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2021 Speaker Schedule

The 24th Annual Texas State University Philosophy Student Symposium

April 23rd-24th, 2021, via Zoom

Organized by Phi Sigma Tau President Tori Cotton and Vice President James Attwood, with Faculty Advisors Amelie Benedikt and Rebekah Ross. 

Special thanks to the Texas State University Philosophy Department, and to Andrew Boyd, Camrie Pipper, and Dr. Craig Hanks for their support.


FRIDAY APRIL 23rd  PRESENTER SCHEDULE

*All sessions held in Central Standard Time (CST)

 

SESSION ONE: EPISTEMOLOGY

 

Friday 10-10:50am

Zachary Landeros, Graduate Student, Texas State University

“Types and Time’s Passing: Two Ways Popper’s Falsifiability Fails to Avoid Induction”

Respondent: Séan Pierce

 

Friday 11-11:50am

Seán Pierce, Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Holistic Support & Cohen’s Problem of Easy Knowledge”

Respondent: Zachary Landeros

 

 

SESSION TWO: PHILOSOPHY of MIND

 

Friday 1-1:50 pm

Ekin Erkan, Graduate Student, The City University of New York

“On Conceptualizing the Binding Problem through a Naturalized Kantian Framework"

Respondent: Brian Wermcrantz

 

Friday 2-2:50 pm

Brian Wermcrantz, Graduate Student, University of Massachusetts Amhurst

“On the Format of Object Representation: What Icons Can’t Do”

Respondent: Ekin Erkan

 

 

SESSION THREE: METAPHYSICS

 

Friday 3-3:50 pm

Charles Perkins, M.A., Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Islands: A Case of Individualized ‘Object’ Metaphysics”

Respondent: Vincent Tanzil

 

Friday 4-4:50 pm

Vincent Tanzil, Graduate Student, University of Rochester

“On the Teleological Account of Composition”

Respondent: Charles Perkins

 

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Friday 6 - 6:45pm

 

Trent Oatman, M.A. Texas State University

Former President of Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society

“Desperado Blues: A Treatise on Outlaws and Modernity”

 

 

SESSION FOUR: PHILOSOPHY of PROTEST

 

Friday 7 – 7:50pm

James Attwood, Graduate Student, Texas State University

“Black Lives Matter”

Respondent: Declan Ward

 

Friday 8 – 8:45pm

Declan Ward, M.A. Texas State University

“Violence and Free Speech”

Respondent: James Attwood

SATURDAY APRIL 24th PRESENTER SCHEDULE

*All sessions held in Central Standard Time (CST)

 

SESSION FIVE: ARISTOTELIAN VIRTUE ETHICS

 

Saturday 10-10:50 am

David Ortiz, Graduate Student, University of Florida

“The Shortcomings of the Skill Analogy in Understanding Virtue”

Respondent: Daphne Pons

 

Saturday 11-11:50 am

Daphne Pons, Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago

"Perfectionism and Disability: Towards an Inclusive Perfectionist Framework?"

Respondent: David Ortiz

 

 

SESSION SIX: POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

 

Saturday 1-1:50 pm

Juliet Isselbacher, Undergraduate Student, Harvard College

“Choices without Contingencies: Framing an Objection

to Rawls’ Scheme on Behalf of the Especially Effortful”

Respondent: Trevor Kosloski

 

Saturday 2-2:50

Trevor Kosloski, Undergraduate Student, Georgia State University Honors College

“Totalizing Capital, Totalizing Connectivity:

A Marxist Understanding of Data Production and the Abstract Human”

Respondent: Juliet Isselbacher

 

SESSION SEVEN: PHILOSOPHY of TECHNOLOGY

 

Saturday 3-3:50pm

Max Hurwitz, Graduate Student, Boston College

“Digital Sovereignty: Rights, Power, and Censorship in the World of Online Speech”

Respondent: Faeze Fazeli

 

Saturday 4-4:50pm

Faeze Fazeli, Graduate Student, University of Notre Dame

“Science, Post-Truth, and Superficial Democracies”

Respondent: Max Hurwitz

 

 

SECOND KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Saturday 6 - 6:50pm

 

Nathaniel Rodriguez Sosa, M.A. Texas State University

Former President of Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors Society

“Womanist Art: A Medium to Liberation”

 

 

SESSION EIGHT: QUEER THEORY

 

Saturday 7 – 7:45pm

Zane Shirley, Undergraduate Student, Texas State University

“Homeless Queer-Punk American Anarchism (Or, Steal From Places, Not From Faces)”

Respondent: Walker Peatross

 

Saturday 8 – 8:45

Walker Peatross, Graduate Student, University of Texas at El Paso

“Identity, Expression, and Community:

What Phenomenology Teaches Us About Being Queer in Rural America”

Respondent: Zane Shirley

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512-245-2285 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.

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