Department ofPhilosophy

Annual Philosophy Conference

2019 Austin J. Fagothey, SJ Philosophy Conference

Aesthetics, Art, and Life

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

2019 Aesthetics, Art, and Life
2018 Value: East & West
2017 Race and Philosophy
2016 Global Human Rights

January 24, 2015

8:30 Registration
9:00 Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco), "The Circumstances of Responsibility" 
10:30 Break
10:45 Adina Roskies (Dartmouth College), "Animal Models and Freedom of the Will"
12:15 Lunch
2:00 John Doris (Washington University in St. Louis), "Talking to Ourselves"
3:30 Break
3:45 Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota), "Desiring, Deciding, and the Fact Value Gap"

January 11, 2014

8:30 Registration
9:00 Charles Ess (University of Oslo), "Cultivating Selfhood and Democracy in a Mediated Age: Plato, McLuhan, and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns"
10:30 Break
10:45 Judith Simon (University of Vienna, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), "Trustworthiness and Responsibility: Socio-Epistemic Virtues in A Digital Age"
12:15 Lunch
2:00 John Sullins (Sonoma State University), "Humanity Out of the Loop: Autonomous Warfare and the Diminishing Role of Character"
3:30 Break
3:45 Evan Selinger (Rochester Institute of Technology), "The Ethical Implications of Detonating a Digital Etiquette Bomb"

March 2, 2013

8:30 Registration
9:00 John Ferrari (University of California, Berkeley), "Plato's Writerly Utopianism"
10:30 Break
10:45 Eric Brown (Washington University, St. Louis), "Eudaimonia in Plato's Republic"
12:15 Lunch
2:00 C.D.C. Reeve (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Souls and Soul-Parts in Plato"
3:30 Break
3:45 Richard Kraut (Northwestern University), "Against Democracy: Plato's Argument Revived"

February 4, 2012

8:30 Registration
9:00 Hubert Dreyfus (University of California, Berkeley), "Kierkegaard's Monotheism Without God"
10:30 Break
10:45 David Wood (Vanderbilt University), "Kierkegaard Vivant"
12:15 Lunch
2:00 Vanessa Rumble (Boston College), "'When the Child is to be Weaned'; Kierkegaard and the Trauma of Transcendence"
3:30 Break
3:45 Johnathan Lear (The University of Chicago), "Irony and Erotic Anxiety"

February 12 , 2011

8:15 Registration
9:00 Nicholas D. Smith (Lewis and Clark College), "Obey or Persuade"
10:15 Break
10:30 Mark McPherran (Simon Fraser University), "Socrates and Callicles in Hell: the Myth of the Gorgias"
11:45 Lunch
1:30 Paul B. Woodruff (The University of Texas at Austin), "Eros Philosophos"
2:45 Hugh H. Benson (The University of Oklahoma), "Learning from Others in the Socratic Dialogues"
4:00 Break
4:15 Debra Nails (Michigan State University), "More to Method than Maieusis"

January 23, 2010

8:15 Registration
9:00 Patricia Churchland (University of California, San Diego), "Inference to the Best Decision"
10:15 Break
10:30 Tyler Burge (University of California, Los Angeles), "Some Thoughts on Perception"
11:45 Lunch
1:15 Ned Block (New York University), "Consciousness and Attention"
2:30 Break
2:45 Daniel Dennett (Tufts University), "Turing's Strange Inversion and Searle's Failure of Imagination"
4:00 Break
4:15 John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), "The Conscious Mind: Facts vs. Philosophical Tradition"

October 4, 2008

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 John Carriero (University of California, Los Angeles), "Skepticism and Sensation in the Meditations: What skeptical doubt does (and does not) show about the senses"
10:15 Break
10:30 Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto), "Descartes and the Simplicity of the Soul"
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Alan Nelson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "The Unity of Cartesian Knowledge"
2:15 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University), "How We Experience the World: Descartes and Spinoza on Passionate Perception"
3:30 Break
3:45 Daniel Garber (Princeton University), "Descartes against the Materialists"

April 28, 2007

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston University), "The Absence of Death"
10:15 Break
10:30 Hubert Dreyfus (University of California, Berkeley), "From Death as a Way of Life to Death and Cultural Configuration"
11:45 Lunch
1:00 John Haugeland (University of Chicago), "Why Does Heidegger Talk About Death"
2:15 Charles Guignon (University of South Florida), "Being Toward Death and the Wholeness of Life"
3:30 Break
3:45 Iain Thomson (University of New Mexico), "On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Reading Heidegger Backward: White's Time and Death"

May 13, 2006

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Shimon Malin (Colgate University), "Whitehead's Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics"
10:15 Break
10:30 Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame), "Objects of Physics"
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Richard Healey (University of Arizona), "Expanding the Circle"
2:15 Margaret Morrison (University of Toronto), "Reduction and Emergence: Physics and Metaphysics"
3:30 Break
3:45 Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego), "What Makes Time Different from Space?"

