Annual Conference

24rd Annual Meeting
of the
Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World

July 30 – August 4, 2017
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado

2017 Conference Theme:

“Consumption, Sustainability and the Ends of Earth”

(Click here for a PDF of the schedule of presentations, including breaks & other orders of business)

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Schedule of presentations

Sunday, July 30

  • Opening session – Moderator : Wendy Lynn Lee
    • 6:00-6:45 Jeremy Wisnewski, “Authenticity = Mindfulness: A Buddhist Reading of Being and Time
    • 6:45-7:30 Michael Boring, “Scientism in Modern Mindfulness”
    • 7:30-8:15 Eric Grey, “East Asian Medicine at the Ends of Earth”

Monday, July 31

  • Morning panel – Moderator : Ray Kolcaba
    • 8:30-9:15 Eddy Souffrant, “Disaster Ethics: On the Possibility of Social Sustainability”
    • 9:15-10:00 Leslie Murray, “Calling for Change: The Case for a ‘Smarter’ Smart Phone”
    • 10:15-11:00 Nora Ward, Graduate Student Scholarship Prize: “Eco Modernization & the Human/Nature Divide”
    • 11:00-11:45 Wendy Lynne Lee, “’Sustainability’: The Latest in Global Economic Injustice And Climate Change Catastrophe”
  • Afternoon Panel – Moderator: Eric Grey
    • 1:30-2:15 Ralph Ellis, “Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism & Post-Truth America”
    • 2:15-3:00 Robert Metcalf, “On Truth, Lies & Democratic Values: Thinking Politics with Arendt”
    • 3:15-4:00 Conrad Shumaker, “Vision, Stories, and Climate Change in Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior”
    • 4:00-4:45 Sharon Mason, “Climate Change Denial as Willful Hermeneutical Ignorance”
  • Evening Panel – Moderator: Michael Boring
    • 6:45-7:30 Jeffery Fry, “Extending the Mind through Sport”
    • 7:30-8:30 Ray Kolcaba, “Unnatural History” (A Dialogue)
      • Cast:
        • The Narrator: A witness to the dialog (Stanley Konicky)
        • Nonette Naturski: A naturalistic philosopher (Taine Duncan)
        • Becket Geist: A romantic philosopher (Christian Matheis)
        • Fortran McCyborg: A cyborg (Charles Harvey)
        • Wilfrid Abducto: A pragmatist philosopher (Jeremy Wisnewski)

Tuesday, August 1

  • Morning Panel – Moderator:  Alex Bearden
    • 8:30-9:15 Jim Shelton, “Is Democracy Possible?”
    • 9:15-10:00 Krassimir Stojanov, “Children’s Ideals as a Philosophical Topic”
    • 10:15-11:00 Kate Parsons, “Rethinking ‘The Good Life’: Privilege, Responsibility, and Global Inequality”
    • 11:00-11:45 Paul Churchill, “Can the Unjust Lead Happy Lives? An Essay on Vice and Oppression”

Wednesday, August 2

  • Morning Panel – Moderator: John Woods
    • 8:30-9:15 Molly Todd, “Biopower: The Exploitation of Humans in Capitalism”
    • 9:15-10:00 James Rocha, “Environmental Racism and Privileged Consumerism”
    • 10:15-11:00 Taine Duncan, “Avoiding White, Western Anthropocentrism through Ecofeminism, Intersectionality, and Community Engagement”
    • 11:00-11:45 Christian Matheis, “Sacred mission or greatest efficiency? Notions of sustainability and emancipation in the works of Maria Eugenia Echenique and Mary Parker Follett”
  • Afternoon Panel – Moderator: Nora Ward
    • 1:30-2:15 Charles Harvey, “Insatiable: Why Everything is not Enough”
    • 2:15-3:00 Andrew Fiala, “Virtue, Akrasia, Greed, and Consumer Capitalism”
    • 3:15-4:00 Rebecca Vartabedian, “Jane Bennett’s Vital Materialism and its Prospects for Hospitality”
    • 4:00-4:45 Janet Donohoe, “The Place of Water”

Thursday, August 3

  • Morning Panel – Moderator: Leslie Murray
    • 8:30-9:15 John Woods, “Nietzsche, Nazism & Environmental Totalitarianism”
    • 9:15-10:00 George Teschner, “Heidegger, Rosenberg & the Metaphysics of the Future”
    • 10:15-11:00 Hans Pederson, “A Heideggerian Critique of AI Alarmism”
    • 11:00-11:45 Alexander Bearden, “How to Solve Collective Action Problems without Being a Sucker”
  • Afternoon Panel – Moderator: Sharon Mason
    • 1:30-2:15 Stanley Konecky, “The Ethics of Sustainability and the Sustainability of Ethics”
    • 2:15-3:00 Jack Weir, “Myth and Climate Change”