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Intermountain Philosophy Conference here Friday!

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Professors from around the region will be here at USU this Friday afternoon to present and discuss their thoughts on various philosophical topics. All are welcome to attend any or all sessions. I’ll copy here a program of the events:

PROGRAM – Intermountain Philosophy Conference 2014(2)

12:15 – 1:00 – keynote address (Room 205):

“The Problem with Beginnings: Grasping at the Historical and

Psychological Origins of Patriarchy”

Professor Shannon Mussett, Utah Valley University

Time Room 201 Room 205 Room 207
1:00-1:30 Thi Nguyen (UVU), “How to find a moral expert” Nick Harrison (UU), “An Instrumentalist Application of Descartes’ Dualism” Aaron Kenna (UU), “The Generality of Precision: Imprecise Probabilities, Ignorance and the Weight of Evidence”
1:30-2:00 Ryan Nelson (UU), “Imaginative Resistance as a Puzzle for Moral Realism” Eric Stencil (UVU), “Descartes, Elizabeth and the Mind-Body Union” Michael M. Shaw (UVU), “Nietzsche and Empedocles on the Permanence of Nature”
2:00-2:30 Erica Holberg (USU), “The Unenlightened Sex: Kant, Feminism, and Culpable Failures of Moral Imagination” Kristopher G. Phillips (SUU), “Yet Another Paper on Descartes’s Argument for Mind-Body Dualism” Richard Sherlock (USU), “Religious Studies and the Question of Truth”
2:30-2:45 BREAK
2:45-3:15 Russell Wahl (ISU), “Russell’s Neutral Monism” Nobel Ang (ISU), “Spirited impetuosity or impetuous spiritedness?Aakrasia and related phenomena in Nicomachean Ethics Bk VII” Anthony P. Smith (UU), “Breathing Life into Death: A Metabolic Definition of Death
3:15-3:45 Gordon B. Mower (BYU), “Hume’s Theory of Property” Daniel W. Graham (BYU), “Socrates as a Deontologist” Kara Barnette (Westminster), “Atoning for the Irrevocable”
3:45-4:15 Karen Mizell (UVU), “The Epistemology of Imagination and Play in the Community of Inquiry” Harrison Kleiner (USU), “Myth, Moral Education, and the Liberal Arts” [Plato] William McCurdy (ISU), “Charles Sanders Peirce is Not a Pragmatist:

Santiago’s Aristoteleanism

4:15-4:45 Anne Peterson (UU), “Aristotle’s Physics II.8: Coincidence, Empedocles, and Evolutionary Theory “ Dan Molter (UU), “Defining the reference class: evolutionarily significant individuals in evolutionarily relevant situations” Travis Anderson (BYU), “Frankfurt and Heidegger on the Things We Care About”

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