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. 

9:15 am, 105 Martin Hall:Welcoming remarks, Dr. Anne Prisco, President, Felician College.

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

1. Deontology (201 Martin)
Chair: Yvonne Raley (Felician College)

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 (205 Martin)
Chair: Joseph Biehl (Felician College)

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

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

3. Aristotelian Themes (206 Martin)
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) (207 Martin)
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 (201 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)

Ryan Scherbart (University of California, Santa Cruz), “The New Problem of Free Will

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

2. Happiness and Well-Being (205 Martin)
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 (206 Martin)
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. Asymmetries and Discontinuities: Honesty and Moral Responsibility (207 Martin)
Chair: Richard Burnor (Felician College)

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

James DiGiovanna (John Jay College, CUNY), “Responsibility in Discontinous Selves



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, Ground Floor, Sammartino Hall

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

 Plenary: Peter Simpson (CUNY Graduate Center)

Political Illiberalism: A Defense”*


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

1. Moral Reasoning and Moral Judgment (201 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)
Scott Forschler, “The Origin and Role of Moral Supervenience in Recursive Practical Reasoning”

Robbie Kubala (Columbia University), “Judging Valuable”

2. Hypocrisy and Moral Weakness (205 Martin)
Chair: George Abaunza (Felician College)
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 (207 Martin)
Chair: Donald Casey (Felician College)

Gregory Sadler (Marist College), “An Anselmian Theory of Justice

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

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

Dinner: Restaurante Azteca, 7 pm

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

Last updated: May 1, 2014 (IK)


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