Past Speakers and Conferences 

 

5th Annual A. David Kline Symposium in Public Philosophy  

March 6, 2014

For more information, please contact Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota

 

Society For Teaching Comparative Philosophy Symposium and Workshops 2014 

Philosophy for Children workshop: Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:15, 3/1371

 

Dr. Benjamin Lukey, from the University of Hawaii Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education, will be here and give a workshop for Philosophy M.A. students on the Philosophy with Children program. Our department is considering some outreach with local schools in this direction, and we'd like to gauge your interest. If you are available and have an interest in the connections between practical philosophy and education, please join us! The workshop will be from 4:15 to 5:45 on Friday, February 28th, in 3/1371.

 

 

STCP 2014 Program      

 

National Ethics Bowl Competition

Great week for discussing ethics in Jacksonville! Thursday, February 27, 2014, is the National Ethics Bowl Competition (UNF is one of the 32 teams in the nation to qualify), and Friday, February 28, 2014, is the start of the APPE (Association of Practical and Professional Ethics) Annual Conference.  

 

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Association for Practical and Professional Ethics :: Annual Meeting

 

UPDATE:    A truly big congratulation to our Ethics Bowl Team: James Arnold, Joy Bagwell, Rileigh Merrit-Dietz, Matt Molle, Zach Schein, and Vinny Terlizzi —and their coach Jon.  They made it into the very top group as semi-finalists, practically making 3rd place at the 18th Annual Intercollegiate National Ethics Bowl Competition—among a competition of the nation’s 32 best teams! 

National Ethics Bowl Trophy Spring 2014              National Ethics Bowl Team Spring 2014     

17th Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference 

 

 

  University of North Florida

 Saturday, February 15, 2014

  

 9:30 – 10:00                 Welcome and Coffee (39/1016)

   

  

  

 10:00 – 10:40               Concurrent Sessions I

                                         

                                  39/1002                Noël West (Jacksonville)

                                                              “Revenge, Execution, and Punishment”

                                                                Chair: Chris Byron (North Florida) 

  

                                 39/1026                Antonio Senra (Florida) 

                                                                 “A Rejection of Arguments for the Impossibility of an Infinite Causal Regress”

                                                                 Chair: Ben Kenofer (North Florida)

  

  

 

 

10:40 – 10:50               Break 

 
 

10:50 – 11:30               Concurrent Sessions II 

                                       

                                    39/1002                Katelyn Hallman (North Florida)

                                                                 “The Path to Becoming a Monster: An Analysis of Social Corruption”

                                                                   Chair: Dr. Matthew Groe (Jacksonville) 

     

                                   39/1026                  Matthew Bisconti (Florida) 

                                                                   “Is an Actual Infinite Absurd?”

                                                                    Chair: Dr. Hugh Marlowe (Flagler)

 

 

11:30 – 1:30                 LUNCH 

 
 

1:30 – 2:30                    Ellen C. Wagner Lecture 

                                        39/1016               Aaron Kenna (Utah) 

                                                                     “Three Problems for the Fine Tuning Argument”

                                                                      Chair:  Dr. Mitch Haney (North Florida)

 

2:30 – 2:40                    Break

 

 

2:40 – 3:20                    Concurrent Sessions III 

                                        39/1002                Matthew Lebron (Stetson)                 

                                                                      “Ethical Theory, Moral Discourse, and the Struggle for Moral Knowledge”

                                                                       Chair: Karla Pierce (North Florida)

                                                         

                                        39/1026               Dawson Roebig (Flagler)

                                                                       “The Wise Statesman”

                                                                        Chair: Dr. Paul Carelli (North Florida)

 

3:20 – 3:30                    Break 

 

3:30 – 4:10                    Concurrent Sessions IV 

 

                                        39/1002                Lilian Gonzalez (Eckerd) 

                                                                        “Plato and Schiller on Aesthetic Education and Moral Development”

                                                                        Chair: Dr. Sarah Mattice (North Florida)

 

                                        39/1026                Sean Rech (North Florida) 

                                                                        “Zombies and Consciousness”

                                                                        Chair: Aaron Creller (North Florida)

4:10 – 4:20                    Break 

 
 

4:20 – 5:45                    Keynote Address 

                                        39/1016                Dr. Mitch Haney (North Florida) 

                                                                        “Serendipity, Sagacity, and the Good Life”

                                                                        Chair: Dr. Bert Koegler (North Florida)

6th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference 

 

Friday, November 1, 2013
University Center, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive, 
Jacksonville, Florida 32224 

Alissa Hurwitz Swota, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at UNF, organizes the Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference in Jacksonville. The conference is sponsored by Wolfson Children's Hospital in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network.

