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This Friday and Saturday: Dissent and its Discontents

Join us this Friday and Saturday for our graduate student conference! The conference will take place Friday, October 6 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Saturday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Keynote speakers include Dr. Gabriel Rockhill from Villanova University and our own Dr. Joy Gordon. Presenters will speak on panels on discourse, decentralization, structural oppression, argumentation, community, political obligation, and (non?)violence. Click on Graduate Conference to view the full schedule!

Congratulations to Loyola’s Bioethics Bowl Team!

Loyola’s Bioethics Bowl team took home the championship trophy last Saturday, beating out the defending champions from Georgetown University.  The team consists of undergraduates Paul Kubicki, Noah Whitney, Monica Finke, Amanda Epstein, MaryKate Brueck, and coaches Dr. Jennifer Parks and Sarah Babbitt.

The bowl is part of the 2014 National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference (NUBC), which Loyola hosted from April 5th-7th at the Water Tower Campus.  Both events are sponsored in part by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).  Organizers, Dr. Parks and bioethics minor Graham Hale, worked very hard to bring students and faculty together to pull this event off.

The philosophy department was instrumental in running this year’s bowl competition.  Several professors, including Drs. Pamela Lomelino, David Ingram, Hugh Miller, James Murphy, David Ozar, Victoria Wike, Christina Drogalis, and Brandon Morgan-Olsen, volunteered to serve as judges for the competition.  And several philosophy graduate students, including Corbin Casarez, Xin Chen, Kristina Grob, Mike Gutierrez, Kyoungnam Park, Merritt Rehn-DeBraal, and Joel Stenftnagel, served as judges or moderators. And Bryn Dugre provided vital administrative assistance for the competition.

Thanks to all of the volunteers at Loyola and beyond for putting on a great event!

LUC Grad Conference: Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood – April 11-12

LUCGCposterDRAFT2Mark your calendars! Our graduate conference is April 11th-12th, at the Lakeshore campus on the 4th floor of the Klarchek Information Commons.

The theme is Philosophy, Virtue, and Personhood. We’re going to hear papers from graduate student philosophers from various philosophical backgrounds. And we have excellent keynote speakers slated for both evenings of the conference.  We’re hoping to generate some quality discussion on the ways philosophy affects and transforms our lives.



Friday, April 11th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jonathan Spelman (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Consequences and Virtue

11:40 – 12:25

Theodore Bergsma (Miami University) – On the Substantial Subject: “Aspectival Captivity” in Wittgenstein and Nietzsche

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Ryan Gustafson (New School for Social Research) – Genealogy, Critique, and Normativity

2:50 – 3:35

Justin Kitchen (San Francisco State University) – Virtue as the Skill of Living: Inducing ‘The Good Flow’

3:45 – 5:00

FACULTY KEYNOTE: Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University Chicago) – Husserl on Self-Constitution and Personhood

Saturday, April 12th

10:00 – 10:45

Continental Breakfast

10:50 – 11:35

Jessica Adkins (Marquette University) – Finding the Good in Dying: Defending Physician Assisted Death of the Akratic Agent

11:40 – 12:25

Daniel Rodriguez Navas (University of Chicago) – The Pursuit of Truth and Ethical Self-Constitution: On Foucault’s Kantianism According to Hacking

12:30 – 2:00

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:45

Matthew Howery (San Francisco State University) – Posthumous Agency

2:50 – 3:35

David Antonini (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) – Kant on Virtue

3:45 – 5:00

KEYNOTE: Gabriel Richardson Lear (University of Chicago) – Plato on Moral Beauty and the Look of Love


Conference: Contemporary Moral Theory and the Problem of Evil, Notre Dame, Nov. 15-16

Conference Announcement: Contemporary Moral Theory and the Problem of Evil

November 15-16, 2013
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

On Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, the University of Notre Dame will host the first of two conferences on contemporary moral theory and the problem of evil. These conferences seek to advance discussion of the problem of evil by examining how different views about ethics and morality affect how we understand and respond to the problem. The second conference will be held at Notre Dame on March 21-22, 2014.

