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.

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.

Past Conferences

CPP Montreal Registration, Travel, and Lodging

“The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability”
« Les années Obama: Guerre, Paix, et Développement environnemental »

McGill University/Université de Montréal
October 29-31, 2010

sponsored by
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
the Philosophy Department of McGill University,
and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill

Conference sessions will take place at Thomson House, the conference venue run by McGill University graduate students. Thomson House is located at 3650, rue McTavish (cross street: rue Dr Penfield)

Conference registration fee: $100.00 (USD or CAD)
Saturday night banquet is an additional $25, payable on site.
Checks/cheques should be made payable to: CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE
Registration details (name, affiliation, and confirmed title of your presentation) should be mailed, with payment, to:
Tracey Nicholls
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
(Please note that the registration fee will be waived for students, but you are still asked to register and declare your student status at that point.)

Pierre Elliot Trudeau International (YUL)

Travel from the airport (Pierre Trudeau International Airport, code: YUL) is fairly straightforward. You can take a taxi to the downtown area (centre-ville) for about $38 plus tip, or you can take the shuttle that the municipal transit service has just introduced, the 747 Express, for $7.

As you exit the arrivals area with your luggage, signs directing you to the taxi stand should be clearly marked. Please note that the fare between the airport and centre-ville is a fixed rate. It will be clearly posted on the windows of the taxicabs and you should not pay more than that posted rate (unless you opt to stay at an address that falls outside the centre-ville zone indicated on the signs).

As with taxis, you should find signs to the bus fairly clearly marked. The bus runs every 15 minutes between 8am and 8pm; every 30 minutes at non-peak times. Passes for the 747 Express bus can be purchased at a kiosk at the Currency Exchange desk, which is located in the public area of the airport that you pass through after collecting your luggage. You can pay by credit card, and you have the option of a $7 one-day pass that will give you access to the entire transit system (metro and buses) for 24 hours or a 3-day carte ocasionelle (about $13).

I have made block bookings at two different hotels in the downtown area, and confirmed availability at a third. The block-booked hotels are both located on Sherbrooke Street, which is the main east-west artery of the downtown area, one to the east of the main entrance to the McGill campus and the other to the west. Both hotels offer easy access to McGill via the 24 Sherbrooke bus route.

Chateau Versailles
There is a block of 25 rooms here under the name “Concerned Philosophers for Peace” (group booking code CPJ19S). This hotel is located at 1659 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel east on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 8 blocks). It is a beautiful, old-world style hotel offering all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $144/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-888-933-8111 or Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 29, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

Holiday Inn Midtown
There is a block of 15 rooms here under the name “2010 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference.” This hotel is located at 420 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel west on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 4 blocks). It also offers all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $131/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-800-387-3042. Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 24, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

L’Abri du Voyageur
This is your low-budget option. They have a web special of $62/night plus applicable taxes, available if you book online at Alternatively you can make reservations by phone at 1-866-302-2922. L’Abri du Voyageur is located at 9 St-Catherine West (corner of St-Catherine and St-Laurent, which is the major north-south artery of centre-ville). It is, as you will immediately notice if you book there, right smack in the heart of the “red-light” district. The area is perfectly safe, if a little seedy, and I have personal testimony from friends who have stayed there that the hotel is clean, safe, and remarkably well-appointed for the price. You can reach McGill quite easily by walking a block north on St-Laurent to metro St-Laurent and taking the subway west (direction: Angrignon) three stops to metro Peel. From the Peel subway stop, it is about a four block walk north to our conference location. I have not booked a block of rooms here, but I have confirmed that they have rooms available.

Please feel free to contact me directly (at this email address, or at 312-218-6834) if you have any questions that I have not answered here. And, just by way of helpful reminder for those of you who may not have travelled to Canada recently, let me give you a heads-up that you will need to make sure your passport is up-to-date in order to get across the border!

Tracey Nicholls
Local (Montréal) Organizer, 23rd Annual CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE Conference

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cfp CPP 2010 Montreal: The Obama Years

Call for Papers

The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability

The Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University are pleased to sponsor the 2010 annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace. The conference will take place October 29-31, 2010, at McGill University, in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada.

Because of the location and the notable reorientation towards internationalism that Barack Obama’s presidency has fostered, we are especially interested in encouraging submissions that present questions of war, peace, and environmentalism in a cosmopolitan or multinational context. You may want to, but need not, consider these questions from the point of view of what domestic and/or international expectations Obama needs to address (concerning, for example, the prison at Guantánamo, the Afghanistan-Pakistan war, the Copenhagen agreement on climate change).

