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2016 TVA Conference

2016 Tennessee Value and Agency "TVA" Conference

The Tennessee Value and Agency conference is an annual event aimed at encouraging philosophical conversation about topics pursued by established research clusters at the University of Tennessee Department of Philosophy.

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2016 Conference – September 30 - October 2, 2016
Pleasure and Pain

Hodges Library

  • 1:10-2:10 PM
    Grace Helton, Princeton University
    “The Emotion Model of Implicit Bias”
    Hodges Library, Room 213
  • 2:20-3:20 PM
    Josh May, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    “The Limits of Emotion in Moral Judgment”
    Hodges Library, Room 213
  • 3:30-5:00 PM, Keynote Speaker
    Peter Railton, University of Michigan
    “Moral Learning”
    Funded by the UT Humanities Center
    Visiting Scholars Program
    Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium

McClung Tower, Room 1210

  • 8:30-9:00 AM: BREAKFAST
    Coffee and networking
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Travis Butler, Iowa State University
    “Affect and Belief in the Socratic Theory of Caring”
  • 10:10-11:10 AM
    Erica Holberg, Utah State University
    “Kant’s Pleasure in the Agreeable and
    Empiricist Conceptions of Pleasure”
  • 11:20 AM-12:20 PM
    Christopher Heathwood
    Colorado University, Boulder
    “Unconscious Pleasures and Animal Pleasures:
    Two Challenges for Attitudinal Theories
    of Pleasure and Pain”
  • 12:30-2:00 PM: LUNCH
  • 2:00-3:00 PM
    Charlie Kurth
    Washington University in St. Louis
    “Anxiety’s Aretaic Value”
  • 3:10-4:10 PM
    Krista Thomason, Swarthmore College and
    Jeremy Schwartz, Texas Tech University
    “Putting Emotions in their Place: Questioning
    the Duty to Cultivate Moral Emotions”
  • 4:30-6:00 PM, Keynote Speaker
    Michael Brady, University of Glasgow
    “Suffering and Virtue”

McClung Tower, Room 1210

  • 8:30-9:00 AM: BREAKFAST
    Coffee and networking
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Craig Agule, UCSD
    “Paying Attention to Standing”
  • 10:10-11:10 AM
    Katherine Allen, independent scholar
    “Epistemological Emotions, Erotetic Fictions
    and the Narrative Itch”
  • 11:20 AM-12:20 PM
    Tom Hanauer, UC Riverside
    “What is the Pleasure of Sublimity?”

Contact Clerk Shaw ( for any additional information regarding the event, onsite childcare, or any other accommodation requirements.

Sponsored by the Haines-Morris Grant and the Departments of Philosophy, Classics, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Psychology

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