Announcement: Eighth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs


Eighth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Felician College Rutherford Campus
223 Montross Ave.
Rutherford, NJ 07070

(Please park in Parking Lot D on Montross Ave. directly across from Martin Hall)

Registration begins 8:45 am in the lobby of Martin Hall (pictured at the bottom of this page, but pictured there facing the building from the quad rather than the street). Continental breakfast served 9 am in 105 Martin Hall. 

Note: There is a $20 registration fee payable at the door (check or cash, please), $10 for graduate students. There is no registration fee for members of the Felician College community. 

FIRST MORNING SESSION: 9:30-11 am, Martin Hall (room locations TBD)

1. Deontology
Chair: TBA

Christa Johnson (Ohio State), “Moral Reasons and the Paradox of Deontology” 

Christopher Tomaszewski (University of Connecticut), “The Fundamental Moral Relevance of Persons: A Reply to Taurek”

2. Particularism and Situationism
Chair: Joseph Biehl (Felician College)

Richard Cordero (Florida State University), “Particularism and the Basic Thesis”

Alain Pe-Curto (Rutgers University) and F. Lauria (University of Geneva), “The Situationist Boomerang”

3. Aristotelian Themes
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)
Max Parish (University of Oklahoma), “Ethical Naturalism and Moral Universalism” 

David Hershenov (SUNY Buffalo) and Rose Hershenov (Niagara University), “Morally Relevant Potential”

4. Religious Ethics (sponsored by the Felician College Department of Religious Studies)
Chair: Sylvia McGeary (Felician College)

Bridgette Frank (Seton Hall University), “Ethical Kashrut

Farooq Hassan (Georgetown University Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan), “Rethinking the Ethical Dimension of Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Discourse”


SECOND MORNING SESSION: 11:15 am-12:45 pm, Martin Hall

1. Moral Epistemology: Aliefs, Beliefs, and Ethics
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)

Ryan Scherbart, “The New Problem of Free Will”

Mark Brennan (SUNY Albany), “Affective Attitudes, Evidence, and Justified Trusting”

2. Happiness and Well-Being
Chair: George Abaunza (Felician College)

Christine Vitrano (Brooklyn College), “The Upside of Unhappiness” 

Christopher Rice (Fordham University), “Minor Goods and Objective Theories of Well Being”

 3. Kantian Themes
Chair: Joseph Biehl (Felician College)

Chris Melenovsky (University of Pennsylvania), “The Basic Structure of Society and Ethical Life”

Brian Coffey (University of California at Davis), “Reinterpreting the Mere Means Principle”

4. Virtue Ethics
Chair: Richard Burnor (Felician College)

Kris Rhodes (Martin University), “A New Analysis of Mercy”

Bongrae Seok (Alvernia University), “Moral Asymmetry: Honesty and Dishonesty”



LUNCH 1-2 pm in “The Falcon’s Nest” (walk straight out the main door of Martin Hall for about 100 yards, then make a hard left and go approximately 200 yards to the Falcon’s Nest, to the right of “The Castle”)


PLENARY 2:15-3:45 pm Main Auditorium, Sammartino Hall
Welcome: Sister Mary Rosita Brennan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Felician College

Introduction: Irfan Khawaja, Co-Coordinator, Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Felician College

 Plenary: Macalester Bell (Columbia University)

“Honor, Respect, and Contempt”


AFTERNOON SESSION: 4-5:30 pm, Martin Hall

1. Moral Reasoning and Moral Judgment
Chair: TBA
Scott Forschler, “The Origin and Role of Moral Supervenience in Recursive Practical Reasoning” 

Robbie Kubala (Columbia University), “Judging Valuable”

2. Hypocrisy and Moral Weakness
Chair: Macalester Bell (Columbia University)
Kyle Fritz and Daniel Miller (Florida State University), “Hypocrisy and Standing to Blame” 

Molly Sinderbrand (University of Pennsylvania), “The Weakness and Folly of Mankind: Weakness, Approbation, and Human Nature in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments

3. Natural Law/Medieval Ethics
Chair: Donald Casey (Felician College)

Gregory Sadler (Marist College), “Justice as Degree of Ontological Dignity: An Anselmian Examination”

Peter Cvek (St. Peter’s University), “Thomistic Reflections on Locke’s Theory of Natural Law”

Reception 5:30-6 pm,  The Castle, first floor reception room (originally Martin 105)

Dinner reservations: Location TBD, 7 pm

 Please direct any questions about the Felician Ethics Conference to Irfan Khawaja, (201) 559-6000 (x6288), or

Martin Hall on Felician’s Rutherford campus, site of the concurrent sessions at the Felician Ethics Conference

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