2009 SAAP Conference Program

36th Annual Meeting*
March 12--14, 2009
Hilton College Station and Conference Center

Host Institution:
Texas A & M University

Local Arrangements Chair,  Daniel Conway, Head
Department of Philosophy, Texas A & M University

College Station, Texas

Thursday, March 12, 2009

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Registration

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Book Exhibit

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions I

A. Panel:  Jimmy Buffett Encounters American Philosophy

Phil Oliver (Middle Tennessee State University), “Moral Holidays:  William James and Jimmy Buffett”

Duke Richey (University of North Texas), “Jimmy Buffett’s American West”

Erin McKenna (Pacific Lutheran University), “A Pragmatist Feminist Account of Jimmy Buffett”

B. Discussion Papers on Science and Peirce’s Reason

Jonathan Weidenbaum (Berkeley College), “Transcendence, Pathos and the Romance of Science

Celia Bardwell-Jones “Politicizing Peirce’s Reason: Dependency and Care in the Training of Reasoning”

Chair: David Pfeifer (IUPUI)

Commentator:  Robert Lane (University of West Georgia)   

C. Traditional Papers on Alain Locke

Terry MacMullan (Eastern Washington University), “Global Citizenship Through Reciprocity:  Alain Locke and Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign Rhetoric”

Rose Cherubin (George Mason University), “The Beautiful and the Just:  Alain Locke’s Aristotelian Telos”

Chair: Lisa Heldke (Gustavus Adolphus College)

Commentator: Mike Allen (Plymouth State University)

D.  Invited Session:  Josiah Royce Society: "Royce and the Lost Cause"

Mary Mahowald (University of Chicago), "Lost Causes and an Idealistic Pragmatism"

Griffin Trotter (St. Louis University), "Royce's Lost Cause"

Commentator: John Kaag (University of Massachussetts, Lowell)

Chair: Kim Garchar (Kent State University)

E. Graduate Student Session: “American Philosophy and the Conduct of Life”

Chair, Cherilyn Keall (University of Guelph)

Aaron Massecar (University of Guelph):  “The Trouble with Theory and Practice: Another look at Philosophy and the Conduct of Life


Seth Vannatta (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale):  “Philosophical Foundations of Legal Pragmatism: The External Standard in The Common Law”


Roman Briggs (University of Arkansas):  “Democracy By Way of Democracy: A Critical Explication of Deweyan Liberalism”

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Refreshment Break (for all registrants)

4:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions II

A. The Life of Norms:  The Pragmatic Difference of Understanding Norms as Living

Jason Rickman, “Calling Peirceans to the Living Ideal: Ethics, the Summum Bonum, and Synechism”

Carl Dull, “A Pragmatic Confucian Apprehension of Norms: Excellence, Imagination and Social Flourishing”


Jason Hills, “Knowing the Good Self: Character as a Prerequisite to Being Good”


All of the panelists are from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

B. Discussion Papers on Cosmos, Community and William James

Lisa Heldke (Gustavus Adolphus College), “Cultivating Cosmic Patriotism by Cultivating Cosmos: Urban Gardening and the Creation of Community”

Nobuo Kazashi (Kobe University, Japan), “The ‘Nudity of the Kosmos’ and Return to the ‘Stream of Life’ in the Young William James

Chair:  Troy Deters (Southwestern Illinois College)

Commentator:  Bill Gavin (University of Southern Maine)

C. Traditional Papers on Santayana and Pragmatic Pluralism

Martin Coleman (IUPUI) “Is George Santayana an American Philosopher?

Mark Sanders (UNC Charlotte), “In Defense of Pragmatic Pluralism

Chair: Tad Bratkowski (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Commentator: Jim Good (North Harris College)

D.  Invited Session: Center for Process Studies: “Whitehead and Radical Empiricism”

Randall Auxier (University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale), “Dipolar Prehension: On Whitehead's Radical Empiricism."

