2016 Annual Meeting Program

Ohio Philosophical Association

Annual Meeting

Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio

April 09, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Buss, Professor, University of Michigan

John Rudisill, The College of Wooster, Program Coordinator

Morning Sessions Afternoon Sessions
Session 1: Normative Ethics and Global Justice Session 5: Language and Poetics 
Session 2: Metaphysics I Session 6: Ethics and Practical Reason
Session 3: Knowing How and Feeling Pain Session 7: Metaphysics II
Session 4:Undergraduate paper   Session 8: Undergraduate papers

 Logistics (directions, accommodations, etc.) 

All the paper sessions will be located in Towers Hall

Lunch will be in Campus Center Room 1

The Keynote Address will be in Science 104

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    Registration and Coffee: Towers Hall First Floor Hallway   9:00 a.m. 

    Session 1: Normative Ethics and Global Justice   Towers Hall 115
  Chair: Stephanie Patridge, Otterbein University  
  Lavender Mckittrick-Sweitzer, The Ohio State University: "Rawls' Instability and the Aggressive State" 9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Chris Pines, University of Rio Grande: "Comments on Mckittrick-Sweitzer"  
  Scott Forschler, Independent Scholar: "Two Mistaken Strategies of Deontology" 10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Molly Gardner, Bowling Green State University: "Comments on Forschler"  


    Session 2: Metaphysics I   Towers Hall 117
  Chair: Kelly Coble, Baldwin Wallace University  
  Gui Sanches De Oliveira, University of Cincinnati: "Metaphysical "Models" and the Problematic Comparison with Science: Diagrams, Graphs, and Vectors between Communication and Experimentation" 9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Scott Brown: The Ohio State University: "Comments on Sanches De Oliveira"  
  Cruz Davis, Virginia Tech: "Not a Matter of Space" 10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Jenn Asselin, The Ohio State University: "Comments on Davis"  


    Session 3: Knowing How and Feeling Pain   Towers Hall 121
  Chair: Errol Katayama, Ohio Northern University  
  Evan Riley, The College of Wooster: "Understanding Knowing How" 9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Chris Buford: University of Akron: "Comments on Riley"  
  Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron: "I Think This is Going to Hurt" 10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Frank Faries, University of Cincinnati: "Comments on Gatzia"  


    Session 4: Undergraduate paper sponsored by Sapere Aude I   Towers Hall 122
  Chair: Zach Philips Gary, The College of Wooster  

Alak Mehta, Vanderbilt University, "How Convincing is Marx's Account of Religion?"

9:30 a.m.

      Comment: Adam McDonough, The College of Wooster: "Comments on Mehta"







Lunch and OPA Business Meeting, 12:00. Campus Center Room 1

Keynote Address, 1:00 p.m. Science 104
Sarah Buss, Professor, University of Michigan: "Personal Ideals, Moral Requirements and The Ideal of Rational Agency"


Science 104

    Session 5: Language and Poetics   Towers Hall 115
  Chair: Andrew Mills, Otterbein University  
  Teresa Kouri, The Ohio State University: "Carnap as a Shapiro-Style Pluralist" 2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Ron Hustwit, The College of Wooster: "Comments on Kouri"  
  Ammon Allred, University of Toledo: "Fevered Dreams and Imagined Conversations: Derrida and Celan on Counter-Presence" 3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Ken Itzkowitz, Marietta College: "Comments on Allred"  


    Session 6: Ethics and Practical Reason   Towers Hall 117
  Chair: Pat Croskery, Ohio Northern University  
  Ben Schwan, University of Wisconsin: "What Ability Can Do" 2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Scott Simmons, Bowling Green State University "Comments on Schwan"  
  James Fritz, The Ohio State University: "Conciliation and Moral Spinelessness" 3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Wes Dempster, Bowling Green State University: "Comments on Fritz"  


    Session 7: Metaphysics II   Towers Hall 121
  Chair: Errol Katayama, Ohio Northern University  
  Sam Cowling, Denison University: "How to Benacerraf a Goodman-Lewis" 2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Ben Cleary, The Ohio State University: "Comment on Cowling"  
  Evan Woods, The Ohio State University: "Analyzing Constitution" 3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Wesley Cray, Grand Valley State University: "Comments on Woods"  


    Session 8: Undergraduate papers sponsored by Sapere Aude II   Towers Hall 122
  Chair: Coco Gagnet, Antioch College  
  Daniel Semelsberger, Kenyon College: "Descartes's Theory of Scientia: Certainty, Doubt, and the Question of the Cartesian Circle" 2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Alexandra Gustafson, The College of Wooster: "Comments on Semelsberger"  

Taylor Spratt, Antioch College: "On the Individual and the Community: Forgiving Onself"

      Comment: Matt Buranosky, The College of Wooster: "Comments on Spratt"





Click Here for Otterbein University's web page for directions to the campus and parking information.  Parking is free. Parking lots 6, 14, and 17 are closest to the sessions, which will be in Building 31 / Towers Hall (See the campus map). If needed, there will very likely be space in parking lot 8, which is only a five minute walk to building 32.


Click Here for Otterbein University's web page for nearby hotels (all within 4 miles of campus).




If you have questions please contact:

John Rudisill, Program Chair