2017 Conference Program

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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 the Education Commons Building, 227 Montross Ave. Continental breakfast served 9 am in the Ed Commons lobby as well.

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 Education Commons Bldg) 

1.  Intuitionism (201 Martin)
Chair: Richard Burnor, Felician University

David Kaspar (St. John’s University), “What We Think About Morality”

Matthew Shea (St. Louis University), “Intuitionism, Conflicts of Duties, and Practical Wisdom”

2. Standing to Blame (205 Martin)
Chair: Michael Young, Providence, Rhode Island

Kyle Fritz (University of Mississippi), “Distributive Injustice and the State’s Standing to Blame”


3.  Duties to Others (206 Martin, changed from 207)
Chair: Donald Casey, Felician University

Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall University), “Save (Some of) the Children”

Alex Clark (Louisiana State University), “Moral Desperation, the Luxury of Goodness, and the Problem of Close Ties”


1.  Aristotle’s Ethics (201 Martin)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja (Felician University)

Tiger Zheng (University of Guelph), “Developing Deliberative Excellence: Eubolia as a Skill”


2.  Agency and Freedom (205 Martin)
Chair: George Abaunza, Felician University

Roman Altshuler (Kutztown University), “Temporalized Constitutivism”

Robbie Kubala (Columbia University), “Moral Theory and Moral Unfreedom”


3.  Just War Theory (206 Martin, changed from 207)
Chair: Richard Burnor, Felician University

Ben Bronner (Rutgers University), “Proportionality: Problems of Application”

Daniel Restrepo (St. John’s University), “Naked Soldiers, Naked Terrorists”


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: Edward Ogle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Felician University

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

Michele M. Moody-Adams
Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory
Columbia University

“Taking Expression Seriously”



1.  Virtue and Right Action (201 Martin)
Chair: Michael Young, Providence, Rhode Island

Katharina Nieswandt and Ulf Hlobil (Concordia University), “Virtues for the Imperfect”

Michael Sigrist (George Washington University), “Knowledge and Understanding in Ethics: In Defense of Iris Murdoch”


2.  Tragedy and Punishment (205 Martin)
Chair: TBA

Jan Swiderski (Syracuse University), “Irresolvable and Tragic Dilemmas in Virtue Ethics”

Chris Ketcham (University of Houston, Downtown), “Levinas and Forgiveness”


3. Virtue and Animal Experimentation (206 Martin, changed from 207)
Chair: Irfan Khawaja, Felician University

Michael Furac (University of Guelph), “Animal Experimentation and Virtue”


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

Post-Conference Dinner
Location: Mambo’s Tea House, 7 pm reservation
Going: Alison Bowles, Alex Clark, Kyle Fritz, Ulf Hlobil, Irfan Khawaja, Matt Shea, Michael Young, Tiger Zheng

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

Last modified: October 16, 2017