Friday, March 28, 2014

KPA Spring 2014 Meeting

Kentucky Philosophical Association
Spring 2014 Meeting
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY

Saturday, April 5, 2014 
9:00am – 5:00pm


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Are Character Intellectual Virtues 'Reliabilist Virtues'?"
Marlin R. Sommers (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Commentator: Ian Schnee (Western Kentucky University)

"Passive and Active Ignorance"
Kate Johnson (Bellarmine University)
Commentator: Eva Cadavid (Centre College)
10:00 a.m. -10:55 a.m.:Concurrent Sessions:
"Theism, Truthmaking, and Presentism"
Allen Gehring (Brescia University)
Commentator: Rickey Ray (Northeast State Community College)

"A New Analysis of Mercy"
  Kristofer Rhodes (Martin University)
Commentator: Jennifer L. Hudgens (University of Kentucky)
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Why Patience is Always a Virtue"
Matthew Pianalto (Eastern Kentucky University)
Commentator: Bob Sandmeyer (University of Kentucky)

"Overcoming Student Aversion to Obligations"
Court Lewis (Owensboro Community and Technical College)
Student Panelists: TBA (Western Kentucky University)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 pm.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Business Meeting: all are welcome

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.:  
Winner of 2014 KPA Student Essay Contest:
Emily Sullivan (Western Kentucky University)
Title TBA
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:  
Keynote Address:
"Are We Responsible? The Neuroscience of Violence"
Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati) 

Registration Fees:
$20 for regular attendees (including presenters)
$10 for graduate students (including presenters)
Undergrads can attend for free.

The official hotel for the conference is The Staybridge Suites, 680 Campbell Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104 The phone number is 877-238-8889. Be sure to tell them that you are with the WKU Kentucky Philosophical Association Conference. We have a secure room rate for $79.99 a night. That is good for both Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel has a shuttle that can drop you off at our door on campus and pick you up so long as you tell the front desk beforehand.

Please direct all queries to the KPA President, Audrey Anton at audrey(dot)anton(at)wku(dot)edu.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

KPA Spring 2014 Meeting CFP & Student Essay Contest

Kentucky Philosophical Association 
SPRING 2014 Meeting 
Saturday, April 5, 2014 
Western Kentucky University 
Bowling Green, Kentucky 

Keynote Address: 
Valerie Hardcastle (University of Cincinnati) 

CALL FOR PAPERS—General Meeting 
Submission requirements: Submissions on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should not exceed 3,000 words and should be prepared for blind review. Include the following information as a cover page in a separate file:
1) Title of paper.
2) 150-word abstract.
3) Author’s name.
4) Author’s institutional affiliation.
5) Author’s email address.
6) Indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a commentator should your paper not be accepted.

Please send submissions for the main program to Audrey Anton at with ‘KPA SUBMISSION’ appearing in the subject line.

CALL FOR PAPERS—Student Essay Contest 
Submissions: follow requirements listed above for submissions to the general meeting.
 • Eligibility: This contest is open to any undergraduate student who attends a college or university in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Each contestant may submit one essay entry only.
• Awards: The first place winner will receive $100 and be asked to read the paper at the KPA spring 2014 meeting. The runner up will receive a letter of recognition from the Kentucky Philosophical Association.

Please send contest submissions to Eva Cadavid at with “KPA STUDENT CONTEST SUBMISSION” appearing in the subject line.

Deadline for both calls: February 15, 2014. 

Contact: Audrey L. Anton, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd. Bowling Green, KY 42104, 270-745-5757,
Click Here for a Printer-Friendly PDF Version of the CFP

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

KPA 2013 Summer Workshop Schedule

KPA 2013 Summer workshop
Centre College, Danville, KY

If anyone is interested in attending, please contact Eva Cadavid at

Thursday, July 18

7:30-8:15 am   Pick-up registration packet  Crounse 468
                        Continental breakfast

8:15 am           Introductions

8:30-9:50 am   Shelly Johnson “My Happiness and Yours: The Crucial Role Happiness Plays in Kant’s Account of the Virtuous and Moral Life”

10:00-11:20 am           Jeffrey Gold “An American Zen Buddhist Perspective on Suffering and Self Hate."

