2022 Conference Schedule

[ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: What a great two days! Thanks to all who participated, including the presenters, those in the audience, and the PHIL 3000 Philosophy Proseminar students who helped to organize and run the Conference. See you next year on Friday, March 31 in Sunnen Lounge to do it again!]

Thursday, March 31 (virtual)

3:15 Jaymie Davis (Webster University), “Racism and schooling in regards to a inner racial divide“

3:45 Ashley Etter (The College of St. Scholastica), “Shame’s Moral Value”

4:15 Alexander J Hongs (Webster University), “Ethics Case Study: A Deontological Resolution to The Garment Industry’s Human Rights Abuses and The Global Apathy of the Financially Comfortable Towards the Poor”

4:45 Rob Gilbert (University of Minnesota), “Anxiety & Depression, Human Evolution, and Heidegger”

5:15 Philosophy Coalition virtual reception/hangout

Friday, April 1 (in Sunnen Lounge, University Center, Webster University)

9:45 Panel A

Natalie Nusz (Kansas State University), “Pascal’s Wager”

Julia Haralson (Webster University), “Freedom in Ritual: What the Neopagan Movement has to Offer Deconstructing Christians”

Carter Morris (Lindenwood University), “To Desire the Promise of Something Unimaginable: Caputoan Deconstruction and the Apocalypse of the Event”

10:30 Individual Presentation 1

Justin McCloud (University of Missouri, St. Louis), “The Gestalt Fallacy”

11:00 Individual Presentation 2

Noah Thomas Elbert (St. Louis University), “The Therapeutic Sense of Philosophy”

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Introductory remarks followed by

Keynote Address — Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz (Marquette University), “Rewriting the History of Philosophy: Perspectives from Caribbean Women Philosophers”

The presentation seeks to be a transversal; a point of contact, that explores how Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922, Puerto Rico), Ofelia Rodríguez Acosta (1902-1975, Cuba), and Evangelina Rodríguez (1879-1947, Dominican Republic) articulated racial, gendered, and sexually oriented notions of belonging in the face of the modernities assembled in the Hispanophone Caribbean at the turn of the 20th century; a pivotal time of colonial, imperial, and capital transformation. The project, drawing from my manuscript in progress, argues that each assembled intellectual systems that sought to make sense of the modern condition in the Caribbean by focusing on mechanisms of belonging at the intersections between gender, race, class, and sexuality. In order to appreciate their intellectual patchwork, I contend we must pay closer attention to their metaphysical commitments that shape how they understand the human and its relationship to nature in order to understand the role of women therein.


1:40 Panel B

Ethan DeMunbrun (Webster), “Indoctrination and Education”

Valentin Davis (Webster), “The American Family Is Not (Can Not, and Should Not,) Be a Queer Family”

2:15 Individual Presentation 3

Joshua (Sky) Krakos (Webster), “Fossil Fuels: A Bad Economic and Environmental Plan: Looking at the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.C”


3:00 Panel C

Tara Thompson (Webster), “Nominativism/Nominativity: Radical Empiricism, Pure Experience, and the Function of the Name”

Shae Parsons (Webster), “Disposability During the COVID Pandemic”

3:30 Panel D

Lonni Helm (Webster), “Bathsheba Rising”

Maria Walls (Webster), “Dostoyevsky’s “Underground Man” and Incel Culture: a Timeless Narrative of Male Sociopathy”

Jess Holmes (St. Louis Community College), “Gender’s Unseen Ramifications”

4:15 Individual Presentation 4

Elspeth Mikaelyn Furey (Webster), “The Philosophy of Dress: Philosophizing Fashion and Refashioning Philosophy”

Conference concludes.