Past Conferences

CPP 2012: Mercer U

Concerned Philosophers for Peace 2012

Theme: “Struggles for Recognition: Individuals, Peoples, and States”
2012 Conference, Oct. 26-27, 2012
Mercer University, Macon, Georgia U.S.A.

Preliminary Program
(Version: September 21)

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Informal gathering at Jittery Joe’s Coffee Shop
1635 Montpelier Ave., Macon, Georgia 31201


8:15 am to 9:00 am
Meet and Greet & Coffee

9:00 am to 9:10 am
David T. Ritchie, Professor of Law & Philosophy, Mercer University
Lake Lambert, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Mercer University

9:15 am to 10:45 am
Concurrent Sessions I

Session I-A
Bill Gay, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Recognition and Violence
Fuat Gursozlu, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Univ.-Maryland
Democracy and Recognition

Session I-B
Barry Gan, Professor of Philosophy, St. Bonaventure University
The Tea Party and Me

11:00 am to 12:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions II

Session II-A
Wendy Hamblet, Professor of Liberal Studies, North Carolina A&T State Univ.
Struggles for Recognition: An Exploration of the Paradox of Identity Politics
Matthew R.G. Regan, Graduate Student, University of Maryland
The Taste of Freedom: Capabilities, Human Rights, and the Concept of Suffering

Session II-B
Stacy Kosko, Lecturer, University of Maryland
Agency Vulnerability, Participation, and the Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples
Chuck Overby, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Ohio University
Title TBA

12:20 pm to 1:20 pm
CPP Executive Committee Meeting

1:20 pm to 2:50 pm
Concurrent Sessions III

Session III-A
Sanjay Lal, Professor of Philosophy, Clayton State University
Nonviolence as Enabling Liberal Democracy to Function
John Lango, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hunter College
Nonviolent Revolution and Armed Intervention

Session III-B
Edward Demenchonok, Professor of Foreign Languages & Philosophy, Fort Valley State University
Rethinking Human Rights and Sovereign Equality as Interrelated Legal Principles of the International System
David T. Ritchie, Professor of Law & Philosophy, Mercer University
A Principle of State Nonviolence

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Keynote Address
Peter Brown, Professor of Philosophy, Mercer University
Jim Marshall, President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dinner at Margaritas Mexican Grill at Mercer Village
1602 Montpelier Ave, Suite 106
Macon, Georgia 30201


8:15 am to 9:00 am

9:00 am to 10:30 am
Concurrent Sessions IV

Session IV-A
Michael Allen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, East Tennessee State University
Why Cyber-harms are Not a Nonviolent Alternative to War
Laurent Chaudron, et al., Professor, French Air Force Academy
From Conflict Modeling to a Peace Engineering Program

Session IV-B
Jean-Marie Makang, Professor of Philosophy, Frostburg State University
Ending U.S. Foreign Wars and Reviving the Domestic War on Poverty
Andrew Fiala, Professor of Philosophy, California State University-Fresno
Social Protest and Violence in the Era of Pacification

10:45 am to 12:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions V

Session V-A
Duane L. Cady, Professor of Philosophy, Hamline University
Lessons from Rwanda
Robert Paul Churchill, Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University
The Horror of Honor Killings: Standing up for Potential Victims

Session V-B
Selin Gursozlu, Postdoctoral Fellow, Villanova University
A Nonviolent Struggle: The Use of Humor and Self-recognition of the Oppressed
Melvin (Wim) Laven, Graduate Student, Kennesaw State University
Forgiveness: A Tool for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

1:20 pm to 2:50 pm
Concurrent Sessions VI

Session VI-A
Mark Jones, Professor of Law, Mercer University
Towards Peace Through “Spiritual Justice”
Shawn Loht, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Tulane University
Polemos and Sovereignty in Heraclitus

Session VI-B
James Stanescu, Lecturer and Director of Debate, Mercer University
The Political Philosophy of a Nonanthropocentric Common
Robert Gould, Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University
Solipsism as the Opposite of Recognition: How a World the Constructs Solipsism Generates Evil

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
CPP Business Meeting

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
CPP Presidential Address
Dave Boersema, Professor of Philosophy, Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy, Distinguished University Professor, Pacific University

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Associate Professor, Chair of Philosophy, and Director Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice, SUNY – Courtland
The Beloved Community: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective

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When individuals, peoples and states struggle for recognition conflict often ensues.  How can those who study peace have a positive impact on these struggles?  Are there ways of channeling the conflicts that surround attempts to gain political and social recognition into constructive and nonviolent resolution?  What tools can philosophers bring to these struggles that might help bring about such constructive and nonviolent resolutions?

For the Concerned Philosophers for Peace 2012 conference at Mercer University (Macon, GA, Oct. 26-27) we are inviting proposals for papers and panels that address conceptual issues involved with the attempts by individuals, peoples and states for political and social recognition.

The location of this year’s conference—Macon, Georgia recalls the struggle for recognition of civil rights by African-Americans in the deep South.  Given Macon’s proximity to Atlanta we will arrange a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for the Study of Nonviolence, where participants can benefit from the work of those at the Center.  The conference is not limited to the struggle for civil rights in the U.S., however.  Any presentation that deals with political and social recognition is welcome.  In particular, discussions or presentations that focus on democracy or independence movements around the world would be appreciated.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Aug. 1, 2012.  Please email an abstract of 250 words (no attachments please) with author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact info to host institution contact David Ritchie at



Mercer University—Department of Philosophy
1400 Coleman Ave., Macon, GA 31207



The Hilton Garden Inn is located on the Historic Mercer University Macon campus.  Weekend rates run from $89 to $109 depending on when you register.  Participants can walk to the conference from the Hilton Garden Inn.  Reservations can be made at:


Macon is located approximately one hour from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  There are shuttles that run from the airport to Macon approximately every 30 minutes.  Shuttle transportation can be arranged at:


Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) has become the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. The organization holds an annual conference as well as programs at each divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

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