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For 1st time, APSU hosts 53rd annual Southeastern Philosophy Conference

Over the past 53 years, the Southeastern Philosophy Conference has earned a reputation as a top-drawer venue for undergraduate philosophy students to present their research while also providing them with opportunities for formal and informal discussions with other philosophy students and faculty from several universities.

This yearfor the first timeAustin Peay State University will host the 53rd Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on March 31-April 1.
Over the past 53 years, the Southeastern Philosophy Conference has earned a reputation as a top-drawer venue for undergraduate philosophy students to present their research while also providing them with opportunities for formal and informal discussions with other philosophy students and faculty from several universities.

This yearfor the first timeAustin Peay State University will host the 53rd Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on March 31-April 1.

Philosophy students from colleges/universities throughout Tennessee, Georgia, northern Alabama and southern Kentucky were invited. About 40 students and faculty will attend, with 27 students presenting scholarly papers on a wide range of topics.

According to Dr. Mark Michael, professor of philosophy and conference coordinator, all sessions will be held in the Joe Morgan University Center. The conference schedule is below.

Friday, March 31
7:30 p.m., Morgan University Center, Room 303
Keynote address is “A Folk Epistemic Justification of Democracy” by Dr. Robert Talisse,
assistant professor of philosophy, Vanderbilt University
9 p.m.
Reception with refreshments in UC 303

Saturday, April 1
8:20 a.m. —bagels, muffins and coffee

9-9:30 a.m. Session I
*Room 308: "Getting at the Truth: Epistemology Through the Critical
Lens of Helen Longino's Selectionist Model and Nancy Hartsock's Dominance
Theory," Cyndi Clark, MTSU
*Room 310: “Who is the Terrorist? Who Decides?” Sade Johnson, TSU
*Room 312: “What a Friend We Have in Reason,” John Stigall, MTSU

9:30-10 a.m. Session II
*Room 308: “African Existentialism: Acceptance into Personhood,” Danielle N. Jenkins. TSU
*Room 310: “The Teleological Argument: Weaknesses and Assumptions,” Matt Gilbert, APSU
*Room 312: "Psychical Sense: Bullough's Expansion of Kant's Disinterested Liking,” Eric West, MTSU

10-10:30 a.m. Session III
*Room 308: “Holy, Holy, Holy: Myth of the Gods,” Stephanie Taylor, TSU
*Room 310: “On Race Theory: Revisiting the Mis-Education of the Negro,” Jason Burcelis. Fisk University
*Room 312: "Accountability and Moral Progress: An Analysis of Friendship in Ethical Decision Making," Blake DeVar, MTSU

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45-11:15 a.m. Session IV
*Room 308: “Culture and Technology: Sex, Art and Video Games,” Bryan Robinson, MTSU
*Room 310: “Higher Woman/Lower Woman: The Dividing Factor Within American Society,” Diana C. Onyejiaka, TSU
*Room 312: “On the Dialogical Process: Euthyphro's Dilemma,” Monica Moyer, TSU
11:15-11:45 a.m. Session V
*Room 308: “Terrorism, Globalization and Eurocentric Male Dominance,” Laurel B. Kilbourn, TSU
*Room 310: "Plato and Aristotle on the Proper Function of Rhetoric," Alan Jackson,
University of the South

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session VI
*Room 308: “Presentism and Knowledge,” Jeremiah Sager, APSU
*Room 310: “What Is the Holy? An Enduring Question,” Toriano Green, TSU
*Room 312: “Equilibrium of the Contraries,” Ryan Driber, MTSU

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Discussion
“Socrates Online: Teaching Philosophy in the 21st Century”

1:15-1:45 p.m. Session VII
*Room 308: “On the African-American Condition: Revisions for the 21st Century,” Michael Carter, TSU
*Room 310: “On Wittgenstein: The Philosophy of Language,” Larry M. Jiles Jr., Fisk University
*Room 312:“Refuting the Circular Argument - The True Fallacy,” David Garner, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1:45-2:15 p.m.: Session VIII
*Room 308: "Supervenience and the Relativity of Properties," Ty O'Grady, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
*Room 310: “On Human Sexuality: Trapped In the Closet or Standing In the Casket,” Derriell Springfield, TSU
*Room 312: “Anthropomorphism and the Black Experience,” Corey Barnes, Fisk University

1:15-2:45 p.m.: Session IX
*Room 308: “Defending the Maxim: Kant, Frankfurt and Levy,” Landon Schurtz, TSU
*Room 310: "State of War: Economic Inequalities Arising From Lockean Idealism of Proxy Property," Don Dillard, APSU
*Room 312: "Bohr, Wittgenstein and the Solvent of Complementarity,” Adam Walker, MTSU

Michael said, “We're excited about the opportunity to host this conference that gives undergraduates first-hand knowledge about academic life, which thrives on open discussion, shared ideas and submitting one's beliefs and theories to critical scrutiny.

“The papers cover a wide range of topics, from contemporary issues, such as the nature of terrorism, to the more traditional philosophical concerns about the nature of knowledge and morality.”

For more information, please contact Michael by telephone at (931) 221-1003 or e-mail at michaelm@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke