2022 Annual Meeting Program

The University of Akron


The Ohio Philosophical Association

Annual Meeting


The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio April 23, 2022


Keynote Speaker: Stephen Engstrom,

Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

"Truth in Knowledge and Truth in Action"


Dimitria Gatzia, The University of Akron, Program Coordinator

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Session 1: Emotions and Trust Session 5: Injustice and Attitudes
Session 2: Disability and Abnormality Session 6: Animalism and Pluralism
Session 3: Freedom and Wages Session 7: Perception and Paradox
Session 4: Plato and Moore Session 8: Values and Choices

Welcome and Orientation

Cummings Center Atrium (3rd Floor)


9:00 a.m. 



Session 1: Emotions and Trust


Cummings Center 203E 

  Chair: Dr. Eric Sotnak, University of Akron  

Author: Dr. Trip Glazer, University of Dayton

"Herbert Spencer's Philosophy of Emotion"

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Layne Garrelts, PhD Candidate, Ohio State University   

Author: Xuanpu Zhuang, PhD Candidate, Bowling Green State University

"Trust Built on Benefits: Why it is Rational to Trust in the Stag Hunt Game"

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Scott Mendels, Syracuse University/University of Akron  



Session 2: Disability and Abnormality


Cummings Center 308

  Chair: Sara Ghaffari, Bowling Green State University  

Author:  Gaia Ferrari, PhD Candidate, Duquesne University

Ability within disability Merleau-Ponty’s method for grounding a phenomenology of disability in the Phenomenology of Perception

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Dr. Suraj Chaudhary, College of Wooster   

Author: Seth Goldwasser, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Finding Normality in Abnormality: Function Ascription in Cancer Research

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Mallory Wietrzykowski, MA Candidate, Kent State University   



Session 3: Freedom and Wages


Cummings Center 307

  Chair: Dr. Dimitria Gatzia, University of Akron   

Author: Dr. Marcus Schultz-Bergin, Cleveland State University

Freedom as Empowerment

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

Author: Dr. Jonathan Spelman, Ohio Northern University

What’s Wrong with the Tipped Wage?

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Dr. Amy White, Ohio University  



Session 4: Plato and Moore


Cummings Center 306

  Chair: Dr. Errol Katayama, Ohio Northern University  

Author: Henry Curcio, PhD Candidate, Western Michigan University

Lack of Self in Plato: The Tragedy of a Rhapsody

9:30 a.m.
        Comment: Dr. Joseph Li Vecchi, University of Akron  

Author: Louis Doulas, PhD Candidate, University of California, Irvine

What Moore’s hands might mean

10:45 a.m.
        Comment: Dr. Christopher Martin, University of Toledo  



OPA Business Meeting, 12:00 p.m.

Cummings Center 307

Keynote Address, 1:00 p.m.

Stephen Engstrom, Professor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh

"Truth in Knowledge and Truth in Action"




Session 5: Injustice and Attitudes


Cummings Center 307

  Chair: Dr. Eric Sotnak, University of Akron  

Author: Stephanie Sheintul, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Agential Injustice"

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Dr. Ben Cordry, Lorain Community College  

Author: Jordan Myers, MA Candidate, University of Houston

What does the Objective Attitude Require?

3:30 p.m. 
        Comment:  Timothy Walsh, PhD Candidate, Blowing Green State University  



Session 6: Animalism and Pluralism


Cummings Center 306

  Chair: Dr. John Huss, University of Akron  

Author: Evangelian Collings, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

What should animalism say about pregnant human animals?

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Dr. Laura Hengehold Case Western Reserve University  

Author: Michael Bruckner, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moral Thought Pluralism and Disjunctive Reference

3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Dr. Nate Blower, University of Akron  



Session 7: Perception and Paradox


Cummings Center 203E

  Chair: Dr. Christopher Pincock, Ohio State University  

Author: Dr. Lance Balthazar, Post-Doctoral Fellow, York University

On Recovering Determinately Distal Content in Informational Teleosemantics: Challenges from Psychophysics and Color Constancy

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Dr. Chris Buford, University of Akron  

Author: Dr. Christopher Gregory Weaver, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Poincaré, Poincaré Recurrence, and the H-Theorem: A Continued Reassessment of Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics”


3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Siddharth Muthukrishnan, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh  



Session 8: Values and Choices


Cummings Center 308

  Chair: Dr. Kelly Coble, Baldwin Wallace University  

Author: Dr. Christopher Pine, University of Rio Grande

Who Killed the Liberal Arts? Rediscovering the Purpose of a University and the Value of Liberal Education

2:15 p.m.
        Comment: Dr. Robyn Gaier, Youngstown State University  

Author: Troy Seagraves, PhD Candidate, Purdue University

Pluralistic Valuing and Hard Choices


3:30 p.m.
        Comment: Ezekeal (Zeke) Grounds, PhD Candidate, Bowling Green State University  





Cummings Center for the History of Psychology
73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio 44325-4302

The building is on the corner of College and Mill. Click here for the University of Akron's Campus Map.

The National Museum of Psychology and institute galleries will be open during the lunch break. Admission will be free for OPA participants but donations are encouraged.

Free parking is available in a small lot adjacent to the building. Visitors can also park in Lot 30 at the corner of Market and Mill streets. Metered parking is available along South College Street, but it is not recommended since they are owned by the City of Akron. 

A Digital Concierge will be posted soon.


A wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the northeast side of the building, near the main entrance. The museum of psychology is housed on the ground floor, and an interior elevator provides access to the Institute galleries, located on the fourth floor. A wheelchair is also kept on-site and is available for loan to those visiting the museum and archives.


Information for participants and what to expect can be found here.


Registration will start at 9 am at the atrium on the 3rd floor of the Cummings Center. There will be coffee pods to make coffee. Please bring your travel mugs to reduce waste. 


We have procured conference rates at two hotels: Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Akron using the book your group rate for OPA University of Akron (note the the last day to book is Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (if you are having any issues ask for Cindy Sherman, Director of Sales) and (for a more affordable option) Baymont Inn & Suites/ Super 8 on Highway 21 west of downtown (call 330-666-5050 and ask for the OPA rate; if you are having any issues ask for Jamie Burton, Director of Sales). 


If you have questions please contact:

Dimitria Gatzia, Program Chair