6th Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference

In Social-Political Thought and Value Theory

Friday, February 11 – Saturday, February 12    2005
Michigan State University

Friday, February 11, 2005 – Room 343, MSU College of Law

1:00 – 1:45

 Registration and Welcome Reception

1:45 - 2:00

 Welcoming remarks

2:00 – 2:55

 Talk 1†   Why answers to the question "Why should people be moral?" are not answers to the question "Why should I be moral?"

                 Author: James Hulgan, University of Houston

                 Commentator: TBA

3:05 – 4:00

 Talk 2    Social Epistemology and the Ethics of Belief

Author: Zachary Silver, University of Western Ontario

Commentator: Andrew Delunas, University of Missouri – St. Louis

4:30 – 6:30

 Featured Faculty Speaker

Olive Jars, Families, Games, Ducks: Imaging Social Kinds for Feminist Theory

Marilyn Frye, Michigan State University


7:00 - 10:00

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

Saturday, February 12, 2005 – Room 343, MSU College of Law

8:30 – 9:10

 Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:15 – 10:10

 Talk 3  The Presumption Against Killing and the Problem of the Temporary Dip

Author: Russell DiSilvestro, Bowling Green State University

Commentator: TBA

10:20 - 11:15



 Talk 4  Pornography and Paradigms

Author: Matthew Rukgaber, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Commentator: Ian Davis, University of Toledo

11:25 – 12:20





 Talk 5  A Critical Comment on Michael Smith’s Internalism

              Author: Vladimir Pintro, Western Michigan University

              Commentator: John Zillmer, Michigan State University


LUNCH   (participants are on their own)


1:45 – 2:40


 Talk 6  The Wayward and The Lazy

Author: Robin Weiss, DePaul University

Commentator: TBA

2:50 – 3:45

 Talk 7  The Transference of the Obligations to Pay Reparations

Author: Sam Williams, Michigan State University

Commentator: TBA

4:15 – 6:15

 Keynote Address

Contract of Breach: Repairing Racial Contractarianism

Charles Mills, University of Illinois at Chicago


7:00 – 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.




Visit our website at http://www.msu.edu/unit/phl/gradconference for abstracts of each paper, information on our keynote speaker, and registration for the conference. 

Attendance is open to anyone who registers in advance or on the day of the conference.