Virginia Tech Graduate Philosophy Conference


Since 2004, the graduate students of the Virginia Tech Philosophy Department have organized and hosted the Virginia Tech Graduate Philosophy Conference. Every year, graduate students from top Masters and PhD programs are invited to Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg, Virginia to present their work and receive feedback through commentaries provided by Virginia Tech's graduate students. The Virginia Tech Graduate Philosophy Conference has been fortunate in bringing top scholars from a variety of areas in philosophy to deliver keynote addresses. In the past, keynotes have included Helen Longino, Simon Blackburn, James F. Woodward, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Jesse Prinz, Anjan Chakravartty, Michael Friedman, Graciela De Pierris, Robert Brandom, Ted Sider, and Joshua Spencer. This year's conference theme is "Puzzles and Paradoxes", and it will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center) and Dr. Ted Parent (Virginia Tech).

Please see the conference schedule for more information.

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Important Dates

Deadline for Paper Submissions: September 14, 2016

Speakers Notified: September 30, 2016

Commentaries Submitted to Speakers: October 21, 2016

Conference Proper: October 28-29, 2016

Any questions regarding the conference should be directed to:

Graduate Conference Organization

Co-President, Graduate Philosophy Club

Kaetlin Taylor

Co-President, Graduate Philosophy Club

Morgan Davies

Treasurer, Graduate Philosophy Club

William Wilson

Secretary, Graduate Philosophy Club

Dominick Cooper

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Lydia Patton, Associate Professor

Planning Members, Graduate Philosophy Club:

Jay Burkette

Cruz Davis

​Jacob Einwechter

Brayton Hall

Alex Karvelis

Andrew Key

Lindsey Whittaker

Keynote Speakers

Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate Center

Ted Parent, Virginia Tech

Call for Papers

Puzzles and Paradoxes

Keynote Addresses:

Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate Center

Ted Parent, Virginia Tech

Conference Date: October 28-29, 2016

Paper length: no more than 4500 words

Submission deadline: September 14, 2016

Submissions: send to

The Graduate Philosophy Club of Virginia Tech welcomes paper submissions for its thirteenth annual Graduate Philosophy Conference, which will take place October 28-29, 2016 in Blacksburg, VA. This year’s conference theme is “Puzzles and Paradoxes,” and it will feature keynote addresses by Professor Graham Priest (CUNY Graduate Center) and Professor Ted Parent (Virginia Tech). Papers on both the general treatment of paradoxes as well as projects dealing with specific puzzles, paradoxes, or antinomies are welcome.

Submissions must be no more than 4500 words (excluding notes and references) and suitable for a 20-minute presentation. Submissions should be sent to Papers must be prepared for blind review and sent as PDF or DOC attachments with no identification of authors or affiliations. Please also include a separate cover sheet with the paper title, author name(s), 150-200 word abstract, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address. Local transportation and accommodation with VT graduate students is available.

Please direct questions and comments to:

Conference Schedule

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 28th – Torgersen Hall 1060

3:30 PM Opening Remarks – Morgan Davies and Kaetlin Taylor, Virginia Tech

Session 1

Chair: William Wilson, Virginia Tech

3:35 PM Daniel Christoph Kranzelbinder, Princeton University – “Aristotle’s Account of the Good: a new proposal about the structure of analogy”

4:05 PM Commentary: Audra Jenson, Virginia Tech

4:15 PM Q&A

4:30 PM Break

4:35 PM Colby Clark, Kent State University – “The Syllable Analogy and ‘Separation’”

5:05 PM Commentary: Lindsay Whittaker, Virginia Tech

5:15 PM Q&A

5:30 PM Break

Session 2

Chair: Morgan Davies

5:45 PM Keynote Presentation I: Dr. Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate CenterIt was so Revolting I Couldn't Take my Eyes off it”

6:45 PM Q&A

7:15 PM End of Q&A

7:30 PM – Conference Reception at Hahn Gardens

Saturday, October 29th – Torgersen Hall 1060

Session 3

Chair: JC Wright, Virginia Tech

10:00 AM Yunus Prasetya, Baylor University - “Hempel’s Raven Paradox: the Infinite Counterexample to Nicod’s Condition”

10:30 AM Commentary: Brayton Hall, Virginia Tech

10:40 AM Q&A

10:55 AM Break

11:00 AM Lindley Slipetz, University of Wisconsin, Madison – “The Future of the Bias Paradox”

11:30 AM Commentary: Dominick Cooper, Virginia Tech

11:40 AM Q&A

11:55 AM Break

12:00 PM – Lunch at local establishment

Session 4

Chair: Christopher Love, Virginia Tech

2:00 PM Yuna Won, Cornell University – “Deontic Puzzles: Problems for the Orthodox Semantics”

2:30 PM Commentary: Andrew Key, Virginia Tech

2:40 PM Q&A

2:55 PM Break

3:00 PM Giorgio Sbardolini, The Ohio State University – “Two-Dimensional Paradox”

3:30 PM Commentary: Dillon Bak, Virginia Tech

3:40 PM Q&A

3:55 PM Break

Session 5

Chair: Kaetlin Taylor

4:15 PM – Keynote Presentation II: Ted Parent, Virginia Tech – “Theory Dualism and the Heterological Paradox in the Philosophy of Mind”

5:15 PM Q&A

5:45 PM End of Q&A

Closing Remarks Morgan Davies and Kaetlin Taylor, Virginia Tech

Conference Location

Philosophy Department

229 Major Williams Hall (0126)

220 Stanger Street

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061 U.S.A.

Phone: (540) 231-4564

Fax: (540) 231-6367

Email: clahs_phil (at)