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2008--Ithaca NY

The 4th Biennial Margaret Dauler Wilson Conference was sponsored by the Philosophy Department of Cornell University, and was held at the Alice H. Cook House on the West Campus of Cornell in Ithaca, June 30 through July 2, 2008.  Many conference participants stayed in on-campus housing at the Carl Beck House.
    Nicholas Sturgeon, Brent Martin of Cornell Conference Services, and Ruth Marie Mattern were the conference organizers.  Session Chairpersons were Martha Bolton, Mark Kulstad, Shoshana Brassfield, Zuraya Monroy-Nasr, and Nathanial Bowditch. 
   Ithaca is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. The group had a picnic at Stewart Park on the shore of the largest Finger Lake, Cayuga Lake, on the second evening of the conference. 
Registered Participants 
Laura Benitez (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
C. Richard Booher (Syracuse University)
Nathaniel Bowditch (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers University)
Shoshana Brassfield (Colgate University)
Andrew Chignell (Cornell University)
Tyler Doggett (University of Vermont)
Stewart Duncan (University of Florida)
Paul Hoffman (University of California, Riverside)
Marie Jayasekera (University of Michigan)
Dan Kaufman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Mark Kulstad (Rice University)
Samuel S. Levey (Dartmouth College)
Louis Loeb (University of Michigan)
Antonia LoLordo (University of Virginia)
Ruth Marie Mattern (Tuba City, Arizona)
Colin McLear (Cornell University)
Jeffrey K. McDonough (Harvard University)
Zuraya Monroy-Nasr (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Elliot Paul (Yale University)
Lewis Powell (University of Southern California)
Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick College)
Kurt Smith (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania)
Matthew Stuart (Bowdoin College)
Nicholas Sturgeon (Cornell University)
Monday, June 30, 2008
Descartes and Aquinas on Per Se Subsistence and the Union of Soul and Body   (Paul Hoffman) 
Real Distinctions Between a Plurality of Cartesian Corporeal Substances  (Dan Kaufman)
Descartes on Sensation: The Syntactic-Causation Model
(Colin McLear)
Matter Matters  (Kurt Smith)
Locke and British Empiricism  (Louis Loeb)
Tuesday, July 1 
Descartes on Forces in a Soulless Physics
(Zuraya Monroy-Nasar)
Unity, Borrowed Reality, and Multitude in Leibniz
(Samuel S. Levey)
Leibniz and the Puzzle of Incompossibility: The Packing Solution
(Jeffrey K. McDonough)
Error and Judgment from the 'Rules' to the Meditations
(Marie Jayasekera )
Re-Conceiving Descartes' Cogito  (Elliott Paul)
Moving Cartesian Bodies (Tyler Doggett)
Robert Boyle: Matter and New Methodology
(Laura Benitez) 
Hume on Simplicity (Stewart Duncan)
Reason and Feeling in Rousseau's Ethics
(C. Richard Booher)
The Structure and Content of Belief in Hume's Treatise
(Lewis Powell)
Moving Cartesian Bodies (Tyler Doggett)
Naturalistic, "Pretheoretical" Belief in Book I of Hume's Treatise    (Stefanie Rocknak)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Person, Substance, Mode and "the Moral Man" in Locke's Philosophy  (Antonia LoLordo)
On the Secondary Status of the Principles of Religion in Hume's "Natural History of Religion"
(Nathaniel Bowditch)
Skepticism, Content, and Kant
(Andrew Chignell)