Undergraduate Philosophy Conference 2012

The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium presents:

submission deadline approaching: December 20, 2011.

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, March 3, 2012
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Holroyd Hall 190
La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduates are invited to submit essays suitable for a 20-minute presentation on any topic in philosophy. All submissions should be no more than 3,000 words (or 10 double-spaced pages). Papers (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf files) may be electronically submitted by e-mail attachment to moreau@lasalle.edu or as a printed copy by postal mail to
    Marc Moreau, Chair Philosophy Department La Salle University 1900 W. Olney Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19141.
The applicant’s contact information, including e-mail address, should be provided on a cover sheet but should not appear in the body of the paper.

Deadline for submissions: December 20, 2011.

Notifications of acceptance will be transmitted by February 1, 2012.

Undergraduates who do not wish to submit a paper but who wish to participate in the conference as commentators or as panelists should contact Marc Moreau to indicate areas of interest by December 20, 2011.

Coordinator: Marc Moreau, Chair Philosophy Department, La Salle University, moreau@lasalle.edu

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This event is sponsored by the GPPC and La Salle University.

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2011 Public Issues Forum

The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium presents:

Public Issues Forum:
Philosophy for Children

Saturday, October 29, 2011
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Cohen Hall 402
Philadelphia PA

Free and Open to the Public

Speakers:
Mitchell Green, University of Virginia - http://high-phi.org/
Thomas Jackson, University of Hawaii - http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/
Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College - http://www.p4chawaii.org/

Chair:
Frank Hoffman, West Chester University, Chair, GPPC

Commentators:
Dominic Sisti, Penn Center for Bioethics
Igor Jasinski, The Pingry School

Coordinator:
Steve Esser, GPPC Board of Governors

For more information, please contact Steve Esser, steve.esser@permitcap.com or 610.941.5030

Why philosophy for children?

Can philosophy get kids thinking critically about issues, practical or theoretical, which otherwise they might not have the opportunity to discuss in or outside of school? Which issues can be introduced, and how can teachers foster a discussion which will enrich and inspire students?

Our main speakers are philosophers who have committed their efforts to exploring how philosophical thinking and topics might be beneficial to pre-college kids: each is working with K-12 students and teachers on introducing children to topics and methods of philosophy in an age-appropriate way.

All are welcome: philosophers, educators, parents and friends. Please join us to hear about the “why?” as well as the “how?” of philosophy for children.

This event is sponsored by the board of governors of the GPPC, the Penn Center for Bioethics, and the Penn Department of Philosophy.

Download a more detailed flyer.

Haverford Symposium in Philosophy

The Haverford College Department of Philosophy presents:

The 20th Annual Roland Altherr Memorial Symposium in Philosophy

Hubert Dreyfus
(Professor of Philosophy
The Graduate School at University of California, Berkeley)
"Rationality and Embodied Coping:
McDowell’s Myth of the Pervasiveness of the Mental"


Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Haverford College, Gest 101

Talk beings at 4:00pm. A reception will follow.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Fred Adams (University of Delaware), "Extended Cognition and Epistemology".

The meeting will take place at:Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, November 2, 5pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group meets approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Driving directions to Swarthmore College: http://www.swarthmore.edu/visitordash/visitors_content_directions.php

Exploring Liberty Seminar at TCNJ

The philosophy department of The College of New Jersey is hosting (in conjunction with the Institute for Humane Studies) an interdisciplinary seminar for students:

"Exploring Liberty"
Friday, 11 November 2011 -
Sunday, 13 November 2011

All meals will be catered from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and refreshments will be provided throughout.

This event is free, and open to students of all colleges and universities.

For more information or to register, email James Stacey Taylor at The College of New Jersey: jtaylor@tcnj.edu

Further details: http://www.theihs.org/wknd-seminar/college-of-new-jersey

Philosophy Slam! Topic: Punishment

The GPPC is pleased to announce it's second Philosophy Slam!

