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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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Call for Papers

February 28, 2020

We believe that dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds and interests is the most effective means to refining one’s ideas, and we want undergraduate students to have the opportunity to engage with one another towards this end. Papers on any topic of philosophy are welcome. If accepted to present at the MUPC, papers must be tailored to fit a 20-minute presentation window. After the presentation, there will be a 20-minute question and answer session. The purpose of this format is to encourage live dialogue between undergraduates with different backgrounds and training in the philosophical discipline. We encourage traditional philosophical treatments of these topics as well as papers using an interdisciplinary approach.

Only currently enrolled undergraduates are eligible to submit their academic work for consideration and inclusion in the MUPC. No work from graduate students will be considered, even if the work was written during their undergraduate career. This policy ensures that undergraduate students with comparable levels of training are given the opportunity to help support and educate one another in their areas of interest.

The annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is organized exclusively by students affiliated with the University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy department, with the guidance of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics.

For further information, contact student editor Alana Petsch by emailing apetsch@umflint.edu.


Conference Issue
An issue of Compos Mentis: The Undergraduate Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics (ISSN: 2330-0264) will be dedicated to papers presented at the 8th Annual 2020 Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

The conference issue of Compos Mentis is intended to be a counterpart to the presentation experience, serving as an outlet for students’ fully developed work. Papers presented as talks at the annual Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (MUPC) are eligible to be submitted and reviewed for publication in the May/June issue of Compos Mentis. Before submitting papers for publication in the conference issue, presenters are asked to thoroughly revise their papers in light of any comments, questions, objections, or criticism that conference participants offer regarding their presentation. The purpose of this format is to emphasize the importance of the critical process of writing a philosophical article, rather than merely displaying the paper as it is initially submitted.

The conference issue of the Compos Mentis journal is entirely managed by undergraduate students affiliated with the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan-Flint. To support the intellectual education of undergraduates, Compos Mentis does not charge authors publications fees. Accessing all Compos Mentis publications is free and open to the public.

Mandatory Submission Formatting Requirements
Submitted papers must be in strict conformity with the CCN Formatting Requirements. Citations must exactly replicate the formatting as exemplified on the CCN Formatting Requirements page. We require that papers be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length. Include with the paper an abstract no more than 300 words and up to 10 key words/terms. Articles submitted to Compos Mentis must use the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. In this system, in-text citations are parenthetical (not footnoted as it would be in notes-bibliography) and include the author's last name and the year of publication, and the page or page-range: e.g., (Williams 1995), (Smith 1992, 45–47), (Williams 1995, 80; Smith 1992). Citations are assembled on a references page (the references page also takes the Chicago author-date style, not Chicago notes-bibliography style, and not MLA works cited).

The Opioid Crisis Medical Conference

The Opioid Crisis Medical Conference

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The Opioid Crisis Medical Conference

June 20, 2020
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

4800 South Saginaw Street 
Flint, MI 48507

First Floor Auditorium

Conference Details

Organized by the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, sponsored by University of Michigan-Flint Philosophy Department and McLaren Hospital. 

Continuing Medical Education
Up to 16.0 AMA CME Category 1 Credits Awarded for Full Participation

Faculty Disclosure
The following speakers have indicated that neither they nor their spouse or partner have Conflicts of Interest. Nor do they have financial relationships with a commercial interest related to their respective presentation: Forthcoming. The following planning committee members have indicated that neither they nor their spouse or partner have conflicts of interest related to this event: Forthcoming.

Educational Goals
The intent of this medical seminar is to increase awareness of current and evolving research, improve knowledge of current evidence based national guidelines and improve outcomes of patients/families/organizations in the identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of an opioid addition. The overall desired result of this program is to improve physician to physician collaboration through improved communication, expedited patient care and services increased use of industry standards and guidelines, leading to increased positive outcomes for all stakeholders. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation through the joint sponsorship of McLaren Health Care and the Center of Cognition and Neuroethics and the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neruroscience. McLaren Health Care is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
McLaren Flint designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 16.0 AMA CME Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In the State of Michigan, Category I Physician Credits are applicable to Nursing CEUs. Participants must fully participate in the activity and complete an online activity evaluation and post test questions, if received by presenters, with a passing score of 70 percent or greater by July 15, 2019. See the program instruction sheet distributed during the activity for the online activity link. Post-tests will not be graded and credit will not be processed until the online evaluation and post-test has officially closed for response. Please allow two weeks to grade post-tests and process and upload credit after the evaluation and post-test has closed. 

Validity Statement
All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Providers are not eligible for MSMS accreditation or reaccreditation if they present activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.


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Law and Disability Summer Seminar
to Jul 17

Law and Disability Summer Seminar

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Call for Proposals

Legal systems play a tremendous role in defining, creating, assisting and sustaining disability. In this two day seminar we will be looking at the relationship between law and disability. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and/or Fair Housing Act

  • Legally useful definitions of disability and impairment

  • Accommodation and Accessibility

  • Mental Illness and the legal system (criminal justice, employment, housing, public accommodations and so on)

  • Cognitive and/or Intellectual Impairments and the legal system (criminal justice, employment, housing, public accommodations and so on)

  • Education, Discipline, "Stay Put" policies, Restraints and Seclusion

  • Competency Determinations

  • Disability and Class, Race, Gender, and Sexuality and the Law

Proposals (up to 1000 words) are due March 31, 2020. Please include a brief (no more than two pages) resume. Participants should prepare talks up to 30 minutes and expect 20 minutes for discussion to follow each talk.


Law and....

Law and Disability is the first of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics's summer seminar series, "Law and..." In each two day seminar, participants will benefit from intense conversations with a small group of scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in working together and developing their ideas as well as making professional connections. These seminars will be limited to 16 participants. There is no registration fee. CCN will cover meal and housing (in the spacious and comfortable student dorm rooms at University of Michigan-Flint) costs. Participants must cover their own travel costs.

Upcoming Law and....summer seminars

  • Law and Family (July 2021)

  • Law and Medicine (July 2022)

  • Law and Punishment (July 2023)

  • Law and Children's Rights (July 2024)

  • Law and Elder Rights (July 2025)


Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The Death of a Gadfly: Civil Disobedience and the Trial of Socrates 
Andrew Stevens 
Illinois State University 

Ethical and Historical Analysis of Holodomor 
Klementyna Pozniak 
Baldwin Wallace University 

The Value of Withholding Forgiveness: An Intermediary Between Violence and Forgiveness 
Sidney Van Meter 
Ball State University 

The Harm of Existence 
Kyle Mykietiuk 
University of Michigan-Flint 

Error Theory and Intrinsic Value 
Devin Brennan 
Central Michigan University 

A New Mathematical Empiricism 
Jonah Branding 
Central Michigan University 

Joshua Greene: Neuroscience and Morality 
Anna Lunt 
Utah Valley University 

Where Do the Intersex Fit in Sports? 
Lisa Gawel 
University of Michigan-Flint 

The Pain-Suffering Dilemma 
Natalie Hardy 
Augustana College

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to Nov 9

Ethics and Political, Social and Legal Annual Conference

The Costs and Benefits of Prosecution: A Contractualist Justification of Amnesty 
Robert Whelan 
SUNY Binghamton 

In Defense of Universal Standing to Blame 
Eric Brown 
Tulane University 

Punishment and Imputation of Consequences in the Doctrine of Right: Inchoate Crimes and Strict Liability Crimes 
Rebecca Arbolino 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Command Responsibility: Justice or Collective Punishment? 
David Atenasio 
Loyola University Chicago 

Pragmatism and Tradition: MacIntyre and Bernstein on Hegel’s Moral Philosophy 
Owen Alldritt 
Emory University 

The Impact of F. A. Lange’s History of Materialism on Socialist Interpretations of Kant’s Categorical Imperative 
Elisabeth Widmer 
University of Vienna 

Balancing Preferences: On the (Im)Possibility of Developing a Concept of Universal Sympathy 
Adam Cebula 
Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw 

A Comprehensive Account of Promising 
Steven Norris 
University of California, Irvine 

Harm Reduction for Corporations 
Vanessa Lam 
University of Waterloo 

In Defense of Content-Neutrality 
Joseph Dunne 
The University of Michigan-Dearborn 

Evaluating Biomedical Enhancement: A Non-ideal Approach 
Andrey Darovskikh 
SUNY Binghamton

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to Sep 21

Mind and Brain Annual Conference

High-Level Experience and Low-Level Experience: No Dependence 
Preston Werner 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Can Two People Hear Completely Different Sounds and, in fact, Confirm That They Heard the Same Exact Sound? 
Justin Donhauser 
Bowling Green State University 

Why the Harder Problem Isn’t a Problem for the Science of Consciousness 
Dylan Black 
Xi’an Jiaotong University 

On the Phenomenal Intentionality of Thought Thesis 
Megan Parks 
University of California, Davis 

Memory Reconsolidation: Hope for a Terminal Analysis? 
Kate Mehuron 
Eastern Michigan University 

Two Challenges for Empirical Moral Philosophy 
Kevin Mills 
Indiana University 

Predictive Coding, Delusion, and Justification 
Parker Crutchfield 
Western Michigan University 

Sorry: Ambient Tactical Deception Via Malware-Based Social Engineering 
Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook, and Filipo Sharevski 
DePaul University 

On the Uses and Epistemic Role of Imagining 
Madeleine Hyde 
Stockholm University 

Consciousness, Self Knowledge, and Neural Prosthetics 
Nicholas Alonso 
Georgia State University 

Sport, Neuroplasticity, and Freedom 
Jeffrey Fry 
Ball State University 

A Kantian Theory of the Sensory Processing Subtype of ASD 
Susan Castro 
Wichita State University 

Molecular Psychiatry of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Responsibility, Culpability & Criminal Law 
Janet Brewer 
Governors State University 

Unbundling Moral Judgment: A Defense of Rationality. A Challenge to Reasoning. 
Nicole Oestreicher 
American University 

Beyond Empathy 
Max Kramer 
University of Arizona 

Enactive Constitution, Neuroscience, and Philosophical Nonsense 
Don Jones 
University of Central Florida 

Intuition and AI Decision-making 
Carl Wauer 
Eastern Michigan University

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

"The Mind of Personal Identity: A Criticism of the Psychological Criterion"
Kathleen Berta
University of Michigan-Flint

"Neuroscience and Property Dualism"
Samantha Hortop
University of Michigan-Flint

"Self of Schizophrenia"
Cheyanne Pincsak
Illinois State University

"Against Transparent Concepts: Undermining Goff's Examples"
Barbara Cohn
University of Florida

"Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis: Limiting Personal and Societal Knowledge Through Genetic Discrimination"
Mason Majszak
Loyola University Chicago

"Defining Illness"
Patrick Ewell
University of Michigan-Flint

"Human Standards of Commodious Living"
Hamzaullah Khan
University of Michigan-Flint

"Prima Facie Consequentialism: Reconciling Deontology and Consequentialism into a Normative Ethical Theory"
Logan Cross
Michigan State University

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Ethics and Political, Social and Legal Annual Conference

Products of Our Time: Bias, Ideology, Morality
James Edwards
University of Chicago

Implicit Racial Bias and the Intrinsicality Claim
Robert Kelly
University of Buffalo

Pants on Fire: Legal and Ethical Implications of Neuroscience-Based Lie Detection
Greg Yanke
Arizona State University

Us & Them—Reconstructing Aristotle's Third Judgment of Compassion with Neuroethics
Franlu Vulliermet
Linköping University

The Special Problem of Climate Refugees
Justin Donhauser
Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Unauthorized Immigrants, Reasonable Expectations, and the Right to Regularization
Thomas Carnes
US Military Academy at West Point

Authenticity in the Digital Age of Social Media
John Gray & Paul Zube
Ferris State University

The Effects of Complicity in Hateful Assertions
Bianca Waked
McMaster University

Practical Authority, Clear Mistakes, and Role Obligations
Joshua Crabill
University of Indianapolis

The Responsiveness of Moral Obligation to the Compliance of Others
Walter Stepanenko
University of Cinncinnati

A Flourishing-Based Theory of Reasons
William Hannegan
St. Louis University

Infinite Value Ascriptions
Anthony Williams
Oakland University

Knowing Justice: On Illegalization, Epistemic Injustice, and the Legal Person as Interlocutor
Joel Sati
UC Berkeley

Religious Conscientious Exemptions and Insulation From Evidence
Joseph Dunne
Wayne State University

Injustice Against Women: A Philosophical Critique of The Widowhood Practices Among the Igbos of Nigeria
Grace Umezurike
Ebonyi State University

Gendered Labour Divisions and the Right to Water
Kerry O’Neill
Carleton University

Republicanism and Just Counterinsurgency
Mark Rigstad
Oakland University

On the Alienability of the Right to be Free From Torture
Peter Rose-Barry
Saginaw valley State University

What Does "Immediately "Necessary" Mean"  Reading the Model Penal Code as a Two-Pronged Limitation on Self-Defense
Bret Donnelly
Western Michigan University

Constitutional Crisis: Qualified Immunity, Government Misconduct, and the (New) Limits of Civil Liability
Jenji Learn
Western Michigan University

Preservation, Conservation, and the Malheur Rebellion
Derek Halm
Western Michigan University

The Ethics of Nonviolent Power
Mark Balawender
Delta College

Diagnosing Akrasia: Harmonizing Aristotle’s Diverging Accounts
Adam Waggoner
Western Michigan University

Having One Without the Other: An Account of Loosely Bound Virtue
Jared Mayer
Johns Hopkins University

Relationally-Informed Beliefs about Moral Responsibility (or Why Ruth Madoff Should Believe She Is Blameworthy for Her Husband’s Ponzi Scheme)
Amy J. Sepinwall
University of Pennsylvania

Virtue Ethics and the Situationist Challenge
Steven Guillemette
U of St. Thomas, Minnesota

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to Sep 15

Mind and Brain Annual Conference

"Intuitive Moral Judgments About Mood"
Jack Buchanan
University of Michigan Medical School

