SAAP Annual Meeting 2015

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Thursday, 5 March 2015
Conference FoyerBoardroom
Helen Tartar Book Exhibit Registration
Kent RoomDirectors Room BDirectors Room CDirectors Room AOttawa Room
Author Meets CriticsTadd RuetenikAuthor: Erin McKenna, Pacific Lutheran UniversityPets, People And PragmatismTadd Ruetenik, St. Ambrose University; Steven Fesmire, Green Mountain College Discussion Papers on the Human Condition and American PragmatismDavid VesseyRethinking The Human ConditionFrank Ryan, Kent State UniversityThe Partial Eclipse Of American PragmatismJohn Capps, Rochester Institute of TechnologyKelvin Booth Panel: Pragmatism and Religion: Peirce, Sustaining Grace, and the Sustainable Moral SelfRobert KingPragmatism And Religion: Peirce, Sustaining Grace, And The Sustainable Moral SelfRoger Ward, Georgetown College; Robert King, Utah State University Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy: Engagements Between American and Asian Traditions Gail Presbey, University of Detroit Mercy, "Thoreau, the Bhagavad Gita and Gandhi”

Erik D. Baldwin, University of Notre Dame, “Dvaita-Vedanta and Plantingan Religious Epistemology”

Kevin Taylor, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, "Spurring Students Through the Zen Barriers: Hakuin, Dewey and Art"
Traditional Papers on Care Ethics and Pragmatist FrictionsMarcia MoenMorality For Humans, Or Is Mark Johnson A Closeted Care Ethicist?Maurice Hamington, University of Oregon/Lane Community CollegePragmatist FrictionsSusan Dieleman, Dalhousie UniversityMartin A. Coleman
Refreshment Break
Ottawa RoomKent RoomDirectors Room ADirectors Room CDirectors Room B
Caribbean Philosophical Association: Articulating ‘America’ through Global Southern ResourcesDouglas Ficek, University of New Haven, “Epistemic Autonomy and/as Epistemic Closure: Thoughts on Alexis de Tocqueville, C.L.R. James, and Lewis R. Gordon”

Jane Anna Gordon, University of Connecticut, “The Ideas of Latin and Non-Latin America”

Yomaira Figueroa, Michigan State University, “Rethinking ‘American’ Exceptionalism”

Stephen Nathan Haymes, DePaul University, “Decolonality and Ecology from Afro-Atlantic World Perspective”
Discussion Papers on Justice and Environmental Ethics David HildebrandPragmatism's Environmental EthicsStuart Rosenbaum, Baylor UniversityThe Pragmatist's Approach To InjusticeGregory Pappas, Texas A & M UniversityDavid Hildebrand Panel: Dewey and The Contemporary Arts: A ConversationJeff ByrnesDewey And The Contemporary Arts: A ConversationAaron Stoller, North Carolina State University; John Giordano, Merrimack CollegeJeff Byrnes Traditional Papers on Pragmatist Materialism and Rorty Stefan NeubertThe False Dichotomy Of Objectivism And Relativism: A Defense Of Rortian Pragmatism Against Paul BoghossianJohn Thompson, St. Ambrose UniversityThe Pragmatist Promise Of Vibrant MaterialismAnna Cook, University of OregonSteven Miller Traditional Papers on Relational Realism and Post HumanismMatt PamentalPragmatism Without Hope: Dewey, Post Humanism, And The AnthropocenePhillip McReynolds, The University of North Carolina at CharlotteRelational Realism: Francis E. Abbot's Theory Of UniversalsFrederic Tremblay, SUNY at BuffaloRoger Ward
Panel on Urban Sustainability (Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, GVSU)Dr. Haris Alibašić, Director of the Office of Energy & Sustainability, City of Grand Rapids, “Building a Sustainable and Resilient City”

Gayle L. Debruyn, IIDA, LEED-AP; Chief Sustainability Officer and Chair of the Collaborative Design and Furniture/Design Studies Programs, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, "Education for Sustainable Development through Collaboration"

