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Program of the 2016 Iowa Philosophical Society Conference

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

All sessions are in Carver Science Hall at 206 W. Clinton Ave., Indianola, IA 50125

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10:00 a.m.


Registration: $5 graduate students, $20 faculty
Coffee, Fruit, and Pastries available in the Atrium


Jordan Lecture Hall

Carver 205

Carver 231

Carver 233




Paul Hamilton

University of Missouri--Columbia


Nudging is an Achievement that Diminishes Others





Terence J. Kleven

Central College



Alfarabi on the Syllogistic Art of Dialectic




     Gordon Knight

 Iowa State University



Presentism and Change


   Leah Kalmanson

    Drake University



Qi-Cosmology and the Feminist Sage: The Limits and Power of Agency





Rachel A. Johnson

Trinity University



Practical Deliberation and Background Conditions for Normative Reasons for Actions




Michael Otteson

University of Kansas



Augustine and Constructive Memory



Jill Graper Hernandez

University of Texas at

San Antonio


Atrocious Harms and Transmuted Goods: A Love Story


    Allison Wolf

  Simpson College



Where are We? Reflecting on Women’s Identity in the Age of “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name”



Lunch on your own






Jordan Lecture Hall

Carver 205

Carver 231

Carver 233




Asia Ferrin

Kansas State University



Nonhuman Animals are Morally Responsible


Joshua Smith

University of Houston




Misunderstood: Aquinas on Common Nature



Elanor Taylor

Iowa State University



Explanatory Distance




Undergraduate Session

    Matthew Wells

     Central College


An Examination of Modernity: A Look at Machiavelli and Nietzsche




Liz Jackson

University of Notre Dame


Three More Reasons Permissivism is True



Laura Matthews

University of Georgia



Corporate Personhood and Corporate Responsibility



Meghan Masto

Lafayette College



Knowing wh- and Knowing What-It’s-Like


Undergraduate Session

      Zoe Muehleip

Simpson College


Impediments to Progress within the Agricultural Paradigm




Stephen Herman

University of Missouri



Epistemic Blameworthiness and Demandingness


Elizabeth Bell

University of Wisconsin-



How Special Relations Can Provide Agent-neutral Reasons


 Lauren Woomer

DePaul University

Affective Insensitivity, Ignorance, and the Criminalization of Black Girls


Undergraduate Session

        Maggie Long

     Simpson College


Herbicide Resistant Weeds and ‘The Wicked Problem’




4:40-4:55 p.m.: Carver 202
Iowa Philosophical Society Business Meeting



5-6:30 Jordan Lecture Hall, Carver Science Hall


Keynote Address:

Michael Titelbaum

(University of Wisconsin at Madison)

"How Common are Reasons?"
Abstract: Suppose that a set of facts, together, make it the case that you ought to phi.  In some cases, some of those facts will be reasons to phi, some will be reasons not to, and the obligation to phi will arise from their conflict.  But how often is this the case?  Can there be cases in which a set of facts obligates you to phi, even though none of the facts is a reason to phi?  Can your total evidence require you to believe p, even if no individual piece of evidence supports p?  And if so, what does this say about our theory of reasons, and the prospects for reasons-first ethics and epistemology?



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