Past Conferences Programs - 2003

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

30th Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Denver, Colorado
Hosted by the University of Colorado at Denver
March 13-15, 2003

Conference Theme: "Crossing Traditions, Crossing Divides"

Conference Program




Thursday, March 13

Registration is on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Conference Center (HCC) attached to the hotel.
All sessions, receptions, meetings, and the banquet will take place in the hotel.

1:00 - 5:00

Book Exhibit


2:00 - 5:30 p.m.


HCC 2nd Floor Lobby

3:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions


Panel Discussion -- Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Social Science:

Chair: Peter Manicas, University of Hawaii
Speaker: Lawrence Marcelle, The New School
"On the Possibility and Hope of the Social Sciences: A Dewey/Wittgenstein Dialogue"
Speaker: Casiano Hacker-Cordon, Yale University and University of Connecticut
  "Against Two Mentalist Pretentions"
Speaker: Brendan Hogan, The New School
 "Criticism, Social Science and Imagination"

Discussion Paper Session -- Ethics and Aesthetics: American and European Approaches

Chair: Hans Seigfried, Loyola University, Chicago
Speaker: Sandra Rosenthal, Loyola University, New Orleans
"A Time for Being Ethical: Levinas and Pragmatism"
Commentator: Claire Katz, Penn State University
Speaker: Rebecca Rozelle, SIU-Carbondale
"Returning to the Dinner Table: Dewey and Arendt on the Artistry of Humanity"
Commentator: Louis Logister, University of Nijmegen

Paper Session -- James and Whitehead on Morality and Religion

Chair: Lee McBride, Purdue University
Speaker: David Perley, University of Toronto
"Our Philosopher of the Cusp": Philosophy, Language and Mysticism in the Varieties of William James"
Commentator: Stuart Rosenbaum, Baylor University
Speaker: Brian Henning, Fordham University
"James"Moral Philosopher' in a Whiteheadian Pluralistic Universe"
Commentator: Keith Robinson, Grand Valley State University

Panel Discussion -- Cavell and the Contested Bounds of the Pragmatic Tradition

Chair: Erin Flynn, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Speaker: Harvey Cormier, SUNY Stony Brook
"On James and Emerson"
Speaker: Alice Crary, The New School
"Wittgenstein's Pragmatic Strain"
Speaker: Sanford Shieh, Wesleyan University, and Juleit Floyd, Boston University
"The Truth of Skepticism and Classical Pragmatism"
Speaker: John Wright, Miami University, OH
"Who Can Tell Us How To Become Who We Are?: Pragmatism and the Quest for the Ordinary?"
Respondent: Stanley Cavell, Emeritus, Harvard University

Panel Discussion -- The Possibility of a Just Classroom: Knowledge, Power, and Pedagogical Strategies

Chair: Sheryl Tuttle Ross, Edgewood College
Speaker: Sheryl Tuttle Ross, Edgewood College
"Between Theory and Practice: The Promise and Problems within Feminist Pedagogy"
Speaker: John E. Fields, Edgewood College
"The Professor as Leviathan: Problems with the Very Notion of the Just Classroom"
Speaker: Monica R. Cowart, Merrimack College
"Extending the Epistemological Boundaries of the Classroom: Extending Dewey's Notion of 'Expermentation' to Overcome Ethical Issues in Service Learning."


Dinner (on one's own)

7:30 - 9:00

Plenary Session -- Coss Dialogues

Chair: Kathleen Wallace, Hofstra University
Speaker: Barbara Sicherman, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Institutions and Values, Trinity College
   "Intellect vs. Experience: Jane Addams and Literature's Dual Legacy."
Respondent: Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Purdue University

9:00 - 11:00


Friday, March 14

8:00 - 5:30


HCC 2nd Floor Lobby

9:00 - 5:30

Book Exhibit



Poster Session - American Philosophy and Public Education: An Online Experiment in Nashville
Presenter: James P. Oliver, Middle Tennessee State University
The poster will be up all day Friday and the morning of Saturday, and an online demonstration will take place 2-4pm Friday afternoon.


8:30 - 10:15

Concurrent Sessions


Special Session -- Coss Dialogues


Special Session -- Graduate Student Session -- William James, Phenomenology, and Pragmatism

Chair: Phil Seng, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Speaker: Erik Anderson, The Pennsylvania State University
    "Exhuming Novelty: Recovering a Center of James' Vision"
Speaker: Megan Mustain, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    "Bodies of Thought: The Radical Empiricism of William James and Maurice Merleau-Ponty"
Speaker: John Hartmann, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
    "The Phenomenological Psychology of William James"
Speaker: Scott F. Aikin, Vanderbilt University
    "Are Phenomenology and Pragmatist Naturalism Consistent?"