Dr. Bill Lawson, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis, “Environmental Justice and Race”
Reception (Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall, DeVos Center)
Friday, 6 March 2015
Conference FoyerBoardroom
Helen Tartar Book Exhibit Registration
Continental Breakfast (Grand River Room)
Josiah Royce Society Business Meeting (The Gallery (next to The Bistro))
Ottawa RoomKent RoomConference FoyerDirectors Room BDirectors Room CDirectors Room A
Host Institution Panel: Teaching Sustainability at Grand Valley State University: The Pedagogy and Practicality of Community-Engaged, Experiential LearningDanielle LakeSarah King, “The Sustainable Agriculture Project: A Place for Experiential Engagement”

Amy McFarland, “Re-sensitizing Students: An Introduction to Environmental Studies through Community-Based Environmental Struggles”

Danielle Lake, “Dewey and Beyond: Wicked Problems and Undergraduate Civic Engagement”
Panel: Old Assumptions Still Rampant: Lessons Learned from the Interchange of C.I. Lewis with His CriticsJacquelyn KegleyOld Assumptions Still Rampant: Lewssons Learned From The Interchange Of C.i. Lewis With His CriticsJacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield; Carl Sachs, Georgetown University; Peter Olen, University of South Florida Poster SessionPosters will be up throughout the conference for viewingThe Exploration Of Exploitation In Industrial FarmingMcKenzie Williams, Pacific Lutheran University; Kelli Blechschmidt, Pacific Lutheran University The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society: Emerson and EthicsSusan DunstonPrentiss Clark, University of South Dakota, “Rediscovering the Intimacies in which We Exist: Emerson and the Ethical Life”

Susan Dunston, Humanities Department, New Mexico Tech, “Emerson and the Aesthetics of Environmental Ethics”

Joseph Urbas, Université Bordeaux – Montaigne, “Emerson’s Ethics with Ontology, or What’s the Matter with Optimism?”
Traditional Papers on Integration and Discussion Based QueryJudy WhippsDiscussion As A Form Of Query: A Perspective On Buchler’s Educational Theory And PracticePamela Crosby, NASPA: Journal of College and CharacterIntegration, Values, And Well-ordered Interdisciplinary ScienceZachary Piso, Michigan State UniversitySeth Vannatta Traditional Papers on Naturalism and SustainabilityJayne TristanInsuring An Indefinite Future: Sustainability As A Consequence Of Royce's Moral VisionDaniel Brunson, Morgan State UniversityLiberty Hyde Bailey And Pragmatic NaturalismDaniel Rinn, University of RochesterMyron Jackson
Refreshment Break
Coss Dialogue Lecture (Grand River Room)Kimberly Garchar"A Machine is a Watershed for Living in (Reconstituting Architectural Horizons)"
Brook Muller, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Acting Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon
Ottawa Room, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Lunch on your own SAAP Board Meeting
Kent RoomDirectors Room AOttawa RoomDirectors Room CDirectors Room B
Coss Dialogue Follow-Up SessionKimberly GarcharDiscussants:

Paul Thompson, Michigan State University
Piers Stephens, University of Georgia
Bryan Norton, Georgia Institute of Technology
Panel: Melville and PhilosophyCorey McCallThomas Nurmi, Montana State University-Billings, “Melville and the Philosophy of Mourning”

Randal Auxier, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, “There Once Was a Man from Nantucket: Melville and Calvinist ‘Naturalism’”

Corey McCall, Elmira College, “Melville’s Pragmatist Social Philosophy: The Case of The Confidence-Man’s Masquerades”
Society for the Study of Africana PhilosophyAlfred E. PrettymanDaniel Fryer, The University of Pennsylvania, "William Fontaine and the American Race Problem"

James Haile, Dickinson University, "Toward a Black Existential Aesthetic"
The Wilfrid Sellars SocietyCarl SachsDavid Beisecker, University of Nevada Las Vegas, "Experience and Nature: A Neo-Pragmatist Manifesto?"