The November conference will include talks by Marilyn AdamsStephen Wykstra, and Linda Zagzebski. The talks will take place at 3 pm and 7 pm on Friday, and 10 am on Saturday, with receptions after the first Friday talk and before the Saturday talk. The location of talks is TBD, and will be listed on the philosophy department events website closer to the date of the conference.

The conference is being organized by Jim Sterba and funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

There is no official registration required, but if you are interested in attending, we would appreciate it if you would E-mail Nevin Climenhaga to give us an idea of how many attendees to expect. If you have any questions, you can contact Nevin or Meg Schmitt for more information.

Nevin Climenhaga
Meg Schmitt

Conference: Equality and Public Policy, Ohio U., Nov. 14-16

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites you to attend our conference on Equality and Public Policy. This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends on equality as a social and political ideal guiding public policy.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (14–16 November 2013). Gerald Gaus (Arizona) will deliver the keynote lecture. Full conference program below.

Limited rooms at a conference rate may be available at the Ohio University Inn; please inquire if you are interested.

Thursday, 14 Nov.
Keynote Session, 7:30 pm.
Gerald Gaus (University of Arizona):  “The Egalitarian Species”
Friday, 15 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Kristin Voigt/Gry Wester (McGill University): “Equality in Public Health: Relational or Distributive?”
Steve Horwitz (St. Lawrence University): “Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan): “Equality and Freedom: Forgotten Connections”
Sarah Skwire (Liberty Fund): “Without Regard of Persons: Gender Equality, Theology, and the Law in the Writing of Margaret Fell”
Session III, 2:00 – 3:45
Scott Winship (The Manhattan Institute): “Inequality of Income and Inequality of Opportunity”
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame University): “Relational Equality and Inherent Stability”
Session IV, 4:00 – 5:45
Dierdre McCloskey (University of lllinois): “Equality is Better Viewed as Dignity”
Debra Thompson (Ohio University): “What Lies Beneath: Equality and the Making of Racial Classifications”
Saturday, 16 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 – 10:15
Govind Persad (Stanford University): “Equality over Time: Mobility, Security, and Economic Justice”
George Sher (Rice University): “How does Choice Justify Inequality?”
Session II, 10:30 – 12:15
Tom W. Bell (Chapman University): “What Can Corporations Teach Governments About Democratic Equality?”
Rich Vedder (Ohio University)/Daniel Bennett (Florida State University): “Inequality and American Higher Education: History, Theory and Evidence”

Dr. Mark LeBar (

Dr. Robert G. Ingram (

Conference flyer at

CFP: HERA Conference, “Humane, Inhumane, Human”


Call for Papers

Humanities Education and Research Association

Annual Conference, February 27- March 1, 2014

Washington D.C.



Humane, Inhumane, Human


In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.


Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including advanced graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities.


Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at


Questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Marcia Green (, Sarita Cannon (, and Erin McCoy (


Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.


Deadline for submission: no later than October 24, 2013.

The Fairfax Hotel Embassy Row (Starwood Luxury Collection) is the host of HERA’s 2014 conference.  The guest room rate is $139 plus tax.  The hotel is a short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro stop.



Dr. Marcia Green                        
Executive Director/CFO                  
Humanities Education and Research Association
P.O. Box 715                           
Pacifica, CA 94044-4206               
Phone: 650-359-2660


Correction to previously announced WMU Grad Conference dates, Dec. 6-8

The previous message announcing the 7th Annual WMU Grad conference
incorrectly stated that it would occur Dec. 7th-9th. The actual conference
dates are Dec. 6th-8th. The deadline for submissions is still October 18th.

Please see the conference’s philevents page for further information.

Matt Miller
Department of Philosophy
Western Michigan University

North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics Annual Conference, DePaul, Sept. 27

Next week the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics will be hosting its annual meeting at DePaul University. Below is a copy of the program.