Special Session -- Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy

Chair: David McClean, President, Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
Speaker: Judith Green, Fordham University
    "Cosmopolitan Hospitality and the Future of Races: W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, and the
    Challenge of the Present"
Speaker: David McClean, President, Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy
    "Letter to a Young Executive: American Philosophy and Corporate Responsibility"
Speaker: Alfred E. Prettyman, Ramapo College of New Jersey
   "Is There One-and-Only-One True Kind of American?"

Panel Discussion -- Dewey on German Philosophy During WWI

Chair: Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University
Speaker: James A Good, North Harris College
"Dewey, Hegel, and War"
Speaker: James Campbell, University of Toledo
"Dewey and German Philosophy in Wartime"
Speaker: Jim Livingston, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Commentator: Stephan Neubert, University of Cologne


Panel Discussion -- Individualism: Bold and New

Chair: Scott Pratt, University of Oregon
Speaker: Michael Sullivan, Emory University
"Individualism: Dewey's Legacy and Future Prospects"
Speaker: Cynthia Willett, Emory University
"Social Bonds and Racial Hubris: Rethinking Individualism in an Age of Interdependence"
Speaker: John Lysaker, University of Oregon
"Relentless Unfolding: Emerson's Individual"

10:30 - 12:15

Concurrent Sessions

Special Session -- SAAP Feminist Group: American Philosophy's Influence on Contemporary Feminism

Speaker: Kathryn Pauly Morgan, University of Toronto
   "Desperately Seeking Evelyn, or alternatively, Exploring Pedagogies of The Personal in Alfred North Whitehead and Feminist Theory"
Speaker: Dana Noelle McDonald, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
   "The Self-Enclosed vs. The Self-Correcting System: Examining the Thought of Mary Whiton Calkins"
Speaker: Maurice Hamington, Lane Community College
   "Jane Addams and Dorothy Day: A Contrast in Utopian Thinking"

Panel Discussion -- Pragmatism and Civic Culture

Chair: Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Speaker: Hans Joas, University of Erfurt and University of Chicago
"From the Soul to the Self: William James and the Sacredness of the Person"
Speaker: Robert Antonio, University of Kansas
"Alwin Gouldner on Civic Culture: Between Pragmatism and Marxism"
Speaker: Dmitri Shalin, University of Nevada Las Vegas
"Somatic-Affective Underpinnings of Civility: Discourse Ethics and the Ethics of Embodiment"
Discussant: Mitchell Aboulafia, University of Colorado, Denver

Paper Session -- Royce on Ethics, Globalization, and Logic

Chair: William Gavin, University of Southern Maine
Speaker: Kim Garchar, University of Oregon
"Loyalty at the End-of-Life: A Roycean Argument in Favor of Physician-Assisted Suicide"
Speaker: Jose-Antonio Orosco, Oregon State University
"Cosmopolitan Loyalty and the Great Global Community: Josiah Royce on Globalization"
Speaker: J. Brent Crouch, University of Oregon
"Josiah Royce on the Logic of Self-Reference"

Discussion Paper Session -- Nonhuman Animals and Indigenous Science

Chair: Dan Conway, Penn State University
Speaker: Phillip McReynolds, Gonzaga University
"Overlapping Horizons of Meaning: A Pragmatic Approach to the Moral Standing of Nonhuman Animals"
Commentator: Jim Garrison, Virginia Tech
Speaker: Meg Holden, New School for Social Research
"Methods of Strong Evaluation for Sustainable Development, and the Potential of Indigenous Science as a Model"
Commentator: Scott Pratt, University of Oregon

Panel Discussion -- Peirce: Other Places, Other Disciplines

Chair: Douglas Anderson, Penn State University
Speaker: Hermann Deuser, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
"Peirce's Presence in Central Europe"
Speaker: Stacey Ake, Editor, Metanexus
"Logics of Inquiry: Peirce in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe"
Speaker: Daniel Campos, Penn State University, and David O'Hara, Penn State University Peirce and Hispanic    "Communities of Inquiry"

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break (on one's own)