Gary Herstein (Muskingum College), “Whitehead's "Radical Realism" in his Philosophy of Science and Nature”

Keith Robinson (University of South Dakota), “Whitehead’s Speculative Philosophy and Radical Empiricism”

E.  Invited Session: Mexican Philosophical Association:   Peace and Democracy

Chair: Guillermo Hurtado (UNAM, Mexico)           

Carlos Pereda (UNAM, Mexico) “William James and the Epic of Peace”

Jose Orosco (Oregon State University) “Cesar Chavez and the Foundations of American Democracy”

Axel Muller (Northwestern University) “How Peace Become a ‘New Ideal’: Kant, Dewey, Adams”

6:00 pm – 7:30  Welcome and Plenary I: Joe Feagin (Texas A & M University) “Rethinking US ‘Racial Relations’: Systemic Racism and the White Racial Frame”      

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm -  Reception


 Friday, March 13, 2009

7:30 – 9:00        Breakfast Book Discussion—Adam Scarfe (California State University—Bakersfield), The Process-Philosophical Critique of                   ‘Neo-Darwinism’ and the Public School Curriculum”—discussion of John B. Cobb, Back to Darwin

8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Registration & Book Exhibit

9:00 am - 10:45 am - Concurrent Sessions III

A. Discussion Papers on Applications of Feminist Pragmatic Frameworks

Mat Foust (University of Oregon), “Pugnacity, Pacifism and Peace:  Addams, Calkins, and the Moral Equivalent of War”

Amrita Banerjee (University of Oregon), “Intertwining:  Contributions of a Feminist Pragmatist Framework to the Metaphysics of Sex and Gender”

Chair: Maurice Hamington (Metropolitan State College of Denver)

Commentator:  Joseph John (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

NOTE Due to Ms. Banerjee's expected (and unavoidable) absence, Kandace Riddle (SIU Carbondale) will summarize her paper for discussion.

B. Panel: Enlarging Personality:  Pedagogical, Subliminal, and Social Aspects of "Healthy-Mindedness"

Norris Frederick (Queens University of Charlotte), “William James, Talks to Teachers, and Healthy-Mindedness”

Thibaud Trochu (University of Paris - Panthéon-Sorbonne),  “The Myers’s Problem Today”

Megan Mustain (St. Marys University), “The Community of Healthy-Mindedness:  Examining the Social Character of New Thought”

C. Traditional Papers on Pragmatism and Democracy

Judith Green (Fordham University), “Pragmatism, Public Philosophy, and the More Deeply Democratic Future

David Woods (Fordham University), “Renewing the Pragmatist Roots of Participatory and Deliberative Democracy:  Dewey, Mead and Park”

Chair:  Colleen Murphy (Texas A & M University)

Commentator: Debbie Hutchins (Gonzaga University)

D. Invited Session: John Dewey Society: “Happiness and Growth in Ethics and Education”

Jerry Rosiek (University of Oregon), Matthew Pamental (Northern Illinois University), Scott Pratt (University of Oregon) 

E. Special Session: The Philosophy of Peter H. Hare

John Shook, Joseph Margolis, Russ Pryba, John McDermott, John Lachs, Joseph Palencik

10:45 am - 11:00 am - Refreshment Break  (for all registrants)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary II: Coss Dialogues Mary Romero (Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University), “Go After the Women: Constructing Mexican Immigrant Women as a Security Threat”

Chair: Scott L. Pratt (University of Oregon)


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch on own

SAAP Executive Committee Meeting

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions IV

A. Coss Dialogue Follow Up Panel: Enrique Dussel (UNAM, Mexico), Judy Whipps (Grand Valley State University), John Ryder (State University of New York)

 Chair: Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton).

B. Traditional Papers on Social Science, Law, Philosophy, Morality

Chad Lykins, “Social Science and the Moral Life

Frederick Kellogg (George Washington University), “Fallibilism in Law and Philosophy:  Regulative or Constitutive?”

Chair: Kelly Booth (Thompson Rivers University)

Commentator:  Paul Thompson (Michigan State University)

C. Traditional Papers on Aesthetic Holism, Aesthetic Sorites

Kevin Decker (Eastern Washington University), “Composing Differences:  Schiller, Dewey and Aesthetic Holism”

Richard Gilmore (Concordia College), “Aesthetic Sories:  A Peircean Resolution”

Chair: Krystyna Wilkoszewska (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Commentator:  Felicia Kruse (Xavier University)

D.  Author Meets Critics:  Gregory F.  Pappas, John Dewey’s Ethics: Democracy as Experience

Todd Lekan (Muskingum College) and Gregory Pappas (Texas A & M)

Chair: David Hildebrand (University of Colorado Denver)

Co-Organizers: Guy Axtell (UNLV) and Michael Eldridge (UNC Charlotte)

E. Invited Session: William James Society: William James, Healthy-Mindedness, and the Science of Well-Being

James Pawelski (University of Pennsylvania), “Religion, Science, and the Varieties of Healthy-Mindedness"

James Averill (University of Massachusetts) and Elma P. Nunley (ACT Counseling Center), “Emotion, Creativity, and Healthy-Mindedness:  Are They Compatible?”