Robb E. Eason, Emerson College, "Toward a Sellarsian Theory of Responsibility"

Marianne Janack, Hamilton College, "Rorty's Sellars"
Traditional Papers on Sustainability and AestheticsRichard HartToward A Justice Theory Of Sustainability At The Interface Of Deweyan Pragmatism And French Critical PragmatismMeg Holden, Simon Fraser UniversityTrails To Walden Pond: Pragmatic Aesthetics And Relational Aesthetics Approach The Examined LifeJames Campbell, The University of Toledo; Anna Campbell, Grand Valley State UniversityTad Bratkowski
Refreshment Break
Kent RoomDirectors Room CDirectors Room BDirectors Room AOttawa Room
Author Meets CriticsJohn KaagAuthors: Erin McKenna, Pacific Lutheran University; and Scott Pratt, University of Oregon
American Philosophy: From Wounded Knee To The PresentJohn Kaag, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Gregory Pappas, Texas A & M University; Kimberly Garchar, Kent State University; Lee McBride, The College of Wooster
European Pragmatism Association: Believe It or NotMathias Girel, École Normale Supérieure de Paris, France, "W. K. Clifford, Dispositions and Practical Bearings"

Stéphane Madelrieux, University of Lyon 3, France, "Can We Secularize the Will to Believe?"

Sami Pihlström, University of Helsinki, Finland, "Religious, Moral, and Metaphysical Beliefs: a Jamesian Perspective"

Roberto Gronda, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, "From Belief to Experience: Dewey's Anti-Subjectivistic Philosophy of Meaning"
New Scholarship in American Philosophy: Explorations in American Philosophy, From Nature to MethodTess VarnerEli Kramer and Jared Kemling, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, "Nature in America: Evaluating the Emersonian Perspective"

Jon LaRochelle, University of Oregon, "Subordinating the Evil of Ignorance: James, Royce and Epistemologies of Ignorance"

Bonnie Sheehey, University of Oregon, "Redescription and Re-attunement: The Pragmatic Methodologies of Richard Rorty and Jane Bennett"

Discussant: Eric Thomas Weber, University of Mississippi
Panel: Into the Streets: American Philosophy, Community Outreach, and Street CredDwight WelchInto The Streets: American Philosophy, Community Outreach, And Street CredTanya Jeffcoat, University of Central Arkansas; Malik Saafir, University of Central Arkansas; Dwight Welch, United Church of Norman (UCC) Traditional Papers on Dewey, Religion and Moral EducationJudy WhippsDewey On Religious Experiences And The Quest For A Democratic Future: A Conversation With Philip Kitcher (and Others)Judith Green, Fordham UniversityJohn Dewey And The Possibility Of Particularist Moral EducationNate Jackson, University of AkronJudy Whipps
SAAP Graduate Student Business Meeting (Directors Room B)Please contact Tess Varner at with any questions or advance-notice agenda items.
Dinner on your own Group Meetings
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Registration (Boardroom)
Conference FoyerConference Foyer
Helen Tartar Book Exhibit Posters
Grand River RoomThe Gallery (next to The Bistro)
Contintental Breakfast Group Meeting: Jane Collective
Directors Room CKent RoomOttawa RoomDirectors Room BDirectors Room A
Panel: Nature and the Authentication of Religious BeliefNancy Pineda-MadridNature And The Authentication Of Religious BeliefRichard Atkins, Boston College; Bill O'Brien, Saint Louis University; Nathan Hinerman, Golden Gate University Public Philosophy Network: Fishbowl Forum on Pragmatism, Public Philosophy & Public WorkNoëlle McAfeeAlison Kadlec, Public Agenda

Eric Thomas Weber, The University of Mississippi
Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary WorldRocio Alvarez, Texas A&M University, “Non-Violent Civil Disobedience: Perpetuation of Oppressive Ideology and Institutions?”

Christian Matheis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “Sacred mission or greatest efficiency? Notions of sustainability and emancipation in the works of Maria Eugenia Echenique and Mary Parker Follett”

Jose-Antonio Orosco, Oregon State University, “Mirrors of Empire: William James and José Enrique Rodó on Imperial America”

