4th Annual Graduate Student

Philosophy Conference  

September 27-28,  2002
Michigan State University

Friday, September 27, 2002 - Patenge Room, East Fee Hall

2:00 - 3:00

 Registration and Welcome Reception

3:00 - 3:15

 Welcoming remarks

3:15 – 4:10

 Talk 1†   But Would That Still Be Me? An Integrity Approach to Identity

                by Jim Mazzouccoulo, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

                Commentator: Laura Anderson, Michigan State University

4:20 - 5:15

 Talk 2    John Dewey’s Anti-Essentialism and Social Progress  

                by Gregory Bynum, Columbia University
                Commentator: Jay Elliot, University of Chicago

5:25 - 6:20

 Talk 3    Abortion and Proportional Harm

                by Robert Sloan Lee, Wayne State University
                Commentator: David Bullock, Wayne State University


7:15 - 10:00

 Informal Potluck Dinner (Home of Dr. Steven Esquith, Department Chair)

Saturday, September 28, 2002 – Patenge Room, East Fee Hall

9:00 - 9:40

 Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:45 – 10:40

 Talk 4  Why We must, But Cannot, Accept Incommensurability

              by John Zillmer, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

              Commentator: Mark Huston, Wayne State University

10:50 – 11:45

 Talk 5  A closer look at Kant’s teleological argument for the higher function of reason at

             Groundwork 394 – 396, and its philosophical importance

              by Nobel Ang, University of Florida 

              Commentator: Heather Fieldhouse, Michigan State University



 LUNCH   (participants are on their own)


1:30 - 2:25


 Talk 6  Pluralism and the Pursuit of Political Legitimacy: Toward a Perfectionist Defense of

             Deliberative Democracy

              by Andrew F. Smith, SUNY – Stony Brook
              Commentator: Steven Patterson, Wayne State University

2:35 – 3:30

 Talk 7  Nostalgia and the Exhaustion of Utopian Energies

              by Daniel Malloy, University of South Carolina
              Commentator: Jennifer Benson, Michigan State University



4:00 – 6:00

 Keynote Address: Are Philosophies of Science Fundamentally Ethics and Political Philosophy?

                                The Case of the Missing Logic of the Context of Discovery

                                Sandra Harding, UCLA


6:30 – 9:00

 Reception Dinner, Gourmet Village


† Each talk shall be 55 minutes in length and will include: 30 minutes for paper presentation, 10 minutes for commentator response, 5 minutes for a rebuttal by the speaker, and 10 minutes for questions from the audience.