Recent Presentations

Research presentations (2013-present)

“Public cartels, private conscience.” Southern California Law and Philosophy group, 3/2017

“Black Lives Matter and the call for death penalty abolition. ” (with Alex Madva), Cal Poly Pomona philosophy brown bag series, 2/2017

“The value of self-knowledge.” Cal Poly Pomona Philosophy brown bag series, 1/2017

“Paternalism and self-knowledge,” workshop on the objectionability of paternalism,University of Zurich (Switzerland), 10/2016

“The moral difference Kantian universalization makes.” Graduate workshop, University of Turku, Finland, 9/2016

“Grief and the rationality of end of life surrogate decisions.” Graduate workshop, University of Turku, Finland, 9/2016

“Resilience, regret, and the nature of grief” Public Lecture series, University of Turku, Finland, 9/2016

Comment on Bovens, “The extension of euthanasia legislation to minors in Belgium” International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 5/2016

American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting, “Resilience and the nature of grief” (a discussion of Moller’s “Love and death”), San Francisco, 3/2016

University of Mississippi, Philosophy Forum, “The denial of moral dilemmas as a regulative ideal,” 2/2016

“Libertarian paternalism: Manipulation without coercion?”, symposium on manipulation, Muhlenberg College, 1/2016

“Achieving self-knowledge,” Swarthmore College,  1/2016

“How grief makes our lives go well”

  • Kutztown University, 1/2016
  • Southern California Philosophy Conference, San Diego, Ca., 10/2013

“Esoteric moral theories.” Southern California Philosophy Conference, San Diego, Ca., 10/2015

“Surrogate choice, substituted judgment, and anticipatory grief.” Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y., 4/2015

“Psychiatric liability and the treatment of the suicidal.” Rutgers University, Camden, N.J., 3/2015

“The compensatory basis of parental rights.” From Procreative Acts to Parental Rights, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2/2015

“Grief as a psychiatric disorder: A case study in medicalization.” The Limits of Medicine, University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif., 2/2015

Author meets critics panelist, A. Cohen, Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Costa Mesa, Ca., 2/2015

“The ethics basis of parental rights and obligations.” Provost’s Symposium for Faculty Scholarship, Cal Poly Pomona, 12/2014 (Invited Plenary Address)

“Race and capital punishment revisited.” Southern California Law and Philosophy workshop, 10/2014

“The bereaved surrogate.” Western Michigan Medical Humanities Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich., 9/2014

“No last resort: Pitting the right to die against the right to medical self-determination.”

  • International Conference on End of Life Ethics, Law, Policy, and Practice, Queensland University of Technology, 8/2014
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, annual meeting, Jacksonville,Fl., 3/2014

“Grief’s medicalization: Recovering the value of suffering.” Mental Illness and Power Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 2/2014

“Paternalism, mistrust, and our rational powers.” Southern California Law and Philosophy Workshop, 12/2013

“Solving Kant’s problem about the moral treatment of animals” Invited presentation, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 10/2013

“Grief’s rationality, forward and backward.” Three Rivers Philosophy Conference (“Death: The Reality of an Idea”), U. of South Carolina, 4/2013