ISEE 2012 Conference Program

9th Annual Meeting on
Environmental Philosophy

June 12-15, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th
5:45 pm
: Introduction & Welcome to Highlands Center
6 pm: Dinner

7-9 pm: Keynote: Phil Cafaro (Colorado State University), “Three Ways to Think about the Sixth Mass Extinction”

Wednesday, June 13th
8:15 am: Breakfast

9-10:30 am: Interpreting Landscape and Environment
Chair: Tom Thorp (Saint Xavier University)

  • Martin Drenthen (Radboud University), “A Hermeneutic Approach to Environmental Ethics” with comments by Steven Vogel (Denison University)
  • Philip Day (University of North Texas), “A Science of Quality” with comments by Piers Stephens (University of Georgia)

10:30-11:15 am: Schopenhauer and Environmental Ethics

  • Lauren Caryer (Emory University), “Schopenhauer and the Ecology of Suffering” with comments by Geoffrey Frasz (College of Southern Nevada)

11:15 am-12 pm: Ecodesign

  • Zhang Wei (University of North Texas), “Ecodesign in the Era of Symbolic Consumption” with comments by Jennifer Welchman (University of Alberta)

12 pm: Lunch

12:45-2:45 pm: Virtue Ethics

  • Bryan Bannon (University of North Florida),Being a Friend to Nature:  Environmental Virtues and Ethical Ideals
  • Sean Gould (Tilburg University), “Character Ecology and the Issue of Value in Environmental Virtue Ethics”
  • Paul Haught (Christian Brothers University), “Place, Narrative, and Environmental Virtue”
  • Comments by Matt Ferkany (Michigan State)

Afternoon free to
explore the area

5-6 pm: ISEE Annual Business Meeting

6 pm: Dinner

7-9 pm: Keynote: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University), “Empathy for Trees?  The Challenge of Non-Sentient Others for Environmental Ethics”

9-10 pm: Film: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Thursday, June 14th
8:15 am: Breakfast
9-11:45 am: Conservation, Preservation, and Species

  • Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye (University of Leeds), “Sacred Groves: A Neglected Response to Anthropogenic Destruction of Nature in Ghana” with comments by Tama Weisman (Dominican University)
  • Nathan Kowalsky (University of Alberta), “Towards an Ethic of Animal Difference” with comments by Katie McShane (Colorado State University)
  • Yasha Rohwer and Emma Marris (University of Missouri), “Is there a duty to preserve genetic integrity?” with comments by Don Maier (independent scholar)

12 pm: Lunch

12:45-2:15 pm: Restoration and Sustainability

  • Alex Lee, Adam Hermans, and Ben Hale (University of Colorado), “Restoration, Obligations, and the Baseline Problem” with comments by Allen Thompson (Oregon State University)
  • Jozef Keulartz (Wageningen University), “Innovation without Tradition: Mixed Feelings on the Knowledge Economy” with comments by Wayne Ouderkirk (Empire State College)

Afternoon free to
explore the area

7:15 pm: Dinner at Dunraven Inn, Estes Park

Friday, June 15th
8:15 am: Breakfast

8:45-9:45 am: Climate Change and Future Generations

  • William Grove-Fanning (Trinity University), “Who are the Future Generations that we Can and Should be Concerned about in the Age of Climate Change?” with comments by John Nolt (University of Tennessee)

10 am -12 pm: Panel on Geoengineering and Environmental Ethics

  • Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College), “Geoengineering, Solidarity, and Moral Risk”
  • Christopher Preston (University of Montana), “Geoengineering and Vulnerable Populations: The Moral Deficit and Its Implications”
  • Kathy Robinson (University of South Carolina), “Mutual Impact: Geoengineering and Environmental Aesthetics”
  • Comments by David Morrow (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

12 pm: Lunch and conference close

Program subject to change