Past Conferences Programs - 2001

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

28 th Annual Meeting Program
Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Hosted by the University of Nevada
March 11-13, 2001

Theme: 'The City'Sunday, March 11

1:00 Registration Opens

2:00-3:45 Concurrent Sessions #1-4

Panel session #1:

The American Republic: Pragmatism at Work and Play

James Pawelski (Albright College)Business

Doug Anderson (Penn State)Sport

Jim Campbell (University of Toledo)Politics

Roger Ward (Georgetown College, Georgetown KY) Religion

Panel session #2:

Bruce Wilshire's The Primal Roots of American Philosophy: Pragmatism, Phenomenology and Native American Thought : Analysis, Critique, and Author?s Response.

Moderator: Glen Mazis (Soka University)

Discussants: Edward Mooney (Sonoma State University) , John Lachs (Vanderbilt University), Crispin Sartwell (Maryland School of Art)

Response: Bruce Wilshire (Rutgers University)

Paper session #3:


Chair: Paola Kindred (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Speaker: Gregory M. Fahy (Gannon University)

New Urbanism and Aesthetic Unity: A Deweyan Response

Comment: Krystyna Wilkoszewska (Jagiellonian University, Poland)


Chair: Peter A. Redpath (St. John's University)

Speaker: Shannon Kincaid (Brooklyn College)

Democratic Ideals and the Urban Experience

Comment: Lawrence Cahoone (Holy Cross )

Paper Session #4

Chair: Michael Eldridge (UNC Charlotte)

Speakers: Scott Aiken and Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University)

Pragmatism and the Possibility of the Religious

Speaker: Richard Gilmore (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN)

Meaning as Hard Won Grace: Naturalism and Spiritualism in Dewey's Art As Experience

Comment: Thomas Crocker (St. Lawrence University)

4:00-5:45 - Concurrent Sessions # 5-8

Paper Session #5:


Chair: Raymond Boisvert (Siena College)

Speaker: Erin McKenna ( Pacific Lutheran University)

The Possibilities of Democracy: Dewey's Community, Gilman's Home, Young's City

Comment: Richard Rubin (Washington University)



Speaker: Maurice Hamington (Lane Community College)

Care Ethics in the City: Jane Addams' Social Morality

Comment: Alex Stotts (University of Oregon]

Paper Session #6:


Chair: Patrick Dooley (St. Bonaventure University)

Speaker: William Gavin (University of Southern Maine)

Dewey, Death, and Dying

Comment: William Myers (Birmingham-Southern College)



Speaker: Stephen Barnes (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)

Emerson: Death and Growth

Comment: Martin Coleman (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)

Paper Session #7:


Chair: David Vessey [Beloit College]

Speaker: Steven Fesmire (Siena College)

Imagination in Pragmatist Ethics

Comment: D. Micah Hester (Mercer University )



Speaker: Donald J. Morse (University of Oregon)

Pragmatism and Tragedy: A Second Look

Comment: Morris Grossman (Fairfield University, Emeritus)

Paper Session #8:

Special session on Feminist Philosophy:

Chair: Lisa Yount (University of Oregon)

Paper A:
Speaker: Erin McKenna (Pacific Lutheran University)
"Pragmatist and Feminist Utopias"
Commentator: Janet Handy (SIU-Carbondale)

Paper B:
Speaker: Alex Stotts (Uuniversity of Oregon)
"Mending the Ethics-vs-Epistemology Split: Dewey's Social Self as a Feminist Resource"
Commentator: Paola Kindred (University of Illinois, Chicago)

5:45-8:00 - Break For Dinner

Feminist Philosophy Dinner: Those interested in feminist issues in American Philosophy have traditionally joined one another for dinner: to continue discussions raised in the afternoon, to meet old friends, to make now ones. ? Details on this dinner will be available at Registration.

8:00-9:30: Plenary Session - Coss Dialogues

Chair: Charlene Haddock Seigfried [Purdue University]

Invited Speaker: Bill McKibben , Author of : The End of Nature; Maybe One; The Age of Missing Information; Hope, Human and Wild. Freelance writer for The New York Review of Books, Harpers,

Title: "The City at Hyperspeed: A Challenge to Think Pretty Damn Fast"

Respondent: Andrew Light (New York University)

9:30-10:30: Reception

Monday, March 12

7:30-8:45 - Breakfast Book Discussions

Breakfast Book #1:

Discussion Leader: Ken Stikkers (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Book: Rethinking Business Ethics: A Pragmatic Approach (Oxford Press, 2000)

Authors: Sandra Rosenthal and Rogene Bucholz (Loyola University, New Orleans)

Breakfast Book #2:

Discussion Leader: Robert Innis

Book: A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Author: Robert S. Corrington (Drew University)

8:45-10:30 - Concurrent Sessions #9-13

Session #9



Discussion Paper Author:* John Shuford (University of Oregon)

The DuBoisian Legacy to Critical Race Theory: The Impossibility of Racelessness and Whiteness as an Ontological Condition of Moral Indebtedness

