22nd Annual UK PGSA Conference on Social and Political Philosophy

The University of Kentucky PGSA Conference takes place Saturday, March 2nd and will be a one day event featuring four, blind-reviewed, graduate papers with commentary followed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Peg Birmingham. This is the twenty-second year of our conference tradition, and we’re excited to welcome a new round of participants as we discuss political philosophy. The day's schedule is given below. For a list of previous topics, see https://philosophy.as.uky.edu/conferences-dissertations.

We will be able to host presenters at Kentucky graduate student residences, and food will be provided the day of the conference. We may also be able to arrange for rides from either Louisville or Cincinnati for presenters using air or bus travel. For questions about travel, Airbnb’s, hotels, as well as any other questions, please feel free to email the conference organizer, D Cole at daniel.cole@uky.edu

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Saturday, March 2nd, West End, 18th Floor, Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky

8:30 – 9:30 Coffee and Bagels


9:30 – 10: 30 “On the Structure of Date-Relations: An Analysis of Derrida and the Czech Monument Tank No. 23”

Christopher Myers, Fordham University

Commentator: Suraj Chaudhary


10: 45 – 11: 45 “Is Heidegger’s Philosophy Inherently Fascist? Caputo’s Un-Defense”

BB Bieganski, University of South Florida

Commentator: John Roso


11:45 – 1:00 Lunch


1:00 – 2:00 “Recognition at the Dinner Table: Recognition-worthiness and the Consumption of Animals”

Spencer Atkins, University of Tennessee

Commentator: Clay Graham


2:15 – 3:15 “Defending Meta-Neutrality in Public Reason”

Ryan Fischbeck, Bowling Green State University

Commentator: Clayton Houdeshell

3:30 – 5:00 Keynote

"Democracy, Populism, and Superfluousness: Lessons from Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism"

Peg Birmingham, DePaul University

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