2007 Conference Program

34th Annual Meeting*
March 8th - 10th, 2007
Marriott Columbia, 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Host Institution:
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Local Arrangements Chair, Tom Burke
Department of Philosophy, USC

Thursday, March 8, 2005

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 - Naturalism and the Human Spirit

Douglas Anderson, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Thomas Alexander, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

 Randal E. Auxier, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

 Stephen Tyman, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

B. Discussion Papers on on Self-Reliance, Community, and Democracy

Session Chair: John Shook, Center for Inquiry Transnational

Todd Lekan, Appreciating the Impersonal in Emerson

Chris Keegan, Voting and Other Myths of Democracy

Commentator: Pat Dooley, St. Bonaventure University    

C. Traditional Papers on Women Philosophers in the American Tradition

Session Chair: Mary Magada-Ward, Middle Tennessee State University

Maurice Hamington, Before Jane Addams, There Was Fanny Wright

Dorothy Rogers, America’s First Academic Women Philosophers

Commentator: Jenny Hansen, Gettysburg College

D. Traditional Papers on Peircian Abduction

Session Chair: Nathan Houser, IUPUI

Scott Mayberry, Clarifying the Process of Abduction and Understanding  ‘Inductive’ Generalization

Michael Hoffmann, Abduction and Diagrammatic Reasoning in a Theory of Scientific Discovery

Commentator: Charlie Hobbs, SIUC

E. Graduate Student Session

David Strand, Grad Student Representative and Session Organizer

Marc Lombardo, European Graduate School, West and Foucault on How to Tell the Truth

Tony Giambuso, Southern Illinois University, Paul Goodman’s Place in the American Radical Tradition

Christopher Hanks, School of Education, Indiana University, Language without Languages?  Donald Davidson on Interpretation and Understanding

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

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

A. Discussion Papers on Reasoning and Inquiry

Session Chair: Sulia Mason, University of South Carolina

Spencer Gwartney-Gibbs, Continuous Frustration: C.S. Peirce’s Mathematical Conception of Continuity

Scott Aiken, Pragmatism, the Given, and Dewey’s Notion of Experience” )

Commentator: Albert Spenser, Baylor University

B. Panel - Moral Cultivation and Growth in Dewey’s Moral Theory

Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University, “Deweyan Dialectics of Self-Cultivation

Scott R. Stroud, University of Texas at Austin, “Growth and Orientational Meliorism in Dewey’s Moral Theory

Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M University, “For Dewey Growth is NOT the End”

C. Traditional Papers on Deweyan Ethics and Poltical Theory

Session Chair: Bill Myers, Birmingham Southern College

David Rondel, Equality, Luck, and Pragmatism

Justin Bell, Veblen, Dewey, and the Price System: Corporate Sabotage and the Democratic Engineer

Commentator: Craig Hanks, Stevens Institute of Technology

D. Invited Session: USC Honors: Service-based Learning

Mary Baskin-Waters, Albion Research Associates and USC Women's Studies

Rob Scharstein, South Carolina Honors College

Ed Munn Sanchez, Associate Dean, South Carolina Honors College

Commentator: Matt Pamental, Northern Illinois University

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Welcome and Plenary I

6:00 Greetings from the University of South Carolina

6:05-8:00 Civil Rights, South Carolina and the United States

Session Chair: Lewis Burke, USC Law School

Jack Bass, Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Charleston

Philip Grose, South Carolina Executive Institute and USC's Institute for Southern Studies

Cleveland Sellers, Director of USC's African-American Studies Program

Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm -  Reception

Friday, March 9, 2005

7:30 am - 9:00 am - Continental Breakfast  (for all registrants)

7:30 – 9:00: Breakfast Book Discussion: Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege, Shannon Sullivan

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

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

A. Discussion Papers on Expression

Session Chair: James Pawelski, University of Pennsylvania

John Jacob Kaag, Getting Under My Skin: William James on the Emotions, Mimicry, and the Social Self

David Vessey, Poetry as a Unique Art Form

Commentator: Michael Brown, Creighton University

B. Panel - John Dewey and the American Bildung Tradition

Jim Good, The German Bildung Tradition, North Harris College

Jim Garrison, Identifying Traces of Hegelian Bildung in Dewey’s Philosophical System, Virginia Tech University