Executive Committee Meeting

2:00 - 3:45

Concurrent Sessions

Panel Discussion -- War and Democracy

Chair: Vincent Colapietro, Penn State University
Speaker: John J. Stuhr, Penn State University
"The War and Pragmatist Intellectuals: 'Old Ideals Crumble'"
Speaker: Vincent Colapietro, Penn State University, and John Ryder, SUNY Cortland
"The Material & Cultural Conditions of an Effective Rhetoric of Creative Democracy"
Respondent: Peter Manicas, University of Hawaii
"Further Reflections on War and Democracy: Response to Stuhr, Ryan, and Others"

Discussion Paper Session -- Peirce and James

Chair: Joe Shay, University of Massachusettes at Lowell and University of Rhode Island
Speaker: David Boersema, Pacific University
"Peirce on Explanation"
Commentator: Kelly Parker, Grand Valley State University
Speaker: James Pawelski, Vanderbilt University
"William James on Crossing the Internal Divide: A Reply to Richard Gale"
Commentator: John Capps, Rochester Institute of Technology

Paper Session -- Sustainability and Soil: Pragmatism and Environmentalism

Chair: Rogene Buchholz, Loyola University, New Orleans
Speaker: Travis Smith
"The Artist of the Soil"
Commentator: Glenn Kuehn, Mississippi State University, and David Winton, Mississippi State University
Speaker: James W. Sheppard, University of Missouri
"Transitioning Towards Sustainability: William James and John Dewey on the Ideal of Progress"
Commentator: Kevin Decker, St. Louis University and Fontbonne University

Panel Discussion -- Alain Locke: Crossing the Divides of Race, Class, Gender, and Species

Chair: Pat Shade, Rhodes College
Speaker: Greg Moses, Marist College
"Between Tolkein and Toby Keith: A Lockean Approach to the Problem of Disentangement"
Speaker: Ann Clarke, St. Mary's College
"Alain Locke: Functional Norms and Devil Babies"
Speaker: Erin McKenna, Pacific Lutheran University
"Resisting Species Oppression: Locke and the Baha'i Faith"


Special Session -- On The Status Of The Editions

Herman Saatkamp for the Santayana Edition
Nathan Houser for the Peirce Edition
John J. McDermott for the James Edition
Larry Hickman for the Dewey Edition
Randall Auxier for the Library of Living Philosophers
John Shook, Theommes Pragmatism and American Thought

4:00 - 5:30

Plenary Session -- Environmental Pragmatism at Work

Chair: Steve Fesmire, Green Mountain College
Speaker: Paul Thompson, Purdue University
Speaker: William Throop, Green Mountain College

5:30 - 6:30

Business Meeting

6:30 - 7:30


7:45 - 9:00


Saturday, March 15

7:45 - 9:00

Breakfast Book Discussions



Vincent Colapietro (Penn State University), The Fateful Shapes of Human Freedom: John William Miller and the Crises of Modernity (Vanderbilt UP, 2002)



Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness (Free Press, 2002)-discussion led by James Pawelski (Vanderbilt University)



Russell B. Goodman (University of New Mexico), Wittgenstein and William James (Cambridge UP, 2002


8:00 - 12:00



9:00 - 12:00

Book Exhibit


Poster Session - American Philosophy and Public Education: An Online Experiment in Nashville
Presenter: James P. Oliver, Middle Tennessee State University
The poster will be up all day Friday and the morning of Saturday, and an online demonstration will take place 2-4pm Friday afternoon.

9:00 - 10:45

Concurrent Sessions


Panel Discussion -- In Search of Sources: Asian American and Latino/a Philosophies in Dialogue

Chair: Richard Hart, Bloomfield College
Speaker: Eduardo Mendieta, SUNY Stony Brook
"Beyond Occidentalism and Orientalism: Latino/a Philosophy, Latin America, and 'Nuestra América'"
Speaker: David Kim, University of San Francisco
"'Oriental Problems' for Deweyan Democracy"
Speaker: Mariana Ortega, John Carroll University
"Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Memory, and Self: New Latina and Asian Voices in the 'American Intellectual Landscape'"
Speaker: Ron Sundstrom, University of Memphis
"The Future of [and] Racial Justice"