Nathan Hanna (Drexel University)
"Punishment"
Thursday, 17 November 2011
6:00pm-7:30pm
Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar
3180 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Everyone is welcome to come join us for some drinks and philosophical conversation. Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar is located in the Left Bank building on Chestnut Street, next to the Drexel University campus.

Check back for further details.

Bertrand Russell in Pennsylvania

Free and open to the public:


Bertrand Russell in Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12noon - 3:30pm
Ursinus College, Pfahler Auditorium
601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426

Speakers:
Chad Trainer, Chairman of the Board, Bertrand Russell Society
Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College
David Blitz, Central Connecticut State College

Moderator:
Carlin Romano, Ursinus College

Followed immediately at 3:45pm by a visit to Little Datchet Farm, one of Bertrand Russell's residences in Pennsylvania.

For more infomation contact Carlin Romano, cromano@ursinus.edu

Desmond Lecture at La Salle

The Philosophy Department of La Salle University presents:

William Desmond
(K.U.Leuven, Belgium & Villanova University)
“The Gift of Beauty and Passion of Being”
Thursday, September, 2011
La Salle University
Holroyd Hall 190
12:30pm-2pm

This event is free and open to the public. William Desmond is a prolific scholar, and is the past winner of the J.N. Findlay Prize for Metaphysics.


For more information contact John Hymers at hymers@lasalle.edu.

Temple Philosophy Colloquia

Upcoming this fall, sponsored by Temple University's Philosophy Department:

Speakers and Times:Paul Franks - Sept 22 (4pm)
Laura Franklin-Hall - Nov 11 (3pm)
Paul Katsafanas - Dec 2 (3pm)
Susanna Schellenberg - Feb 10 (3pm)
Des Hogan - Apr 6th (3pm)
Adrienne Martin - March 16 (3pm)
Titles of talks will be publicized as made available.

Location:Center for the Humanities at Temple
10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089
For more information contact Owen J. Ware owenjware@temple.edu.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Peter Baumann (Swarthmore College), "No Luck With Knowledge? On Another Dogma of Epistemology".

The meeting will take place at:Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, September 28, 5pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu and he will forward an electronic copy of the paper.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group meets approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Driving directions to Swarthmore College: http://www.swarthmore.edu/visitordash/visitors_content_directions.php

2011-2012 Discussion Groups

The GPPC sponsors the following discussion groups:

Ethics Discussion Group
Monday, November 14, 2011

5pm-6:15pm - Lecture "Are Moral Values Nothing More than Feelings?"
Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, CUNY Graduate Center
The College of New Jersey, Library Auditorium

6:30pm-8:30pm - Faculty Discussion & Dinner with Jesse Prinz
On Prinz's "The New Sentimentalism" (Participants will purchase their own dinners)
Bliss Hall 101

Book details: Jesse Prinz, The Emotional Construction of Morals (Oxford University Press, 2007). (A limited number of books will be provided for participants.)

Coordinator:
Rick Kamber, The College of New Jersey, rkamber@tcnj.edu

Email for confirmation, more information, and subsequent discussion meetings.

Driving Directions: http://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu/about/campus-info/directions-to-tcnj/

Philosophy of Religion Discussion Group
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9:30pm (Sept-Dec)
Greaton Room - Barbelin-Lonergan Building, 116
Saint Joseph’s University

Participants are faculty-level from the southeastern Pennsylvania area.
Free parking at 54th and City Avenue, Philadelphia.
Light refreshments provided, courtesy of the GPPC.

Book Details:
Johnston, Mark, Saving God: Religion After Idolatry (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).
Available in hardcover edition only: $24.95

Contacts:
Joseph Godfrey, Saint Joseph’s University, jgodfrey@sju.edu
For further info contact Joanne Devlin, jdevlin@sju.edu - 610.660.1564

Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group
Meets at 6pm on Wednesdays.
Main Hall, Room 132 (Room 415 on Oct 5)
West Chester University

Dates:
2011
September 21
October 5
October 19
November 2
November 16

2012
January 25
February 8
February 22
March 7
March 21
April 4
April 18

Book:
Brian Van Norden, Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (Hackett, 2011)

Directions:
http://www.wcupa.edu/visitors/directions.asp

Contact:
F. J. Hoffman, West Chester University, fhoffman@wcupa.edu - 610.436.2361

Work in Progress: Epistemology Discussion Group
Swarthmore College
Papazian, Room 325

Check the main page of this website for up-to-date details or call 610.328.8433.