Commentator: Stefan Neubert, University of Cologne

C. Traditional Papers on Aesthetic Experience, Vagueness, and Mystery

Session Chair: Michael Eldridge, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Eric Mullis, Consummatory Experience and the Democratic Way of Life

Rosa Slegers, Anhedonia and the Broken World: William James and Gabriel Marcel on Vagueness and Mystery

Commentator: Phil Oliver, Middle Tennessee State University

D. Traditional Papers on Peircian Epistemology

Session Chair: Martin Coleman, IUPUI

Roger Ward, Knowledge and Transformation in Peirce’s ‘Reasoning and the Logic of Things’

Lara Trout, Colorblindness and Paper Doubt: A Socio-political Application of Critical Common-sensism

Commentator: Robert Lane, University of West Georgia

E. Traditional Papers on Addams's Ethical Philosophy

Session Chair: Marilyn Fischer, University of Dayton

Charlene Seigfried, A Pragmatist Response to Death: Jane Addams on the Permanent and the Transient

Ryan Musgrave, Cosmopolitan Ethics Through Art: Addams, Starr, and Hull-House Aesthetics

Commentator: Lee McBride, The College of Wooster

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

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Plenary II: Coss Dialogues

Session Chair: Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Purdue University

Jack Donnelly, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver

"The Relative Universality of Human Rights"

Commentator: Marjorie Miller, SUNY, Purchase

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

SAAP Executive Committee Meeting

 Meeting of Jane Collective

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

A. Panel - Reassessing Susanne Langer: Forty Years After the Essay on Human Feeling

Robert E. Innis, University of Massachusetts Lowell, "Placing Langer’s Philosophical Project"

Felicia Kruse, Xavier University, "Vital Rhythm and Temporal Form in Langer and Dewey"

Donald Dryden, Duke University, "Susanne Langer: The Philosopher as Prophet and Visionary"

B. Traditional Papers on Normativity

Session Chair: Michael Hodges, Vanderbilt University

James Liszka, “Pragmatic Ethics and Normative Naturalism

Zach Vander Veen, “Pragmatism and Democratic Values: Beyond Minimalist Accounts of Deliberation

Commentator: Troy Deters, SIUC

C. Traditional Papers on Mead

Session Chair: Brendan Hogan, Pacific Lutheran University

Elizabeth Baeton, “A Naturalized Context of Moral Reasoning

Soren Willert, “George Herbert Mead on Consciousness: Antidote to Cartesian Absurdities?

Commentator: Kara Burnette, University of Oregon

D. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy: Pragmatism and Buddhism

Tao Jiang, Rutgers University, “A Zen Buddhist Engagement with William James: LInji and William James on Mortality”

Joel W. Krueger, SIUC, “Body-Mind and Experience in Dogen and Dewey”

Carl Dull, SIUC, “Buddhism and Pragmatism: Suffering and Compassion in the Technology of the Mind”

Commentator and Chair: John J. Holder, St. Norbert College

E. Invited Session: USC Honors: Undergraduate Research at USC

Julie Morris, Director of USC's Office of Undergraduate Research

Leslie Sargent Jones, Associate Dean, South Carolina Honors College

Commentator: Barbara Stengel, Millersville University

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

4:30 pm - 6:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions V

A. Panel - Pragmatism with Ressentiment

John J. Stuhr, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

Noelle McAfee, Department of Philosophy, George Mason University

Vincent Colapietro, Department of Philosophy, Penn State University, Notes for a Sketch of a Pragmatist Offensive against Resentment

B. Traditional Papers on Deweyan Ethics and Pedagogy

Session Chair: Michael Brodrick, Vanderbilt University

Phillip Olsen, Dewey’s Virtues

Leonard Waks, Re-Reading Democracy and Education Today: John Dewey on Globalization and Democratic Education

Commentator: Stuart Rosenbaum, Baylor University

C: Traditional Papers on Buchler's and Whitehead's Metaphysics

Session Chair: Richard Hart, Bloomfield College

Nicholas Coccoma, “The Absence and Presence of God in Buchler’s Metaphysics of Natural Complexes