"Interoceptive Inference and Emotion in Music"
Shannon Proksch
The University of Edinburgh

"Mental Content"
John Park
Oakland University

"Grammar is not a Computer of the Human Mind/Brain"
Prakash Mondal
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

"Scaffolded Spontaneity of Skill"
Derek Jones
University of Evansville

"Exploring Skill"
Matthew Maler
San Francisco State University

"Machines and Minds"
Creighton Rosental
Mercer University

"Implicit Learning of a Spatial Layout"
Hong-jin Sun
McMaster University

"Targetless Higher Order States"
Sinem Elkatip Hatipoglu
Istanbul Sehir University

"Judgment Sense "of or for" an Act of Knowing"
Kiran Pala
The University of Basque Country, Donostia, Spain    

"Anesthesia and Consciousness"
Rocco Gennaro
University of Southern Indiana

"On Nanotechnology"
Tyler Jaynes
Utah Valley University

"Disposition Concepts are Causal Concepts"
Brittney Currie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"How to Defend Embodied Cognition"
Luis Favela
University of Central Florida

"Morally Justified Beliefs"
Amy Sepinwall
University of Pennsylvania

"Ecological, Abductive, Heuristic: Human Reasoning"
Luca Dondoni
IUSS – School of Advanced Studies

"Decision Theoretic Consequentialism"
Sahar Heydari Fard
University of Cincinnati

"Active Desire"
Uku Tooming
University of Tartu

"ADHD Across Cultures"
Nina Atanasova
The University of Toledo

"Impact of Retrieval-Based Learning"
M. Courtney Hughes
Relias Institute

"What Is Integration in Consciousness?"
Katsunori Miyahara
Harvard University and University of Tokyo

"Understanding the Consciousness of Different Minds"
Eric Kraemer and Bradley Seebach
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

"Extending Mind Through Sport"
Jeffrey Fry
Ball State University

"Global Workspace Theory"
Katie Rivers
Georgia State University

"Prediction Error Minimization and the Dark Room"
Andrew Evans
University of Cincinnati

"Phantom Sensations: What’s a Brain to Do?"
Daniel DeFranco
Tulane University

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

"What the Church-Turing Thesis Does Not Say"
Vishal Chakraborty
University of California, Davis

"Our Metaphysical Nature: What We Are & Moral Implications"
Julia Lei
Western University

"In the Absence of a Future Like Ours"
Alexander Palka
Clemson University

"Designing Charles: The Moral Implication of Genetic Enhancement Without Risk"
Carl Montrosse
University of Michigan-Flint

"Private Language and Mental Causation"
Jonah Branding
Central Michigan University  

"Depression: Symptoms May Include Akrasia?" 
Michael Fiorca
SUNY Buffalo

"Plastic Surgery and the Ideal Body Image"
Molly Ockert
University of Michigan-Flint

"Identity and Its Moral Precepts"
Matthew Hagan
Clemson University

"Mind as Action in Zen Buddhist Thought"
Russell Guilbault
SUNY Buffalo

"Does Scientific Realism Think for Us?"
Leah Hasden
DePaul University

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Clean Water

David Groenfeldt
Water-Culture Institute

We are delighted to announce that David Groenfeldt, Founder and Director of the Water-Culture Institute and author of Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis, will be our keynote speaker.

An anthropologist, David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation development in India. Most of his career has focused on international water issues, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and 13 years in Washington, DC working with consulting firms, and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. Since 2002, David has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policies. He helped establish the Indigenous Water Initiative to coordinate inputs from Indigenous Peoples in the World Water Fora in Kyoto (2003) and Mexico City (2006). He was director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association, in Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) from 2006 to 2009. He established the Water-Culture Institute in 2009 to promote the integration of Indigenous and traditional cultural values into water policies and practices. David is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

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to May 21

Ethics and the Brain

Dignity, Reason and the Dementing Brain
Frances Bottenberg
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Neuroscience Should Change How We View and Treat Patients with Consciousness Disorders
Matthew Braddock
University of Tennessee at Martin

Two Kinds of Brain Injury in Sport
Jeffrey Fry
Ball State University

A Neuroethics of Emergence through BCIs (Brain Computer Interfaces) and Cloudminds
Melanie Swan
New School for Social Research

The Necessity of Moral Reasoning
Leland Saunders
Seattle Pacific University

Naturalized Virtue Ethics and the Neuroscience of Self-Control
Matthew Childers
University of Iowa

Smith’s Internalism Meets Dual-Process Models of Moral Judgment
Brendan Cline
University at Buffalo, SUNY

The Ethics of Memory Manipulation
Eastern Michigan University
Christine Mehuron

Enhanced Performance: What's the Point?
Jay Spitzley
Florida State University

The Influence of Feeling Rules In Mental Healthcare
Rachel Amoroso
Florida State University