May 7, 2005

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 David Schmidtz (University of Arizona), "Separate Persons and the Limits of Justice"
10:30 Break
11:00 Gerald Gaus (Tulane University), "Thinking Outside the Box: Nozick on the Prisoner's Dilemma"
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Michael DePaul (Notre Dame University), "Nozick on Rationality"
3:00 Break
3:30 Michael Bratman (Stanford University), "Nozick on Free Will"
5:00 Conclusion

May 1, 2004

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Alan Code (University of California, Berkeley), "Definitions and Syllogistic Argument in Aristotle"
10:15 Break
10:30 Victor Caston (University of California, Davis), "Aristotle on Perception: Receiving From Without the Matter" 
10:45 Lunch
1:00 John Cooper (Princeton University), "Aristotle on Potentiality and Activity: Metaphysics Theta 6"
2:15 Richard McKirahan (Pomona College), "Aristotle on Our Knowledge of Mathematical Objects"
3:30 Break
3:45 Richard Kraut (Northwestern University), "Doing Without Morality: Reflections on Anscombe's Aristotle"
5:00 Conclusion

April 12, 2003

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Jerome Neu (University of California, Santa Cruz), "On Feeling Insulted"
10:15 Break
10:30 Ronald de Sousa (University of Toronto), "Emotional Consistency"
10:45 Lunch
1:00 Richard Sorabji (Oxford University), "What Emotions Really Are"
2:15 Robert Solomon (University of Texas at Austin), "What Emotions Really Aren't"
3:30 Break
3:45 Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University), "Stoicism and a Warrior's Anger"
5:00 Conclusion

May 4, 2002

8:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 Bonnie Steinbock (State University of New York, Albany), "Moral Status, Moral Value, and Human Embryos"
10:15 Break
10:30 Daniel Dombrowski (Seattle University), "The Argument from Marginal Cases"
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Frances M. Kamm (New York University), "Moral Status: Rights Beyond Interests"
2:15 Mary Anne Warren (San Francisco State University), "Moral Status: A Multicriterial Account"
3:30 Break
3:45 J. Baird Callicott (University of North Texas), "The Pragmatic Power and Promise of Theoretical Environmental Philosophy: Forging a New Discourse"
5:00 Conclusion

April 14, 2001

8:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 Stephen Darwall (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), "Cultivating Accountability"
9:40 David Wong (Duke University), "Cultivating Moral Judgment"
10:20 Break
10:40 Rosalind Hursthouse (The Open University), "Title To Be Announced"
11:20 Marilyn Friedman (Washington University), "Diversity and Moral Character: Cultivation or Suffocation?"
12:00 Lunch
1:40 Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University), "Of Manners and Morals"
2:20 Joel Kupperman (University of Connecticut), "The Ethics of Style"
3:00 Break
3:20 General Discussion

February 25-26, 2000

Friday, February 25

2:00 Registration
3:00 John Richardson (New York University), "Nietzsche's Value-Critique of Darwinism"
4:15 Break
4:30 Maudemarie Clark (Colgate University), "The Role of Nietzsche's 'New Philosophers' in his Revaluation of Values"

Saturday, February 26

8:30 Coffee
9:00 Peter Berkowitz (George Mason School of Law), "Nietzsche's Critique of Democracy"
10:15 Break
10:30 Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas at Austin), "Rebaptizing Our Evil"
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Bernd Magnus (University of California, Riverside), "Coins and Coral Reefs" Some Remarks on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Language"
2:15 Break
2:30 Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), "Gay Science and Corporeal Knowledge"
3:45 Break
4:00 Robert Solomon (University of Texas at Austin), "Nietzsche's Revaluation: A Re-evaluation"

April 16-17, 1999

Friday, April 16

1:00 Registration
2:00 Jerome Schneewind (Johns Hopkins University), "Kant on the Will"
3:30 Break
3:45 Barbara Herman (University of California, Los Angeles), "Transforming Incentives: The Practical Role of Moral Feeling"

Saturday, April 17

8:30 Coffee
9:00 Paul Guyer (University of Pennsylvania), "Kant on Moral Worth, Merit and Virtue"
10:30 Break
10:45 Onora O'Neill (Cambridge University), "Kant on the Social Contract Tradition"
12:15 Lunch
1:45 Henry Allison (Boston University) "Aesthetic Disinterest, Moral Interest, and the Purity of Taste"
3:15 Break
3:30 Thomas E. Hill Jr. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Wrongdoing, Desert, and Punishment"

February 27-28, 1998

Friday, February 27

1:00 Registration
2:00 Cripsin Wright (University of St. Andrews), "Truth: One Thing or Many?"
3:30 Break
3:45 Susan Haack (University of Miami), "Confessions of an Old-Fashioned Prig"

Saturday, February 28

10:00 Coffee
10:30 Tyler Burge (University of California, Los Angeles), "Truth, Charity, and Anti-Individualism"
12:00 Lunch
2:00 Christopher Peacocke (University of Oxford), "Integrating Metaphysics with Epistemology" 
3:30 Break
3:45 John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), "In Defense of the Correspondence Theory of Truth



February 28 - March 1, 1997

Friday, February 28

1:00 Registration
2:00 John Martin Fischer (University of California, Riverside) and Mark Ravizza (Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley), "Taking Responsibility"
3:30 Break
3:45 Susan Wolf (Johns Hopkins University), "The Moral or Moral Luck"

