Upcoming Events with Professor Joe Stramondo (San Diego State)

The philosophy department is proud to sponsor a couple of upcoming events on bioethics and disability, featuring Professor Joe Stramondo (San Diego State).

Professor Stramondo will give a lecture next Friday (Oct 26) entitled “Epistemic Authority, Adaptive Preferences, and Judging the Quality of a Life with Disability”. Professor Stramondo is a philosopher, a bioethicist, and an activist whose research centers on how social and political power shapes the institutions and practices of bioethics. The lecture will be on Friday, October 26th, 3pm, at Wyatt 109. More information is available at: https://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/details/lecture-epistemic-authority-adaptive-preferences-and-judging-the-quality-of-a-life-with-disability/2018-10-26/

Here is a preview of the lecture: There are several critiques of the application of idea of adaptive preferences to undercut disabled people who claim they have good lives (Amundson, Barnes, and Goering). There are also arguments against physician assisted suicide that seem to use an argumentative structure that is quite similar to the logic of adaptive preferences (such as a disabled person who has a desire to die has really adapted his preferences such that he prefers something that is sub-optimal only because other, better choices are out of reach). This lecture tries to reconcile these positions by finding a way of parsing between uses of the idea of adaptive preferences that are instances of testimonial injustice against disabled people (as Barnes describes it) and those that genuinely describe a phenomenon in which a person’s preference for physician-assisted suicide is distorted in the ‘sour grapes’ sense.

Before Professor Stramondo’s visit, ASUPS Campus Films will screen during this weekend the documentary Far From The Tree, in which Professor Stramondo is profiled amongst other extraordinary individuals. “This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been” (91% on Rotten Tomatoes). There will be six screenings of the documentary at Rausch Auditorium in Macintyre Hall on Friday (10/19) 6pm, 9pm; Saturday (10/20) 6pm, 9pm; and Sunday (10/21) 2pm, 6pm.

These events are sponsored by the Philosophy Department; and co-sponsored by the Bioethics Program, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; with additional support from the Offices of Business and Security Services.

CFP: MSU Denver’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference

Metropolitan State University of Denver have put out a call for papers for their Annual Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference from April 5-7, 2019. See the message and call for papers below from MSU Professors Carol Quinn and Liz Goodnick:

Profs Carol Quinn and Liz Goodnick are excited to announce MSU Denver’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference, April 5-7, 2019. This is the only conference of its kind. It’s an incredible experience of shared scholarship and community building, and it keeps growing!

For the third year in a row, we are happy to announce a $500 prize for the student with the best paper who will also serve as our student keynote speaker. Our faculty keynote speaker this year is Tina Rulli, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UC Davis.

For the second year in a row, we are holding a lottery to pay for hotel and airfare for one student. Please circulate this call for papers with your students and faculty, and with any of your contacts outside of your institution. Help us get the word out!

We hope to see you and your students next year at this exciting event.

Carol and Liz

CFP: Rutgers Columbia Undergraduate Conference 2019

The Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University – New Brunswick is hosting an Undergraduate Philosophy Conference in April. Email your submissions to theundergraduateconference@gmail.com. For more information, visit their event page.

Submission deadline: January 17, 2019
Conference date: April 6, 2019

2nd Annual RU-CU Undergraduate Conference (updated 9.21.18)

Would You Get a Beer With Voldemort? A Recap of Neal Tognazzini’s Lecture

Earlier this semester, Western Washington University philosophy professor Neal Tognazzini gave the talk, “Silence and Salience: The Ethics of Being Judgmental.” In an article Anneli Fogt published about the lecture, Fogt recalls:

Roughly 50 students filled a Wyatt Hall classroom one Friday evening to hear him give a lecture called “Silence and Salience: The Ethics of Being Judgmental,” in which he addressed ethical dilemmas relating to judgment. He focused on the crucial link between judgment, moral standing, and relationships.

For example, when a child throws a tantrum in a restaurant, disturbed diners might shoot the parents angry looks or grumble to their friends. Neal explained that whether or not the diners are right that the parents are to blame for the situation, without a relationship to the parents, they don’t have the moral standing to judge them.

For the full article about the lecture, visit this link. 

 

Environmental Racism: A talk by Professor Ariela Tubert

The Bioethics Club has organized for Professor Ariela Tubert to give a talk about environmental racism on Wednesday, March 7.

Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 7:00–8:00pm
Place: Thompson Hall, Room 381

Environmental Racism