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Event postponed due to concerns for the health and safety of our students, guests, faculty, and staff.

The 50th Annual Philosophy Symposium: Past and Future in Chinese Philosophy

Except where noted, all events are in Titan Theater in the Titan Student Union.  View our Philosophy Symposium Poster Archive.

Wednesday, March 18

Celebrating 50 Years of the CSUF Philosophy Symposium

9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:45 Welcome to Philosophy Alumni

  • Shari Starrett, Cal State Fullerton, Philosophy

10:00-11:15 Meet and Network with Alumni in Philosophy, Law and Everything Else

  • Craig Ihara, chair
  • Rich Booher, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, De Anza College
  • Maura Priest, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, ASU
  • Michael Langford, Public Interest Attorney
  • Beata Bujalska Kramer, Google Operations Manager Munich
  • Roxy Green, Research Psychoanalyst
  • Jack Smith, Nursery Manager of TreePeople
  • Max Kirchoff, Co-founder LAMA SIX
  • Michael Gregory Pettus, Founder, CTO Vubiq Networks, Inc.

11:30-12:45 Lunch with Alumni: Free for all Philosophy students

1:00-2:15 Panel: The Last Fifty Years of Philosophy

  • Ryan Nichols, chair
  • Mitch Avila, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • Heather Battaly, University of Connecticut
  • David Depew, University of Iowa
  • Merrill Ring, Cal State Fullerton
  • Rich Booher, Lecturer, Philosophy, De Anza College

2:30-3:45 Panel: The Next Fifty Years of Philosophy

  • Ryan Nichols, chair
  • Mahesh Ananth, Indiana University South Bend
  • Maura Priest, Arizona State University
  • Kevin Houser, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Erica Nieblas, U. of Colorado
  • Matt Calarco, California State University, Fullerton

4:00-5:15 Open Mic: Memories of Philosophy at Fullerton

  • Phil McWilliams, moderator

6:00 Banquet for Alumni and Current and Former Faculty at the Summit House, Fullerton

Thursday, March 19

9:00-9:45Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:45-10:00 Welcome

  • JeeLoo Liu, Chair Department of Philosophy, Cal State Fullerton
  • Fram Virjee, President, Cal State Fullerton

10:00-11:15 Well functioning daos and moral relativism

  • Hagop Sarkissian, CUNY Graduate Center & Baruch College
  • Student commentator: Trevor Townsend

11:30-1:00 Cognitive Scripts, Confucian Ritual, and Reducing Implicit Bias

  • Deborah Mower, U. of Mississippi
  • Student commentator: Bryan Noonan

2:30-3:45 Confucian Robotic Ethics — What kind of virtuous robots do we want?

  • JeeLoo Liu, Cal State Fullerton
  • Student commentator: Dominic Perez

4-5:15 The Primacy of Practice

  • Kwong-loi Shun, UC Berkeley
  • Student commentator: Daniela Scheel


Friday, March 20

10:00-11:15 Socially-Centered Ethics: Confucian Role Ethics and Beyond

  • Joanna Crosby, Morgan State University
  • Student commentator: Danielle Claire Batalla

11:30-1:00 The Co-Action Paradigm

  • Mercedes Valmisa Oviedo, Gettysburg College
  • Student commentator: Rene Ramirez

2:30-3:45 The Biocultural Origins of Chinese Thought and Its Likely Future

  • Ryan Nichols, Cal State Fullerton
  • Student commentator: Alyssa Raphael

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Student organizers and volunteers include:
Alexis Avina, Rasool Bahu, Danielle Batalla, Reina Blean, Lisa Chadwick, Patrick Henning, Eugene Kim, Chenglin Lee, Dillon Malner, Anneke Mendiola, Diego Ortega, Rene Ramirez, Alyssa Raphael, Dani Scheel and Justin Ye.

Special thanks for funding for the 50th Annual Symposium: CSUF Associated Students; The John Templeton Foundation; George Abiad, Miscellaneous Course Fee funding; the Ellington Fund; and The Department of Philosophy.

Special thanks for support of Wednesday’s 50th Symposium Celebration: Craig Ihara
For any questions regarding Wednesday, March 18th, please email Craig Ihara.
For all questions regarding the 50th Symposium, March 19 and 20 , please email Ryan Nichols.

Associated Students, Inc California State University, Fullerton.

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