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2024 Program

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Joint Meeting with the North Carolina Philosophical Society

March 15-16

The address for the events is: 200 D Rd, Davidson, NC 28036

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 15th

2:00-6:00pm Registration and Check-in (Room 1045)

2:30-4:50pm Concurrent sessions 1A-H

3:35-3:45 Light Refreshments Baxter-Davidson room 2nd floor

4:50-7:30pm Dinner Break

7:30-9:00pm Keynote Address (Union 900 Room)

9:00-10:00pm Reception (Union Sprinkle Room)

Saturday, March 16th

7:30-9:00am Breakfast (Wall Atrium)

9:00am-12:00pm Registration and Check-in (Room 1045)

9:30-11:50pm Concurrent session 2A-H

11:50am-1:30pm Lunch Break 

1:30-4:30pm Concurrent sessions 3A-H

Schedule Details 

Friday, March 15th

1A         Social & Political Philosophy (Chambers 1003)

Chair: Beth Hupfer (High Point University)      

  • 3:05-3:35pm Alana Jolly (McMaster University)

    • "​The Role of Agency in Undermining Injustice: Reclaiming Our Identities in Pursuit of Fulfilling Our Collective Responsibility"


1B        Social Issues (Chambers 1006)

Chair: Rajeev Dutta (University of California Irvine)

  • 2:30-3:00pm Jingsi Teng (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)

    • ​“Long-Term Climate Change: How Can We Harm People in the Distant Future”

  • 3:05-3:35pm Ben Sarbey (Duke University)

    • ​“The Vulnerable Populations Objection to Medical Aid in Dying”

  • 10 minute break

  • 3:45-4:15pm Nevin Johnson (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“In Defense of Legislative Intent”

1C        Metaphysics (Chambers 1027)

Chair: Christian Sandoval  (Georgia State University)

  • 2:30-3:00pm  Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“Causal Infinitism without Paradox”

  • 3:05-3:35pm Jonah Goldwater (William & Mary)

    • ​“The Priority Monist Response to the Fine Tuning Argument”

  • 10 minute break

  • 3:45-4:15pm William A. Bauer (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“Causal Powers and the Black Box Problem”

1D        Truth, Communication, & Rationality (Chambers 1062)

Chair: Eleanor Williamson (Queen's University of Charlotte)

  • 2:30-3:00pm Kirk Ludwig (Indiana University) + Marija Jankovic (Davidson College)

    • ​“Truth, Meaning, Communication and Convention”

  • 3:05-3:35pm Sara Copic (Davidson College)

    • ​“The Problem of Speaker Success” 

  • 10 minute break

  • 3:45-4:15pm  Isaac Raymond (Harding University)

    • ​“Undesired Desired Encounters: A Speech Act Analysis of Verbal Microaggressions and Examples of Verbal Microaggressions in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen”

  • 4:20-4:50pm Greg Ray (University of Florida)

    • ​“Dutch Book for Slow Bayesians”

1E         Ancient Philosophy (Chambers 2068)

Chair: Ben McCraw (University of South Carolina - Upstate)

  • 3:45-4:15pm 15    Keren Wilson Shatalov (Clemson University)

    • ​“Aristotle's Response to Parmenides: Why was this Parmenides' big mistake?”

  • 4:20-4:50pm  Peter Seipel (University of South Carolina Lancaster)

    • ​“Socrates the Rationalizer”

1G         SCSP Undergraduate Panel (Chambers 2084)

Chair: Katherine Valde (Wofford College) 

  • 3:05-3:35pm Aaron Leonard (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“Bullshit in Politics”

  • 10 minute break

  • 3:45-4:15pm  Caramia Axland (Wofford College)

    • ​“The Niche Meme: Commodity Fetishism in the 21st Century”

  • 4:20-4:50pm. Trevor Hansard (King University)

    • ​“The Physical Assumption”

1H        In Times Like These: The Human, Ideology, and Sad Passions (Chambers 2164)

Chair: Eric Scarffe (Florida International University)

  • 2:30-3:00pm Rick Elmore (Appalachian State University)

    • "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Alien: Returning to the Questions of the Human in Delueze's Ecosophy" 

  • 3:05-3:35pm Andy Manos (Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute)

    • “Ideological Disintegration in the Interregnum: Georg Lukács and Immanuel Kant on Time, Alienation, and Commodity Fetishism"

  • 10 minute break

  • 3:45-4:15pm Joe Weiss (Appalachian State University)

    • ​“Baroque Virtuality”

  • 4:20-4:50pm Murray Skees (University of South Carolina Beaufort)

    • ​“Consumption and Cognitive Capitalism”