Paper Session -- War, Peace, Hope

Chair: Micah Hester, Mercer University School of Medicine
Speaker: Ryan Cheyney, University of Oregon
"War, Abolitionism, and Origins of Pragmatism: Some Extremely Critical Reflections on Menand's The Metaphysical Club"
Speaker: Judy Whipps, Grand Valley State University
"Reclaiming the Progressive Peace Movement and its Pragmatist Influences"
Speaker: Andrew Fiala, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
"Cynicism, Meliorism, and the Pragmatic Imperative of Liberal Hope"

Paper Session -- Pragmatic Relations: Self, Community, Difference

Chair: Barbara Lowe, Fordham University
Speaker: May Sim, Oklahoma State University
"Dewey and Confucius: On Moral Education"
Speaker: Kathleen Wallace, Hofstra University
"The Autonomous 'I': Self as Community/'I'as Reflexive Communication"
Speaker: Terrance MacMullan, Eastern Washington University
"Crossing Human Divides: Dewey and Du Bois on Difference"

Paper Session -- The Limits of Perversity: Rorty and Peirce on Thought and Language

Chair: Robert Lane, State University of West Georgia
Speaker: David Hildebrand, Christian Brothers University
"Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and the Linguistic Turn"
Commentator: Jonathan Kaplan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Speaker: Richard Gilmore, Concordia College
"Peirce and Perversity"
Commentator: Janice Staab, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Paper Session -- Evolution and Science Studies

Chair: Patrick K. Dooley, St. Bonaventure University
Speaker: Elizabeth Baeten, Emerson College
"Rethinking 'Evolution and Ethics'"
Commentator: William Casebeer, US Air Force Academy
Speaker: Sharon Clough, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"A Pragmatist Prescription for Science Studies"
Commentator: Soren Willert, University of Aarhus

11:00 - 12:45

Plenary Session -- American Philosophy and the Hispanic World

Chair: Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M University
Speaker: Jaime Nubiola, Universidad de Navarra
Speaker: Jorge Gracia, University of Buffalo
Speaker: Nelson Maldonado Torres, Duke University

1:00 - 2:30

Lunch Break


2:30 - 4:15

Concurrent Sessions



Panel Discussion -- Human Rights, Distinctive Values, and Indigenous People

Chair: Bernard den Ouden, University of Hartford
Speaker: Willie Littlechild, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Indigenous Peoples Counsel
Speaker: Eli Tail, Lakota Territory, Pine Ridge Reservation
Speaker: Patrick Lightning of the Cree Nation



Discussion Paper Session -- Royce and James on Religion and Evil

Chair: Gary Cesarz, Southeast Missouri University
Speaker: Frank Oppenheim, Xavier University
"By Crossing Divides, Royce Leaps Deeper into the Problem of Evil"
Commentator: Joseph Betz, Villanova University
Speaker: Tadd Ruetenik, Purdue University
"'It Depends on the Liver': James and William Mallock on the Value of Religious Belief"
Commentator: Peter Hare, SUNY-Buffalo


Paper Session -- Pragmatist Politics and Procedures

Chair: Lawrence Cahoone, College of the Holy Cross
Speaker: Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University
"Peirce and the Politics of Inquiry"
Speaker: Noelle McAfee, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
"Public Knowledge"

Panel Discussion -- Pragmatism's Competitive Advantages

Chair: John Shook, Oklahoma State University
Speaker: Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh
"Pragmatic Realism"
Speaker: Tom Rockmore, Duquesne University
"On Pragmatism and Analytic Pragmatism"
Speaker: Joseph Margolis, Temple University
"Pragmatism and Philosophy at Large"

Panel Discussion -- Aesthetic Self-Knowledge: Peirce, Santayana, and Psychoanalysis

Chair: Judith Green, Fordham University
Speaker: Mary Magada-Ward, Middle Tennessee State University
"'As Parts of One Esthetic Total': Inference, Imagery, and Self-Knowledge in the Later Peirce"
Speaker: Jessica Wahman, Dickinson College
"Illusions and Disillusionment: Santayana, Psyche, and Self-Knowledge"
Respondent: Cynthia Gayman, Murray State University

4:30 - 6:00

Closing Plenary Session -- Native American Philosophy

Chair: Randall Auxier, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Speaker: T Lee Hester, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Speaker: Jim Cheney, University of Wisconsin, Waukesha


6:00 - 7:00

Reception and Video Screening

Host: Larry Hickman, SIU-Carbondale, Center for Dewey Studies
Screening of: "John Dewey: His Life and Work," by Davidson Films
Funds for the reception have been generously provided by Davidson Films

Hotel, 3rd Floor Foyer


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