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Meeting of the Georgia Philosophical Society

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mercer University School of Law, Macon, Georgia

"Freedom and Society"

Register for conference: https://goo.gl/forms/AQRqoaYZXxmhjsWb2

Registration link includes option for a free sack lunch (vegan option available)


SATURDAY MORNING 10:00-10:30 a.m.

Coffee and Welcome


Session 1: 10:30-12:25 p.m.


Session 1A: Conditions and Ends of Freedom

Room: 119

Moderator: Dr. Eric Dickman, Young Harris College


10:30-11:25     Demanding Existence: Dewey and Beauvoir on Habit, Institutions, and Freedom

-       Dr. Susan Bredlau, Emory University

                        Respondent: Dr. Robert H. Scott, University of North Georgia


11:30-12:25     Cultural Rights as Individual Rights

-       Marie Kerguelen Le Blevennec, Boston University

                        Respondent: Dr. Rosalind Simson, Mercer University


Session 1B: Political Freedom, Ethics, and A.I.

Room: Classroom B - 113

Moderator: Dr. Arthur Howard, Mercer University


10:30-11:25     "Hannah Arendt's Notion of Political Freedom"

                                    - Dr. Pablo Iturrieta, Carleton University

                        Respondent: Dr. Yi Deng, University of North Georgia


11:30:12:25     "The Better-Than-Human Standard: Anthropomorphism in the Ethics of


                                    - Dr. Matthew Lee, Berry College

                        Respondent: Dr. Richard Dub, Georgia State University


12:30-1:55 Lunch


The GPS business meeting will take place from 12:30-1:00. All present are invited to vote on the new officers for 2019-2020 and/or new motions.


Session 2: 2:00-5:00 p.m.


Session 2A: Freedom, Justice, and Fairness

Room: Classroom B - 113

Moderator: Patrick Jolley, Mercer University


2-2:55              The Meaning of Mass Incarceration

                                    - Jason Byas, University of Illinois

                        Respondent: Dr. Murray Skees, University of South Carolina Beaufort


3-3:55              "Black Reconstruction in America as Critique of Political Economy"

                                    - Dr. Osman Nemli, Vassar College

                        Respondent: Dr. Eric Dickman, Young Harris College


4-5:00              "Effective Altruism and the Challenge of Partiality: Should We Take Special

                         Care of Our Own?"

                                    - Dr. Rosalind Simson, Mercer University

                        Respondent: Dr. Isadora Mosch, Georgia College and State University


Session 2B: Freedom, Logic, and Language

Room: 119

Moderator: Dr. Robert H. Scott, University of North Georgia


2-2:55              "Inclusive Societies, Inclusive Logics: Towards a Resolution of the Problem of Dualism"

                                    - Paria Akbar-Akhgari, University of Oregon

                        Respondent: Dr. Anne Portman


3-3:55              Nietzsche on Freedom, the Evolution of Language, and Social Epistemology

                                    - William Parkhurst, University of South Florida

                        Respondent: Dr. Dan Larkin, Georgia Southern University


4-4:55              "Groundwork for the Moral Evaluation of Speech Acts"

                                    - Emily Mathias, University of South Carolina

                        Respondent: Dr. James Grindeland, University of North Georgia


GPS Meeting Location: Mercer University School of Law, 1021 Georgia Ave, Macon, GA


The Mercer University School of Law is one large building that kind of looks like Independence Hall.  You park and enter the building from the back by entering along Georgia Avenue between Orange and Bond streets. There are two small roads leading from Georgia Ave to upper and lower parking lots – you may park in either, and they’re both close to the building.  Enter the building from the parking lot side through the middle entrance.

For questions contact: Rosental_c@mercer.edu

The Georgia Philosophical Society values and welcomes diversity in its membership, its conference presenters and attendees, and the subject matter of its presentations. The Society encourages participation in all of its activities by as diverse a group of faculty and students as possible.