Coordinator:
Peter Baumann, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, pbauman1@swarthmore.edu

Email for confirmation, more information and directions to the meeting place and information for subsequent discussion meetings.

Asian & Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group

The GPPC invites those who are interested in Chinese philosophy to join the Asian and Comparative Philosophy Group for 2011-2012. Students are welcome too.

The focus will be Brian Van Norden's Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (Hackett, 2011). A limited number of books will be provided for participants.

Meeting dates:
The discussion group will meet on the following Wednesdays at 6pm.
2011
September 21
October 5
October 19
November 2
November 16

2012
January 25
February 8
February 22
March 7
March 21
April 4
April 18

Location:
Main 132 (Main 415 on October 5)
West Chester University
725 South Church Street, West Chester, PA
Directions: http://www.wcupa.edu/visitors/directions.asp

For further information and inquiries contact Frank Hoffman: fhoffman@wcupa.edu or 610.436.2361.

2011-2012 Program

Except where otherwise noted, all GPPC events are free and open to the public.

Bertrand Russell in Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12noon - 3:30pm
Ursinus College, Pfahler Auditorium
601 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426

Speakers:
Chad Trainer, Chairman of the Board, Bertrand Russell Society
Tim Madigan, St. John Fisher College
David Blitz, Central Connecticut State College

Moderator:
Carlin Romano, Ursinus College

Followed immediately at 3:45pm by a visit to Little Datchet Farm, one of Bertrand Russell's residences in Pennsylvania.

For more infomation contact Carlin Romano, cromano@ursinus.edu

This event is sponsored by the GPPC and Ursinus College


Public Issues Forum: Philosophy For Children
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1pm to 5pm.
University of Pennsylvania, Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402
249 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Speakers:
Mitchell Green, University of Virginia
Thomas Jackson, University of Hawaii
Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College

Chair:
Frank J. Hoffman, West Chester University, Chair, GPPC

Commentators:
Dominic Sisti, Penn Center for Bioethics
Igor Jasinski, The Pingry School

Coordinator:
Steve Esser, GPPC Board of Governors

For further information and to register (optional), contact Steve Esser at steve.esser@permitcap.com or 610.941.5030

This event is co-sponsored by the GPPC and the Penn Center for Bioethics.


Aristotle and the Philosophy of Action
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 1pm to 5:30pm.
Haub Center, 5th Floor, McShain Hall
Saint Joseph's University, 5600 City Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Speakers:
Ursula Coope, Oxford University, "Aristotle on Action and Teleology"
Scott Sehon, Bowdoin College, "Teleology and Free Will"

For further information contact Andrew Payne, apayne@sju.edu

This event is sponsored by the GPPC and Saint Joseph’s University.


2012 Philosophy on Film Series: Estrangements
Location: Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Dates, Films, and Speakers:

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 7pm - 10pm.
Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture (1991)
Presenter: John Carvalho, Chair, Philosophy Department, Villanova University

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7pm - 10pm.
Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Presenter: Richard Kamber, Department of Philosophy, Religion & Classical Studies, College of New Jersey

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7pm - 10pm.
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Presenter: S. Joel Garver, Philosophy Department, La Salle University

Fee: $30.00 per person (for the whole series).

Registration opens March 1, 2012 on Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s website: http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/

For further information contact Marc Moreau, Chair, Philosophy Department,
La Salle University, moreau@lasalle.edu

This event is sponsored by the GPPC and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.


Graduate Conference in Aesthetics
Sunday, April 22, 2012, 10am to 5pm.
Independence Park Hotel, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Special Guest Speaker:
Dr. Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma

For more information contact John Dyck, john.dyck@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by the GPPC and Temple University.


The GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1pm to 4:30pm
La Salle University, Holroyd Hall, Room 190
1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141

Undergraduates are invited to submit essays suitable for a 20-minute presentation on any topic in philosophy. All submissions should be no more than 3,000 words (or 10 double-spaced pages).

Papers (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf files) may be electronically submitted by e-mail attachment to moreau@lasalle.edu or as a printed copy by postal mail to:
Marc Moreau, Chair
Philosophy Department
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141

The applicant’s contact information, including e-mail address, should be provided on a cover sheet but should not appear in the body of the paper.

Deadline for submissions: December 20, 2011.

Notifications of acceptance will be transmitted by February 1, 2012.

Undergraduates who do not wish to submit a paper but who wish to participate in the conference as commentators or as panelists should contact Marc Moreau to indicate areas of interest by December 20, 2011.

Coordinator: Marc Moreau, Chair, Philosophy Department,
La Salle University, moreau@lasalle.edu

This event is supported by the GPPC and La Salle University

Philosophy Slam!

The GPPC is pleased to announce it's first ever Philosophy Slam! The details:

Scott Kimbrough (Jacksonville University)
"The Ethics of Disgust"
Thursday, 26 May 2011
5pm-6:30pm
Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar
3180 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Everyone is welcome to come join us for some drinks and philosophical conversation. Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar is located in the Left Bank building on Chestnut Street, next to the Drexel University campus.

For more information on our host and facilitator, Scott Kimbrough, you can read this article (PDF) from Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly newspaper.

Olendzki Lecture at West Chester University

The GPPC Asian and Comparative Philosophy Discussion Group invites everyone to a free public lecture:

Andrew Olendzki
(Executive Director, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies)
“Two Lectures on Unlimiting Mind
Friday, April 29, 2011
West Chester University - Philips Autograph Library
University Avenue at South High Street
1:00pm-1:50pm
and
2:00pm-2:50pm


Directions: http://www.wcupa.edu/_visitors/

Causation & Necessity: Historical Perspectives

Please join the GPPC and the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Philosophy for:

Causation and Necessity: Historical Perspectives
April 22, 2011 - 2pm-5pm
Cohen Hall 402
University of Pennsylvania

Schedule:

2:00pm: Susan Sauve Meyer (University of Pennsylvania)
"Chain of Causes: What is the Stoic Doctrine of Fate?"

3:30pm: Martin Lin (Rutgers University)
"Logical and Causal Necessity in Spinoza and Leibniz"

Reception to follow the event.

Penn Philosophy is grateful for funding provided by the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium which makes this event possible.

For further information contact Professor Karen Detlefsen, 215.898.8563 or detlefse@phil.upenn.edu

Public Issues Forum: Philosophy, Education & Life

Free and open to the public this Saturday, April 9:
Click on picture to download poster.

Islamic Philosophy Event at Temple University

From the Temple University Philosophy Department and the Center for Humanities (CHAT):

Dimitri Gutas
(Professor of Arabic & Greco-Arabic Studies - Yale University)
"Philosophy in the Pre-Modern Islamic World:
Orientation to an Emerging Field"


Friday, April 15 - 3pm
Center for Humanities Lounge (CHAT)
Temple University Main Campus - Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor

Directions: http://www.temple.edu/humanities/about/directions/index.htm

For further information or questions, contact Prof. David Wolfsdorf: dwolfsdo@temple.edu.

Aesthetics Event at Temple

Hosted by Temple University Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Eastern Division meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics:

The Annual Monroe Beardsley Lecture
Dr. Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
“After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Visual Modernism.”


Friday, April 8, 2011 - 5pm
Temple University Center City Campus
1515 Market Street (Room 222).

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please feel free to contact Oz Blaker at OzBlaker@temple.edu or Dr. Kristin Gjesdal at Kgjesdal@temple.edu.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Audre Brokes (St. Joseph's University), "Closure Schemas".

