Events for the Florida Blue Center for Ethics

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"  


Pediatric Bioethics Conference

Friday, November 2, 2012
University Center

Jacksonville, Florida 32224

Alissa Hurwitz Swota, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at UNF, organized the Fourth 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 conference will include sessions such as ethical issues in integrating complementary and alternative therapies, suspending judgment while providing care and ethical issues in pediatric mental health.


For more information, Please contact Prof Alissa Hurwitz Swota,  

Conference Brochure


 5th Annual A. David Kline Symposium on 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, 


5th Annual John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy

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.