Program | Sellars in a New Generation | Kent State University

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Wednesday, April 29

Join conference attendees and presenters for an informal get-together at Bricco, right across the street from the Kent State University Hotel.  We'll be gathering in the bar area at 6 p.m., and taking a table for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Feel free to drop by, have a drink or dinner, and meet some serious Sellars scholars.  No reservation necessary, but do come prepared to pay for your own drinks and dinner.

Thursday, April 30

Graduate Student Workshop Program

All conference presentations will be held at the Gateway Conference Room on the second floor of the PARTA Building, also known at the Kent Central Gateway, located at the corner of South Depeyster and East Erie Streets, directly across from the Kent State University Hotel.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Time
Event
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:45 a.m. Preston Stovall, University of Pittsburgh, "On the Ground of Persons in Nature"
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Mgr. Stephanie Dach, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic, "Sellars and Ultimate Reality"
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Andrew Parisi, University of Connecticut, "Sellars, Second-Order Quantification, and Ontological Commitment"
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Thomas Dabay, Vanderbilt University, "Transposition as Naturalistic Metaphysics: Carnapian Themes in Sellars's 'Inference and Meaning' "
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break - Downtown Kent
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Matthew Shields, Georgetown University, "Semantics, Pragmatics, and the Philosophical Importance of Creativity: Returning to Sellars on the Question of Conceptual Change"
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Kevin Fink, University of South Florida, "An Incoherence in Sellars' Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts"
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Ryo Tanaka, Kyoto University, Japan, "Normativity and Nature in W. Sellars: Reconstructing Sellars' Strategy"
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Ross Pain, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, "Pragmatism, Naturalism and Abstracta"
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception, Zena's, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Main Program

Friday, May 1

All conference presentations will be held at the Gateway Conference Room on the second floor of the PARTA Building, also known at the Kent Central Gateway, located at the corner of South Depeyster and East Erie Streets, directly across from the Kent State University Hotel.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Time
Event
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks
Provost Todd Diacon, Kent State University
9:05 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation
Willem deVries, University of New Hampshire
The Causal Articulation of Practical Reality
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10:20 - 11:30 a.m. Carl Sachs, Marymount University
Sentience and Sapience: The Place of Enactive Cognitive Science in Sellarsian Philosophy of Mind
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11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Jim O’Shea, University College, Dublin
Thought, Normativity, and Embodiment in Kant and Sellars
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12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch Break - Downtown Kent
2 - 3:10 p.m. David Rosenthal, CUNY Graduate Center
Thought, Speech, and Consciousness
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3:15 - 4:25 p.m. Jeremy Koons, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
Toward a Sellarsian Ethics for the 21st Century
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4:30 - 5:40 p.m. David Pereplyotchik, Kent State University
Sellars and Psycholinguistics
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6:30 - 9 p.m. Conference Banquet
McGilvery Room, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
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Saturday, May 2

PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Time
Event
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9 - 10:10 a.m. Keynote Presentation
Huw Price, Cambridge University
Wilfrid Sellars Meets Cambridge Pragmatism
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10:15 - 11:25 a.m. Boris Brandhoff, University of Bonn, Germany
Pure Pragmatics and the Phenomenology of Linguistic Functions: On Sellars’s Non-Factualistic Conception of Philosophy
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11:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Danielle Macbeth, Haverford College
Natural Truth
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12:40 - 2 p.m. Lunch Break - Downtown Kent
2 - 3:10 p.m. Dionysis Christias, University of Athens
Does Brandom's Kant-Sellars thesis about Modality Undermine Sellars's Scientific Naturalism?
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3:20 - 4:10 p.m. Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
On the Way to a Pragmatist Theory of the Categories
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4:10 - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 - 6:45 p.m. Author Meets Critics: From Empiricism to Expressivism: Brandom Reads Sellars
Chair: Michael Hicks, Miami University

Watch the full discussion on YouTube
4:30 - 4:40 p.m. Introduction
Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
4:50 - 5:20 p.m. Discussant
Willem deVries, University of New Hampshire
5:20 - 5:50 p.m. Discussant
Jim O’Shea, University College, Dublin
5:50 - 6:15 p.m. Replies
Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Discussion
6:45 - 7 p.m. Closing Remarks and Thank-you's
David Pereplyotchik and Deborah Barnbaum