11:30am-1:30pm         Lunch at V-Market  (within walking distance)

1:30-2:50 pm   Manyul Im and A. Minh Nguyen “The Dao of Teaching Chinese Philosophy: Lessons from a Survey”

3:00-4:20 pm   Audrey Anton “Aristotle’s Voluntary Pathe”

4:30-5:50 pm   Eva Cadavid “Aristotle and Mathematical Matters”

Friday, July 19

8:00-8:30 am   Continental breakfast

8:30-9:50 am   J. Jered Janes “Securing a Future: Transcendental Phenomenology and the Contemporary Investigation of Consciousness”

10:00-11:20     Bryan Hall “Fichte’s False Dilemma”

11:30 am         Lunch at V-Market  (within walking distance)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CFA: KPA 2013 Summer Workshop

Kentucky Philosophical Association (KPA)
Summer 2013 Workshop

July 18-19, 2013
Hosted at Centre College, Danville, KY

Call for Abstracts 
Submissions deadline: June 8, 2013

The KPA invites the submission of abstracts for papers (4,000-7,000 words) on any topic in philosophy. We invite faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars to share in the opportunity to present and discuss their current work.

Abstracts should be 150 words or less. A draft of the accepted paper will be due by July 8, 2013 and distributed among the participants. Each participant will have 80 minutes for their work, which includes an overview of the paper and discussion.

Please email submissions to Eva Cadavid at with the subject line “KPA 2013 workshop abstract”. Include in the email the following information:
1. Title of paper
2. 150-word abstract (attached as a pdf)
3. Author's name
4. Author's institutional affiliation
5. Author's email address
6. Indication whether campus housing will be necessary
Note: Campus housing will be available at the cost of $20/night. Registration fee for the workshop is $25 and covers continental breakfast and boxed lunches for both days.

A pdf version of this CFA is available here.

Friday, March 8, 2013

KPA Spring 2013 Meeting & Program

Kentucky Philosophical Association
Spring 2013 Meeting
Transylvania University
Cowgill Rooms
Lexington, KY 40508

Saturday, March 23rd 8:30am – 5:00pm


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Registration, Breakfast (Cogwill Center Lobby)

9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Reliability and Phenotypic Chauvinism" (Room: Cogwill 102)
Eric Alan Mack (U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Commentator: Alexandra Bradner (University of Kentucky)

"Patience as/and Constancy: How Far Can We Go?" (Room: Cogwill 110)
Matt Pianalto (Eastern Kentucky University)
Commentator: W. David Hall (Centre College)
10:00 a.m. -10:55 a.m.:Concurrent Sessions:
"The Importance of Self Knowledge" (Room: Cogwill 102)
Minh Nguyen (Eastern Kentucky University)
Commentator: Peter Fosl (Transylvania University)

"Plato’s Statesman on the Goal of Philosophical Inquiry" (Room: Cogwill 110)
Michael Oliver Wiitala (University of Kentucky)
Commentator: Daniel Sheffler (University of Kentucky)
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.: Concurrent Sessions:
"Temporal and Spatial Compositional Consistency: An Examination of the Time/Space Analogy Thesis" (Room: Cogwill 102)
Brian Carlson (University of Kentucky)
Commentator: Megan Wallace (University of Kentucky)

"Can Fission Cut It: On the Cognitive Value of Thought Experiments in Personal Identity" (Room: Cogwill 110)
Aleks Zarnitsyn (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Commentator: Michael Horton (U Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 pm.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Business Meeting (Cogwill 102)

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. (Cogwill 102):  
Winner of 2013 KPA Student Essay Contest:
"The Relationship Between the Soul and Plato's Forms and Whether the Soul is the Individuating Force"
Annie Corbitt (Centre College)
Commentator: Shouta Brown (Western Kentucky University)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Cogwill 102):  
Keynote Address:
"A Heideggerian Critique of Cyberbeing"
Professor Richard Polt (Xavier University) 

Please direct all queries to the KPA President, Bob Sandmeyer.