CFP: 7th Annual Northern Graduate Philosophy Conference


7th Annual Northern Graduate Philosophy Conference
November 8-9, 2013
Northern Illinois University

Keynote Speaker: Mark Schroeder, University of Southern California
Friday, November 8, Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Submissions by graduate students of approximately 3,000 words in length on any topic in mainstream analytic philosophy are welcome. Submissions accessible to a general philosophical audience will be favored.


Please send the following as separate attachments in .pdf or WORD (.doc, .docx) format to

1.      A cover page, containing the following information:

a.      Author’s name

b.      Institutional affiliation

c.      Contact information (email, phone number)

d.      Title of paper

e.      Topic area of paper

f.        Word count

2.   The paper itself, free from all identifying information. Please include a title page with an abstract (no more than 150 words).


Responses to submissions will be sent by September 30, 2013.

Please direct all questions concerning the conference to the NIU Graduate Student Advisory Council in Philosophy:

We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship by the Department of Philosophy, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Northern Illinois University.

Third Annual WMU Medical Humanities Conference

September 26-27, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fetzer Center
Western Michigan University

Continental breakfast and lunch are included with event tickets. Separate registration for dinner required

Registration for the Third Annual WMU Medical Humanities Conference is now available:

And full conference details—including hotel information—is here:


CFP: American Assoc. of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Session at the 2014 Central Division APA Meeting

The American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) invites proposals for our group session at the 2014 Central Division APA meeting in Chicago, IL Feb 26-Mar 1, 2014.

Proposals on any topic related to teaching philosophy will be considered. Submissions are encouraged from teachers at two-year as well as four-year colleges. Individual proposals and panel proposals are welcome. The AAPT encourages proposals that are interactive.

Format: The three hour session will be composed of three 45 minute presentations, so presenters should plan for no more than 30 minutes of “presentation” time, leaving at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Submissions: Proposals should be prepared for blind review, and include an abstract of no longer than 300 words, along with relevant citations and submitted in either Word or PDF to Andrew Mills (

 Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2014.

CFA WMU Bioethics/Medical Humanities Conference, Sept. 26-27

FWD: from AGSP listserv

[To whom it may concern,]

I just wanted to send word along to your department (especially graduate students) regarding a bioethics/medical humanities conference nearby at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. It’s only 2-2.5 hours drive from Chicago. The conference takes place September 26-27, and they’re accepting abstracts through July 15.

The primary focus “will be on emergent technologies in health care and humanities, and how these affect patient care, the patient experience, and the effectiveness of the practice of health care, though proposals in any area of medical humanities are welcome.” I’ve attached the full CFA.



Alex B. Neitzke

Department of Philosophy

Michigan State University

Conference: Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, Notre Dame, May 10-11

CFA: On the body and human identity



Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Body and Human Identity

November 7-9, 2013


[W]e know a person only in his or her embodied presence. In and through that body the person is a living whole. For certain purposes, we may try to “reduce” the embodied person simply to a collection of parts, thinking of the person (from below) simply as the sum total of these parts. But we do not know, interact with, or love others understood in that way; on the contrary, we know them (from above) as a unity that is more than just the sum of their parts.

– Gilbert Meilaender, “The Gifts of the Body”


The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will devote its fourteenth Annual Fall Conference to the theme: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Body and Human Identity. In customary interdisciplinary fashion, this conference will take up a host of questions related to the human meaning of the body and life as an embodied self. These questions will be pursued in the contexts of philosophy, theology, political theory, law, history, economics, the biosciences, literature, and the arts.