  Overview 

This conference will include sessions on topics such as Pain Management as Moral Obligation, Legal and Ethical Challenges in Child Protection, Receiving Difficult News: Family Perspectives, and Assent and Consent: The Role of the Child in Decision-Making.

  Why You Should Attend 

Ethics committees, practitioners and public policy experts are faced with difficult ethical challenges that can benefit from education and opportunities to discuss those challenges with other professionals. This conference will provide an opportunity to engage peers from across the region and learn what others are doing to cope with the ethical issues arising from pediatric medicine.

  Who Should Attend 

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, psychologists, health administrators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pediatric mental health workers, pediatric specialists, medical students, nursing students, ethicists, philosophers, and others with an interest or a need for continuing education in the special area of pediatric bioethics.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota.
 

 

Departmental Colloquium Talk 

 

 Dr. Joseph Campbell (Washington State), November 14, 2013, 4:30pm, Building 50 Room 1102

  

“Compatibilism: Classical or Revisionist?”

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For more information, Please contact Jonathan Matheson, j.matheson@unf.edu

UNF Asian Council Talk

 
Peimin Ni (Grand Valley State), October 24, 2013, 7:30 pm, Bldg 15 Room 1304

"The Gongfu [Kung Fu] of Dancing with Brush and Ink"

 Ni 1      Ni 2    Ni 3

5th Annual John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy 

 

 April 4, 2013 7pm. Building 15 Room 1303 

 

Dr. Roger T. Ames   

“Confucian Role Ethics: A Challenge to the Ideology of Individualism”

                In the introduction of Chinese philosophy and culture into the Western academy, we have tended to theorize and conceptualize this antique tradition by appeal to familiar categories. Confucian role ethics is an attempt to articulate a sui generis moral philosophy that allows this tradition to have its own voice. This holistic philosophy is grounded in the primacy of relationality, and is a challenge to a foundational liberal individualism that has defined persons as discrete, autonomous, rational, free, and often self-interested agents. Confucian role ethics begins from a relationally constituted conception of person, takes family roles and relations as the entry point for developing moral competence, invokes moral imagination and the growth in relations that it can inspire as the substance of human morality, and entails a human-centered, a-theistic religiousness that stands in sharp contrast to the Abrahamic religions.

 5th Annual A. David Kline Symposium in Public Philosophy 

 

 Municipal Ethics (March 29-30, 2013)  

 

 

Dr. Donald C. Menzel, President of Ethics Management International

“The Ethics of Public Officials: Strong, Bent, Broken?”

This paper explores the ethicality of public officials, elected and appointed, in the United States with particular interest in probing for reasons, motivations, and circumstances that have led some to stray from and others to stay on the ethical pathway. The reader should note that this paper works with material on corruption and ethics, two subjects seldom joined in the literature. Corruption can be defined as the (mis)use of one’s public office for personal gain typically in the form of bribes, extortion, kickbacks, awards and favors to friends. Corrupt behavior is generally illegal behavior as set forth in laws and regulations. Ethics may be defined as values and principles that guide right and wrong behavior (Menzel 2012). Another way of saying this is that corruption and ethics, while defined differently, are two sides of a common coin—behavior.

 

Dr. Curtis Ventriss, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

“The Ethics of decision-making and Civic Engagement: Challenges and Prospects.”

The paper addresses the issue of fostering  civic stewardship that achieves the goals of social equity and participation in the delivery of public services, while, at the same time, attempting to reconcile these noble goals with the realities of hierarchy, specialization, and professionalism.

 

For more information, Please contact Mitch Haney, mhaney@unf.edu  

Pre-Law Lecture 

 

 Dr. Jeremy Waldron, March 28, 2013, 7pm, Building 58W-Student Union Room TBA 

   

“Dignity, Offense, Hate Speech”

 

For more information, Please contact Andrew Buchwalter, abuchwal@unf.edu 

 

UNF Ethics Bowl Team

 Ethics Bowl Team 14th at Nationals 2013

 

Congratulations to the UNF Ethics Bowl Team, which went 2-1 at the National Ethics Bowl Competition Thursday, February 28, 2013, earning a ranking of 14th in the nation! SWOOP!

 5th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference

Friday, November 2, 2012
University Center, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive,
Jacksonville, Florida 32224

Alissa Hurwitz Swota, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at UNF, organizes the Fifth Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference in Jacksonville. The conference is sponsored by Wolfson Children's Hospital in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network.

 Overview  

This conference will include sessions on topics such as Pain Management as Moral Obligation, Legal and Ethical Challenges in Child Protection, Receiving Difficult News: Family Perspectives, and Assent and Consent: The Role of the Child in Decision-Making.