Gary Herstein, “The Logical Problem with Cosmological Measurements

Commentator:  Gary Calore, Penn State

D. The John Dewey Society: Context and Conduct: New Directions for Character Ethics and Character Education

Chair, Matt Pamental

Eric Bredo, "Character, Context and Conduct"

Craig Cunningham, “Dewey’s Metaphysics and the Self: A New Look”

Barbara Stengel: “Concepts of Character and Systems of Morality”

E: Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy

Session Chair: Alfred E. Prettyman, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Dwight Murph, Bowie University (President, SSAP), "The N-word" Its Use and Abuse"

John P. Pittman, John Jay College, CUNY (Vice President, SSAP), "Choosing A Race"

David E. McClean, Molloy College (Founder, The Interfaith Union for Progressive Religion), "Using Richard Rorty"

Alfred E Prettyman, Ramapo College of New Jersey (Co-Founder SSAP): "Taxing Considerations"

6:30 pm - Dinner on own

Saturday, March 10, 2005

7:30 am - 9:00 am - Continental Breakfast  (for all registrants)

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

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

A. Discussion Papers on Peircean Inquiry

Session Chair: Cynthia Gayman, Murray State University

Jacquelyn Kegley, Peirce and Royce and the Betrayal of Science: Scientific Fraud and Misconduct

Alain Beauclair, Continuing Education: Peirce and Morality in the 1898 Cambridge Lectures

Commentator: Cathy Legg, University of Waikato and University of Pittsburgh

B. William James Society: James: Influences, Ancestors, and Applications

Paul Croce, Stetson University, From Swedenborgian Philosophy of Use to William James’s Pragmatism

Tadd Ruetenik, Penn State, War-Hawking and Other Addictions: Social Criticism in Henry and William James

Robert Richardson, Pragmatism and Darwin

C. Panel - The Moral and Political Dimensions of the Social Self in the Philosophy of George Herbert Mead

Benjamin Galatzer-Levy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, "Speech in Anticipation of the other: A Defense of Politically Correct Speech from the Standpoint of G. H. Mead's Self Psychology and Ontology of Personhood"

Anthony L. Cashio, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, "The Genesis and Perpetuation of Moral Values in the Philosophy of G. H. Mead"

Joshua W. Houston, Vanderbilt University, "Democracy, Obligation and Pragmatism"

D. Traditional Papers on Dewey’s Aesthetics

Session Chair: Daniel O'Connell, University of South Carolina

Joseph John, “Experience as Medium: John Dewey and a Traditional Japanese Aesthetic

Phillip Seng, “Dewey and Movies: A Missed Opportunity?

Commentator: Jacoby Carter, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

E. Traditional Papers on Transforming Politics

Session Chair: Armen Marsoobian, Southern Connecticut State University

Judy Whipps, The Relevance of Jane Addam’s Theory of Democracy in a Global Post-Colonial Feminist Context

Judith Green, A Tragically Melioristic Hypothesis for Democratic Living: Risking Our Hopes on Direct Citizen Participation

Commentator: Jayne Tristan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

10:15 am - 10:300 am - Refreshment Break (for all registrants)

10:30 am - 12:15 pm - Concurrent Sessions VII

A. Discussion Papers on Santayana, Dewey, and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

Session Chair: Bill Gavin, University of Southern Maine

Jessica Wahman, “It Depends What the Meaning of ‘Is’ Is: Santayana, Identity Theory, and the Mind-Body Problem

Mark Johnson, “Dewey’s Zen – The ‘Oh’ of Wonder

Commentator: John Lysaker, University of Oregon

B. Panel - Counter-Disciplinary Pragmatism: Philosophy and History

Colin Koopman, UC Santa Cruz, “Historicism in Pragmatism: Lessons for Philosophy, Historiography, and Politics”

James Livingston, Rutgers University, “Pragmatism, Nihilism, and Democracy: What is Called Thinking at the End of Modernity?”

