Twenty-second Annual Conference of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World  

Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC

Schedule of Presentations

Thursday, July 23

  • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Opening Session: Foundational Issues in Ethics (Moderator: Charles Harvey)
  • 6:30-7:30 Stanley Konecky, “Ethics is Ethics” 7:30-8:30 Ralph Ellis, “Moral Hermeneutics,Coherence Epistemology, and the Role of Emotion”

Friday, July 24

  • 9:30-11:30 Morning Panel: Race, Respect and Justice (Moderator: Taine Duncan)
  • 9:30-10:30 Joseph-Antonio Orosco, “The Philosophical Gift of Brown Folks: Mexican American Philosophy in the United States”
  • 10:30-11:30 Christian Matheis, “Public Policy, Racial Justice, and Liberatory Thought: By what criteria can we call public policy properly ‘anti-racist’?
  • 1:30-4:45 Afternoon Panel: Economic & Political Unrest and the Possibility of Civil Civic Engagement (Moderator: Melissa Burchard)
  • 1:30-2:30 Sascha Engel, “Crisis, Aneconomy, Ontology: The Case for an Antihumanist Circuitism”
  • 2:30-3:30 Nichole M. Gross, “Neoliberalism and Unrest: A Case Study of Ferguson, Missouri”
  • 3:45-4:45 Mark Sanders, “Civil Civic Engagement (through Deliberative Democratic Citizenship)”


Saturday, July 25

  • 9:30-11:30 Morning Panel: Human Futures (Moderator: Mark Sanders)
  • 9:30-10:30 Taine Duncan, “Disability Advocacy and The Future of Humanity”
  • 10:30-11:30 Jeremy Wisnewski, “On Rituals, Tradition and Modest Immortality”
  • 1:30-4:45 Afternoon Panel: The Ethics of Imaginative Transposition (Moderator: Jeremy Wisnewski)
  • 1:30-2:30 Melissa Burchard, “Abandoning Certainty in Favor of Moral Imagination: Shifting from Rule-Based Decision-Making to Caring”
  • 2:30-3:30 Robert Metcalf, “Cormac McCarthy and the Bioethical”

Sunday, July 26

  • 9:30-11:30 Morning Panel: Nature: What is it? (Moderator: Jordy Rocheleau)
  • 9:30-10:30 Janet Donohoe, “Towards a Phenomenology of Nature”
  • 10:30-11:30 George Teschner, “The Nature/Culture Binary”

Monday, July 27

  • 8:30-11:45 Morning Panel: War (Moderator: Joseph Orosco)
  • 8:30-9:30 Jordy Rocheleau, “Defense of a Conception of the Legitimate Authority Requirement in Just War Theory”
  • 9:30-10:30 P. Eddy Wilson, “Finding Moral Casualities in Wartime “Fatalities”
  • 10:45-11:45 Paul Churchill, “Drone Warfare: Ethical and Psychological Issues”
  • 1:30-4:45 Afternoon Panel: Evolution, Ethics, & Us (Moderator: George Teschner
  • 1:30-2:30 Caroline W. Meline, “From Partiality to Impartiality - A Natural Expansion or a Saltatory Leap?”
  • 2:30-3:30 Charles W. Harvey, “Human(un)kind and the Rape of the World”