 Why You Should Attend  

Ethics committees, practitioners and public policy experts are faced with difficult ethical challenges that can benefit from education and opportunities to discuss those challenges with other professionals. This conference will provide an opportunity to engage peers from across the region and learn what others are doing to cope with the ethical issues arising from pediatric medicine.

 Who Should Attend  

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, psychologists, health administrators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pediatric mental health workers, pediatric specialists, medical students, nursing students, ethicists, philosophers, and others with an interest or a need for continuing education in the special area of pediatric bioethics.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota.
 

 2012 Conference Brochure 

Southeastern Epistemology Conference

 2012 Conference Schedule 

 

 Friday, October 26 

 9:30 – 10:30    Kevin McCain (Alabama-Birmingham) 

 “Self-Support or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Circle” 

 10:45 – 11:45 Ted Poston (South Alabama)  

 “Locating Bayesianism within an Explanationist Framework" 

 12:00 – 2:00    LUNCH BREAK 

 2:00 – 3:00      Jon Altschul (Loyola)                            

 “Epistemic Deontology and Feldman's Role Oughts" 

 3:15 – 4:15      Chase Wrenn (Alabama)                     

 "Utility, Virtue, and Good Scientific Judgment" 

 4:30 – 5:30      Sarah Wright (Georgia)           

 “Dual-Aspect Norms of Belief and Assertion: A Virtue Approach to Epistemic Norms” 

 Saturday, October 27 

 9:30 – 10:45    Jon Matheson (North Florida)             

 “Evidentialism, Reliabilism, and the Generality Problem” 

 11:00 – 12:15 Michael Bishop (Florida State)            

 “A Proposed Solution to the Generality Problem" 

 12:15 – 2:00    LUNCH BREAK 

 2:00 – 3:15      Eli Chudnoff (Miami)                          

 “Intuitive Awareness” 

 3:45 – 5:15      Jack Lyons (Arkansas)  -- Keynote Address                               

 "Cognitive Processes for Epistemologists"
 

 

John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Religion

4th Annual - Zen Master Dōgen Is Not a Zen Master: Philosophy, Ritual Studies, and the Image of Zen in America         

Thursday, April 5, 2012
University Center, University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida 32224

 

Dr. Leah Kalmanson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion at Drake University.

 

3rd Annual - The Philosophy of Practice: A Comparative Approach

Thursday, April 7, 2011
University Center, University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida 32224

 

Dr. John Maraldo is UNF Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. Dr. Maraldo is internationally recognized for his path-breaking studies in Asian & Comparative Philosophy, including books and numerous articles on Buddhist and Japanese philosophy, in particular on Nishida, the Kyoto School, and Watsuji. He held several prominent guest professor posts, including one at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and most recently at Nagoya University, Japan. The John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy honors the life-long achievement of Dr. Maraldo to bring an intercultural perspective to bear on central philosophical issues, including ethics, the self, and social and political relations. 

Pediatric Bioethics Conference

4th Annual

 Friday, November 4, 2011
University Center, University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida 32224

Alissa Hurwitz Swota, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at UNF, organize the Third Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference. The conference is sponsored by Wolfson Children's Hospital in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network.

With talks on pressing issues by experts in the field, the conference will serve as fertile ground for the development and elucidation of best practices in pediatric bioethics. This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, psychologists, health administrators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pediatric mental health workers, pediatric specialists, medical students, nursing students, ethicists, philosophers, and others with an interest or a need for continuing education in the special area of pediatric bioethics. For more information, please contact Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota.

 

A. David Kline Symposium in Public Philosophy

4th Annual

 The Ethics of Belief

October 13-15, 2011

Hotel Indigo Conference Room
9840 Tapestry Park Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32246 

The symposium will consist of papers by epistemologists and social psychologists focusing on contributions to the ethics of belief coming from virtue epistemology, social epistemology, and the epistemology of disagreement. The symposium is organized by Assistant Professor Jonathan Matheson (UNF) and Associate Professor Rico Vitz (Azusa Pacific University) on behalf of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics.

Participants’ Information:
Heather Battaly (California State University – Fullerton)
E.J. Coffman (University Of Tennessee)
Mark Dechesne (University Of Leiden – Campus The Hague)
Richard Feldman (University Of Rochester)
Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
Heidi Grasswick (Middlebury College)
Thomas Kelly (Princeton University)
Arie Kruglanski (University Of Maryland.)
Ted Poston (University Of South Alabama)
Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)
Sarah Wright (University of Georgia).

