Recent Conferences

Spring 2013 Conference
Justice and Virtue in Kant

Spring 2012 Conference
Intentions and Belief

Summer 2011 Conference
Philosophy in an Age of Science: A Conference in Honor of Hilary Putnam's 85th Birthday

Spring 2011 Conference
Varieties of Normative Experience

Spring 2010 Conference ««
Intersections with the Philosophy of Language

Spring 2010 Graduate Student Conference

Intersections with the Philosophy of Language 

Friday, March 5th - @ Olin-Sang 101:
3:00pm - Registration/Check-In
4:00pm: “Generics and Two Views on Conceptual Structure” Bernhard Nickel (Harvard University)
6:00pm - Philosophy Conference Dinner @ the Faculty Club Lounge

(There is a $20 charge for the dinner, please RSVP to

Saturday, March 6th: Breakfast Spread in Olin-Sang at 8:30am

Olin-Sang 112: Olin-Sang 124:
Session 1: 9:30-10:20 Finessing Ecumenical Expressivism”: Chris Melenovsky (University of Pennsylvania) Commentator: Irami Osei-Frimpong

A Semantic/Pragmatic Distinction for Negative Existentials Does Explain our Intuitions Regarding the Existence of Fictional Characters”: David C. Spewak Jr. (UC, Santa Barbara) Commentator: Jay Brantner

Session 2: 10:30-11:20

Is Legal-Interpretation 'Duty-Free'?: Endicott on Evaluation and the Sources Thesis”: Joshua Crabill (University of Southern California) Commentator: Jessica Bartlett

The Predictive Character of Causal Explanations and Fodor's Cross-Context Test”: Adrian Kwek (Harvard University) Commentator: Richard Sandlin
Session 3: 11:30-12:20

Necessary Conditions for Skepticism: A Reconsideration of Stroud's Response to Transcendental Arguments”: Larisa Svirsky (Tufts University) Commentator: Wesley Mattingly

What are Impossible Worlds?”: Barak Krakauer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Commentator: Nickolas Montgomery
LUNCH: 12:30-1:50
Session 4: 2:00-2:50

War, Responsibility, Language: The Impossibility of Ethics”: Dru Farro (University of Wyoming) Commentator: Derek Leonard

Necessary Laws and Chemical Kinds: A Case Study in A Posteriori Necessity”: Nora Berenstain (University of Texas, Austin) Commentator: Daniel Barulli
Session 5: 3:00-3:50

Contrastive Semantics for Deontic Modals”: Justin Snedegar (University of Southern California) Commentator: Holger Thiel

Contextualism and Lexical-Conceptual Semantics”: Derek Leben (Johns Hopkins University) Commentator: Lauren Leydon-Hardy
Session 6: 4:00-4:50 Is Ordinary Language Relevant for Epistemology?”: David Rodriguez-Ruiz (SUNY, Buffalo) Commentator: Kevin Lande On Comparing Yacht Sizes: Kripke, Russell, and the Semantics of Comparatives”: C. Daniel Dolson (UC, Santa Barbara) Commentator: Paul Cherlin