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Spring Speaker Series

We are pleased to host a series of panels and receptions this May on some of today’s most pressing moral issues, led by three visiting scholars:

Andras Miklos, Visiting Assistant Professor, Simon School of Business and Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

John Milliken, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Chair, Department of Theology, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

As always, this event is free and open to the public.

The Symposium will take place at the Sacramento State Campus.

Directions and Campus Map.

Series Program

Events for Thursday, May 9

1:30-2:45 PM, Forest Suite, University Union
Justice and National Responsibility for International Health Inequalities

Presenter:
Andras Miklos, Visiting Assistant Professor, Simon School of Business and Department of Philosophy, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Abstract: The paper analyzes whether international health inequalities should be regarded as unjust. I critically evaluate an argument for limiting the scope of egalitarian requirements in health to states. The argument emphasizes national responsibility for health disparities due to the causal role of domestic institutions and policies in explaining these. I defend a cosmopolitan conception of justice in health against this argument. I highlight some mechanisms generating requirements of justice in health internationally, consistent with acknowledging the normative significance of special relations in a theory of justice.

Moderator:
Russell DiSilvestro, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy; Director, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, Sacramento State

Panelists:
Sarah Rutschmann, Sacramento State Philosophy Major (2013); Anthony Kennedy Fellow, McGeorge School of Law (beginning 2014)

Nieslen Gabriel, Sacramento State Philosophy Major (2014); Executive Vice-President (2012-13) and President-Elect (2013-14), Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State

3:00-4:00 PM, Forest Suite, University Union, Reception
All participants and audience members are encouraged to join us for a reception, where we can continue the conversation over light refreshments.

Events for Monday, May 13

3:00-4:15 PM, Redwood Room, University Union
Hard Moral Choices in the Military

Main Presenter:
Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Abstract: I modify Robert Audi's neo-intuitionist account of normative ethics, add some thinking from inside the military ethics scholarship, and develop my own model of moral decision-making for hard cases in the military. 

Moderator:
Russell DiSilvestro, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy; Director, Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, Sacramento State

Panelists:
Richard E. Aaron, Colonel, United States Air Force, Commander and Professor, Department of Aerospace Studies, Sacramento State

Forrest Kerstetter, University of California Davis Philosophy Major, United States Air Force ROTC Cadet (commissioning in the Air Force on May 25, 2013)

Caleb Ward, High School Senior, Eagle Scout; plans to earn undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice before joining the Air Force

James Villanueva, High School Senior, Rio Americano "Civitas" Program; plans to attend the US Naval Academy

John Milliken, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Chair, Department of Theology, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

4:30-5:30 PM, Redwood Room, University Union, Reception
All participants and audience members are encouraged to join us for a reception, where we can continue the conversation over light refreshments.

Events for Tuesday, May 14

9:30-10:30 AM, Redwood Room, University Union, Reception
All participants and audience members are encouraged to join us for a reception, where we can begin the conversation over light refreshments.

10:30-11:45 AM, Redwood Room, University Union
Architecture, Beauty, and Human Nature.

Abstract: Despite what everyone these days thinks, there are good reasons to reject the idea that judgments of beauty are purely subjective.  The example of architecture demonstrates what is at stake. Beauty is a basic human need and we have paid serious costs by ignoring it for decades in our building practices.  Recognizing once again that beauty is objective and that it matters are important first steps in regaining an architecture (especially in public spaces) in and around which human beings can live.

Main Presenter:
John Milliken, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Chair, Department of Theology, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Moderator:
Andrew Anker, Professor, Department of Design; Coordinator, Interior Architecture Program, Sacramento State

Panelists:
Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Tom Pyne, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State

Nieslen Gabriel, Sacramento State Philosophy Major (2014); Executive Vice-President (2012-13) and President-Elect (2013-14), Associated Students Incorporated, Sacramento State

1:30-4:00 PM, Terrace Suite, The Well
Panel on Obligations and Leadership

The presentations to the panel and audience are from 1:30-2:45 PM:

Main Presenters:
John Milliken, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Co-Chair, Department of Theology, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

‘Social Accounts of Obligation’
Abstract: Social accounts of obligation are promising ways of understanding obligation.  Accounts of this type are given by Robert Adams, Stephen Darwall, Timothy Scanlon, and H.L.A. Hart.  These accounts can be divided into empirical ones, that make the content of moral obligations depend upon the actual demands of actual agents, or hypothetical ones, that make the content of moral obligations depend upon hypothetical demands that would be made in particular imagined circumstances.  The hypothetical views yield a satisfactory account of content, but in making demands hypothetical, they vitiate everything plausible they have to say about how obligation works.  The empirical views allow for a plausible understanding of obligation, but there is a dilemma (for many philosophers) about the content.

Mark Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

‘On the Impossibility of a Leaderless Group'
Abstract: Following up on a review essay that I have forthcoming on Phil Pettit's book, Group Agency, I argue that groups of the sort we all care about (democracies, NGO's, labor unions, churches, etc.) require leaders; they cannot ground all of their decision making on a group-based decision procedure.

Following presentations, a discussion with panel and audience is from 3:00-4:00 PM:

Moderator:
Steve Boilard, Director, Center for California Studies, Sacramento State

Panelists:
Timothy Houk, Sacramento State Philosophy Alumni (2007), Graduate Student, University of California Davis Department of Philosophy

M. Lance Kennix, Sacramento State Philosophy Alumni (2008), UC Hastings College of the Law graduate (JD, 2012), Attorney with Morgan Lewis, San Francisco

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Academic Technology and Creative Services, Sacramento State 
Event Services Office, Sacramento State
Center for California Studies, Sacramento State
Philosophy Club, Sacramento State