7th Annual Graduate Student

Philosophy Conference  

February 17-18, 2006
Michigan State University


Friday, February 17, 2006Room 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†   Implicit Consent and Political Legitimacy

                 Author: Nicolas Maloberti, Bowling Green State University

                 Commentator: Sam Williams, Michigan State University

3:05 – 4:00

 Talk 2    What is a Culture?  Reevaluating Mutlicultural Liberalism

Author: Drew Pierce, Loyola University -- Chicago

Commentator: Matt Ferkany, University of Wisconsin-Madison

4:30 – 6:30

 Featured Faculty Speaker

Liberal Equality, Choice, and Women's Oppression

Lisa Schwartzman, Michigan State University


7:00 - 10:00

 Informal Dinner (Home of Meredith Verrochi)



Saturday, February 18, 2006Room 343, MSU College of Law

8:30 – 9:10

 Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:15 – 10:10

 Talk 3  Toward an Anthropology of Radical Evil

Author: Todd Kukla, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Commentator: Thane Montaner, University of Chicago

10:20 - 11:15



 Talk 4  Commensurability and Basic Goods

Author: Jeremy Neill, Saint Louis University

Commentator: Alison Reiheld, Michigan State University

11:25 – 12:20





 Talk 5  The Skill of Virtue

              Author: Matt Stichter, Bowling Green University

              Commentator: Richard Trowbridge, Union Institute and University


LUNCH   (participants are on their own)


1:45 – 2:40


 Talk 6  On Art, Ontology, and Everyday Things:  Dewey and the Future of aesthetic experience

Author: Joseph Swenson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Commentator: Yuanfang Dai, Calvin CollegePeking University

2:50 – 3:45

 Talk 7  On Cognitive Ethology, Mental Flexibility, and the Moral Status of Animals

Author: Robert Farley, University of Illinois at Chicago

Commentator: Michael Leeds, Michigan State University

4:15 – 6:15

 Keynote Address

Philosophy of Science After the Social Turn

Helen Longino, Stanford University


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.


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