Department Members & Alumni on the 2017 APA Eastern Division Meeting Program

Department Members & Alumni on the 2017 APA Eastern Division Meeting Program

The 2017 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, taking place January 4th-7th in Baltimore, MD, will showcase the work of quite a few CUNY philosophers, including students, faculty, and alumni.

Highlights from the program include:

Thursday, January 5th

Panel Discussion: Teaching Philosophy Across the Pre-College/ College Boundary
Co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy
2:00–5:00 p.m.

Presenters:
Jessica Davis (Teachers College, Columbia University) “Community of Inquiry with Undergraduates”
Claire Katz and Desirae Embree (Texas A&M University) “Why Host a Philosophy Camp for Teens? A Dispatch from the Aggie School of Athens”
Carolyn P. Neuhaus (NYU Langone Medical Center [alumnus]) “Teaching High School Teachers to Teach Bioethics”
Clinton Packman (University of Wisconsin–Madison) “Let the Students Teach! Reflections on CTY Hong Kong’s All-Site Presentations”
Christian Tarsney (University of Maryland) “Competitive Debate as a Vehicle for Philosophy Education”
Danielle Wylie (Mississippi State University) “Upward Bound and Philosophy: the Benefits of Bringing Philosophy to Underrepresented PreCollege Students”

Organizers: Beth Dixon (SUNY Plattsburgh) Rory E. Kraft, Jr. (York College of Pennsylvania)
Joe Murphy (Dwight-Englewood School)

Group Program Session G9I: The Wilfrid Sellars Society
Topic: Observation and Theory

Chair: Carl Sachs (Marymount University)
Speakers:
Kyle Ferguson (The Graduate Center, CUNY [PhD candidate]) “Sellars at Oxford between the Wars”
Michael Kremer (University of Chicago) “The Unity of the Myth of the Given”
Carl Sachs (Marymount University) “Sellars’s Anticipation of Predictive Processing”

Group Program Session G9J: International Hobbes Association
Topic: Thomas Hobbes’s Political Philosophy

Chair: Stefan Bernard Baumrin (The Graduate Center, CUNY [faculty])
Speakers:
Rosemarie Wagner (University of California, Berkeley) “The Equity of the Tyrant and Hobbesian Legal Theory”
Benjamin Jones University of Kansas) “The Novelty of Hobbes’s Concept of the ‘Kingdome of God by Nature’”
Eva Odzuck (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) “Prince of Peace? Thomas Hobbes’s Complex Psychology and His Arguments for Peace”
Michael J. Green (Pomona State University) “Claim Rights in Hobbes” Meghan Robison (Montclair State University) “Moving out of the State of Nature”

APA Committee Session: Author Meets Critics: In-Between: Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self by Mariana Ortega
Arranged by the APA Committee on Hispanics

Chair: Cynthia Paccacerqua (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley)
Critics:
Linda Alcoff (Hunter College [and The Graduate Center, CUNY, faculty])

Gail Weiss (George Washington University)
Author: Mariana Ortega (John Carroll University)

Friday, January 6th

Panel Discussion: A Lifetime of Philosophy Texts: Steve Cahn and Oxford University Press’s Robert Miller Discuss Their 20-Year Collaboration on Seventeen Philosophy Texts 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Chair: Alexandra Bradner (Kenyon College)
Presenters:
Steven M. Cahn (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Robert Miller (Oxford University Press)
Organizer: Alexandra Bradner (Kenyon College)

Group Program Session G10A:International Hobbes Association
Topic: Thomas Hobbes and the History of Philosophy

Chair: Rosamond Rhodes (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai [and The Graduate Center, CUNY, faculty])

Speakers:
Tommy Lott (San Jose State University) “Hobbes’s Legal Definition of Slavery”
Shane D. Courtland (West Virginia University) “Lockean Absolutism: Locke’s Inner-Hobbesian”
Vladimir Milisavljevic (University of Belgrade) “Civil War in Hobbes’s Philosophy: From Historical Experience to the Theoretical Model”

Group Program Session G10F: Society for Philosophy and Disability
Topic: Respecting People with Disabilities in Public and Private Life