Stephen Fishman (UNC Charlotte) and Lucille McCarthy (University of Maryland—Baltimore County), “Positive Thinking, Positive Psychology, and The Nature of Virtue

Chair and Commentator: Paul Croce (Stetson University)

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm - Refreshment Break (for all registrants)

4:30 pm – 6:00   Plenary III:  Pragmatism and the Public: Arts and the Environment

Andrew Light (Center for American Progress and George Mason University)

Mitchell Aboufalia (The Julliard School), "Voices and Selves"

Chair: Michael Eldridge (UNC Charlotte)

 6:00 pm - Dinner on own (Meetings of Jane Collective, Royce Society, and Graduate students)


 Saturday, March 14, 2009

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Registration & Book Exhibit

8:30 am - 10:15 am - Concurrent Sessions V

A. Invited Session: Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy “Racial Solidarity”:
Ethics Along the Color Line by Anna Stubblefield & We Who Are Dark by Tommie Shelby

Alfred Prettyman (Ramapo College of New Jersey) Chair

Tommie Lee Lott
" (San Jose State University), "The End(s) of Black Solidarity"
Yolonda Wilson (Duke University),
"At the Crossroads"

Responding: Anna Stubblefield (Rutgers University)

B. Traditional Papers on Royce and Dewey:  Idealism and Religion

Matthew Flamm (Rockford College), “Searching for Rhymes:  Royce’s Idealistic Quest”

Gregory Fahy (University of Maine at Augusta), “Persons, Things and Other Ephemera:  John Dewey and Hua-yen Buddhism”

Chair:  Kelly Parker (Grand Valley State University)

Commentator:  Jacquelyn Kegley (California State University at Bakersfield)

C. Traditional Papers on Feminist Pragmatism

Maurice Hamington (Metropolitan State College of Denver), “Feminist Prophetic Pragmatism

Denise James (University of Dayton), “Theorizing Black Feminist Pragmatism

Chair:  Lara Trout (University of Portland)

Commentator: Claire Katz (Texas A & M University)

D.  Author Meets Critics:  David Hildebrand, John Dewey:  A Beginner’s Guide

Lee McBride (College of Wooster), Michael Eldridge (UNC Charlotte), and David Hildebrand (University of Colorado Denver)

Chair: Gregory Pappas (Texas A & M)

E.  Invited Session: Highlands Institute for Religious and Philosophical Thought:  “American Religious Naturalism, Yesterday and Today”

Chair: John Shook (Center for Inquiry Transnational)

Jerome A. Stone (William Rainey Harper College): “Issues within American Religious Naturalism: Santayana, Dewey, Roy Wood Sellars, and J. H. Randall”   

Robert S. Corrington (Drew University):  “Evolution, Religion, and an Ecstatic Naturalism”

Donald A. Crosby (Colorado State University): “Both Red and Green but Religiously Right: Coping with Evil in Religion of Nature”

 10:15 am - 10:30 am - Refreshment Break (for all registrants)

10:30 am - 12:15 pm –  Plenary IV The Obstacles and Prospects of a Genuine Inter-American Dialogue in Philosophy. 