Understanding without caring: the role of affect in empathy
Heather Adair
University of Maryland

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Fantasy, Reality, and the Self
Albwin Wagner-Schmitzer
University of Cincinnati

Logical Fatalism: Origins as Essential Properties of Events
Ryan Powers
Ohio University

Predictive Encoding of Acupuncture
Juensung Kim
University of Toronto

Responsibility: Revis(ion)ing Brains via Cognitive Enhancement
Shweta Sahu
Emory University

The Revised Enactive Account: Interpersonal Understanding and Perceptual Achievement
Keagan Potts
Loyola University Chicago

Prediction and Mental Paint
Jesse Berlin
University of Toronto

Manufactured Goodness
Sean Huff
Georgia State University

Unconscious Actions and Moral Responsibility
Laura Teal
Hope College

Cultural Conceptions of Agency and Authenticity in Deep Brain Stimulation as a Function of the Having-being Dichotomy in Religious Narratives
Cristina Leone
University of Toronto

Neuroplasticity, Nagel and N,N-DMT
Christopher Schultz
University of Akron

Conceptualizing Pain and Suffering through Theories of Emotion
Lokita Rajan
Emory University

Patients' Responsibilities in Medical Ethics
Zhu Fengquing
Harbin Institute of Technology

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to Oct 17


Against a priori Arguments for Dualism
Eric Hiddleston
Wayne State University 

How to Know That You Are Not a Zombie
Brentyn Ramm
The Australian National University

Less than Conscious: The Dehumanizing Impact of Interdependent Definitions of Self and Consciousness
Michelle Marvin
University of Notre Dame 

Dualistic Idealism: No Supervenience of Consciousness on the Physical, but No Influence of Consciousness on the Physical Either
Christian D. Schade
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 

Garden-path Processing and Consciousness
David Pereplyotchik
Kent State University 

Consciousness, Neuroimaging and Personhood: Current and Future Neuroethical Challenges
James Beauregard and Macksood Aftab
River University and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 

Consciousness Noise
Bradley Seebach and Eric Kraemer
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 

Parts of Consciousness
Cameron Bosinski
University at Buffalo 

The Re-enchantment of Consciousness: A Qualitative Inquiry into Scientific or Mechanistic Aspect of Consciousness
Rajakishore Nath
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Physicalism and the Privacy of Conscious Experiences
Miklos Marton and Janos Tozser
ELTE University Budapest, University of Kaposvar 

The Insignificance of Empty Higher-Order States
Daniel Shargel
Lawrence Technological University 

The Epoche and the The Intentional Stance
David Haack
The New School for Social Research 

The Interiority of Experience: A Reflection on Searle’s Theorization of Intentionality
Ranjan Kumar Panda
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Consciousness and Cognitive Individuation
Philip Woodward
Valparaiso University 

Future of Conscious Therapeutics in Alzheimer’s Disease
Farhan Ahmad
The University of Texas at San Antonio 

Julian Jaynes’ Search for Consciousness in his Unpublished History of Comparative Psychology
Scott Greer
University of Prince Edward Island 

Consciousness, Situationism and Responsibility: Can We Be Morally Responsible If We Are Unconscious of Situational Factors that Cause Our Actions? 
Marcela Herdova
Florida State University 

From Pre-reflective Consciousness to Explicit Thematic Awareness: Feminist Standpoint Epistemologies, Existential-Phenomenology, and Becoming Aware of Systems of Oppression
Zachary Purdue
University of South Florida

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Neurotherapeutics and Psychosurgery

How to Avoid Hyping up "Cognitive Enhancement"
Alexandre Erler
University of Montreal

Reply by Kate Mehuron, Eastern Michigan University

What is Enhancement? Some Context and Concerns
Catherine Gee
University of Waterloo

Reply by Don Jones, University of Central Florida

Moral Obligation and Possessing Reasons in Genetic Enhancement
Sruthi Rothenfluch
University of Portland

Does the Human Right to Health Entail a Right to Biomedical Enhancement?
Martin Gunderson
Macalester College

Enactive Perception and the Ethics of Human Enhancement
Don Jones
University of Central Florida

Luck Egalitarianism and Enhancements
Rhonda Martens
University of Manitoba

Reply by Simon Cushing, University of Michigan-Flint

The Complexity of Suicide: Review of Recent Neuroscientific Evidence
Erica Ching
University of Toronto

Reversibility and Deep Brain Stimulation
Jennifer Mundale
University of Central Florida

Our Many Minds
James Blackmon
San Francisco State University

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The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction

Unrecognizably Human: Empathic Perception and Augmented Others in Recent Science Fiction Film
Shannon Foskett
University of Chicago 

Being, Technologically Human
Meghan Roehll
University at Buffalo, SUNY 

Black Mirror's "The Entire History of You:" Memory As A Recording Device
Mark Huston
Schoolcraft College

