Department of Philosophy

Conference 2015

7th Annual Conference: Ontology of Art

poster for conference

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn, Alabama
March 6-7, 2015

Ben Caplan, The Ohio State University
David Davies, McGill University
Julian Dodd, University of Manchester
Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma
Andrew Kania, Trinity University
Carl Matheson, University of Manitoba
Aaron Ridley University of Southampton
Guy Rohrbaugh, Auburn University
Amie Thomasson, University of Miami
Chris Tillman, University of Manitoba


Thursday, March 5th

6–8 Informal dinner for speakers who have already arrived

Friday, March 6th

9:00–9:30 Coffee

9:30–10:30 Andew Kania, Trinity University, TX "Branching Artworks"

10:40–11:40 Ben Caplan, The Ohio State University and Carl Matheson, University of Manitoba, CA “Ontology Before (and After) the End of Art”

11:40–1:10 Lunch Break

1:10–2:10 Julian Dodd, University of Manchester, UK "The ontology of conceptual art: against the 'idea' idea"

2:20–3:20 Chris Tillman, University of Manitoba, CA “The Matter of Serial Fiction”

3:30–4:30 Guy Rohrbaugh, Auburn University “Toward a Practical Ontology of Music"

5:30–7 Dinner at Ariccia, Auburn Hotel and Conference Center

Saturday, March 7th

9:00–9:30 Coffee

9:30–10:30 Iris Vidmar, University of Rijeka “Text, Work, World(s): Location the Identity of Philosophical Literature”

10:40–11:40 Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma "Norms and the Evolution of a Contemporary Artwork"

11:40–1:10 Lunch Break

1:10–2:10 David Davies, McGill University, CA "Descriptivism and its Discontents"

2:20–3:20 Aaron Ridley, University of Southampton, UK

3:30–4:30 Amie Thomasson, University of Miami “The Ontology of Literature” (tentative title)

5:00–6:00 Cocktail Reception at The Hound

6:00–8:00 Dinner at The Hound

Guy Rohrbaugh


AU Department of Philosophy
AU College of Liberal Arts
AU Philosophy Club

Conference Registration: Registration this year is complimentary. You only have to sign in, but not to pay anything. You can sign in by sending an e-mail to Guy Rohrbaugh.

Conference Location: The sessions will be held in the Auditorium of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, one of Auburn’s lovelier buildings.

Accommodations: Speakers and guests will be staying at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.

Auburn, Alabama: Auburn is located in east central Alabama, on I-85, 100 miles southwest of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, about 110 miles southwest of the center of Atlanta, and 40 miles east of Montgomery. In the area one may find such attractions as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. historical district, FDR’s Little White House, Callaway Gardens, the first confederate White House, the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial, the Rosa Parks Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum at the Tuskegee Institute, and the Blount Shakespeare Theatre.

Last Updated: May 30, 2018