The meeting will take place at:

Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, April 13, 5pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu and he will forward an electronic copy of the paper.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group meets approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Driving directions to Swarthmore College: http://www.swarthmore.edu/visitordash/visitors_content_directions.php

Public Issues Forum: Philosophy, Education, & Life

Free and open to the public:

Public Issues Forum: Philosophy, Education, and Life
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00 to 5:00pm.
Stein Auditorium, Room 111 Nesbitt Hall, Drexel University, Office of the Provost

Speakers:
    Anthony J. Parrotto, Drexel University, “Navigating the Mazeway:
      Supporting the Visioning of Future Selves through
      Communities of Practice”
    Ashok Gangadean, Haverford College, “Awakening Integral Education:
      Educating for Life”
Commentators:
    Galen Godbey, Penn State University, Lehigh Valley Douglas Porpora, Drexel University
Chair and Coordinator:
    Craig Bach, Drexel University
For further information, contact Craig Bach at bachcn@drexel.edu or 215.571.2200.
This event is co-sponsored by the Board of Governors of the GPPC, the GPPC, and Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Haverford Event: Angle on Rights & Confucianism

The Haverford College Department of Philosophy and the Department of East Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program, presents:

The Rights Under Heaven:
Human Rights & Contemporary Confucian Confucianism

Stephen C. Angle

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 4:30pm
Gest Building 101
Haverford College

Dr Angle is Professor of Philosophy & East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University.

The talk will be preceded by tea at 4:15pm.

For more information contact Kathleen Wright at kwright@haverford.edu

"Philosophy on Film" Series

Join us as the GPPC brings philosophy to the silver screen:

GPPC-Sponsored “Philosophy on Film” Series
Hosted by the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

(824 West Lancaster Avenue/ Bryn Mawr, PA 19010)

Three philosophers from three area colleges present three films from three different cinematic traditions:
    March 31: Andrei Tarnovsky’s Nostalghia (Russian 1983)
      Presenter: Craig Bach, PhD
      Associate Vice Provost, Drexel University
    April 7: Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (American 1934)
      Presenter: Richard Eldridge, PhD
      Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College
    April 14: Dariesh Mehrjui’s The Cow (Iranian 1969)
      Presenter: Cornelia Tsakiridou, PhD
      Associate Professor of Philosophy, La Salle University
All sessions meet at BMFI: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Fee: $30.00 per person (for the entire 3 session series).

Register now at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute education webpage:
http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/education/

GPPC Community Lecture Series

The GPPC announces, open to the public and free of charge:

GPPC Community Lecture Series
“The Uses of Literature”


Cherry Hill High School East
Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Speakers:
Richard Kamber, PhD
Professor of Philosophy,
The College of New Jersey
“Storytelling as Art and Instinct”

Richard Eldridge, PhD
Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy
Swarthmore College
"Learning from Lyric Poetry: Friedrich H├Âlderlin and John Milton"

Moderator:
Marilyn Piety, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Drexel University and Chair, GPPC

Panelists:
Steven Ravitz, Chairman of the Board, Ravitz Family Forum
Eugene R. Johnson, CEO, Lourdes Health System
Vinnia Tagliaferro, General Manager, Melitta Coffee, Cherry Hill

To pre-register for this event (optional) please e-mail: steve.esser@permitcap.com and include your name and “GPPC Cherry Hill”

Report: Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Posted below, and in acknowledgement of the contributions of the listed participants, you will find the full schedule from this past Saturday's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, held at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA:


GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Ursinus College, February 26, 2011

9:00–10:00 - Olin Hall atrium and Olin 104
Continental breakfast and opening remarks

10:00–11:00

Olin 103

    Speaker: Katherine Gilkeson (Saint Joseph’s University) “A Comparison of Aristotle and His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Why Does the Happy Person Need Friends?” Commentator: Alexander Spaul (Wesley College) Chair: Karen Levandoski (Ursinus College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Will Davis (West Chester University) “Causation and Explanation Given in Aristotle’s Physics” Commentator: Stephen Brown (University of Pennsylvania) Chair: Ian Dykstra (Ursinus College)
11:00–12:00