Electric Existentialism: The Sisyphean Subject in Greg Egan's Permutation City
Brandon Fenton
York University 

Science Fiction Embedded in Neuroethics: Mindlessness and Nihilism
Howard Ducharme
University of Akron 

The Quality of Life: The Implications of Augmented Personhood and Machine Intelligence in Science Fiction
Damien Williams
Independent Scholar

The Informational Substance of Human Reality: Cognitive Growth, Healing, Communication, Radical Transformation
Susan Castro
Wichita State University 

Experiencing Universal Interconnection through Science Fiction Minds
Peter Buzby
Penn State University 

Dual-Process, Two-Minds, and Science Fiction
Joshua Mugg
York University

Blockchain Thinkers and Smart Contracts to Take over the World? 
Melanie Swan
Kingston University London 

Mary Shelley’s Uncanny Consciousness: Frankenstein as a Thought Experiment for the 21st Century
James Tierney
Oakland University 

Biology in/as Rhetoric in Octavia E. Butler's Science Fiction: A New Paradigm for Epistemology
Meghan K. Riley
University of Waterloo

Evolution and Neuroethics in the Hyperion Cantos
Brendan Shea
Rochester Community and Technical College 

Identity, Ethics, and Complex Decision Making in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 
Ellen Moll
Michigan State University

Moral Enhancements: What Does Science Fiction Teach Us about Moral Improvements? 
Jason Howard, David Bauer, and Jeffery Nyseth
Viterbo University

Apes with a Moral Code? Exploring the Boundaries of Moral Responsibility in The Planet of the Apes
Paul Carron
Baylor University

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Identity and Causality: Foucault’s Subject and Kant’s Third Antinomy
Rebecca Valeriano-Flores
DePaul University

Reply: Cody Hatfield-Myers

Dissolving the "Other Person" Problem
Charles Dalrymple-Fraser
University of Toronto

Reply: Thomas Mann, UM-Flint

Incommensurability and Partial Reference
Daniel Flavin
Hope College

Reply: Andy Slabchuck

What a Cow is for
Kinley Gillette
University of Pittsburgh

Reply: Ben Van Slyke

Seemingly Alive: Full-brain Death is Death
Andrew Rydlund
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul

Reply: Johnathon Bold

Embedded Cognition: An Argument for a Synthetic Approach to Consciousness
Matthew Williams
Univeristy of Hawaii at Manoa

Reply: Charles Dalrymple-Fraser

The Philanthropy Machine
Abigail Dehart
Grand Valley State University

Reply: Stephen Osika

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to Oct 11

Free Will

Neuroscience, Free Will and the Field of the Personal
James Beauregard    
Rivier University 

Conceptual Integrity And Neuroscientific Reduction: Consciousness, Personal Identity, and Free Will
Christian Carrozzo    
Center for Ethics  
MedStar Washington Hospital Center 

Neuroscience Doesn’t Reveal That There Are No Free Choices (But It Might Tell Us What Free Choice Is) 
Oisín Deery     
The University of Arizona   

Freedom and Imagination
David Bishop    
Independent Scholar 

The Limits of a Pragmatic Justification for Praise and Blame
Ryan Lake    
Clemson University 

Experimental Philosophy and the Experience of Agency
Erich Riesen    
Northern Illinois University 

Free Will and Physical Law
Robert Oszust    
Rowan University 

From the Free Will Theorems to the Choice Ontology of Quantum Mechanics
Vasil Penchev    
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences:  
Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge 

Collecting Evidence for the Permanent Coexistence of Parallel Realities: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Christian D. Schade     
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin   

You Don't Seem Like Your Self Lately: Responding to Clinical Depressions's Challenge to Hierarchical Identification Theories of Autonomous Agency
Amanda Gorman    
University of Southern California 

Our Duties to the Un-Free
Samuel Kahn    
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

Finding the Political Balance to Facilitate Free Will
Paul Vasholz    
Independent Scholar 

Rolling Back the Luck Problem for Libertarianism
Zac Cogley    
Northern Michigan University 

Hardheartedness and Libertarianism
John Lemos    
Coe College 

Agent-Causation Libertarianism and Control
Paul Shephard    
Northern Illinois University 

Experimental Philosophy, Robert Kane, and the Concept of Free Will
Neil Otte    

Evolution Beyond Determinism? On Dennett's Compatibilism and the Too Timeless Free Will Debate
Maria Brincker    
University of Massachusetts Boston 

The Curse of the Enlightenment: How Dominant But Empirically Incorrect Model of Human Mind Influence Institutions
Maciej Gurtowski    
Nicolaus Copernicus University 

Free Will and Determinism: The African Perspective and Experience
Augustine Igbokwe    
Caritas University 

