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.


CPP @ APA Eastern Atlanta 2012

GIX – 1.  Concerned Philosophers for Peace

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Topic: Assessing the Philosopher King: Reflections on themes from the

book The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chair: Gail Presbey (University of Detroit – Mercy)

Speakers: Robert E. Birt (Bowie State University)

“The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Editing the Critical Essays”

Kathryn Gines (Pennsylvania State University)

“Challenges to the Relevance of King’s Philosophy”

Greg Moses (Austin Community College)

“Approaching King through the Value Theory of Alain Locke'”


CPP @ APA Central New Orleans 2013

Group session 27
Sponsored by Concerned Philosophers for Peace
tentative time  Saturday, February 23, 12:15 PM- 2:15 PM

Topic: Love, Justice for Nonhumans, and Risking Oneself
Greg Moses (Independent Scholar), chair, “”
Predrag Cicovacki (College of the Holy Cross), speaker, “Strength to Love and be Nonviolent: Analyzing King’s Sermons”
Carlo Filice (State University of New York-Geneseo), speaker, “Some Institutional Conditions for a Just Society with Nonhumans: The Mixed System and Democracy”
Danielle Poe (University of Dayton), speaker, “Responding to Need: Martin Luther King Jr. and Leymah Gbowee”


CPP @ APA Central, Feb. 17, 2012

Concerned Philosophers for Peace:
Group Meeting Central APA
February 15-18, 2012
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Session Title: “Philosophies of Nonviolence”
Friday, Feb. 17
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Chair: Danielle Poe
CPP President


“Tolstoy’s Ethics of Christian Love and Nonviolence”
Predrag Cicovacki
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

“The Philosophy of Nonviolence of the Late American Philosopher J. Glenn Gray”
Paul Churchill
George Washington University

“Peace through . . . ? Exploring Peacebuilding Initiatives”
Tracey Nicholls, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Lewis University

Past Conferences

CPP 2011: Peace and the Public Life


It was good to see everyone together.

Video of Conference


Presidential Address

President of Concerned Philosophers for Peace Danielle Poe will present the annual presidential address on Diane Wilson’s environmental activism during the closing plenary session for the CPP annual conference at Austin Community College.

In a paper tentatively titled, “Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism,” Prof. Poe will explore intersecting meanings of justice and mothering in the writings of the highly respected Texas activist. Here’s how Poe describes the upcoming presidential address:

“When my daughter was five years old, I bought her a book about Diane Wilson, whose nonviolent civil disobedience landed her in jail as she confronted injustice. Wilson’s story inspires me, and I hoped it would inspire my daughter as well. Wilson inadvertently stumbles on information about the pollution of the bay where she and her family have shrimped for four generations, and she tirelessly confronts those who are causing the pollution in order to save her community and its bay. I want this kind of passion and sense of justice for my children; I want them to speak out against injustice even when the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

“I will analyze the ways in which Wilson’s experience as a mother inspires her to choose nonviolent, civil disobedience that will result in incarceration. As part of this choice, Wilson confronts norms about what it means to be a mother in U.S. society. Her actions challenge social pressure to raise children who conform to values of capitalism and militarism rather than to justice. While it may seem to be the case that the time that Wilson serves undermines her ability to be a mother by going to jail, I will argue that she fulfills her obligations to her children and provides a creative example to other mothers on how we can mother and resist oppression such that we work to give our children a better society, a capacity to discern justice from injustice, and a capacity for imagining and creating a better

Poe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. She will deliver the CPP presidential address at 3pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the auditorium of the Riverside Campus of Austin Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Community Panel

On Friday, Nov. 4, CPP will host a community panel on “Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez” at 3pm, also at the ACC Riverside Campus, featuring Susana Almanza of PODER, Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and a representative from Red Salmon Arts. The community panel will be moderated by Prof. Jose-Antonio Orosco of Oregon State University, author of “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.” The community panel is also free and open to the public.

Advance Schedule
(updated Nov. 3, 2011)

Concerned Philosophers for Peace
Annual Conference
Nov. 4 – 5, 2011
Austin Community College (ACC)
Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

CPP Info Table & Resistencia Books:
Building G (hallway, ground floor, East side)

Fri 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Fri 9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Lyman Grant, Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACC

Fri 9:15 – 10:45 Immigration, Violence, and Democracy
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership

Jorge Mario Rodriguez Martinez, Professor of Philosophy, University of San Carlos of Guatemala:

“The Ethical Dimensions of Human Rights and the Moral Limits of Citizenship”

Richard Peterson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University:

“Violence, Intellectuals, and the Public Sphere”

Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University:

“Cesar Chavez, Undocumented Immigrants, and American Democracy”

Fri 11:00 – 12:20 Peace Education, Religion, and the Public Life
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Celeste Rios, Adjunct Professor of Government, ACC

Lillian Huerta, Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, ACC:

“Service Learning as Peace Education”

Sharon Sarles, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC:

“Positioning Religion as a Peacemaking Force”

Carlo Filice, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, SUNY Geneseo:

“Peace and Public Fairness”

Fri 12:20 – 1:20
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
Presenters: please go to Building G – Room 9135

Fri 1:20 – 2:50 Peace, Resistance, and Revolution
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Nicole Berland, Education Organizer for Occupy Austin

Ron Hirschbein, Professor of Philosophy, Walden University

“Edward Bernays’ America”

Raul G. Garcia, Instructor of Philosophy, Lamar University:

“The Philosophy of Ramsey Muniz and the Rising of the Sixth Sun”

David Boersema, Professor of Philosophy, Pacific University:

“Positive Peace in the Middle East”

Fri 3:00 – 5:00 Community Panel:
Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

ACC Welcome

Chair: Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University and author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

Lilia Rosas, Red Salmon Arts

James Harrington, Founding Director, Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP )

Susana Almanza, Coordinator, People Organized for the Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER)

Fri 6:00 Dinner at Threadgill’s World Headquarters (South)
“Come as you are, pay as you go, tip like a liberal”

NOVEMBER 5, 2011

Sat 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Sat 9:00 – 10:15 Critical Issues in Law, Police, and Prisons
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast

Nick Braune, Associate Professor of Philosophy, South Texas College:

“Police Power and Deception Cause False Confessions”

Michael J. Coyle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CSU – Chico:

“Penal Abolition and The Public Intellectual as Peace Maker”

Sat 10:30 – 12:15 Critical Figures in Peace Philosophy
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Glynis Christine, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC

Wendy C. Hamblet, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, North Carolina A&T University:

“The Philosopher, His Poor and the ‘Nature’ of the Public Life: A Rethinking of Plato’s Treatment of the Working Poor and their place in the Life of the Polis”

Robert Gould, Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University Conflict Resolution Department:

“Hume’s Anti-War Fact/Value Argument Evolves into a Contemporary Warrior Meritocracy, where the Fact of Power and Wealth Trumps Moral Values”

ACC Philosophy Club, Association of Recreational Thinkers (ART)

“Rand Revisited: Objectivist Axioms and Social Movements”

Sat 12:15 – 1:15
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
CPP Business Meeting: Building G – Room 9135

Sat 1:20 – 2:50 Philosophy in the Public Life
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Linda Braune, Poet and Peace Activist

Gail Presbey, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit-Mercy:

“Philosopher and Public Intellectual: Compatible Roles?”

Tanya M. Loughead, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Canisius College:


William C. Gay, Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Coordinator, UNC – Charlotte:

“How Philosophers Advance Peace in the Public Sphere”

Sat 3:00 – 4:45 CPP Presidential Address
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
ACC Welcome

Chair: Gail Presbey, Past President of CPP, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy

Danielle Poe, Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton:

“Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism”

Sat 5:00 ACC Facility Closing Time

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Homepage for ACC Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741

LODGING INFO: CPP has been offered
a block of rooms for $69.99 per night at:
Comfort Suite Austin Airport
7501 E Ben White Blvd
Austin , TX 78741
Phone: (512) 386-6000

When you call for reservations, please mention
Concerned Philosophers for Peace
The Motel is one mile from
Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (AUS)
and 2.4 miles from the ACC
Riverside Campus


THURS PM Airport to Motel

FRI AM Motel to Conf

SAT AM Motel to Conf

Conference Objectives

“Peace and the Public Life”

When we think of peace do we think of something public? Or is peace a private thing somehow widely shared? U.S. debates over public options, public workers, and public spending seem to signify a crisis of doubt over the value of the very meaning of “the public.”

For the 2011 conference of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at Austin Community College (Austin, TX, Nov. 4-5) we invited proposals for papers and panels that address conceptual issues involved with re-thinking peace or peacemaking in relation to a crisis in “public life” that has thrown into doubt the very meanings of public and private terms.

The location of this year’s conference–at the Riverside Campus of ACC–also evokes legacies of Cesar Chavez, Gloria Anzaldua, and the civil rights philosophy of J. Leonard Farmer. Papers seeking peaceful conceptions of rights for migrant peoples, of rights to borderline identities, and the equal treatment of peoples under the law would be especially suited to the terrain.

Of course other areas of exploration are also welcome, especially including reflections on issues raised by democracy movements across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Every year is a good year for philosophers of peace to gather for working refreshment of their conceptual tools. Perhaps the crisis of “public life” presents an opportunity for philosophers to contribute timely meditations on the ways that the turmoil in terms public and private signify hazards and opportunities for conceiving peace.

About CPP

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.

