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Ergo | Spring 2016

Sharon Mason (Indiana University) speaks at last fall's Tennessee Value and Agency Conference
Sharon Mason (Indiana University) speaks at last fall's Tennessee Value and Agency Conference

Tennessee Value and Agency Conference

The fourth annual Tennessee Value and Agency Conference (this year's topic, "Knowledge and Agency") took place over Labor Day weekend 2015 (September 4-5).  Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement, the Humanities Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences, this well-attended and successful conference focused on issues at the intersection of epistemology, ethics, and philosophy of action.  The conference featured keynote lectures by Candace Vogler (David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago) and John Schwenkler (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University) as well as eight papers that the conference organizers selected for presentation after blind review of over sixty abstracts received in response to an internationally distributed call for papers.

Presenters came from far and near, including Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Indiana University, and the University of South Carolina.  As always, all sessions were free and open to the public.  Participants and attendees enjoyed lively and productive discussions within the sessions that spilled over to on-site receptions and meals as well as a conference banquet at the Crowne Plaza. 

The fifth annual conference will be held September 30-October 2, 2016.  The topic is "Pleasure and Pain."  Invited speakers include Peter Railton and Michael Brady.


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