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
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, email@example.com
Dr. Jeremy Waldron, March 28, 2013, 7pm,
Building 58W-Student Union Room TBA
“Dignity, Offense, Hate
For more information,
Please contact Andrew Buchwalter, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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
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
“Locating Bayesianism within
an Explanationist Framework"
12:00 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:00
“Epistemic Deontology and
Feldman's Role Oughts"
4:15 Chase Wrenn
"Utility, Virtue, and
Good Scientific Judgment"
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
and the Generality Problem”
11:00 – 12:15 Michael Bishop
“A Proposed Solution to the
12:15 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:15
Eli Chudnoff (Miami)
5:15 Jack Lyons (Arkansas) -- Keynote
"Cognitive Processes for
4th Annual - Zen
Master Dōgen Is Not a Zen Master: Philosophy, Ritual Studies, and the Image of Zen in America
Thursday, April 5, 2012University Center, University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
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, 2011University Center, University of North Florida
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.
Friday, November 4, 2011University 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.
The Ethics of Belief
October 13-15, 2011
Hotel Indigo Conference
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
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers)
For more information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Matheson.
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.
Past programs can be found here (PDF):
The 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.
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:
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