Free Will or Determination: How To Care for Your Heart Failure Patient
Jaclyn Conelius    
Fairfield University 

Free Will and Autonomous Medical Decision-Making
Matthew Butkus    
McNeese State University 

Free Will and Legal Responsibility
Alina Ng-Boyte    
Mississippi College School of Law 

Moral Sentiments Drive Folk Beliefs That the Mind and Body Are Distinct
Jared Friedman  (co-authored with Tony Jack, Jamie Luguri, Joshua Knobe)  
Case Western Reserve University   

Moral Sentiments Drive Folk Beliefs That the Mind and Body Are Distinct
Anthony Jack  (co-authored with Jared Friedman, Jamie Luguri, Joshua Knobe)  
Case Western Reserve University   

Identity and Freedom
Adam Taylor  (co-author David Hershenov)  
North Dakota State University   

Reconciling the Degree-Based Binary Freedoms of Reid and Kant
Jennifer Asselin    
Ohio State University 

What is Free Will and How Do Humans Acquire It? 
Ulrich Steinvorth    
University of Hamburg 

William Shakespeare and Free Will: A Libertarian and Naturalistic Enquiry into the Actions of Macbeth and Othello
Maryisabella Ezeh    
University of Nigeria 

Autonomous Art: Freedom as Contradiction
Gerald Phillips    
Towson University

Exploring the Status of Free Will in Anorexia Nervosa
Catherine Gee    
University of Waterloo 

Addiction and Self-Control: Are Addicts Free? 
Marcela Herdova    
Florida State University 

How Pre-Theoretically Applicable Considerations Bear on the Necessary Internality of Caring
Aaron Veek     
University of Southern California   

Free Will and Consciousness: Sir Aurobindo's Philosophy of the Future
Madhumita Dutta    
Vidyasagar College for Women 

Man: Object, Subject or Individual? 
Shai Frogel    
Kibbutzim College of Education  
& Tel Aviv University 

Free Action: Neither Uncaused Nor Agent Caused
Justin Capes    
East Tennessee State University 

Agent-Causation, Psychology and Deception
Jacob Quick    
Northern Illinois University 

Vihvelin's 'Commonsense Compatibilism' and the Ability to Do Otherwise
George Stamets    
Florida State 

Agency Through Autonomy: Self-Producing Systems and the Prospect of Bio-Compatibilism
Derek Jones    
University of Evansville 

The Capacity for Choice as Cluster of Capabilities: Understanding Freedom as a Multifaceted, Developing Continuum
Bill Pamerleau    
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg 

How Not to Think About Free Will
Kadri Vihvelin    
University of Southern California 

Free Will Eliminitivism: Reference, Error, and Phenomenology
Gregg Caruso    
Corning Community College, SUNY 

Agential Settling Requires Intentionality
Yishai Cohen    
Syracuse University 

If Free Will is Compatible with Determinism, then Free Will is Compatible with Indeterminism
Timothy Houk    
University of California, Davis 

Responsibility and Foundationalism
Stephen Kershnar    

Moral Responsibility for Self-Control: Failure and the Limitations of Will Power
Sam Sims    
Florida State University 

The Effective Power of the Illusion of Conscious Will
Bradford Stockdale    
Florida State University 

The Embarrassment of Punching Puppets: An Argument from Conversation for Freedom
Micah Tillman     
McDaniel College & 
University of Maryland, College Park 

Moral Responsibility and the Robust First-person Perspective
David Wong    
San Francisco State University 

The Unknowability of Determinism, and What Follows from It
Wolfhart Totschnig    
Universidad Diego Portales 

Hegel's Concept of the Free Will: Towards a Redefinition of an Old Question
Fernando Huesca Ramón    
UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) 

Free Will: Groundless Self-Determination of Moral Choice
John Walsh    
University of South Florida 

Justice Without Freedom
Sacha Greer    
University of South Florida 

Neuroscience, Free Will and Vetoing: How not to Conceive of the Self in Self-Generated Action
Lieke Asma    
VU University Amsterdam 

Between Humanity and Intelligence: Abolitionism and Personal Relationships
Per-Erik Milam    
Oakland University 

Free Will and Conscious Awareness
Janet Levin    
University of Southern California 

Free Will, Islamic Theology and Contemporary Challenges
Macksood Aftab    
Harvard Extension / IINN 

Lessons From Angelology
Edina Eszenyi    
University of Kent School of History  
Rome Art Program 

Generalization Arguments Without Manipulators
Gunnar Björnsson  
Umeå University, University of Gothenburg 

Why Pereboom's Four-Case Manipulation Argument is Manipulative
Jay Spitzley  
Georgia State University 

Sensitive Intuitions: Print Fonts, Ability to Choose Otherwise, and Free Will
Chad Gonnerman  
University of Southern Indiana
(co-authored with Shane Reuter and Jonathan Weinberg)  

Sensitive Intuitions: Print Fonts, Ability to Choose Otherwise, and Free Will
Shane Reuter  
Washington University in St. Louis
(co-authored with Chad Gonnerman and Jonathan Weinberg)

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Building a Circle of Care for Youth Concussion in School Settings

Provide athletic trainers, coaches, athletic directors and other school personnel with the best practices for concussion assessment and management. The workshop will emphasize practical aspects of concussion assessment and management in school settings.

