Past Events for the Florida Blue Center for Ethics

John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy

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

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. 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 Program


A. David Kline Symposium on Public Philosophy

 Past Symposia

2011The Ethics of Belief

Speakers: 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)


2010 Social Media and the Value of Truth

Speakers: Paul Bloomfield (University of Connecticut, Storrs) Nolan Bowie (Harvard University), Katherine Brittain Richardson (Berry College), Deni Elliot (University of South Florida), Mitchell R. Haney (University of North Florida), Jane E. Kirtley (University of Minnesota), Tom Rosenstiel (Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism), Lee Wilkins (University of Minnesota)


2009 Religion in the Public Sphere

Speakers: Corey Brettschneider (Brown University), Maeve Cooke (University College, Dublin), Christopher J. Eberle (U.S. Naval Academy), Gerry Gaus (University of Arizona), Michael Gillespie (Duke University), Mark Lilla (Columbia University), Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University), Lambert Zuidervaart (University of Toronto)


2008 Work, Leisure and the Quality of Life

Speakers: Kevin Aho (Florida Gulf Coast University) Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame), Charles Guignon (University of South Florida), Mitchell Haney (University of North Florida), Marcia Homiak (Occidental College), Mike Martin (Chapman University), Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)