March 9 & 10, 2012 - Fifth Annual Conference

Friday Keynote Address:
L. A. Paul (UNC-Chapel Hill), "Experience and Temporal Asymmetry"

Saturday Keynote Address:
Levi Bryant (Collin Coll
ege), "On the Grounds of Realism and the Structure of Objects"

Location: Student Union (Third Floor)

Friday March 9—The Capital Chamber (329)


4:00: Joseph Forte, Ph.D. (Cand.), The Catholic University of America
“Explaining Hope in Plato’s Philebus
Comments: Leah Orth

5:00: Kaplan Hasanoglu, Ph.D., Emmanuel College
“Why Fallibilism?”
Comments: Jeff Roland, Ph.D.

Experience and Temporal Asymmetry

Afterwards: DINNER (on your own)

Saturday March 10— The Atchafalaya Room (339)

9:00: LIGHT BREAKFAST FOODS (for presenters and commentators only)


10:00: Robin M. Muller, Ph.D. (Cand.), The New School for Social Research
“Merleau-Ponty’s Romantic Insight: Understanding the Meaning of Meaning in Phenomenology of Perception”
Comments: Zach Tavlin

11:00: David Gadon, Ph.D. (Cand.), Fordham University
“Ambiguous Prescription: Butler and Merleau-Ponty on Questions of Ethics”
Comments: Clara Nisley

12:00: LUNCH (on your own)

1:00: Fred Erdman, Ph.D. (Cand.), University of Dallas
“Eternal Recurrence and Nietzsche’s Understanding of History”
Comments: Graham Bounds

2:00: Aaron Harper, Ph.D. (Cand.), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The Significance of Solitude and Individuality in Nietzsche’s Ideal”
Comments: Luke Kosinski

3:00: Katherine Gasdaglis, Ph.D. (Cand.), Columbia University
“The Refutation of Idealism and the Perception of Time”
Comments: Joel David Musser

4:00: João A. Abreu, Ph.D. (Cand.), St John’s College, Cambridge
“Madness in Descartes’ Meditations”
Comments: John Milligan

On the Grounds of Realism and the Structure of Objects

: DINNER (on your own)




Presenters will have 30 minutes, followed by brief commentary from an LSU student or professor, who will also moderate Q&A.

Questions may be sent to

Friday March 9—The Red River Room (323)

4:00: Kurt Blankschaen, M.A. (Cand.), Arizona State University
“The Moral Lie”
Comments: Paul Cynar

5:00: Getty L. Lustila, M.A. (Cand.), Georgia State University
“Fashioning Our Nature: Hume on the Fidelity to the Artificial Virtues”
Comments: Paul Cynar

Saturday March 10— The Red River Room (323)


10:00: Brian Bradley Ohlman, M.A. (Cand.), Ryerson University
“Phronesis and Collective Virtue in Aristotle”
Comments: Leah Orth

Leonard Kahn, Ph.D., United States Air Force Academy
“Instrumentalism about Normative Reasons for Action”
Comments: Jon Cogburn, Ph.D.

12:00: LUNCH (on your own)

1:00: George Kassimis, M.A. (Cand.), Washington State University
“On Artistic Creativity and Free Agency”
Comments: Alex Lee

2:00: David Jenkins, B.A. (Cand.), Middle Tennessee State University
“On Secular Mythology: Nature, Reason, and Sovereignty of Law”
Comments: Jacob Winston

3:00: Sam Richards, M.A. (Cand.), Georgia State University
“Can Adam Smith Answer the Normative Question? A Defense of Sentimentalism”

Comments: Christian Mecham

4:00: Michael Brownstein, Ph.D., NJ Institute of Technology
“Automatic Agency”
Comments: James Rocha, Ph.D.