Chair: Eva Kittay (Stony Brook University, SUNY [alumnus]) Speakers: John Vorhaus (University College, London) “Identity, Self-Respect, and People with Profound Cognitive Impairments” Alice Crary (The New School) “The Moral Status of People with Severe Intellectual Disabilities” Adam Cureton (University of Tennessee) “Treating Disabled Adults As Children” Commentator: David Wasserman (National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics)

APA Committee Session: Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes
Arranged by the APA Committee on Philosophy in Two-Year Colleges

Chair: Rick Repetti (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY [alumnus])
Speakers:
Marc Bobro (Santa Barbara City College) “Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes”
Richard Legum (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY) “Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes”
Sarah Morales (Community College of Baltimore County) “Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes”
A. J. Kreider (Miami-Dade Community College) “Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes”
Thomas Urban (Houston Community College) “Philosophy in a Workforce World: Creating Programs for Positive Outcomes”

Invited Symposium: Content, Attitudes, and Attitude Ascriptions

Chair: Daniel Harris (Hunter College, CUNY [alumnus])
Speakers:
Seth Yalcin (University of California, Berkeley)
Stephen Yablo (Massachusetts Insititute of Technology)
Commentator: Mark Richard (Harvard University)

Dewey Lecture

Introduction: Michael Devitt (The Graduate Center, CUNY [faculty])
Speaker: William Lycan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Presidential Address

Chair: TBA
Speaker: Eva F. Kittay (Stony Brook University, SUNY [alumnus]) “The Moral Significance of Being Human”

Saturday, January 7th

Colloquium: Organ Transplant

Chair: Travis Rieder (Johns Hopkins University)
Speaker: Govind Persad (Georgetown University) “The Ethics of Cost-Effectiveness: How Organ Transplantation Costs Lives”
Commentator: Carolyn Neuhaus (New York University Langone Medical Center [alumnus])
Speaker: D. Robert MacDougall (New York City College of Technology) “Kantian Arguments for Legalizing a Market in Organs”
Commentator: Yvette Pearson (Old Dominion University)

Colloquium: Cognitive Science and Dual-Process Theory

Chairs: Daniel Robinson (Oxford University)
Speaker: Zachary Irving (University of California, Berkeley) “Reflections on the Wandering Mind: A Puzzle for Dual Process Theory”
Commentator: Kate Pendoley (The Graduate Center, CUNY [PhD student])
Speaker: Tomasz Wysocki (Washington University in St. Louis) “Normality: A Two-Faced Concept” **Graduate student travel stipend recipient**
Commentator: Adam Schmidt (Boston University)

Colloquium: Belief, Functionalism, and Dispositions

Chairs: Stephanie Semler (Northern Virginia Community College), William Seeley (Bates College [alumnus])
Speaker: Matthew Lee (Berry College) “Loopy Dispositionalism: A Problem for Schwitzgebel’s Account of Belief”
Commentator: Steven James (West Chester University)
Speaker: Douglas Keaton (Flagler College) “Interventionism and Old-School Functionalism”
Commentator: Charles Urban (College of Lake County)

Invited Symposium: Are There Top-Down Influences in Vision?

Chair: John Morrison (Barnard College)
Speakers:
Chaz Firestone (Yale University)
Jesse Prinz (The Graduate Center, CUNY [faculty])
Commentator: E. J. Green (New York University)

Group Program Session G17A: Society for the Study of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
Topic: Emptiness and Compassion

Chair: Ben Abelson (Mercy College [alumnus]) 

Speakers:
Christopher Ketcham (University of Houston Downtown) “Angulimala, Truth Commissions, and Well-Being”
Rick Repetti (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY [alumnus]) “Tibetan Causal Grounds for Conventional Reality: Real Agency and Empty Agents”
Marie Friquegnon (William Paterson University) “Emptiness and Compassion? Are They Inseparable?”
Ted Arnold (Columbia University) “How Strong Must Both Wings Be? Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Scholars on the Relationship Between Correct Philosophical View and Ethical Actions”
Karsten J. Struhl (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) “Buddhist Compassion and Righteous Anger”

See the full meeting program for additional information.