 Mark Bauerlein, Emory University, “The Enemies of Pragmatism”

C. Traditional Papers on James's Philosophy of Religion

Session Chair: Larry Hickman, SIUC

Richard Mullin, Is James’s ‘Mystical Realism’ Consistent with his Humanism?

Sean Lipham, The Universe as Thou: William James’s Religious Personalism

Commentator: Mat Foust, University of Oregon

D. American Association of Philosophy Teachers: Teaching Peirce to Undergraduates

Chair, James Campbell, University of Toledo
Speakers: Cornelis de Waal, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
                Matt Flamm, Rockford College
                Kathleen Hull, New York University
                Rosa Mayorga, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
                Michael Raposa, Lehigh University

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

SAAP Executive Committee Meeting

Royce Society

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

A. Panel - Statesmen of Ideas: Aristotle and the American Pragmatists

Christopher Long, The Pennsylvania State University

Masato Ishida, The Pennsylvania State University

B. Traditional Papers on Community, Pluralism and interpretation

Session Chair: David Strand, Emory University

Frederick Kellogg, “Opposing Conceptions of Law in Constitutional Interpretation and their Relation to Classical American Philosophy

Scott Pratt, “The Experience of Pluralism

Commentator: Richard Atkins, Fordham University

C. Traditional Papers on West and Rorty

Session Chair: Kamaljeet Dhah, University of South Carolina

Dwayne Tunstall, “Cornel West’s Non-Deweyian Prophetic Pragmatism

Mark Sanders, “My Rortyian Hope

Commentator: Ken Stikkers, SIUC

D. Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy: Pragmatism and Chinese Philosophy

Session Chair and Commentator: Robert Neville, Boston University

Sor-hoon Tan, National University of Singapore, Are Chinese Pragmatists Iconoclasts?

James Behuniak, Colby College, John Dewey and the Moral Defense of Cook Ding’s Dao

Warren G. Frisina, Hofstra University, Forming One Body with All Things

E. American Studies Association

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

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm -Concurrent Sessions IX

A. Discussion Papers on Otherness and Community

Session Chair: Scott Mayberry, University of South Carolina

Paul Standish, “Who Is My Neighbor? Skepticism and the Claims of Alterity

Kim Garchar, “Sin, Sorrow, and Suffering: A Graceful Response to the Deeper Tragedies of Life

Commentator: Celia Bardwell-Jones, University of Oregon

B. Panel - Ideas and Ideals of America in the Thought of Stanley Cavell, Richard Rorty, and Hannah Arendt

Corey McCall, Elmira College, Stanley Cavell’s Romantic Redemption of American Philosophy and the Idea of  America

Matthew Sanderson, SIU Carbondale, "Richard Rorty on the American Dream and the Civic Religion of Democracy"

Russ Couch, Keene State College, "Electrifying Democracy: The Importance of Imagination for Whitman and Arendt"

C. Traditional Papers on Emerson

Session Chair: Peter Hare, SUNY-Buffalo

Howard Callaway, “Emerson and Santayana on Imagination

Naoko Saito, “American Philosophy, Perfectionism and Cross-cultural Understanding

Commentator: Michael Howard, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

D. Society for the Study of Process Philosophies: "Inconvenient Pragmatic Truths"

Session Co-Chairs: Jude Jones, Fordham University, and Brian Henning, Mount St. Mary's University

After brief framing remarks from an informal panel of discussants, we will engage in a collaborative inquiry into the role of American philosophies in confronting global climate change.

E. Coss Dialogue Follow Up Panel

Session Chair: Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Purdue University

John J. McDermott, Texas A & M

Stephen Thompson, William Patterson University

James Campbell, University of Toledo

Marjorie Miller, SUNY-Purchase

Respondent: Jack Donnelly, University of Denver

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

7:00 pm - Banquet & Awards

Founders' Address: Beth Singer

Film by Phillip McReynolds


2007 SAAP Program Committee:

Cynthia Gayman (Murray State University), co-chair

Mary Magada-Ward (Middle Tennessee State University), co-chair

Richard Hart (Bloomfield College)

Michael Hodges (Vanderbilt University)

John Lysaker (Univ. of Oregon)

John R. Shook (Center for Inquiry Transnational)

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