Department of Philosophy

Conference 2018

10th Annual Conference: The Conclusion of Practical Reasoning


Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill
Auburn, Alabama
April 5-6, 2018


This is a two day event. April 5-6, 2018.


Sarah Buss - University of Michigan

James Conant - University of Chicago

Jonathan Dancy - University of Texas, Austin

Patricio Fernandez - Universidad de los Andes

Anton Ford - University of Chicago

Jennifer Hornsby - University of London, Birkbeck College

Alexandra Newton - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sarah Paul - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Sebastian Rödl - Leipzig University

Michael Thompson - University of Pittsburgh



9:00-10:15:  Jennifer Hornsby (University of London, Birkbeck College): Acts as Conclusions

Moderator: Will Small (University of Illinois, Chicago)

10:25-11:40:  Patricio Fernandez (University of Navarra): The Representations of Aristotle’s Thesis: Some Cautionary Remarks

Moderator: John Schwenkler (Florida State University)

1:00-2:15:  Anton Ford (University of Chicago): The Premises of Action

Moderator: Eric Wiland (University of Missouri, St. Louis)

2:25-3:40:   Sarah Paul (University of Wisconsin, Madison): Commitment and Uncertainty.

Moderator: Luca Ferrero (University of California, Riverside)

3:50-5:05   James Conant (University of Chicago): Illusions of Practical Knowledge 

Moderator: Jeremy Schwarz (Texas Tech University)



9:00-10:15: Jonathan Dancy (University of Texas, Austin): Acting in the Light of Reasoning

Moderator: Mathias Haase (University of Chicago)

10:25-11:40: Alexandra Newton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): The Moral Law is not the Law of a Species: Kant against Specism about Practical Reason

Moderator: Samuel Baker (University of South Alabama)

1:00-2:15  Sarah Buss (University of Michigan): Some Reflections on the Relationship between Reason and the Will

Moderator: Amir Saemi (Institute For Research In Fundamental Sciences, Tehran)

2:25-3:40: Michael Thompson (University of Pittsburgh): General predication, self predication and practical self predication.

Moderator: Ian Blecher (Hunter College)

3:50-5:05:  Sebastian Rödl (Leipzig University): The Good — As It Is Comprehended In Practical Reasoning

Moderator: David Hunter (Ryerson University)


Eric Marcus

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  Eric Marcus.

Conference Location: Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill

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: October 10, 2018