Possible paper topics include:
• the extent to which we see a change that warrants speaking of ‘the Obama Years’
• reconciling a Nobel Peace Prize with the responsibilities of a commander-in-chief
• the role of environmental problems in causes of war
• connections between environmental sustainability and peace-making (or peacebuilding)
• human rights and environmental catastrophes
• responses to the problem of ‘environmental refugees’
• collective action for environmental sustainability in an international context the global war on terror
• the role of the Geneva Conventions in non-state asymmetrical conflicts
• the ethical challenges of humanitarianism in conflict zones
• whether the United Nations’ Responsibility to Protect doctrine is progressive or regressive
• whether, and to what extent, nationalism is a root cause of war/environmental degradation
• whether, and to what extent, cosmopolitanism is a necessary element of peacebuilding/climate change accords

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by August 1, 2010 to In recognition of Montreal’s status as a bilingual city, we encourage papers in English and French.

Appel de communications

Les années Obama : Guerre, Paix et Développement environnemental

Le Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal et le Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique de l’Université McGill sont heureux de commanditer l’édition 2010 du colloque annuel de Philosophes engagés pour la paix / Concerned Philosophers for Peace. Le colloque aura lieu à l’Université McGill, au cœur de Montréal, du 29 au 31 octobre 2010.

En raison du fait que le colloque aura lieu à l’extérieur des Etats-Unis, et que l’administration de Barack Obama semble s’orienter vers une politique extérieure plus internationaliste, nous encourageons plus particulièrement les contributions qui traitent des questions de guerre, paix et environnement dans une perspective plus cosmopolitique ou dans un contexte multinational. Vous êtes invités, mais sans y être contraints, à envisager ces questions du point de vue des enjeux domestiques et/ou internationaux que l’administration Obama doit relever (concernant, par exemple, les conditions de détention à Guantanamo, le conflit Afghanistan-Pakistan, le traité de Copenhague sur le climat).

Les sujets possibles des contributions peuvent porter sur :

• dans quelle mesure peut-on parler d’un ‘changement’ en parlant du régime Obama ?
• comment peut-on réconcilier le prix Nobel de la Paix avec les responsabilités d’un ‘commandant-en-chef’ ?
• le rôle des problèmes environnementaux dans les causes de guerre
• les relations entre les développements durables de l’environnement et de la consolidation de la paix ?
• les droits humains et les catastrophes environnementales
• les réponses au problème des réfugiés environnementaux
• l’action collective pour un environnement durable dans le contexte international
• la guerre globale contre le terrorisme
• le rôle des Conventions de Genève dans les conflits asymétriques non-étatiques
• les enjeux éthiques de l’humanitaire dans les zones de conflit
• doit-on juger la doctrine onusienne de la ‘responsabilité de protéger’ comme progressiste ou régressive ?
• dans quelle mesure le nationalisme est-il une cause fondamentale de guerre / de dégradation environnementale ?
• dans quelle mesure le cosmopolitisme représente-t-il une condition nécessaire de la consolidation de la paix / accords internationaux sur les changements climatiques ?

Tout projet de contribution doit se limiter à un résumé de 250 mots (maximum) et être soumis avant le 1er août 2010 à

En reconnaissance du statut distinct de Montréal en tant que ville bilingue, nous encourageons les communications présentées en anglais et/ou en français.

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CPP 2010 Conference Date Saver

The 2010 annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace will take place in Montreal, Quebec and will be hosted by the Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal.

The local contact person is Tracey Nicholls (

The meeting dates are October 29-31, 2010.

The theme of this year’s meeting is: “The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability.”

Further details, such as registration costs, lodging options, and a fuller description of paper topics, will be forthcoming as the meeting logistics crystallize. Please direct any inquiries to Tracey.

David Boersema
CPP Executive Director
Department of Philosophy
Pacific University

Past Conferences

CPP 2009 Advance Program

NOVEMBER 5-7, 2009


Pre-Conference Reception: 8 p.m. (ArtStreet facility)


Session 1, 9am-10:45am

Room A: Global Politics

“Orientalism in the Global War on Terror” by Nathan Eckstrand, Duquesne University

“How Some Definitions (and Their Applications) of ‘Terrorism’ Are Better for the Community than Other Definitions” by Doug Knapp, Inver Hills Community College

“Deliberative Global Politics and Non-Military Humanitarian Counter-Interventions” by Michael Allen, East Tennessee State University

Room B: Problems of Oppression

“Oppression Reconsidered” by Sybol Cook Anderson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Oppression” by Robert Paul Churchill, George Washington University

“The Moral Responsibility of Engaging One’s Oppressor” by Court Lewis, University of Tennessee