Olin 103

    Speaker: Michael Bagwell (West Chester University) “eXistenZ and Enframing” Commentator: Jinad Blake (Wesley College) Chair: Katherine Sepulveda (Bryn Mawr College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Cristina Morais (Haverford College) “The Problem of Housework in a Capitalist Society” Commentator: Matthew Whitworth (Drexel University) Chair: Taylor Harvey (Wesley College)
Olin 102
    Speaker: Eian Kantor (SUNY Oneonta) “Modal Fictionalism: An Attempt at Solving the Problems of Lewisian Modal Realism” Commentator: Paul Rossman (Ursinus College) Chair: Kevin Zaia (Wesley College)

12:00–1:00 - Lunch provided in Wismer Dining Hall (across from Olin)

1:00–2:00

Olin 103

    Speaker: Veronica Perry (Ursinus College) “The Need for Collaboration between Nurses and Doctors in the Hospital Setting” Commentator: Jenna Polligo (Ursinus College) Chair: Gabriel Fernandez (Wesley College)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Alisa Melekhina (Drexel University) “Teleology of Teleology” Commentator: Christopher Kady (Wesley College) Chair: John Moriarty (Ursinus College)

2:00–3:00

Olin 103

    Speaker: Katherine Sepulveda (Bryn Mawr College) “In and Not of the World: Reduction as an Activity of Theoria and Thaumazein” Commentator: Alex Niedmann (Ursinus College) Chair: Eian Kantor (SUNY Oneonta)
Olin 107
    Speaker: Jacob Zoghlin (Haverford College) “Education: A Mechanism for the Application of Rawls’ Ideal Theory, Clarifying How Justice as Fairness Satisfies the Roles of Political Philosophy” Commentator: Jay Fetterolf (Ursinus College) Chair: Michael Padilla (Haverford College)
3:00–3:30 - Olin 104
Reception and closing remarks

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Miriam Solomon (Temple) "The Social Epistemology of Consensus Conferences in Medicine".

The meeting will take place at:
Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, March 2, 5pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu and he will forward an electronic copy of the paper.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group plans to meet approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Reminder: Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Coming soon:

The GPPC Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Pfahler Hall, Ursinus College

Undergraduate students from throughout the region will present papers. All interested philosophy majors or minors in the area are encouraged to attend, hear papers, and join discussions!

For more information contact: Roger Florka, Ursinus College, rflorka@ursinus.edu

Buddhist Ethics Conference: Today and Tomorrow

Free and open to the public:

Buddhist Ethics
Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:00 to 9:00pm.
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Followed immediately by a reception.
West Chester University, Philips Memorial Hall,
Philips Autograph Library, S. High St. at University Ave.

Speakers:
David Loy, Xavier University
"Healing Ecology: Buddhist Reflection on the Eco-Crisis"

    Dr. Loy is interested in the dialogue between Buddhism and modernity. His books include Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy; Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism; and most recently The World Is Made of Stories.

Jin Park, American University
"Ethics of Tension"

    Dr. Park specializes in Zen and Huayan Buddhism, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, Buddhist ethics, and Buddhism's encounter with modernity in Korea. Her publications include: Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics (2008) and Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (ed., 2010).

Charles Johnson, University of Washinton

    Dr. Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary critic, short story writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and was the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington. A Ph.D. in philosophy, he is the author of 18 books, among them Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing (2003).

To register for the conference, please email Charlotte Moore at cmoore@wcupa.edu

For further information contact Frank Hoffman, fhoffman@wcupa.edu or 610.436.2361 or download the conference flier (Word document).

This event is co-sponsored by the GPPC, the West Chester University Philosophy Department, and the Ethnic Studies Institute at West Chester University West Chester University.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Joel Yurdin (Haverford) "Between Perception and Scientific Knowledge: Aristotle's Account of Experience".

