Newsletter Winter 2012 Graduate Student Conference

Graduate Student Conference

The Biannual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference was held on February 10th and 11th. The central topic of the conference was Responsibility. The keynote address of the conference was given on Friday by Professor David Shoemaker, Tulane University, on "Remnants of Character." Professor Shoemaker has published two booksKnowledge, Nature, and Norms: An Introduction to Philosophy and Personal Identity and Ethics: A Brief Introduction, and many articles in the areas of moral and criminal agency and responsibility, and personal identity and ethics.

Graduate students from across the country presented their papers at the Simpson Center for the Humanities on Saturday and UW graduate students provided the commentary. Topics included "Self-Forgiveness and Quality of Will", "Second Personal Reasons and Moral Obligation," "A Maneuver around the Modified Manipulation Argument" and "On Libertarian Agency."

This conference was made possible by the generous support of the Department of Philosophy and the Program on Values.


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