CPP Books

Remembrance and Reconciliation

The following is a new publication which might interest you. 
At the moment it is offered with 30% discount until March 15th*. More information at

Remembrance and Reconciliation

Edited by Rob Gildert and Dennis Rothermel

Amsterdam/New York, NY 2011. IX, 144 pp. (Value Inquiry Book Series 225)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3265-1   (Paper)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3266-8   (E-Book)

Online info:

Remembrance and reconciliation envision intentional pathways out of conflict and toward peace. Remembrance retraces the junctures in the past that determined what a nation has become. Probing accountability for past actions establishes accountability for what continues to happen. Revisiting what a nation has done brings the perspectives of the peoples of those nations into view.

Dennis Rothermel: Preface
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Duane L. Cady: Remembering the Present
Eddy Souffrant: Vulnerability and Beneficence: Remembering the Past for the Sake of Peace
Joseph Betz: Homeland Security, Fiduciary Care, and Duties to Foreign Nationals
Joseph C. Kunkel: Forgetting and Not Reconciling Hiroshima
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Robert Paul Churchill: Compassion and Reconciliation
David Boersema: What’s Wrong with Victims’ Rights?
Rob Gildert: Pedagogy and Punishment: A Unitarian Argument for Restorative Justice
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon: Perpetual Violence? Mimesis and Anamnesis
William C. Gay: Language and Reconciliation
Works Cited
About the Authors

CPP News

CPP cfp: Future without Borders

Call for Papers

A Future Without Borders / Un avenir sans frontières:
Essays in Cosmopolitan Peacebuilding

Tracey Nicholls (Lewis University) and Eddy Souffrant (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) invite contributions on the topic of cosmopolitanism and peace for a forthcoming volume they are co-editing, A Future Without Borders / Un avenir sans frontières.

We envision this volume as a venue for publication of some of the papers presented at the 2010 Concerned Philosophers for Peace conference (“The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability” / « Les années Obama : Guerre, Paix et Développement environnemental ») but we invite contributions from other scholars whose works investigate cosmopolitan possibilities for peace.

This collection of essays will be submitted to Rodopi’s Philosophy of Peace series, which has historically published proceedings of Concerned Philosophers for Peace conferences. However, in recognition of the bilingual nature of the 2010 meeting in Montreal, we plan to publish a bilingual collection grouped thematically and published in either English or French, according to the preference of the contributing author. Regardless of the choice of language, all submissions should address questions of war, peace, and environmentalism in a cosmopolitan or multinational context.

Possible paper topics include:
* the role of environmental problems in causes of war
* connections between environmental sustainability and peace-making (or peacebuilding)
* human rights and environmental catastrophes
* collective action for environmental sustainability in an international context
* the ethical challenges of humanitarianism in conflict zones
* whether, and to what extent, nationalism is a root cause of either war or environmental degradation
* whether, and to what extent, cosmopolitanism is a necessary element of peacebuilding and/or climate change accords

Anyone interested in contributing a chapter should submit a paper, suitably prepared for blind review, to both and no later than 31 March 2011. Papers should be roughly 6000 words, including notes and bibliography, and should use the author-date system of referencing.


CPP cfp: Eastern APA 2011


Concerned Philosophers for Peace is sponsoring a Group Session at the 2011 Eastern Division APA Meeting to be held from Tuesday, December 27 to Friday, December 30 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Papers on any topic appropriate for CPP sponsorship will be considered. You should submit a substantial summary of your talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal) no later than April 1, 2011. Your summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to

Best wishes,


John W. Lango
CPP liaison with Eastern Division APA
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Hunter College of the City University of New York


CPP @ APA Pacific 2011 (San Diego)

GROUP SESSION American Philosophical Association
Pacific Division

Hilton Bayfront
Thursday April 21, 6:00-9:00pm

Perspectives on the Middle East

David Boersema
“Positive Peace and the Middle East”
Pacific University

Andrew Fiala
“Pluralism, Religion, and Peace”
Cal State Univ. Fresno

Ovadia Ezra
“Moral Responsibility at the End of Military Occupation”
Tel Aviv University

Ron Hirschbein
“Confessions of a Self-Hating Jew”
Walden University

Fuat Gursozlu
“Strife, Violence, and Harm”
Binghamton University
(unable to attend)


CPP @ APA 2011 Minneapolis

GROUP SESSION American Philosophical Association
Central Division
Minneapolis Hilton
Saturday April 2, 12:15-2:15

Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP)

Session Title:
“Conceptualizing Communication as Intercultural”

Danielle Poe, Univ of Dayton


Samuel Imbo, Hamline Univ
“Intercultural Dialogue in Muslim-majority Malaysia”

Gail Presbey, Univ of Detroit-Mercy
“Intercultural Communication and the Case of Arizona’s Ban on Ethnic Studies”

Eric Skoglund, Guest Panelist
“Intercultural Communication and the Case of Urban Art in Minneapolis”