Alan Paskow (St. Mary’s College) and John K. Roth (Claremont University), both of whom were students of Wild at Yale University; Sugarman and Duncan were two respondents. Part 2 was on “John Wild and the Origins of SPEP,” which was moderated by Schrag (Purdue University) who was a student of Wild at Harvard University. The speakers were Robert C. Scharff who was a student of Wild at Northwestern University; Edward Casey (SUNY at Stony Brook), who was a student and a junior colleague of Wild at Northwestern and Yale, respectively; William L. McBride (Purdue University), who was a student and a junior colleague of Wild at Yale, and Hwa Yol Jung (Political Science, Moravian College), who was a post-doctoral student of Wild in the fall of 1961 at Northwestern and a post-doctoral fellow in philosophy in 1966–1967 at Yale.
After the conference in Chicago, it occurred to me that I had in my possession Wild’s unpublished essay, “Marxist Humanism and Existential Philosophy.” So I wrote to Anthony J. Steinbock, editor-in-chief of Continental Philosophy Review (CPR) and asked him if he would be interested in publishing it. He immediately responded that “it is a great idea to publish this piece with an ‘Introduction’ from you.” In my meeting with Bob Scharff, the predecessor of Tony, and Bill McBride at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in Philadelphia, I mentioned Tony’s willingness to publish Wild’s essay in CPR. During our conversation, Bob suggested that it would be great to publish the entire proceedings of the 2007 SPEP panel on “Remembering John Wild” with his essay. I wrote back to Tony and he graciously and gratefully agreed to publish them together. Later, Cal Schrag also enthusiastically responded to the idea of publishing them in CPR and suggested that Wild’s essay could be the centerpiece of the proceedings.