Volume 7: Spring 2022

This virtual conference, which is supported by Washington and Lee University's Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, is the only open undergraduate conference in the country solely dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues. All accepted speakers will not only have the opportunity to present their papers at the conference, but also to have them published in the The Mudd Journal of Ethics.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, March 5, 2022
12:30 - 1:10 Evelyn Wang
College of William and Mary
Respondent: Jeb Nafisa (W&L)
“The Preemption Problem: What is a Harm and What Shall we Blame?”
1:10 - 1:15 Break
1:15 - 1:50 Jonah Katzman
Emory University
Respondent: Ashley Xia (W&L)
“NAGPRA Should Not Require Cultural Affiliation of Human Remains”
1:55 - 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:40 Jack Walker
Cambridge University
Respondent: James Torbert (W&L)
“Error Theory – What Next?”
2:40 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:20 Mason Liddell
College of William and Mary
Respondent: John Coleman Ward (W&L)
“Thomson's Distributive Exception and Possessed Threats”
3:25 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:30 Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) PhD Student Panel The mission of MAP is to address structural injustices in academic philosophy and to remove barriers that impede participation in academic philosophy for members of marginalized groups. Through its international organizing team and graduate student-led network of autonomous chapters around the world, it aims to examine and dismantle mechanisms that prevent students from marginalized groups from participating in academic philosophy, as well as to promote philosophical work done from marginalized perspectives, and help improve working conditions for scholars from marginalized backgrounds.
Sunday, March 6, 2022
9:00 - 10:00 Conference Keynote
Catherine Fullarton
University of King’s College
Emory University
"Sympathy and Care in Sophocles' Philoctetes: A Contemporary Reading"
10:10 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 11:00 Tom Cockell
Cambridge University
Respondent: Max Gebauer (W&L)
"The Sandwich Dilemma: A Case for Ethical Veganism"
11:00 - 11:10 Closing Remarks