Chair, Carlos Pereda (UNAM)

Enrique Dussel (UNAM, Mexico)

Guillermo Hurtado (Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas, UNAM, Mexico)

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm - Lunch on own

SAAP Executive Committee Meeting

1:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions VI

A. Traditional Papers on James, Rorty, Politics and Wickedness

Chris Voparil (Union Institute and University), “Jonquils and Wild Orchids:  James and Rorty on the Politics of Sentiment”

Tim McCune (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), “Rationality, Relations, and Altered States of Consciousness in William James and Benjamin Paul Blood

Andrew Garnar (Clemson University), “Pragmatism and Wickedness

Chair: Mason Cole (Texas A & M)

B. Traditional Papers on Pragmatism, Explanation and Technology

Daniel Brunson (Pennsylvania State University), “Towards Understanding Pragmatism as the Logic of Explanation

Eric Mullis (Queens University of Charlotte), “The Device Paradigm:  a Consideration for a Deweyan Philosophy of Technology”

Chair: Oak Deberg (Texas A & M University)

Commentator:  Craig Hanks (Texas State University)

C. Traditional Papers on John Dewey, Cosmopolitanism and War

Leonard Waks (Temple University), “Inquiry, Agency and Art:  John Dewey’s Contribution to Pragmatic Cosmopolitanism”

Clancy Smith, “War and Human Nature:  Applying John Dewey’s Theories of Habit Formation to Issues of War and Peace”

Chair:  Clancy Smith (Duquesne University)

Commentator:  Lenore Langsdorf (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

D.  Invited Session: Spanish Pragmatist Association:  "Transcontinental Lines: Dewey on Values, Community and Experience"

Ángel M. Faerna (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain), “The Relevance of Dewey’s Theory of Valuation”

Ramón del Castillo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain), “All that Experience: Dewey and Contemporary German Philosophy”

Carlos Thiebaut (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Chair: Ramón del Castillo (UNED, Madrid)

E: Author Meets Critics: Patrick Dooley, A Community of Inquiry:  Conversations Between American Philosophy and American Literature

Roger Ward (Georgetown College), David O'Hara (Augustana College), Pat Shade (Rhodes College) and Pat Dooley (St. Bonaventure)

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm - Refreshment Break (for all registrants)

3:45 pm – 5:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions VII

A.  Special Session: Dewey at 150

Ruben Flores (Institute for Historical Studies,  University of  Texas), "The Impact of Dewey in Mexico and the Southwest-USA”

Larry Hickman (Dewey Center, Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), "Dewey at 150: International Programs and Prospects".

Chair: Gregory Pappas (Texas A & M)

B. Panel: Addams on Interpretation

Charlene Haddock Seigfried (Purdue University), "Jane Addams:  Sympathetic Interpretation as Democratic Practice"

Marilyn Fischer (University of Dayton), “Interpreting Lazarus Averbuch:  Reading Addams Through Mead”

Kara Barnette (University of Oregon), “Charitable Interpretations:  Addams’s Charity Visitor and Contemporary Advocacy”

C:  Traditional Papers on Susanne Langer

Daniel Guentchev (Southern Illiniois University at Carbondale), “Langer’s Account of Myth as an Example of Historical Understanding of Philosophy”

Donald Dryden (Duke University), “Knowledge and Truth in the Philosophy of Susanne Langer

Chair: Eric Mullis (Queens University)

Commentator:  Glenn Kuehn (UW-Marshfield/Wood County)

D:  Traditional Papers on American Philosophy and Current Ethical Issues

Charlie Hobbs (Saint Mary’s College), “Pragmatism as a Contribution to Philosophy of Death and Dying

Brent Crouch (University of Oregon), “Gender, Sports and the Ethics of Teammates:  Toward an Outline of a Philosophy of Sport in the American Grain”

Chair: Mike Allen (Plymouth State University)

Commentator:  Phillip McReynolds (Pennsylvania State Unviversity)

E:  Traditional Papers on Philosophies of Nature

David Henderson (Western Carolina University), “Alexander von Humboldt and Henry David Thoreau:  The Romantic Influence on the American View of Nature”

Tom Alexander (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale), “Dewey and Buchler on the Being of Nature

Chair: Tanya Jeffcoat (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)

Commentator:  Kelly Booth (Thompson Rivers University)

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm -  Plenary V  Business Meeting

6:45- 7:30 Founders Address: John McDermott (Texas A & M), “Founding, Foundering, and Finding”

7:30- Banquet and Awards

9:00  Music: Hector Ward and Big Time


Program Committee

Richard Hart (Bloomfield College) and Gregory Pappas (TAMU), co-chairs

Douglas Anderson (Southern Illinois University--Carbondale)

Nathan Houser (IUPUI)

Marcia Moen (University of Hartford)

Tadd Ruetenik (St. Ambrose)