PACT 2009

The First Annual Meeting of the

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION

The Question of Nature: From Phusis to Biosphere

Seattle University
Seattle, Washington
October 8-9, 2009

Conference Program

Conference Organizers: Gerard Kuperus (University of San Francisco)
and Jason Wirth (Seattle University)

MEETING PLACE: STUDENT CENTER 210A AND 210 B on the Seattle
University campus

Thursday, October 8

9:00 – 9:05 AM: Introduction: Gerard Kuperus and Jason Wirth (210A)

9:05 – 9:10 Formal welcome: Dr. Burt Hopkins, chair of the Philosophy
Department, Seattle University (210 A)

9:15-10:30 SESSION ONE (210 A)
moderator: Gerard Kuperus

Ted Toadvine (University of Oregon): The Rupture with Nature
in Levinas and Merleau-Ponty

Wai-Shun Hung (Seattle University): Merleau-Ponty on Linear
Perspective and the Cartesian Concept of Nature

10:30-10:45 COFFEE

10:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions

SESSION TWO (210 A)  
moderator: Paulette Kidder (Seattle University)

Elizabeth Sikes (Seattle University): Saving Place: Ecological
Crisis and the Will

Peter Westmoreland (University of California, Irvine) Two
Kinds of Normative Significance of Nature in Rousseau

SESSION THREE (210 B)
moderator: Robert Brown (York University)

Matthew C. Altman (Central Washington University): The Moral
Significance of Nature: Beauty, Sublimity, and Teleology in Kant’s
Critique of Judgment

Emma R. Jones (University of Oregon) The Nature of Place and
the Place of Nature in Plato's Timaeus and Aristotle's Physics

12:15-2:00 PM LUNCH (local restaurant)

2:00 – 4:00 Concurrent Sessions

SESSION FOUR (210 A)
moderator: Apple Igrek (Seattle University):

Miles Martin Hentrup (University of Oregon): Between Taboo
and Transgression: The Human’s Answer to Nature

Paul Boshears (The European Graduate School/Europäische
Universität für Interdisziplinare Studien): Heavy Bored Cyborg:
Attunement and Addiction

SESSION FIVE (210 B)
moderator: Jason Wirth

Chris Lauer (Penn State): The “Unceasing Wound of Love”:
Schelling, Hesiod, and Lucretius on the Gift of Nature

Samuel Talcott (Seattle University): The Study of Nature and
The Nature of Reason: Kant’s Concept of Race and Critique

4:15-5:15 RECEPTION (Philosophy department – fourth floor of Casey)

5:30 – 6:30: PLENARY SESSION (210 A)
moderator: Giuliano Bacigalupo (Seattle University)

Paul Kidder (Seattle University): Postmodern Architecture and
the Greening of Cities


Friday, October 9

9:15-10:30 SESSION ONE (210A)
moderator: Anupa Batra (Seattle University)

Brian Elliott (University of Oregon): Art, Technology, and
Nature in Walter Benjamin

Bonnie Mann (University of Oregon): What Should Feminists Do
About Nature?: Beauvoir and the Political Ontology of Sexual
Difference

10:30-10:45 COFFEE

10:45-12:15 Concurrent Sessions
SESSION TWO (210A)
moderator: Ben Howe (Seattle University)

David Jones (Kennesaw State University): Entering the
Nearness of Fire's Tropai: Herakleitos’ Game of Eternity

Marjolein Oele (University of San Francisco): Aristotle on Physis

SESSION THREE (210B)
moderator: Marylou Sena (Seattle University)

Jason J. Howard (Viterbo University): Aesthetic Experience and
the Transformation of Nature

Kyle Bond (University of Washington): Buddha is Nature,
Nature is Buddha: Approaching the Question of Nature from the Angle
of Being-Time

12:15-2:00 PM LUNCH (local restaurant)

2:00 – 4:00

SESSION FOUR (210A)
moderator: Robert Brown (York University)

Tyler Tritten (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Nature and
Freedom: Repetition as Supplement in the Late Schelling

Olga Vishnyakova (North Seattle Community College): Russian
Cosmism

4:15-5:15 RECEPTION (Philosophy department – fourth floor of Casey)

5:30 – 6:30: PLENARY SESSION (Casey Atrium)
moderator Gerard Kuperus:

Peter Steeves (DePaul University) and Danielle Meijer (Aleph
World Fusion Dance): The Sway of Nature: From Phusis to Choros and
Back Again



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