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Past Events for the Florida Blue Center for Ethics

Southeastern Epistemology Conference


 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 Philosophy

6th Annual

April 9, 2015 


Building 59, Room 2015

Dr. Vrinda Dalmiya from University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

 "Fears and Freedoms of a Bird-Mother: A Case of Vulnerable Autonomy in the Mahabharata"


5th Annual

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


4th Annual

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

 8th Annual

 Friday, November 6, 2015 
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,

A. David Kline Symposium on Public Philosophy

Past Symposia

March 6, 2014

For more information, please contact Dr. Alissa Hurwitz Swota

2013 Municipal Ethics

Speakers: 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. 


2011 The 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)