Felician Workshops

The Felician Workshops in Philosophy and Normative Theory take place periodically across the semester at Felician. Sponsored by the Felician College Department of Philosophy in conjunction with the Felician Ethics Institute, they feature intense, focused discussions between presenters and members of Felician’s Philosophy Department. All talks take place in the Castle Board Room on the Rutherford campus, at 1:00 pm, except unless otherwise specified. As of 2010, all ethics-oriented talks will be sponsored by the Ethics Institute, and non-ethics-related talks will be sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. In the interests of completeness, both ethics-related and non-ethics-related talks are listed below. Talks (including talks scheduled in the future) are listed in reverse chronological order. For more information, email Joseph Biehl, Workshop Coordinator, at biehlj@felician.edu.

2013
November 15 (Friday)
Graham Parsons (West Point Military Academy)
“The Absurdity of Public War for Human Rights”
Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

September 18 (Wednesday)
Lisa Warenski (City College of New York), “The Return of Thrasymachus”
Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

May 15 (Wednesday):
Anthony Bizien (Undergraduate Philosophy and History Major, Felician College),  “No Child Left Behind: A Deweyan Critique.”

Mark Carbonaro (Undergraduate Philosophy Major, Felician College), “Cruelty, Love, and Fear: A Critique of Machiavelli’s Prince.”

These senior thesis presentations took place 1-3:30 pm in 407 Kirby Hall. Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute and the Department of Philosophy.

April 10 (Wednesday): Raffaella De Rosa (Philosophy, Rutgers-Newark)
“The Real Challenge of Locke’s Critique of Nativism.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

March 1 (Friday):  Stephen Grimm (Philosophy, Fordham)
“Understanding as Knowledge of the Cause.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

February 6 (Wednesday): Maria Lopez (Undergraduate Philosophy Major, Felician College)
“The Marxian Critique of Capitalism.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Felician Ethics Institute. This senior thesis presentation will take place at 1 pm in Kirby 407.

2012
November 14 (Wednesday): Gregory Sadler (Philosophy, Marist College)
Anger and Akrasia in Aristotle.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

September 26 (Wednesday): Yvonne Raley (Philosophy, Felician College)
“Do Species Exist?” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

March 14 (Wednesday): Tiger Roholt (Philosophy, Montclair State University)
“A Phenomenological Approach to Musical Subtlety.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

January 27 (Friday): Robert Talisse (Philosophy, Vanderbilt University)
“Impunity and Republican Freedom.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

2011
December 14 (Wednesday):
Donald Casey (Philosophy, Felician College)
“St. Francis of Assisi as a Source of Ethical Reflection.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

November 11 (Friday):
Ishani Maitra (Philosophy, Rutgers-Newark)
“What Assertion Is.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

September 28 (Wednesday): “9/11 + 10: Reflections.”
A Panel Discussion with members of the Felician College faculty: Joseph Biehl (Philosophy), Fr. John O’Neill (Religious Studies, Campus Ministry), and Gary Krulish (Criminal Justice). Obal Hall 310, 1 pm. Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

March 28 (Monday): Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician College)
“Singer on the Afghan War: The Use and Abuse of the Last Resort Criterion.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.
Singer on the Afghan War

February 18 (Friday): Michael Menser, (Philosophy, Brooklyn College/Graduate Center CUNY)
“How Best to Solve the Global Food Crisis? Sovereignty, the Right to Food and the Role of the State.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

2010
November 8:
Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician College)
“And the Last Shall Be First: A Critique of the ‘Last Resort’ Criterion of Just War Theory.” Sponsored by the Felician Ethics Institute.

April 26: Joseph Biehl (Philosophy, Felician College)
“Keep the Faith, Hold the Knowledge.” Sponsored by the Dept. of Philosophy.

February 29: Donald Casey (Philosophy, Felician College)
“Jalaluddin Rumi on Faith and Reason.” Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

2009
November 16: Jeff Buechner (Philosophy, Rutgers-Newark)
“Critical Thinking Skills Which You Think You Have, But Really Don’t.”

October 26: Vincent Rama (Philosophy, William Paterson University)
“Lessons for Professional and Business Ethics in Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito.”

April 29: Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician College)
“Locke and Load: Gun Control and the Right to Self-Defense.”

March 2: Joseph Biehl (Philosophy, Felician College)
“The Denial of Objective Normative Standards”

2008
November 10:
Joyce Mullan (Philosophy, New Jersey City University)
“Women and Political Violence.”

October 14: Nita de Oliveira (Philosophy, Pontifical Catholic University, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
“Global Justice, Ethics, and Politics.”

September 29: Michael Sanford (Mathematics, Felician College)
“The Mathematics of Voting: How Do We Make Choices in a Democracy?”

April 14: Irfan Khawaja (Philosophy, Felician College)
“‘Why They Hate Us’: Judging, Explaining, and Understanding Islamist Terrorism.”

March: Donald Casey (Philosophy, Felician College)
“The Platonism of Pope Benedict XVI”

Last revised: December 6, 2013 (IK)

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