2013 NNEPA Conference, August 23-24
Our next annual NNEPA conference will be held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, under the coordination of our new president, Professor James H. Moor.
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It is my pleasure to describe our conference keynote speaker, Robert Audi, John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Audi is author of sixteen books and over two hundred papers appearing in journals or book sections. His writings range over ethics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind and action, and political philosophy, among other topics. He is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and has served as general editor of the first (1995) and second (1999) editions of The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. His most recent book, Moral Perception (Princeton University Press, 2013), presents a new theory articulating the relationship between moral perception, intuition, imagination and emotion, and defending the thesis that moral perception provides knowledge of objective moral truths. He thereby extends his prominence in ethical theory and moral epistemology, reflected earlier in his influential presentation of a value-based Kantian intuitionism in The Good in the Right: A Theory of Intuition and Intrinsic Value (Princeton University Press, 2004), a work aimed at unifying and extending the intermediate moral principles made famous by Ross. In Rationality and Religious Commitment (Clarendon Press, 2011), he argues that religious commitment can be rational and, at its deepest, is a robust multi-faceted way of life involving not only faith and belief (the former not reducible to the latter), but also behavioral, moral, and aesthetic dimensions, with a dose of humility (especially in the social and political sphere). His highly acclaimed The Architecture of Reason (Oxford University Press, 2001) presented a general theory of rationality encompassing and unifying both theoretical/epistemic reason and practical reason, two areas that were traditionally thought to be too different for such joint study, much less unification, and that work can be seen as a prescient forerunner of the now very active search for a unified account of normative reasoning (e.g. epistemic, deontic, prudential).
Further bibliographical information is available at his University of Notre Dame webpage:
Of Special Note: Recall that this early meeting at Dartmouth College, where Bernie Gert taught and researched with distinction for fifty years, will include a special focus on honoring his contributions to philosophy. Bernie was one of our most distinguished members, a friend and a strong NNEPA supporter since NNEPA’s inception, as well as having been twice a keynote speaker at NNEPA. Jim Moor, our president this year, himself a distinguished philosopher, was a good friend and colleague of Bernie’s at Dartmouth College for much of their shared careers there. Robert Audi was also a good friend of Bernie’s, often visiting Dartmouth College, and discussing their shared and overlapping interests. Professor Audi has generously volunteered to include some discussion of Bernie’s work in as part of his own keynote address. On this special occasion, in place of the traditional Saturday morning plenary session, we will have a special panel discussing Bernie’s work. We are very happy to announce that in addition to Jim Moor and Timm Triplett, we will also have three of Bernie’s family members on the panel, Heather Gert, Joshua Gert, and Victoria Costa, respectively, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law of Bernie.
First Call for Papers
Papers on any philosophical topic are most welcome as usual, but should be limited to 25 minutes reading time. Because of the early meeting this year, we are asking that you send only abstracts (500-750 words) or papers with introductions that can serve as abstracts by Wednesday, July 24th, 2013. Please email submissions to:
Prof. James H. Moor, James.H.Moor@dartmouth.edu
with a Cc to Paul McNamara, email@example.com
We aim to provide rapid notification (on the basis of abstracts and introductions) by July 30st at the very latest.
Papers for regular session presentations dealing with the work of our distinguished keynote, Robert Audi, as well as papers on the work of Bernie Gert, are of course most welcome.
In conjunction with its annual conference, the Northern New England Philosophical Association will host sessions for undergraduates to share their work in a collaborative environment. Undergrads should submit completed papers of no more than 2500 words along with short abstracts (no more than 300 words) by July 24th as well, emailed, as above, to James Moor with Cc to Paul McNamara. We aim at notifying undergraduates by August 2nd at the latest.
Information on exact locations, lodging, parking, etc. will be forthcoming shortly.
Updates will appear at this site, as well as links to Dartmouth College, in the near future.
Hope to see you in August at Dartmouth College!
NNEPA, Executive Secretary