Comment: Shannon Sullivan (Penn State University)


Chair: John Ryder (SUNY - Cortland)

Discussion Paper Author:* Terrance MacMullan (University of Oregon)

Beyond the Pale: A Pragmatist Approach to Whiteness Studies

Comment: Lisa Yount (Univeristy of Oregon)

Session #10


Chair: Kelly Parker (Grand Valley State University)

Discussion Paper Author:* Jennifer Welchman (University of Alberta)

Minor Virtues: A Deweyan Approach

Comment: Brendan Hogan (The New School For Social Research)

10B :


Discussion Paper Author :* Richard P. Mullin (Wheeling Jesuit University)

"Deriving a Virtue Ethic from Peirce's Theoretical Ethics"

Comment: Jan Staab (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Session #11


Chair: Marjorie Miller (Purchase College, SUNY)

Discussion Paper Author:* Hugh P. McDonald (New Jersey City University)

Dewey's Holism

Comment: John Capps (Rochester Institute of Technology)



Discussion Paper Author:* Jason Bell (Vanderbilt University)

The World and Its Selves: Josiah Royce and the Philosophy of Nature

Comment: Frank Oppenheim (Xavier University)

Session #12

12A :


Speaker: Joseph Kallo (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Dewey on Stasis in the Consummatory: Groundwork for Comparing Dewey and Zen Buddhism

Comment: John Azelvandre (New York University)



Discussion Paper Author:* Guy Axtell (University of Nevada, Reno)

Tools and Techniques for Teaching William James's Will to Believe

Comment: Greg Pappas (Texas A&M University)

Session #13:

Coss Dialogue Discussion and Panel

Chair: Andrew Light (New York University)

Discussants: Paul Thompson (Purdue University)

Steven Fesmire (Siena College)

Larry Hickman (Southern Illinois Univerity -- Center for Dewey Studies)

10:45-12:30 Plenary Session II:

Invited Address on the City:

Professor Mark C. Taylor , Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Williams College, Director of the Center for Technology in the Arts and Humanities, Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for 1995, Author of 15 Books?several focusing on Las Vegas, and creator of a philosophical video game set in Las Vegas.

12:30-1:45 Lunch Break

Poster session presenter: Jason Grim (Albright College student), will be available from 12:30-1:00 to discuss his presentation and answer questions

Executive Committee will meet during lunch

For those interested: lunch with Dorothy Rogers, who is working on a dictionary project on the history of philosophy. She seeks help with this project from those with expertise on women in American philosophy.

2:00-3:45 - Concurrent Sessions #14-18

Panel Session #14

Dewey and Veblen in the City: A Debate Over Settlement Houses

Stephen Barnes (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Christopher Blakely (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Matthew Flamm (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Joseph Kallo (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Panel Session #15

The World is my Book: Hartley Burr Alexander, an American Philosopher?

Heather Keith (Lyndon State College)

Michael Allen (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Janet Handy (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Respondent : Thomas Alexander (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Panel Session #16:

Gambling, Obsession, and Risk
Doug Anderson (Penn State University)

Setting the Stage: James vs. Clifford?
Vincent Colapietro (Penn State University)

The Precarious and the Stable: A Precarious Distinction
Crispin Sartwell (Maryland School of Art)

Obsession in the Aesthetic
Michael Ventimiglia (Pennsylvania State University)

Gambling and Betting

Panel Session #17

Jane Addams: Women's Memories and Coalitions for Peace

Moderator: Judy Whipps (Grand Valley State College)

Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton)

Dorothy Rogers (Montclair State University)

4:00-5:00 - Concurrent Sessions #18-22

Paper Session #18

Chair: Krystana Wikoszewska (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Speaker: Nathan Hill (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)'

John Dewey, Albert Murray, and an Aesthetics of the Blues Idiom

Comment: Jeffrey Wilson (Loyola Marymount University)

Paper Session #19

Chair: Geoffrey Frasz (Community College of Southern Nevada)

Speaker: James W. Sheppard (SUNY, Binghamton)
The Road Less Traveled: Cities, Wilderness, and Environmentalism in the Pragmatic Corridor"

Comment: Phillip McReynolds (Penn State University)

Paper Session #20

Chair: James Campbell (University of Toledo)

Speaker: Mark Johnson (University of Oregon)

Feeling William James's But?