Saturday, March 16th

2A       Ways Art and Social Media Affect Social Life  (Chambers 1003)

Chair: Isaac Ramond (Harding University)

  • 9:30-10:00am Sparrow LoCurto (University of Colorado Bolder)

    • ​“Hume and the Aesthetics of Hip-Hop”  

  • 10:05-10:35am Trey Best (Appalachian State University)

    • ​“The Spectacle and Disorientation of Art”

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am Eleanor Williamson (Queens University of Charlotte)

    • ​“Transforming the Look of the Other: Jean-Paul Sartre’s Look of the Other and Social Media"

  • 11:20-11:50am Dylan Brown (Duke University)

    • ​“Datafication and Ontic Descent: A Pragmatic Approach to Sex and Gender Categories"


2B       Philosophy of Medicine and Sport (Chambers 1006)

Chair: Lucia Schwarz (Tulane University)

  • 9:30-10:00am Raman Sachdev (Minot State University)

    • ​“Enlightened Atheism: Hume on Suicide and the Stigmatization of Mental Illness"

  • 10:05-10:35am Rajeev Dutta (University of California Irvine)

    • ​“Epistemically Transformative Medical Procedures and Informed Consent" 

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am Adrien D’Aprile (University of Arkansas)

    • ​“Agency and Abilities in Games”

2C       Ethics & Moral Psychology  (Chambers 1027)

Chair: Youssef Aguisoul (University of Lisbon)

  • 9:30-10:00am Dustin Sigsbee (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“What is an Animal Companion? The Barnbaum-Varner Definition”

  • 10:05-10:35am Bangrui Chen (University of Chicago)

    • ​Bangrui Chen (University of Chicago)

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am Sean Brantley (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“Ludus Moralis: Utilizing the ‘Fruit Fly’ of Cognitive Science to Improve Moral Psychology Experiments”

  • 11:20-11:50am Charles Starkey (Clemson University)

    • "Emotion and Phenomenal Binding: A Post-Cognitive Theory of Emotion"​

2D        Part I: The Philosophy of Art/Part II: Asian Philosophy (Chambers 2068)

Chair: Murray Skees (University of South Carolina Beaufort)

  • 9:30-10:00am Michael Dickson (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“Musical Pieces as Instructions”

  • 10:05-10:35am Katherine Valde (Wofford College)

    • ​“Sew What? A Philosophical Exploration of Neutrality in Fashion”

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am Kevin DeLapp (Converse University)

    • ​“‘Rekindling the Old': A New Look at the Kongzi Jiayu”       

2E       Logic, Computation, and The Philosophy of Science (Chambers 2084)

Chair: Brett Sherman (University of South Carolina)

  • 9:30-10:00am Amir Motesharei (University of South Carolina) & Tara Hassanzadeh (University of South Carolina)

    • ​The Barbaric Physics: Unraveling the Leibniz-Newton Debate on the Concept of Force and Gravity”

  • 10:05-10:35am Logan Carter (Florida State University)

    • ​“A Constraints-Based Approach to Thought Experiments in Physics”             

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am Tom Burke (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“Euclid’s Proposition I.4”

  • 11:20-11:50am Jag Williams (Indiana University)

    • ​“Analog Deduction and the Objectivity of State Dependent Facts”

2F         Belief, Bias, and Epistemology (Chambers 2164)

Chair: Peter Seipel (University of South Carolina Lancaster)

  • 9:30-10:00am Henrique Cassol (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

    • ​“Against Reasons Factualism”

  • 10:05-10:35am Ben McGraw (University of South Carolina Upstate)

    • ​“Pathologies of Trust: Epidemiological Social Epistemology”

  • 10 minute break

  • 10:45-11:15am  Anderson Harris (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“On the Possibility of Emotional Bias”

  • 11:20-11:55am Sean Hermanson (Florida International University) and Murray Clarke (Concordia University)​

    • "On the idea of healthy epistemic environments"​

LUNCH BREAK 11:50am-1:30pm

3A        Ethics (Chambers 1003)

Chair: Greg Ray (University of Florida)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Robert Fudge (Weber State University)

    • ​“Dignity and Degradation”      

  • 2:05-2:35pm Paul E. Wilson (Shaw University)

    • ​“Moral Responsibility for Choiceless Choices in the Holocaust”

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Kristen A. Hine (Towson University)

    • ​“Abortion and Rights”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“Loneliness, Solitude, and the Good Life”

  • 3:55-4:25pm John Sweeney (Duke University)

    • ​“Prioritizing Wills: Finding Agency in Negligence”     

3B      Epistemology (Chambers 1006)

