2016 Conference Program

Tenth Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Felician University Rutherford Campus
227 Montross Ave.
Rutherford, NJ 07070

(Please park in Lot D on Montross Ave. directly across from the Education Commons Building; Lot D also serves as the parking lot for the “Little Theater.”)

Registration begins 8:45 am in the lobby of Martin Hall. 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 University community, or the plenary speaker. 

FIRST MORNING SESSION: 9:30-11 am, MARTIN HALL (next to the Ed Commons Bldg) 

1. Inquiry and Identity: Meta-Philosophical Themes (201 Martin)
Chair: George Abaunza, Felician University
David Kaspar (St. John’s University), “The Elements of Moral Inquiry”

James DiGiovanna (John Jay College, CUNY), “Situationism and No Identity Whatsoever

2. Egoism, Consequentialism, and Virtue Ethics (205 Martin)
Chair: Donald Casey, Felician University
David Potts (City College of San Francisco), “Aristotelian Egoism and the Ergon Argument

Justin Anderson (Seton Hall University), “How Contemporary Virtue Ethics Has Become Another Consequentialism”

3. Property Rights (207 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician University
M. Blake Wilson (Binghamton University, SUNY), “What’s So Private About Private Property?”

Chris Ketcham (University of Houston, Downtown), “Toward a Restatement of the Philosophy of Property


1. Meta-Ethics (201 Martin)
Chair: Richard Burnor, Felician University
Roman Altshuler (Kutztown University), “Two Faces of Constitutivism”

Jacob Sparks (Bowling Green State University), “Is, Ought, and the Regress Argument

2. Well-Being and Value (205 Martin)
Chair: George Abaunza, Felician University
Christine Vitrano (Brooklyn College, CUNY), “What Does the Shape of a Life Tell Us About Its Overall Value?”

Sherry Ya-Yun Kao (Rice University), “Values and Commitments as the Focal Point of Well Being”

3. The Ethics of Civic Life (207 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician University)
Pierre LeMorvan (The College of New Jersey), “Skepticism as Civic Virtue and Civic Vice

Daniel Layman (Davidson College), “Value Beyond Markets: Relationships, Trade-Offs, and Civic Status


LUNCH 1-2 pm in “The Falcon’s Nest” (walk straight out the back door of Martin hall for about 50 yards, then left 100 yards to the Falcon’s Nest, to the immediate right of “The Castle”)


PLENARY 2:15-3:45 pm, Main Lecture Hall, Education Commons Building

Welcome: Dr. Anne Prisco, President, Felician University

Introduction: Irfan Khawaja, Director, Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs


J.L.A. Garcia (Boston College)

“Grounding the Meta-Theory of Morals”



1. The Ethics, Economics, and Politics of Adjuncting (201 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician University
Michelle Ciurria (Washington University, St. Louis), “What Do We Owe Adjunct Faculty?”

Derek Bowman (Providence College), “Why Working for Free Is Bad for Your Students

2. Applied Ethics: Bioethics and Business Ethics (205 Martin)
Chair: Donald Casey, Felician University
Vanessa Lam (University of Waterloo), “CEOs Should Not Pay Themselves for Luck”

Monika Piotrowska (University at Albany, SUNY), “Death and Reproduction”

3. Moral Discourse and Moral Judgment (207 Martin)
Chair: Michael Young, Providence, Rhode Island
Benjamin Rossi (University of Notre Dame), “Moral Complacency, Hypocrisy, and the Standing to Blame”

Reception 5:30-6 pm, The Castle, first floor reception room (“The Parlor”)

Post-Conference Dinner
Location: Mambo’s Tea House, 7 pm

Please direct any questions about the Felician Ethics Conference to Irfan Khawaja, felicianethicsconference@gmail.com.

Last revised: April 24, 2016