Fifth Annual Felician Ethics Conference
Saturday, April 30, 2011

Felician College Rutherford Campus
223 Montross Ave.
Rutherford NJ 07070

Registration begins 8:45 am in the lobby of Martin Hall. Continental breakfast served 9 am in 105 Martin Hall

FIRST MORNING SESSION: 9:30-11 am, Martin Hall

1. Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Martin 201)
Chair: Richard Burnor, Felician College

Benjamin Vilhauer (William Paterson University of New Jersey), “Taking Free Will Skepticism Seriously”

Richard Kamber and Jason Kane (The College of New Jersey), “Unintentional Lapses as Frankfurt Cases”

2. Reasons, Value, and Action (Martin 206)

Chair: Joseph Biehl (Felician College)

Michael Neal (University of Missouri at St. Louis), “The Value Problem of Moral Action”

Christopher Rice (Fordham University), “Evolution and Our Ultimate Reasons for Action”

3. Virtue Ethics (Martin 207)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician College

Kyle Scott (University of Houston), “Consent and Federalism: A Virtue Ethics Defense”

Miguel Alzola (Fordham University), “Role Morality and the Virtues”


SECOND MORNING SESSION: 11:15 am -12:45 pm, Martin Hall 
 1. Agency and Intention (Martin 201)
Chair: Richard Kamber, The College of New Jersey

Roman Altshuler (SUNY Stony Brook), “Moral Agency Sans Volitionism”

Hannah Bondurant (University of Missouri, St. Louis), “The Role of Conscious Intention: A Response to Wegner’s Theory of Apparent Mental Causation”

2. Kant and Aristotle on Virtue (Martin 207)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician College

Weibke Deimling (University of Pennsylvania), “Benevolence and Basic Needs in Kant”

Paul Gaffney (St. John’s University), “In the Zone: How the Confident Athlete Exemplifies Aristotelian Virtue”

3. Autism and Ethics (Martin 203)
Chair: Yvonne Raley, Felician College

Alexandra Perry (Bergen County College), “Making Eye Contact with Autism”

Bongrae Seok (Alvernia University), “Empathy, Moral Agency, and Autism”

4. Hope and Self-Respect (Martin 206)
Chair: George Abaunza, Felician College

Joshua Thomas (Fordham University), “Hope as a Moral Concept”

Xiao Wei (University of Southern California), “Self-Respect in A Theory of Justice


LUNCH     1-1:45 pm    in “The Falcon’s Nest”


PLENARY      2-3:30 pm    Main Auditorium, Sammartino Hall
Welcome: Sister Mary Rosita Brennan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Felician College

Introduction: Irfan Khawaja, Chair, Dept. of Philosophy, Felician College

Plenary: John E. Hare (Yale Divinity School), “Can We Be Good Without God?”


AFTERNOON SESSION: 3:45-5:15 pm, Martin Hall

1. Moral Concepts and Moral Semantics (Martin 207)

Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician College

John J. Park (Duke University), “Thick Concepts and Prototype Structure”

Douglas Rasmussen (St John’s University), “Perfectionism and the Alleged Naturalistic Fallacy”

2. Kantian Ethics (Martin 201)
Chair: John E. Hare, Yale Divinity School, Yale University

Kyla Ebels Duggan (Northwestern University), “Kant on Morality, Happiness, and Religion”

Laura Papish (Johns Hopkins University), “Rethinking Kant’s Hypothetical Imperative”

3. Moral Rebellion: Courage and Betrayal (Martin 205)
Chair: Donald Casey, Felician College

Moti Mizrahi (Hunter College, CUNY), “The Courage to Refuse: Conscientious Objection in the Israel Defense Forces”

Robert McParland (Felician College), “Chance, Choice, and Betrayal in Crime and Punishment and Under Western Eyes

Reception     5:20-6 pm    Martin Hall 105

For further information, contact Dr. Irfan Khawaja at


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