Chair: Jonathan Dixon (Wake Forest University)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Aaron R. Champene (St. Louis Community College)

    • ​“The Uncertainty Norm of Inquiry”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Lilly Liu (Wake Forest University)

    • ​“The Translatability Problem of Animal Modeling System: The Prioritization of Internal Consistency over Predictive Competency as Epistemic Criteria"

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Nicholas A. Tebben (Towson University)

    • ​“Standards for Peer Review”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Howard Liu (University of Miami)

    • ​“Super-Explanatory Essentialism, Abduction, and Modal Epistemology”

  • 3:55-4:25pm Jonathan Dixon (Wake Forest University) and Howard Liu (University of Miami)

    • ​“Synopsis of ‘Defeating Unpossessed Defeaters’”

3C        History of Philosophy (Chambers 1027)

Chair: William Bauer (North Carolina State University)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Aaron Thieme (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

    • ​“Why Fearing Nothing is Fitting”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Bob Maydole (Davidson College)

    • ​“Modal and Set-Theoretic Degree Arguments for The Existence of a Supreme Being”

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Luke Metzger (North Carolina State University)

    • ​“A Critical Evaluation of Epictetus’ Stoic Ethics in the Encheiridion”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Astrid Bridgwood (Queens University of Charlotte)

    • ​“East to West: A Comparative Analysis of ‘The Laozi and Anarchism,’ by Matthieu B. Agustoni”

  • 3:55-4:25pm Jones G. Graf (Appalachian State University)

    • ​“Meticulously Comprehensive Persistence: The Logic and Necessity of Hegel’s Master-Slave Dialectic”

3D        Ethics II (Chambers 1062)

Chair:  Kirk Ludwig (Indiana University)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Ryan Lynch (Florida State University)

    • ​“The Moral Permissibility of Prompted Fictive Imaginings”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Joseph Bernardoni (University of California Riverside)

    • ​It’s the Thought That Counts: The Roles of Thoughtfulness and Usefulness in Presents

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Christian Sandoval (Georgia State University)

    • ​“Our Passional Natures and the Rationality of Suicide”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Lucia Schwarz (Tulane University)

    • ​“A Bimodal Model of Vegan Consumer Choice”

3E         Political Philosophy & Social Philosophy (Chambers 2068)

Chair: James Manos (Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Eric Scarffe (Florida International University)

    • ​“Objectivity, Judicial Neutrality, and Originalism”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Thomas Carnes (Duke University)     

    • ​“Political Rioting as Negative Reciprocity”

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Aaron Simmons (Furman University)

    • ​“Pedagogy and the Public Good: Kierkegaard, the Singular Will, and the Social Value of Philosophy”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Maia Wellborn (University of Oregon)

    • ​     “Going Beyond Ontological Blackness: James Cone’s Critical Phenomenology”

  • 3:55-4:25pm Dario Cecchini (North Carolina State University) and Sean Brantley (North Carolina State University)​

    • "Moral Complexity in Traffic"​

3G         Metaphysics and Epistemology (Chambers 2084)

Chair: Dustin Sigsbee (University of South Carolina)

  • 1:30-2:00pm Youssef Aguisoul (University of Lisbon)

    • ​“Weak Discernability and The Mereology of Indiscernibles”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Gabe Turner (Independent Scholar)

    • ​“To Be, or Not to Be?" An Aristotelian-Thomist Response”

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Brett Sherman (University of South Carolina)

    • ​“If and When”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Kay Malte Bischof (University of Notre Dame)

    • ​“Is Our Idea of God a Mere Figment of the Firmament?”

  • 3:55-4:25pm Nathan Sasser (Greenville Technical College)

    • ​“Hume's Conception of Enthusiasm in A Treatise of Human”

3H         Comparative Studies: The Indian, the Greek, and the Chinese (Chambers 2164)

Chair: Kevin DeLapp (Converse University)

  • 1:30-2:00pm  Justin Amick (Clemson University)

    • ​“Imaginary Revolution: The Myth of the Anti-Caste Buddha”

  • 2:05-2:35pm Nathaniel Oates (Clemson University)

    • ​“Harmony and Social Structure: A Comparative Analysis of Confucian Music/Ritual and Platonic Music”

  • 10 minute break

  • 2:45-3:15pm Gianna Quatromoni (Clemson University)

    • ​     “Tolerance and Sincerity: A Comparative Study”

  • 3:20-3:50pm Max Koon (Clemson University)

    • ​“Contradictions in Religious Thought”

  • 3:55-4:25pm Yanming An (Clemson University)

    • ​“Correlative Thought in the Indian and in the Chinese”

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