Public Lectures:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. “How People Know: A Tale Of Three Psychologies”
Arie Kruglanski (Maryland)

Friday, October 14, 2011
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. “Gather Ye Evidence While Ye May – But How, and How Much?”
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers)

For more information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Matheson

 


Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference 

The Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference will again take place annually. Previously held in fall will now be hosted again during the spring fall semester. The conference usually takes place during a weekend, with undergraduate and graduate students from Florida as well as other states in the US, even Canada. The conference includes invited two keynote addresses by distinguished faculty, including the Ellen C. Wagner Lecture, as well as a panel discussion. Recently, the conference has been focused on a theme, such as “Latin American Philosophy” and “Health Care, Conscience, and Property”. Over a hundred student participants, as well as faculty from UNF, JU, FSCJ, Flagler College, Stetson University, and other sister institutions participate in the event.

The conference continues to be an exciting opportunity for UNF philosophy undergraduate and graduate students to present their papers, to serve as chairs of sessions, and to meet students from across the country who share common academic interests.  More information will be posted soon. NE FL Student Philosophy Conference
  

Past programs can be found here (PDF): 

Philosophy Slams

Philosophy SlamThe Philosophy Slams—public philosophical talks taking up thought- provoking issues—continue to take place, now on an irregular, special event basis. Founded by Associate Professor emeritus Dr. Ellen Wagner, the Philosophy Slams used to be held at the legendary Fuel Coffeeshop in Historic Five Points in Riverside, Jacksonville.

 

The most recent event was hosted by the UNF Philosophy Club, featuring a discussion by UNF philosophy major Aaron Kenna on the topic: “If You’re an Egalitarian, Why Are You So Rich?” The event took place at the The Grape in St. Johns Town Center (with a special drink menu for the event) and was facilitated by Rico Vitz, UNF Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

 

For more info, also on other club activities, please see the Club’s Facebook page.

Philosophy Colloquium

The Program maintains an ongoing and interactive Speakers Series. The Series has various goals:

  • Acquaint students with current developments in the field;
  • Familiarize students with prominent scholars in the field;
  • Provide students with better appreciation of the skills and interests of their professors as they participate in discussions;
  • Enable students to better appreciate, and gain practice in, the debate and argumentation central to philosophical activity;
  • Forge and nurture a community among those interested in philosophy at UNF and in Jacksonville.

The Philosophy Speakers Series has taken and will continue to take many forms: a colloquium with one guest speaker; a panel discussion or forum with UNF philosophers, often with other UNF faculty; and an interdisciplinary symposium that includes philosophers. The Series is often arranged in conjunction with the UNF Philosophy Club. Past speakers have included:

Speakers Series

  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Kenan Institute for Ethics at Dike University)
  • David K. Henderson (University of Nebraska at Lincoln)
  • Chris Tucker (University of Auckland)
  • Linda Martin Alcoff (Syracuse University)
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University)
  • Margaret Pabst Battin (University of Utah)
  • Seyla Benhabib (Yale University)
  • Robert Bernasconi (Memphis University)
  • John Brough (Georgetown University)
  • Kelly James Clark (Calvin College)
  • Annie Cohen-Solal (Cultural Office of French Embassy)
  • Robert D'Amico (University of Florida)
  • Robert De George (University of Kansas)
  • Thomas Donaldson (University of Pennsylvania)
  • James Doyle (University of Bristol)
  • Owen Flanagan (Duke University)
  • Shaun Gallagher (University of Central Florida)
  • Joshua Gert (Florida State University)
  • Simon Glynn (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Christopher Grau (Florida International University)
  • Charles B. Guignon (University of South Florida)
  • Kenton Harris (University of Miami)
  • David Hoekema (American Philosophical Association)
  • Hans Ineichen (Emory University / University of Nuremberg, Germany)
  • Christoph Jamme (University of Lueneburg, Germany)
  • Mark Johnson (University of Oregon)
  • Carol van Kirk (Ohio University)
  • Donald Kuspit (SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Anthony Lisska (Denison Univeristy)
  • Sebastian Luft (Emory University)
  • Lenny Moss (Notre Dame University)
  • Jacob Owensby (Jacksonville University)
  • Christian Perring (Dowlling College)
  • Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
  • Christopher Pollman (Harvard University, University of Alete, France)
  • James Rachels (University of Alabama, Birmingham)
  • Manfred Riedel (University of Nuremberg, Germany)
  • Michael Ruse (Florida State University)
  • Chrisoph Schmidt am Busch (Frankfurt University, Germany)
  • Thomas Schmidt (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Ofelia Schutte (University of Florida)
  • Robert Shain (University of South Florida)
  • George Sher (Rice University)
  • Karsten Stueber, College of Holy Cross
  • Peter Singer (Princeton University)
  • Nicolas D. Smith (Lewis and Clark College)
  • Rosemarie Tong (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
  • Klaus Vieweg (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Georgia Warnke (University of California, Riverside)
  • Gary Watson (Univesity of California, Riverside)
  • Joanne Waugh (University of South Florida)
  • Michael Zimmerman (Tulane University)