Andrew Soto, Texas A&M University, “Pick My Crops, Wetback! The Impact of Josiah Royce’s Philosophy on Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.”
Traditional Papers on George Herbert Mead and Edwin B. HoltMyron JacksonGeorge Herbert Mead, Public Philosopher: Fostering The Transformative Potential Of Urban SocialitiesDavid Woods, NYU Poly Edwin B. Holt: Between Radical Empiricism And Ecological PsychologyJoshua August Skorburg, University of OregonFrederic Tremblay Traditional Papers on William JamesStephen RoweThe Passional Nature And The Will To BelieveJames Southworth, University of Western OntarioUnsustainable Boundaries: Ontology And Psychology In William JamesRussell Duvernoy, University of OregonErmine Algaier
Refreshment Break
Kent RoomOttawa RoomDirectors Room ADirectors Room BDirectors Room C
Author Meets CriticsJim GarrisonAuthor: Christopher Tirres, DePaul UniversityThe Aesthetics And Ethics Of Faith: A Dialogue Between Liberationist And Pragmatic ThoughtChristopher Tirres, DePaul University; Jim Garrison, Virginia Tech; Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University; Kenneth Stikkers, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Author Meets CriticsV. Denise JamesAuthor: Cynthia Willett, Emory University

Interspecies EthicsCynthia Willett, Emory; Denise James, University of Dayton; Lisa Heldke, Gustavas Adolphus College
Discussion Papers on Pluralism, Feminism and Social EthicsTanya JeffcoatA Pluralistic Universe In Twenty YearsMarilyn Fischer, University of DaytonPragmatist Social Ethics And The Project Of Forging Democratic Relations: Addams And RortyChristopher Voparil, Union Institute & UniversityWilliam R. Caspary Panel: William James in DialogueJohn KaagWilliam James In DialogueDavid Leary, University of Richmond; Alexander Klein, California State University, Long Beach; Francesca Bordogna, University of Notre Dame Society for U.S. Intellectual History: The Rise and Fall of Scientific Humanism in the Twentieth CenturyFred W. BeuttlerPaul Murphy, Grand Valley State University, “Philosophy, Religion, and Intellectual Integration in The New Humanist, 1928-1936”

Bryan McAllister-Grande, Harvard Graduate School of Education, "Scientific Humanism in the Yale Interwar Curriculum"

Stephen P. Weldon, University of Oklahoma, “Reductionism and Holism in Humanistic Philosophy and Psychology”

Discussant: Fred W. Beuttler, Carroll University
Ottawa Room, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Lunch on your own SAAP Board Meeting
Ottawa RoomDirectors Room CDirectors Room ADirectors Room BKent Room
Invited Society: Society for Phenomenology and Existential PhilosophyStéphane MadelrieuxSession Title: New Work at the Intersection of Continental and American Philosophy

Tuomo Tiisala, University of Chicago, "Keeping It Implicit: A Defense of Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge.”

Patrick Gamez, University of Notre Dame, "The Space of Reasons in French Epistemology: Naturalism for Contemporary Continental Philosophy."

David Vessey, Grand Valley State University, "Deweyan Experience, Hermeneutic Experience, and Experiential Education"
Panel: Science, Naturalism, and the Advancement of American PhilosophyDonald DrydenScience, Naturalism, And The Advancement Of American PhilosophyDonald Dryden, Duke University; Lawrence Cahoone, College of the Holy Cross; Donald Crosby, Colorado State University (emeritus) Panel: Toward a Philosophy of Sustainability: Engaging Eco-Pragmatism in the Classroom Toward A Philosophy Of Sustainability: Engaging Eco-pragmatism In The Classroom Panel Discussion SubmissionTess Varner, University of Georgia; Justin Bell, University of Houston - Victoria; David Henderson, Western Carolina University; Randy Spencer, Portland State University Traditional and Discussion Papers in the History of PhilosophyDaniel BrunsonMind And Matter In Early America: The Berkeley-johnson CorrespondenceMichael Jonik, University of SussexPeirce’s Representationalist Theory Of TruthRobert Lane, University of West GeorgiaVitaly Kiryushchenko Traditional Papers on Anthropology and Habit DevelopmentMeg HoldenThe Esthetics Of Habit DevelopmentAaron Massecar, King's University College at Western UniversityTowards A Pragmatist Anthropology Of RaceGabriel Torres, University of Notre Dame; Charles Hobbs, Texas State UniversityMeg Holden
Refreshment Break
SAAP Business Meeting (Grand River Room)
Founders Address (Grand River Room)James Campbell"For Whom the Bell Tolls: Jamesian and Deweyan Reflections on Death and Dying"
Bill Gavin, University of Southern Maine
Banquet and Awards (Imperial Ball Room, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel)


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