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Moravian University
Philosophy Conference

Program & Schedule 2019

10th Annual Moravian University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Moravian University

All Session will be held in the HUB


8:00-8:45 Registration HUB Lobby

8:45 Welcome and Awards - UBC Room

Noah Rosenthal, Student Organizer, Opening Remarks

Dr. Bernie Cantens, Chair of the Philosophy Department, Philosophy Awards and Prizes

Dr. Cynthia Kosso, Provost, Welcoming Words

9:00-10:00 Plenary Talk - UBC Room

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Melissa Yates, “Governing Borders as Strangers: Paradoxes of 

Democratic Inclusion”

10:15-11:15 Metaphysics (Chair: Dr. Arash Naraghi ) UBC Room

  1. “An Interdisciplinary Inductive Connection (IIC) to Trust in a World of Imperfection” Robert Falatyn (Moravian University)
  2. “Knowing vs Grasping: An Analysis of Infinity” Woayom Kumazah (Temple University)
  3. “St. Augustine’s View on the Ultimate Good” Alicia Wallace (Moravian University)

11:20-12:20 Social Justice and Aesthetics (Chair: Dr. Weiss) Snyder Room

  1. “Beauty in the Eye of Schopenhauer” Jonathan Schillinger (East Stroudsburg University)
  2. “Simone de Beauvoir on Freedom and Feminism” Danielle Hanson (Northampton Community College)
  3. “Where is Art and How Did it Get There? The Applications and Implications of Martin Heidegger’s Theory” Emilia Donnelly (Franklin and Marshall College)

12:25-1:35 Lunch 

1:40-3:00 Free will and Personal Identity (Chair: Dr. Bernie Cantens) Snyder Room

  1.  “Aquinas and Aristotle on Will” Will Nolan (Princeton University)
  2. “Essential Freedom” Ashley Rasmussen (Northampton Community College)
  3. “What exactly to do with the Other?  Levinas and Camus” Walter Argueta (Manhattanville College)
  4. “Apollo and Dionysus Symbolism in the Stranger” Joshua Marchak (Northampton Community College)

1:40-3:00 Ethics (Chair: Dr. William Falla) UBC Room

  1.  “The Value of Plant Life” Daniel Shepard (Princeton University)
  2. “Pulp Fiction and Censorship” Bobbi Beidleman (Northampton Community College)
  3. “Singer and Kant Walk into a Pond…” Ryan Christian Born (Princeton University)
  4. “Manipulation: Intuition and Practice” Iskandar Haykel (Princeton University) 

3:00-4:00 Friendship, Romantic Love, and Asceticism (Chair: Dr. Leon Niemoczynski) Snyder Room

  1. “What is Love?  Love Through the Lenses of Asexuality and Aromanticism in Plato’s Work” Emily Aguilar and Stephanie Tseng (Bryn Mawr College)
  2. “The Fire of Karma” Schockency Kailynn (Northampton Community College)

Program Coordinators: Noah Rosenthal 2020, Cody Yarnall 2020, Robert Falatyn 2022, Donna Moyer.

Moravian Philosophy Faculty: Dr. Bernie Cantens, Chair, Dr. Arash Naraghi, Dr. Carol Moeller, Dr. Leon Niemoczynski, and Dr. Bill Falla.