February 20, 2017

Philosophy department conference is Feb. 23-24

It’s a silver anniversary for Philosophical Collaborations: A Conference for Faculty and Graduate Students Interaction. The 25th annual conference is Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24. 

This year’s theme is “Moral Reasoning: Ontological and Empirical.” Sessions are in the Student Center’s Kaskaskia and Missouri rooms. The keynote address is at Giant City Lodge. 

Sessions feature a professor of philosophy and a graduate student addressing a particular issue, with commentary. The Department of Philosophy created the conference series in 1993 to foster collaborative models of philosophic research and to enhance graduate-level education through faculty mentoring. 

Here is a schedule of conference events:

Feb. 23

  • 3:30 p.m. --“Putting Atonement to Work: Transformative Justice in Josiah Royce,” Randall Auxier, professor, and Ryan Grumberg, graduate student, SIU Carbondale; commentator, Hamner Hill, professor and chair, Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, Southeast Missouri State University.

Feb. 24

  • 9 a.m. – “Double Trouble: Does Double Effect Sanction Separating Conjoined Twins?” Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, professor, Department of Philosophy, and Luke Kallberg, graduate student, Saint Louis University; commentator, George Schedler, professor emeritus, SIU Carbondale.
  • 11 a.m. – “The Ontology of an I-You Encounter,” Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, professor, Department of Philosophy, and James Kintz, graduate student, Saint Louis University; commentator Stephen Tyman, associate professor, SIU Carbondale.
  • 1:30 p.m. – “Embodied Cognition and Situationism,” Somogy Varga, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, and Michael Butler, graduate student, University of Memphis; commentator, doctoral student Andrew Barrette, SIU Carbondale.
  • 6:30 p.m., Giant City Lodge – Keynote address, “Empirically Responsible Moral Philosophy,” Mark Johnson, professor, Department of Philosophy, and Gus Skorburg, graduate student, University of Oregon. 

Additional information on the conference is available here.