The 2nd Annual Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference

The University of Tampa
July 19-20, 2014 

Organizer/Contact: Marcus Arvan

About the Conference
This conference, associated with The Philosophers' Cocoon, aims to provide early-career philosophers a constructive forum to discuss their work. It will be unique in several respects:
  • Although attendance is open to all, paper presenters will be early-career philosophers (graduate students, post-docs, tenure-track Assistant Professors, etc.)
  • Although commentators and audience members are encouraged to present objections, constructive criticism (raising objections but also offering and discussing possible solutions) will be a guiding theme of the conference.
  • Due to the kinds of travel-funding issues that early-career philosophers often face, several paper sessions will be reserved for Skype presentations in which the author will be projected, and field audience questions, in real time over the internet.

Information for Attendees
The University of Tampa, located in the heart of downtown Tampa, is a convenient 10 minute drive from the airport. Aside from rental cars, taxis are the best method of transportation to and from the airport (cost is approximately $25 one-way). There is also a bus route from the airport to the University of Tampa here. Affordable lodging is available downtown, within easy walking distance from the conference.
The conference will be held in the John Sykes College of Business building (download campus map here). The building is easily visible (it has big white Greco-Roman pillars) from the Faculty parking lot on West Kennedy Blvd (parking is free and available on weekends).  Registration will be in the Sykes building lobby.

Conference Program

DAY 1: Saturday 7/19

John Sykes Building, Room 283

10:00 – 10:50 AM

“Minds, Swarms, and Programs”

Brian Fiala (Washington University in St. Louis)

 

Commentator: C’Zar Bernstein (Florida State University)

11:00 - 11:50 AM

“Natural Kinds vs. Relevant Kinds: The Case of ‘Addiction’/Substance Use Disorders”

Lourdes Ortiz Bautista (UC Santa Cruz)

 

Commentator: Victor Bruzzone (Ryerson University)

Noon - 12:50 PM

“Can Computer Simulations Create New Empirical Knowledge?”

Greg Lusk (University of Toronto) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Sam Fox Krauss (University of Texas – Austin)

1:00 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH BREAK

2:00 - 2:50 PM

“Graded Epistemic Logic and a Barrier to Entailment”

Kevin Dorst (MIT)

 

Commentator: Bob Beddor (Rutgers University)

3:00 - 3:50 PM

“Irrelevant Factors: A Modified Steadfast Position”

Derek McAllister (University of Arkansas) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Joshua Stuchlik (University of St. Thomas, MN)

3:50 – 4:05 PM

COFFEE BREAK

4:10 - 5:00 PM

“The Role of the Subject/Object Split in the McDowell/Dreyfus Debate”

Katherine Ward (Georgetown University)

 

Commentator: Mary Salvaggio (Rutgers University) by SKYPE

5:00 PM onwards

BEER AND/OR GOOD CHEER

(Meeting place TBA)

DAY 1: Saturday 7/19

John Sykes Building, Room 286

10:00 – 10:50 AM

“Due Process and Refugee Human Rights: Against a Unilateral Right to Exclude”

Max Cherem (Kalamazoo College)

 

Commentator: Elizabeth J. Grossman (University of Michigan)

11:00 - 11:50 AM

“Defending the Counterfactual Comparative Account of Harm”

Nathan Hanna (Drexel University)

 

Commentator: Alex Hyun (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Noon - 12:50 PM

“Robust Moral Realism: An Excellent Religion”

David Killoren (Coastal Carolina University)

 

Commentator: Calum Miller (Oxford University) by SKYPE

1:00 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH BREAK

2:00 - 2:50 PM

“The Stoics on Learning to Be Good” – Joshua McBee (Johns Hopkins University)

 

Commentator: Angel Cooper (Bridgewater State University) by SKYPE

3:00 - 3:50 PM

“Response to Stephen Law on the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism”

Calum Miller (Oxford University) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: David Killoren (Coastal Carolina University)

3:50 – 4:05 PM

COFFEE BREAK

4:10 - 5:00 PM

“Sensitivity, Safety, and Impossible Worlds”

Matthew Miller (Western Michigan University) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Christopher Tomaszewski (University of Connecticut - Storrs)

5:00 PM onwards

BEER AND/OR GOOD CHEER

(Meeting Place TBA)

 

DAY 2: Sunday 7/20

John Sykes Building, Room 283

10:00 - 10:50 AM

“An Attitudinal Semantics for Moral and Epistemic Evaluations”

Bob Beddor (Rutgers University)

 

Commentator: Kevin Dorst (MIT)

11:00 - 11:50 AM

“Permissivism and Peer Disagreement”

Sam Fox Krauss (University of Texas - Austin)

 

Commentator: Greg Lusk (University of Toronto) by SKYPE


12:00 - 12:50 PM

LUNCH BREAK

1:00 - 1:50 PM

“Desire and a Universal-Homogenous State”

Victor Bruzzone (Ryerson University)

 

Commentator: Lourdes Ortiz Bautista (UC Santa Cruz)

2:00 - 2:50 PM

“You Are a Cerebrum”

C’Zar Bernstein (Florida State University)

 

Commentator: Brian Fiala (Washington University in St. Louis)

3:00 – 3:50 PM

“Epistemological Disjunctivism and Easy Knowledge”

Joshua Stuchlik (University of St. Thomas, MN)

 

Commentator: Derek McAllister (University of Arkansas) by SKYPE

4:00 – 4:55pm

“The Justification of Reconstructive Memory Beliefs”

Mary Salvaggio (Rutgers University) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Katherine Ward (Georgetown University)

DAY 2: Sunday 7/20

John Sykes Building, Room 286

10:00 - 10:50 AM

“The Virtuous Attitude of the Übermensch”

Angel Cooper (Bridgewater State University) by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Joshua McBee (Johns Hopkins University)

11:00 - 11:50 AM

“Debunking Our Skepticism About Moral Deference”

Alex Hyun (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

 

Commentator: Nathan Hanna (Drexel University)

12:00 - 12:50 PM

LUNCH BREAK

1:00 - 1:50 PM

“Pluralism Within Law as Integrity”

Elizabeth J. Grossman  (University of Michigan)

 

Commentator: Max Cherem (Kalamazoo College)

2:00 - 2:50 PM

“Is Oppressive Speech Excercitive?”

John Ramsey  (Scripps College)

 

Commentator: Tim Wu (University of Missouri Columbia)

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

“Epistemic Uniqueness, Permissivism, and Peer Disagreement"

Tim Wu (University of Missouri Columbia)

 

Commentator: John Ramsey (Scripps College)

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

“Moral Error Theory and the Law of the Excluded Middle"

Christopher Tomaszewski (University of Connecticut - Storrs) -- by SKYPE

 

Commentator: Matthew Miller (Western Michigan University)