Comment: Gary Cesarz (Auburn University)

Paper Session #21


Speaker: James Pawelski (Albright College)

William James's Selective Individualism

Comment: Brent Crouch (University of Oregon)

Panel Session #22

Watering the Wasteland: A Centennial Celebration of Robert Pollock

Thomas Casey (Marist College); John J. McDermott (Texas A&M University); Tom Davis (Ulster Community College); Greg Moses (Marist College)


General Membership and Business Meeting

Memorial for Charles Hartshorne -- Delivered by Joseph Grange

7:00-8:00 - Reception

8:00-10:30 - Banquet

Presentation: Herbert Schneider Award.
2001 Recipient: Dr. Bruce Wilshire (Rutgers University)

Tuesday, March 13

7:30-8:45 - Breakfast Book Discussions

Breakfast Book Discussion #3

Discussion Leader: Judith Green (Fordham University)

Book: An Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?s Letter From a Birmingham Jail: ?Why We Can?t Wait? (Tuggle Books, 1996)

Author: Melvin Tuggle (Southwest Tennessee Community College)

Breakfast Book Discussion #4

Discussion Leader: William Gavin (University of Southern Maine)

Book: William James's 'Springs of Delight': The Return to Life (Vanderbilt University Press, 2000)

Author: Phil Oliver (Nashville, TN)

9:00-10:45 - Concurrent Sessions #23-27

Panel Session #23:

Body, Emotions and Creativity in Classical and Contemporary Pragmatism?

Eugene Halton (Notre Dame)

The Conversation as Public Gesture

Harold Orbach (Kansas State)

G.H. Mead and the Role of Emotions in Social Life

Mitchell Aboulafia (University of Colorado at Denver)

G.H. Mead, Pragmatism, and Ethically Creative Conduct

Dmitri Shalin (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), moderator

Discussant: Hans Joas (Free University of Berlin and University of Chicago)

Panel Session #24:

Competing Loyalties: Royce's Philosophy of Loyalty in Context

Andrew Fiala (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay); Francis Degnin (Vanderbilt University); David Hodge (Harvard University Divinity School); John Lachs (Vanderbilt University)

Panel Session #25:

What Did Dewey Get Wrong?

Micah Hester (Mercer University), Moderator

Tom Burke (University of South Carolina)

Inadequacies of Dewey's Logic

Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University)

Dewey's Demolition of the Religious

Brendan Hogan (New School For Social Research)

Tensions in Dewey's Conception of Reason

Jacquelin Kegley (California State University, Bakersfield)

Dewey's Myopic Aesthetics

Robert Talisse (CUNY, Hunter College)

The Failure of Deweyan Politics

Panel Session #26:

Special Session: Jointly arranged and sponsorred by the Alain Locke Society and SSAP (Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy)

Erin McKenna (Pacific Lutheran University) and Judith Green (Fordham University)?Co-Chairs


Alfred Prettyman (Ramapo College of New Jersey)
"Restorative Justice for Urban At-Risk Youth"
Tommy Curry (SIU-Carbondale)
"An Appeal to the Muntu: Cultural Separatism, Africana Liberation, and the Diverse City"
Dwight Murph (Independent Scholar, New York City)
"A Critique of Urban Black Culture"
David McClean (New School University)
"The Cultural Left and the Limits of Social Hope"
Judith Green (Fordham University)
"Deepening Democracy in Diverse Cities: Working Through Differences, Advancing Our Hopes"

Paper session #27:

Speaker: Mark Van Hollebeke (Fordham University)

From the Pathological to the Possible: Dialectical and Pragmatic Sightseeing in New York City

Comment: Lawrence Marcelle (New School for Social Research)

11:00-12:00 Concurrent Sessions #28-32

Session #28:

Special Session on the Status of the Editions

Larry Hickman (Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) Dewey

Nathan Houser (Indiana University) Peirce

John J. McDermott (Texas A&M University) James

Herman Saatkamp (Indiana University) Santayana and Douglass

NOTE: editors of editions in American Philosophy are invited to notify Professor Hickman if they would like to participate in this session

Session #29:

Chair: Hans Seigfried (Loyola University, Chicago)

Speaker: Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue University)

The Dilemma of Democracy: Diversity of Interests and Common Experiences?

Comment: Robert Talisse (Hunter College, CUNY)

Session #30:


Speaker: Donald F. Koch (Michigan State University)
"Pragmatic Instrumentalism as a Truly Practical Approach to Moral Inquiry"

Comment: John Shook (Oklahoma State University)

Session #31:

Chair: Dave Beisecker (University of Nevada at Las Vegas)

Speaker: David Boersema (Pacific University)

Peirce on Names and Reference

Comment: Jacquelin Kegley (California State University, Bakersfield)

Session #32:

Chair: Cheryl Radeloff (University of Nevada)

Speaker: Phillip Seng (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)
Deweyan Instrumentalism and film Theory: the Renovation of Meaning As Criticism

Comment: Casey Haskins (Purchase College, SUNY)

12:00-1:15 Lunch Break

Vanderbilt Group Lunch

1:15-2:45 Final Plenary Session

The City as Natures Other: A Still Unresolved Dilemma

Josephine Corubia (Penn State University)

Vincent Colapietro (Penn State University)

Joseph Grange (University of Southern Maine)

John J. McDermott (Texas A&M University)

Book Exhibit, and materials for the Poster Session, will be available throughout the meeting

* Discussion Papers are found through links in the above program.

Authors will provide only a 5-10 minute summary/introduction at the meeting itself: To facilitate discussion of longer papers, papers in this format are meant to be read in advance of the meeting. ? A limited number of additional copies will be available at the Registration Desk.

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