Coffeebreak: 10:45-11:15am

Session 2, 11:15am-12:30pm

Room A: Post-Modern Views

“The Entwining of Freedom and Intersubjective Sensibility” (Levinas) by Bergo Bettina, Universite de Montreal

“It Could Be…Better” (Irigaray) by Danielle Poe, University of Dayton

Room B: Communities in Conflict

“Communities in Conflict: Standards for Just Negotiations” by John Lango, Hunter College of CUNY

“The Cultural and Political Dimension of Ethnic Conflicts” by Messay Kebede, University of Dayton

Lunch Break: 12:30-2:00pm (Kennedy Student Union or Brown Street)

Session 3, 2:00-3:45pm

Room A: Just Community

“What Constitutes a Just Community?” by Oidinposha Imamkhodjaeva, Visiting Scholar, Penn State Univ.

“Looking Backward toward a Just Community” by Ron Hirschbein, Walden University

“Leftists and Rightists on Distributive Justice” by Ronald Glossop, Prof. Emeritus, Southern Ill. Univ., Edwardsville

Room B: Community Issues

“The Family Lacuna” by Douglas Dreier, Cornell University

“Human Rights, Complex Equality, and Hospitality” by Eddy Souffrant, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte

“Five Forgiveness Assessments Recommended for Conflict Resolution Processes” by Robert Gould, Conflict Resolution, Portland State University

Coffeebreak: 3:45-4:15pm

Session 4, 4:15-5:30pm

Room A: Indigenous and Undocumented Immigrant Communities

“No Justice, No Peace: What We Must Be Doing” by Tracey Nicholls, Lewis University

“Dream On, Children: Whither the Dream Act?” by Kyoo Lee, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Room B: Reflections on African American Women

“In Support of the Girls from ‘Round Here’: Black Feminist Reflections on the Utility of Rage for Building Communities of Support” by Denise James, University of Dayton

“The State as Batterer: Women’s Progress to Address American’s Family-Like Racial Dysfunction” by Angela Mae Kupenda, Mississippi College School of Law

Room C: Executive Committee of CPP

(See local information for dinner)

Plenary Session: 7:30pm, Kennedy Student Union Ballroom (2nd floor) Angela Davis


Session 5, 9am-10:45am

Room A: Tolerance and Diversity

“Moral Conviction and Disagreement: Getting Beyond (Negative) Toleration” by Matthew Pianalto, Eastern Kentucky University

“Community and Diversity” by William Gay, UNC Charlotte

“Repressive Justice: Marcuse, Adorno, and the American Attempt to Live Wrong Life Rightly” by Arnold Farr, University of Kentucky

Room B: Problems of Justice

“How to Achieve Justice: Rorty on Redescription and Justification” by Susan Dieleman, York University

“Why Are Only Citizens Worthy of Global Justice?” by Jason Breen, York University

“The Relationship between Feminism, Critical Race Theory, and Justice as Fairness” by Michael Da Silva, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Coffeebreak: 10:45-11:15am

Session 6, 11:15am-12:30pm

Room A: Radical Interpretations

“The Radical Praxis of Teaching for a Just Community: Marcuse and Kristeva on Liberating the Subject” by Tanya Loughead, Canisius College

“Devious Emancipations: A Marxian Reexamination of Rawls’s Political Conception of Justice” by Hamad Mohamed, Duquesne University

Room B: Developing Just Communities

“Just Communities and Character Formation: An Answer from Hume’s Treatise” by Juan Santos-Castro, Binghamton University SUNY

“On the Virtues of Community Organizing: Recovering Franklin’s and Dewey’s Insights” by Shane Ralston, Pennsylvania State University

Lunch Break: 12:30-2:00pm (Brown Street)

Session 7, 2:00-3:45pm

Room A: Reflections on Warism

“Civilian Casualties and War” by Joseph Betz, Villanova University

“Grief and Precariousness in Alexander Sokurov’s Alexandra (2007) and Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir (2008)” by Dennis Rothermel, California State University, Chico

“An Engineer’s Reflection on Sometimes Kafkaesque Searches for ‘Truth’ and ‘Communities of Peace and Justice’ in the United States” by Chuck Overby, Engineering Professor Emeritus, Ohio University

Room B: Justice and Economics

“Crime, Punishment, and Justice in Communities” by Wendy Hamblet, North Carolina A & T State University

“Justice in Business and Defense Communities” by Joseph Kunkel, Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton, and Hamid Rafizadeh, Professor of Business, Bluffton University

“Justice and a Pro-Democratic Ethic” by Steve Martinot, Independent Scholar

Short Coffeebreak: 3:45-4:00pm

Session 8, 4:00-5:15pm

Room A: Nonviolence and Love

“Intersectionality and Love” by Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, SUNY Cortland

“Principles for Successful Activism” by Barry Gan, St. Bonaventure University

Room B: Religious Communities

“And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares: The Peace Ethic of J. Leonard Farmer, Sr.” by Greg Moses, Independent Scholar

“United Methodist Women and Social Justice” by Joseph Osei, Fayetteville State University/UNC

CPP Business Meeting (5:15-6:00pm) in Room C-all are invited!