We welcome the submission of abstracts drawing on a wide range of moral and religious perspectives and academic specialties. Possible issues to be explored include:



• Teleology and the Human Body

• The Incarnation and the Eucharist

• Beauty and the Human Form

• Property in the Body

• Aging and Relations Among the Generations

• Artificial Intelligence

• Torture

• Marriage, Procreation, and Parenting

• Thought, Language, and the Body

• “Personhood” and the Body

• Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

• Epistemology and the Body

• The Definition and Meaning of Death

• Mind, Body and Dualism

• The Body in Literature and the Arts

• Memory and Identity

• End of Life Decision-making

• Human/Nonhuman Chimeras and Hybrids

• Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

• Vulnerability and Suffering

• “Health” and the Ends of Medicine

• Transhumanism

• Systems Biology

• Eating and Gastronomy

• Performance Enhancement in Sport




One-page abstracts for papers should include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address (if available). Session Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes. Please note that we will not be accepting panel proposals this year.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 5, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, August 23, 2013. One-page abstracts, along with your full contact information, should be e-mailed to or mailed to:


Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
14th Annual Fall Conference
424 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Conference: Art, Social Justice, and Critical Theory, Kalamazoo, May 16-18


Olmsted Room, Kalamazoo College

May 16th – 18th, 2013


Thursday Evening 8:00 PM:

  • Keynote Address: “Active Passivity: On the Aesthetic Variant of Freedom.”  Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main.
  • Wine Reception: Humphrey House Lounge:

Friday Morning: Theories of Art and Aesthetics: Focus Seel and Zuidervaart:

  • 8:30 – 10:30
    • Paul Guyer, “The Moving Appearance of Truth” (Philosophy, Brown University)
    • Richard Eldridge: “Modernity, Art, and Expressive Freedom” (Philosophy, Swarthmore College)
    • Comments:
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto).

Coffee Break:

  • 11:00 – 1:00
    • Michael Kelly: “Just True Art” (Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
    • Elizabeth Millán: : “Aesthetic Opportunities and the Spanish American Landscape: A Look at Alexander von Humboldt’s Aesthetic of Nature through the Lens of Seel’s Aesthetic of Appearing.”  (Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago)
    • Comments
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)

Lunch: 1:00 – 2:00: Banquet Room

Friday Afternoon: The Theory and Practice of Activating Art:

  • 2:00 – 3:45
    • Sandra Shapshay (Philosophy, Indiana University): “”Schopenhauer on the Symbiotic Relationship between Artistic and Philosophical Truth, a Reconstruction and Defense”
    • Veronique Fóti:“Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty” (Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University)
    • Comments:
      • Martin Seel (Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität)
      • Lambert Zuidervaart (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)


  • 4:15 – 6:00 Panel Discussion: Mural as Public Art: Artist Dialogue:
    • Christine Hahn [Moderator] (Art History, Kalamazoo College)
    • Conor McGrady (Independent Artist, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
    • Dan Wang (Artist, Madison, Wisconsin)
    • Sonia Baez-Hernandez (Artist in Residence, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College)

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner, Stone Room

8:00 – 9:15 Keynote Address: “Theses on Pictures and Films.” Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

Wine Reception: Humphrey House Lounge:

Saturday Morning:

  • 9:00 – 10:30 Panel Discussion: The Aesthetics and Politics of Food:
    • Amelia Katanski (English, Kalamazoo College)
    • Alison Geist (Director, Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning, Kalamazoo College)
    • David Strauss (History, Kalamazoo College)

Coffee Break

  • 11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Museums and Curatorship:
    • Lambert Zuidervaart [Moderator] (Philosophy, ICS and University of Toronto)
    • Christine Hahn (Art History, Kalamazoo College)
    • Paul Wittenbraker (Art, Grand Valley University)
    • Alexandra Gravely (Art, K’13)
    • Eeva Sharp (Art, K’13)

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch: Stone Room:

Saturday Afternoon:

  • 2:00 – 3:30: Panel Discussion: Performance Art:
    • Adriana Garriga-Lopez (Anthropology/Sociology, Kalamazoo College)
    • Shanna Salinas (English, Kalamazoo College)

Coffee Break:

  • 4:00 – 5:30: Round Table Discussion & Closing Comments:

5:30 Reception, Stone Room

6:30 – 9:00 Dinner, Stone Room