Saturday, March 1

8:30 Coffee
9:00 Gary Watson (University of California, Irvine), "Assertion and Responsibility" 
10:30 Break
10:45 Thomas Scanlon (Harvard University), "Questions of Responsibility"
11:45 Lunch
2:30 Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University), "Persons: Identification and Freedom"
3:15 Break
3:30 Harry Frankfurt (Princeton University), "Concluding Commentary"

October 20-21, 1995

Friday, October 20

12:00 Registration
1:00 Bernard Williams (University of California, Berkeley/Oxford University), "Justice as Fairness: Ethical Not Political"
2:15 Break
2:30 Michael Sandel (Harvard University), "The Limits of Liberal Public Reason"
3:45 Break
4:00

Jürgen Habermas (University of Frankfurt/Northwestern University), "The Public Use of Reason"

Saturday, October 21

8:30 Registration, coffee, and doughnuts
9:00 Thomas Nagel (New York University), "The Idea of Fairness"
10:15 Break
10:30 Amy Gutmann (Princeton University), "Rawlsian Justice and Deliberative Democracy"
11:45 Lunch
2:30 Ronald Dworkin (New York University/Oxford University), "Liberal Justice and Liberal Ethics"
3:45 Break
4:00

John Rawls (Harvard University), "Relations Between A Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism and earlier and Later Pieces"

February 26-27, 1993

Featured Speakers:

Annette Baier, University of Pittsburgh
Simon Blackburn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University
David Pears, Oxford University and UCLA
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Barry Stroud, University of California, Berkeley

April 28-29, 1992

Friday, February 28

2:00 John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), "Is there a Problem About Realism?"
3:30 Coffee break
3:45

Donald Davidson (University of California, Berkeley), "Indeterminacy and the Reality of Mental States"

5:15 Reception and Dinner

Saturday, February 29

8:30 Continental breakfast
9:00 William P. Alston (Syracuse University), "Realism and the Task of Epistemology"
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Gilbert Harman (Princeton University), "Reasons for Belief"
12:15 Lunch
2:00 Roderick Chisholm (Brown University), "Why Antirealism?"
2:20 Break
2:45 Richard Rorty (University of Virginia), Commentary on the Conference Papers
5:15 Social Hour, Dinner, and Discussion

April 19-20, 1991

Friday, April 19

2:15 Reception
2:45 Joshua Golding (Bellarmine College), "On the Rationality of Being Religion"
4:00 Coffee Break
4:15 John Zeis (Canisius College), "Manifestation Beliefs, Proper Basicality, and Natural Theology"
5:30 Reception and Dinner
7:30

William Alston (Syracuse University), "The Autonomy of Religious Belief"

Respondent: Joseph Runzo (Chapman College)

Saturday, April 20

8:45 Continental breakfast
9:15 Linda Zagzebski (Loyola Marymount University), "Epistemic Virtue"
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Stephen Grover (Oxford Universirty), "Religious Experiences: Skepticism, Gullibility, or Credulity"
12:00 Lunch
2:00

Alvin  Plantinga (University of Notre Dame), "An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism"

Respondent: Richard Otte (University of California, Santa Cruz)

3:30 Coffee break
3:45

Michael Brown (Creighton University), "Idolatry, Skepticism, and the Extent of Doxastic Reliability 

Respondent: Stephen Maitzen (Cornell University)

5:15 Social hour, dinner, and discussion

April 20-21, 1990

Featured speakers:

Alan Donagan, California Institute of Technology
John Perry, Stanford University

April 7-8, 1989

Friday Afternoon, Session I:

2:00 Lynne Arnault (Le Moyne College), "Talking 'Bout a Revolution: Feminism, Historicism, and the Anomalies of Liberal Moral Theory"
3:00 Robert Louden (University of Southern Maine), "Through Thick and Thin: Moral Knowledge in Skeptical Times"
4:00 Coffee Break
4:15 Invited Paper: Bernard Williams (University of California, Berkeley), "Internal Reasons and the Obscurity of Blame"
5:45 Reception and Dinner

Friday Evening, Session II:

7:30 Rosalind Hursthouse (The Open University), "Arational Actions and the Perfect Agent"
8:30 Gerald Paske (Wichita State University), "Rationality, Reasonableness, and Morality"

Saturday Morning, Session III:

8:45 Continental Breakfast
9:15 Kevin Lavelle (University of New Mexico), "Davidson, Irrationality, and Weakness of Will"
10:15 John Robertson (Syracuse University), "Hume and the Limitations of Reason"
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma), "The Rejection of Ethical Rationalism"
12:30 Lunch

Saturday Afternoon, Session IV:

2:00 Invited Paper: Robert Audi (University of Nebraska), "Externalism and Internalism in Moral Epistemology"
3:30 Coffee Break
3:45 Paul Hurley (Pomona College), "Where the Traditional Accounts of Practical Reason Go Wrong"
5:30 Social Hour and Dinner

April 22-23, 1988

Featured Speakers:

Albert Jonsen, University of Washington
Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Lori Andrews, American Bar Foundation