2018 Annual Meeting Program


Ohio Philosophical Association
Annual Meeting

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

April 07, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

"A Radical Solution to the Race Problem"

Kelly Coble, Baldwin Wallace University, Program Coordinator

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Session 1: Ancient Philosophy Session 5: The Electoral College, Race, and Female Guardians in Plato
Session 2:  Moral Obligation and Normative Truth  Session 6: Allocative Fairness and Egalitarianism
Session 3: Religion & Law, Two Mental Health Ontologies  Session 7: Normative Consent and Moral Responsibility

Session 4: Belief and Practical Reason

Session 8: Non-Evidentialism, Intuition & Inference


Session 9: Undergraduate Sessions

Logistics (directions, accommodations, etc.)

All paper sessions will be located in McMicken Hall

Lunch, Business Meeting and Keynote Address will be in McMicken Hall Room 53

For OPA attendees who are interested: the Ohio Ancient Greek Philosophy Group will meet at 2:00-5:00 pm, location TBD.



    Registration and Coffee:    9:00 a.m. 


Session 1: Ancient Philosophy


 McMicken Hall Room 221

  Chair: Lawrence Jost, University of Cincinnati  
  Author: Keren Wilson Shatalov, The Ohio State University

Hypokeimenon vs. Substance in Aristotle's Categories and Posterior Analytics

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Errol Katayama, Ohio Northern University, "Comments on Wilson Shatalov"  
  Author: Colby Clark, Kent State University

Necessity and Form-Copies: Republic, Timaeus, and Laws

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: James Wood, Xavier University, "Comments on Clark"  



Session 2: Moral Obligation and Normative Truth


 McMicken Hall Room 250

  Chair: Kyle Furlane, University of Cincinnati  
  Author: Jonathan Spelman, Ohio Northern University

The Moral ‘Ought’ and Moral Obligation

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Tim Walsh, Bowling Green State University, "Comments on Spelman"  
  Author: Keyao Yang, Houston Community College

Calm Mathematics, Stormy Normativity

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Christa Johnson, Oberlin University, "Comments on Yang"  




Session 3: Religion & Law, Two Mental Health Ontologies


McMicken Hall Room 252

  Chair: Facundo Alonso, Miami University  
  Author: Luke Goleman, Western Michigan University

The Peculiarity of Religion and its Legal Consequences

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Joel Levin, Case Western Reserve University, "Comments on Goleman"  
  Author: Andrew Evans, University of Cincinnati

Two Mental Health Ontologies in Conversation

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Jennifer Gleason, The Ohio State University, "Comments on Evans"  




Session 4: Belief and Practical Reason


McMicken Hall Room 253

  Chair: John Hurst, The Ohio State University 9:30 a.m.
  Author: Emily McWilliams, DePauw University

In Favor of Epistemic Reasons for Action

     Comment: Ali Aenehzodaee, The Ohio State University, Comments on McWilliams  

Author: Avery Archer, The George Washington University

Acceptance Cognitivism

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Sahar Heydarifard, University of Cincinnati, "Comments on Archer"  





Lunch and OPA Business Meeting, 12:00 p.m.

McMicken Hall Room 53


Keynote Address, 1:00 p.m.
Quayshawn Spencer,  Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania:

           "A Radical Solution to the Race Problem"


Ohio Ancient Greek Reading Group, 2:00-5:00 p.m    


McMicken Hall Room 53




Location TBD





Session 5: The Electoral College, Race, and Female Guardians in Plato


McMicken Hall Room 221

  Chair: Angela Potochnik, University of Cincinnati  
  Author: Thomas J. Broy, Western Michigan University

Democracy, Race and the Electoral College

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Amy White, Ohio University, "Comments on Broy"  
  Author: David Wong, University of Cincinnati

Plato’s Thesis of Male Superiority and Female Guardians in the Ideal City

3:30 p.m. 
     Comment: Keren Wilson Shatalov, The Ohio State University, "Comments on Wong"  




Session 6: Allocative Fairness and Egalitarianism


McMicken Hall Room 250

  Chair: Steven Schoonover, Wittenberg College  
  Author: Daniel Doviak, Muhlenberg College

Fair Allocation and Mixed Risk Preferences

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Travis Hreno, The University of Akron, "Comments on Doviak"  
  Author: Chris Pines, University of Rio Grande

A Critique of Frankfurt’s Anti-Egalitarianism and a Defense of Egalitarianism

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Wesley Dempster, University of Dayton, "Comments on Pines"  




Session 7: Normative Consent and Moral Responsibility


McMicken Hall Room 252

  Chair: Hope Sample, The Ohio State University  
  Author: Joshua Crabill, University of Indianapolis

Normative Consent and Role Identification

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Pat Croskery, Ohio Northern University, "Comments on Crabill"  
  Author: Malte Bischof, University of Notre Dame

Virtue Ethics, and the Principle of Tracing


3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Luke Goleman, Western Michigan University, "Comments on Bischof"  




Session 8: Non-Evidentialism, Intuition & Inference


McMicken Hall Room 253

  Chair: Jonathan McKinney, University of Cincinnati  
  Author: Mark Satta, Harvard Law School

A Permissive Account of What’s Permissible to Believe

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Michael Hicks, Miami University, "Comments on Satta"  
  Author: André Curtis-Trudel, The Ohio State University

Intuition and Inference

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Erica Nichols, Bowling Green State University, "Comments on Curtis-Trudel"  




Session 9: Undergraduate Papers: Sponsored by Sapere Aude


McMicken Hall Room 255

  Chair: Emma Arvedon, The College of Wooster  

Author: Clinton Neptune, Loyola University Chicago                                                                                       "Responding to Religious Skepticism"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Giuliano Stefanutti, The College of Wooster  
  Author: Jordan Bridges, University of Virginia                                                                                                                  "A Case Against Inegalitarian Sexual Preferences"    3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Ben McKone, The College of Wooster  






Click here for the University of Cincinnati's West Campus Map. The interactive map (PDF maps are further down the page) shows all available parking lots. Stratford Heights Garage and CCM Garage are closest to the meeting locations. Metered parking is also available on Clifton Ave. Check the OPA schedule for precise room locations, all of which will be in McMicken Hall, adjacent to McMicken Circle (across Clifton Ave from the Stratford Garage).


The closest hotels are Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Uptown/University Area and Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati. For the Fairfield Inn university rate, mention that you are a UC member and attending a conference. The Clifton House B&B and the Gaslight B&B are slightly farther.

If you have questions please contact:

Kelly Coble, Program Chair