Richard Schacht

Illinois Wesleyan to Host 2nd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

March 25, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- Richard Schacht, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), will be the keynote speaker for Illinois Wesleyan University's second annual student-organized Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held upstairs in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington).

Schacht's address is at 3 p.m., Friday, April 1. A reception will follow his talk. Schacht's address is made possible by a Humanities Series Occasional Grant, which is co-sponsored by the University's departments of philosophy, English, and Women's Studies.

On Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., participants will present academic papers in the areas of analytic as well as continental philosophy. Each presentation will be followed by a commentary from an Illinois Wesleyan student and a question and answer session.

Schacht, who is the executive director of the North American Nietzsche Society, is known for his studies in post Kantian continental philosophy, philosophical anthropology, social philosophy and value theory. He is also the author and editor of eight books, including Alienation; Hegel and After; Nietzsche; Classical Modern Philosophers: Descartes to Kant; The Future of Alienation; and Making Sense of Nietzsche.

Schacht joined UIUC's faculty in 1967 and served as chair of the Philosophy Department from 1979-91 before resuming the position in 2001. He also currently holds the titles of Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of criticism and interpretive theory. Schacht received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1967.

Three members of IWU's Philosophy Club initiated the idea last year to host a conference on campus after attending one of the largest national philosophy conferences held in Nashville, Tenn. With the help of advisor Leonard Clapp, IWU associate professor of philosophy, the club organized this year's conference and invited philosophy students from across the nation to submit papers. Students from Michigan State University, Knox College and the University of Iowa are among the scheduled presenters.

For additional information, contact the Philosophy Department at (309) 556-3313.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 1, 2005

3 p.m.

Keynote Address: "Does Human Nature Have a Future?"
Richard Schacht, University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Session 1: Moral Theory
Facilitator: Nick Timme

9:00-9:30 a.m.

“Against Bernard Williams”
Mathew Zacharias, University of Iowa
Commentator: Adam Simon

9:30-10:00 a.m.

“Moral Recognition: From Gaugin to Ourselves”
Vinayak Prasad, Michigan State University
Commentator: Adam Betz

10:00-10:30 a.m.

“Universal Laws, Coordination Difficulties and the

Categorical Imperative Procedure”
Patrick Smith, Harvard University
Commentator: Bill Porter

Session 2: Other Issues in Value Theory

Facilitator: Nick Timme

10:40-11:10 a.m.

“Function, Design and Aristotle's Ethics”
William Demsar, SIU, Edwardsville
Commentator: Colin Zepeda

11:10-11:40 a.m.

“The Aesthetic Skill Theory”
Tyson Mohr, Illinois State University
Commentator: Martha White

11:40-12:40 p.m. Lunch

Session 3: Philosophy of Language
Facilitator: Emily Kelahan

12:40-1:10 p.m.

“An Expansion of Gricean Conversational Implicature”
Jon Hallemeier, Valparaiso University
Commentator: Lisa Hoelle

1:10-1:40 p.m.

“Putnam's Tour de Force”
Matt Warren, SIU, Edwardsville
Commentator: Bryan Clark

Session 4: Philosophy of Science
Facilitator: Emily Kelahan

1:50-2:20 p.m.

“Rational Predictions and Practical Decisions”
Matt Carlson, Oberlin College
Commentator: Nick Timme

2:20-2:50 p.m.

“The Virtuous Condition of Scientific Explanation”
John Monteleone, Knox College
Commentator: Karthic Kakarala

2:50-3:20 p.m. Break

Session 5: Philosophy of Gender
Facilitator: Lisa Hoelle

3:20-3:50 p.m.

“Unity With Herself: Re-conceiving Ability Through
Female Mobility and Pregnancy”
Danae McLeod, Webster University
Commentator: Emily Kelahan

3:50-4:20 p.m.

“The Sex of Gender in American Society: Fallacies in the Perspective of Gender Determinism”
Ryan Boese, St. Xavier University
Commentator: Lindsey Krueger

Session 6: Political Philosophy

Facilitator: Lisa Hoelle

4:30-5:00 p.m.

“Social Development and Public Assistance”
Pat Riehecky, Illinois Wesleyan University
Commentator: Jeff Schwartz

5:00-5:30 p.m.

“Exclusion in International Relations”
Lisa Villareal, Loyola University
Commentator: Andrew Kapral

Contact: Chelsey Iaquinta (309) 556-3181