The awareness of concussion as a major public health concern for youth athletes has substantially increased in the last five years. Despite the staggering numbers of concussion in adolescents, the resources devoted to implement best practices in concussion management have been focused on collegiate and professional athletes. Coaches, athletic trainers and athletic directors often faced with challenging situations with concussion diagnoses, return to play and school accommodations after concussion. Moreover, school personnel are often under tremendous pressure from students, parents and other parties to allow the youth athlete to return to play. The recent youth concussion law passed in the State of Michigan has also introduced legal consequences to the concussion management in schools.

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Should Parental Rights be the Final Judgment for Their Child’s Medical Needs? 
Jordan Tiffany
University of Michigan-Flint

Conversation Analysis and The Bridge Between Minds
Rhea Morrison
DePaul University

Our Conception of God and How It Pertains To Linguistic Materialism
Daniel Löwenthal
Florida International University

Reason, Society, and the Social Intuitionist Model
Joelle Hershberger
Bethel University

Are Virtue Ethics and Situationism Really Incompatible? 
Samuel Kratzer
Bethel University

Revisiting the Problem of Other Minds
Maxim Perel
The Ohio State University

Chess and Regress
Andy Slabchuck
University of Michigan-Flint

Defending Downward Causation Only to Bring it Back Down
Michael Pratt
Grand Valley State University

Rethinking the Goal of Imprisonment
Tracy Graves
Ball State University

Ethics of Emotional Dampening Using Propranolol as a Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Field of Emergency Medicine
Rachel Fischell
Duke University

The Ethical Implications of Neurotheology Research
Trevor Thomas
Duke University

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to Oct 12

Reason, Reasons and Reasoning

The Self-Awareness of Reason in Plato
Daniel Bloom
University of Georgia 

Reason and Representation: Notes on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
Joshua Stein
New York University 

Reason and Understanding in Clinical and Educational Settings: The Effects of Professional Cultures and Information Constraints
Barry Saferstein
California State University San Marcos 

A Reason to Believe
Valerie Copping
The International Trauma Treatment Academy 

Is Reason Contradictory When Applied to Metaphysical Questions? 
Graham Schuster
University of Georgia 

The Enigma Of Probability
Nick Ergodos 

The Problem With Gettier
Dennis Rohatyn
University of San Diego 

Brain Rays, Lying and Fancy Suits: The Ethics of Mind-Control
Brent Kious
University of Utah 

Reasoning and the Military Decision Making Process
Ibanga B. Ikpe
University of Botswana

A Simple, Intuitive Argument for Obeying the Categorical Imperative
Marcus Arvan
University of Tampa 

On Moral Judgment: Horgan and Timmons' Modified Moral Rationalism vs. Haidt's Social Intuitionism
Asia Ferrin
University of Washington 

Acting Rationally and Rationally Acting
Arnon Cahen
Haifa University 

The Role of Emotional Intuitions in Moral Judgments and Decisions
Catherine Gee
University of Waterloo 

Philosophy and Neurobiology: towards a Hegelian contribution on the question of the juridical status of the Human embryo
Fernando Huesca Ramón

Moral Heuristics and Biases
Mark Herman
Bowling Green State University 

Inexplicit Reasoning Processes and Positive Epistemic Status
Andrew Koehl
Roberts Wesleyan College 

Asking For Reasons as a Weapon: Epistemic Justification and the Loss of Knowledge
Ian Werkheiser
Michigan State University

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Michigan Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Wittgenstein's Language-Game and the Future of Philosophical Discourse
James O'Dea
University of Michigan-Flint

Dying With Dignity
Tyler Rauh
University of Michigan-Flint

Philosophy of the Mind; Epiphenomenalism and Psychosomatic Illnesses
Elizabeth Arnold
University of Michigan-Flint

The Desirability of Free Will: The Value of the Concept Regardless of Its Existence
Shouta Brown
Western Kentucky University

Explaining Qualia
Kiefer Owens
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Nagel, Panpsychism, and the Ontological Emergence of Consciousness
Henry Cornillie
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Background Information: A Defense of Folk Psychology and Common Sense
Phillip Kautz
University of Michigan-Flint

Chomsky's Argument for an Innate Language Faculty
Ben Rossi
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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