The meeting will take place at:
Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, February 16, 4:30pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu and he will forward an electronic copy of the paper.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group plans to meet approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Call for Papers: Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium

Call for Papers:

Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania
September 10, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Karl Schafer (University of Pittsburgh)

This conference seeks to foster philosophical discussion among the many philosophers at institutions in and surrounding Pittsburgh, and to encourage philosophers from any geographic location to participate in this vibrant community.

The morning sessions will consist of four concurrent working groups, organized roughly on the themes of Ethics, Analytic Philosophy, Continental Philosophy and History. Those wishing to have a working paper considered for discussion need only submit an abstract (200 words max), and be willing, if selected, to make the full paper available to conference participants by August 15.

The afternoon sessions will include APA-style colloquium papers (20 minute paper followed by a commentary and general discussion). To apply for one of these sessions, please submit a blinded paper of 3000 words or less with an abstract (200 words max). Papers in any area of philosophy are invited for consideration as colloquium papers.

For further details and a web form for submissions, please visit http://www.pittphil.org/ or contact one of the organizers, Michael Wolf (mwolf@washjeff.edu) or Donald Bruckner (dwb12@psu.edu).

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2011

A modest registration fee for attendees will be payable by cash or check at the conference, which will include lunch. Individuals, such as graduate students, who are not employed full-time may register free of charge.

The Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium is jointly sponsored by:
Allegheny College
California University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Washington and Jefferson College
Penn State University, New Kensington
Duquesne University
Slippery Rock University
West Virginia University

Faculty Lecture at Swarthmore College

Open to the college community and the public:

"Historical Understanding and Political Ideals:
Kant and Benjamin"

Richard Eldridge - Professor of Philosophy


Thursday, 3 February 2011
4:30pm
Scheuer Room - Swarthmore College

This talk takes up the following questions:
    1) How do historical narratives explain events and provide understanding? 2) What is the role of political ideals in the framing of historical narratives? 3) How, for both Kant and Benjamin, does historical narrative play an essential role in furthering the task of (critical) philosophy? 4) What are the specific, opposed conceptions of historical understanding and ideal political life held by Kant and Benjamin?

Upcoming Buddhist Ethics Conference

Free and open to the public:

Buddhist Ethics
Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:00 to 9:00pm.
Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Followed immediately by a reception.
West Chester University, Philips Memorial Hall,
Philips Autograph Library, S. High St. at University Ave.

Speakers:
David Loy, Xavier University
"Healing Ecology: Buddhist Reflection on the Eco-Crisis"

    Dr. Loy is interested in the dialogue between Buddhism and modernity. His books include Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy; Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism; and most recently The World Is Made of Stories.

Jin Park, American University
"Ethics of Tension"

    Dr. Park specializes in Zen and Huayan Buddhism, Buddhist-postmodern comparative philosophy, Buddhist ethics, and Buddhism's encounter with modernity in Korea. Her publications include: Buddhism and Postmodernity: Zen, Huayan, and the Possibility of Buddhist Postmodern Ethics (2008) and Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (ed., 2010).

Charles Johnson, University of Washinton

    Dr. Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary critic, short story writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and was the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington. A Ph.D. in philosophy, he is the author of 18 books, among them Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing (2003).

To register for the conference, please email Charlotte Moore at cmoore@wcupa.edu

For further information contact Frank Hoffman, fhoffman@wcupa.edu or 610.436.2361 or download the conference flier (Word document).

This event is co-sponsored by the GPPC, the West Chester University Philosophy Department, and the Ethnic Studies Institute at West Chester University West Chester University.

Videos from the Rawls Conference

The College of New Jersey has posted videos from the GPPC-sponsored Rawls Conference: A Theory of Justice: Forty Years On that was held on October 23, 2010.

To download the videos from their website, you may use the following links:
Talk by Samuel Freeman (University of Pennsylvania)
Talk by Erin Kelly (Tufts University)
Talk by Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
All talks are in .MOV format and run at about 1:10 hours in length.