Seventh Annual Felician Ethics Conference
Saturday, April 20, 2013

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 our home page, but pictured facing the building from the quad rather than the street). Continental breakfast served 9 am in 105 Martin Hall.

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

1. Moral Epistemology (Martin 201)
Chair: Sheldon Wein, St. Mary’s University (Halifax, NS)

James Quigley (Florida State University), “Emotional Caring and Moral Apprehension

Moti Mizrahi (St. John’s University), “Why Intuitive Moral Judgments Do Not Track the Truth”

2. Business Ethics (Martin 207)
Chair: Yvonne Raley, Felician College

Chris Herrera (Montclair State University), “Objections to Insider Trading”

Ashley Acosta-Fox (University of Kansas), “Morality at the Marketplace”

3. Catholic Social Thought (Martin 205)
Chair: Sylvia McGeary, Felician College

John Mizzoni (Neumann University), “Environment Ethics – The Catholic View

Robert McParland (Felician College), “Welcome to the Jungle: Distributive Justice, Rerum Novarum, and the Growls of Subsidiarity”

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

1. Aristotelian Ethics (Martin 205)
Chair: Carrie-Ann Biondi, Marymount Manhattan College

Greg Sadler (Marist College), “What is Aristotelian Prohairesis?”

Carissa Philips-Garrett (Rice University), “The Good of Moral Shaping in Friendship

2. Ethics, Measurement, and Measurability (Martin 207)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician College

Sheldon Wein (St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia), “Toward a Measured Approach to International Development”

William Sin (Hong Kong Institute of Education), “On Indefinite Ethics: The Unknowable Limits of Demands”

 3. The Ethics of Love (Martin 206)
Chair: George Abaunza, Felician College

Christine Vitrano (Brooklyn College), “Love and Resilience

Robbie Kubala (Columbia University), “Endorsing the Causes of Love”

4. Libertarianism: Nozick and Tomasi (Martin 201)
Chair: Vicente Medina, Seton Hall University

James Paul Messina (George State University), “Morality, Self-Respect, and the Priority of Liberty

Stephen O’Hanlon (Temple University, Rutgers/Camden), “A Tale of Two Nozicks: Democracy as the Death Knell of Nozick’s Libertarianism”


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: Joseph Biehl, Co-Coordinator, Felician Ethics Institute, and Department of Philosophy, Felician College

Plenary: Robert Audi (University of Notre Dame),

Intuitive Moral Judgment and Axiological Plurality: Can the New Intuitionism Solve the Problem of Incommensurable Values?


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

1. Issues in Meta-Ethics: Moral Luck; Non-Cognitivism (Martin 201)
Chair: Joseph Biehl, Felician College

Mark Anderson (Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus), “Counterfactuals, Acts, and Moral Worth

John Park (Duke University), “Contingent Non-Cognitivism and the Expressive Component”

2. The Ethics of Humility (Martin 207)
Chair: Donald Casey, Felician College

Bongrae Seok (Alvernia University), “Negative Virtues and the Sustainability Approach”

Jason Cruze (Biola University), “ ‘I Too Am a Potential Sinner’: Humility and Moral Standing to Blame”

3. The Claims of Community: MacIntyre and Weil (Martin 206)
Chair: Greg Sadler, Marist College

Sarah Farkas (Emmanuel College), “Particularism Versus Universalism: Must We Choose?”  (Unfortunately, Professor Farkas has had to cancel her appearance at the conference due to illness; her paper will be read by Irfan Khawaja, Felician College, who will stand in for her during Q&A)

Joyce Mullan (Stevens Institute), “Personhood and Human Rights in Simone Weil”

Reception 5:30-6 pm Martin Hall 105

Dinner reservations, Mambo Tea House, 6:45 pm

Last revised: April 21, 2013


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