"Ohio Philosophical Association"



2021 Annual Meeting


April 17, 2021


Keynote Speaker: Louise Antony, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"The Constructive Role of Bias in our Epistemic and Affective Lives"


Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron, Program Coordinator


Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Session 1: Belief/Moral Disagreement Session 5: Sanctions/Justification
Session 2: Autonomy/Moral Agency Session 6: Time/Time Perception
Session 3: Nominalism/Marginalization Session 7: Incompatible Desires/Peer Opinion
Session 4: Neuroscience/Subjectivation Session 8: Heidegger/Plato

Welcome and Orientation


9:00 a.m. 

Zoom 1


Session 1: Belief/Moral Disagreement


 Zoom 1

  Chair: Kelly Coble, Baldwin Wallace University  

Author: Pranav Niranjan Ambardekar, The Ohio State University

"Why knowledge might not entail belief"

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Christopher Buford, The University of Akron  

Author: Jonathan Dixon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Moral Disagreement Skepticism Leveled"

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Scott Simmons, Bowling Green State University  



Session 2: Autonomy/Moral Agency


Zoom 2

  Chair: Clara Mey, student, Baldwin Wallace University  

Author: Robyn Gaier, Youngstown State University

"Self-love as a foundation of moral agency"

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Trip Glazer, University of Dayton  

Author: Caner Turan, Tulane University

"Does autonomous reasoning favor consequentialism?"

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Ben Cordry, Lorain County Community College  



Session 3: Nominalism/Marginalization


Zoom 3

  Chair: Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron  

Author: Walter Reid, McGill University

"Stoljarian Gender Nominalism"

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Jess Otto, The University of Akron  

Author: Xinyi (Angela) Zhao, University of British Columbia

"Women as Victims of 'Misogyny': Re-centering Marginalization"

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Isabella Maguire, Fordham University  



Session 4: Neuroscience/Subjectivation


 Zoom 4

  Chair: Chris Pincock, The Ohio State University  

Author: Nate Blower, The University of Akron

"Nonsense, Neuroscience and Wittgenstein's Blue Book"

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Scott Mendels, The University of Akron  

Author: James Garrison, Baldwin Wallace University

"Reconsidering the Life of Power: Ritual, Body, and Art"

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Laura Hengehold, Case Western Reserve University  



OPA Business Meeting, 12:00 p.m.

Zoom 1

Louise Antony

Keynote Address, 1:00 p.m.

Louise Antony, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"The Constructive Role of Bias in our Epistemic and Affective Lives"

Zoom 1



Session 5: Sanctions/Justification


Zoom 1

  Chair: Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron  

Author: Yuzhou Wang, Bowling Green State University

"Problems with the Rawlsian Justification for Taking Precautions Against Climate Change"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Wesley Dempster, Western Governors University  

Author: Jonathan Spelman, Ohio Northern University

"Moral Obligation and Sanctions"

3:30 p.m. 
        Comment:  Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron  



Session 6: Time/Time Perception


Zoom 2

  Chair: John Huss, The University of Akron  

Author: Eric Sotnak, The University of Akron

"Time for Berkeley"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Evan Thomas, The Ohio State University  

Author: Ernani Magalhaes, West Virginia University

"What Is It Like to Be Past?"

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Ralph Shain, Missouri State University  



Session 7: Incompatible Desires/Peer Opinion


Zoom 3

  Chair: Isabella Maguire, Fordham University  

Author: Daniel Coren, McMaster University

"Pollution, Posterity and Consistent Incompatible Desires"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Ludovica Adamo, University of Leeds  

Author: Jeremy Shipley, Volunteer State Community College

"How to Give Equal Weight to Peer Opinions"

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Hank Kreuzman, College of Wooster  



Session 8: Heidegger/Plato


 Zoom 4

  Chair: James Garrison, Baldwin Wallace University  

Author: Joanna Trzeciak Huss, Kent State University

"Różewicz, Heidegger, Poetry and Technology"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Leonard Kress, University of Toledo  

Author: Michael Oliver Wiitala, Cleveland State University

"Negative Forms and Parts of Difference in Plato's Sophist"

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Joseph Li Vecchi, The University of Akron  


Virtual Conference Guidelines and Recommendations

  • Authors will have thirty minutes for their presentations. Commenters will have ten minutes.  The remaining time will be for Q&A.  Please respect the time of all participants and adhere to allotted time limits. Session Chairs should keep time.

  • Participants other than presenters should keep their microphones on MUTE.

  • Participants may turn off their cameras during presentations.  It is recommended that participants turn their cameras on when asking questions or raising points.

  • Participants should use the "raise hand" icon to be recognized by the Chair/Speaker.  Participants are free to share information in the chat function.

Dimitria Gatzia, Program Chair