Banquet and Presidential Address by Gail Presbey

Reception starts at 7:15pm in Kennedy Student Union

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CPP 2009 Registration


NOVEMBER 5-7, 2009


Cost: $50.00 including Thursday and Friday Receptions, Friday and Saturday breakfast (Saturday night Banquet is an additional $25.)

Checks payable to:
Department of Philosophy.

Send registration to:
Linda Mckinley
Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton
300 College Park,
Dayton, OH 45469-1546

Questions can be sent to:

or you can call Danielle Poe at 937-825-5392

Conference Hotel:
Marriott Hotel
Dayton Marriott
1414 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 223-1000
The Marriott has reserved rooms at a rate of $75. Each participant must make their own reservation. The block is listed under “Baker Philosophy Colloquium”. Everyone needs to make their reservations by October 15, 2009.

Nearest Airport: Dayton (DAY)

Past Conferences

CPP 2009 with Angela Davis

The 2009 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference will be held at the University of Dayton, November 6-8, 2009.

The topic of the colloquium is “Communities of Justice.” The focus of the colloquium is on the opportunities and challenges of creating just conditions in local communities. Our keynote speaker on November 7, 2009 will be Dr. Angela Davis. Possible paper topics include:

* What constitutes a just community?
* What obstacles do we face in creating Communities of Justice?
* How can obstacles be overcome in order to make a community more just?
* What is the relationship between local action and national or international action
* Who is oppressed and who are the oppressors?
* How should, and how do oppressed groups respond to each other?
* How should, and how do oppressed groups respond to their oppressor?
* How can we learn from the past, making use of what is valuable, without being tainted by what is harmful?
* What aspects of race theory and feminist theory are supportive of, or prevent creating Communities of Justice?

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by August 1, 2009 to

Past Conferences

CPP 2008 Final Schedule and Hotel

(updated Oct. 19)


OCTOBER 30-31, NOVEMBER 1-2, 2008


Cost: $75.00 including Thursday Reception, Friday and Saturday lunches, Saturday night Banquet. Checks payable to Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice

Conference Hotel Country Inn and Suites (details below)
Nearest Airports Ithaca (ITH) 19.5 miles 32 minutes

and (SYR) 48 mins 41 miles

Final Program

All sessions in Dowd Fine Arts Gallery unless stated
Registration and all food served in the mezzanine outside Main Gallery

Thursday October 30

Reception 7:30-8:30 pm
Main Gallery

Raspberry Brie En Croute
Cheese Quesadilla
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil
Petit Four
Wine and soft drinks

Friday October 31

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-10:30 Session 1

Room A
Duane Cady (Hamlin University, MN) “Religion and War”
Rick Werner (Hamilton College, NY) “The Right to Hope and the Ethics of Belief”

Room B
Lawrence Whitney (Boston University) “ Strategic Transition: The Cosmology of Security”
Margaret Gilleo (Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri) “Challenging war in Eleven Words”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2

Room A
Katina Sayers-Walker (SUNY Cortland) “The Blues Guitar, Blue Frog, and the Blues”
Bob Murhlnickel (Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, NY) “Vulnerability and the Peace-Making Virtues”

Room B
Jean-Marie Makang (Frostburg State University, MD) “Poverty as a Way to Peace”
Chuck Guenther (St. Louis Community College) “An Assessment of the Economic Conversion Movement”

12:15- 1:30 Lunch
Roast Turkey or Hummus Sandwiches, Pickles, Potato Chips, Cookies and Brownies, Cold beverages

1:30-3:00 Session 3

Room A
Ron Hershbein (California State University, Chico) “Bad News: Propaganda is Passé”
Bill Gay (UNC Charlotte) “Nonviolent Rhetoric in Geopolitics”

Room B
Paul Parks (SUNY Cortland) “Building Bridges to Peace: Teaching Tolerance Through the History of Art”
Danielle Poe (University of Dayton, Ohio) “Intersubjective Women and Intersubjective Mothering and Nonviolent Activism

3:00-3:15 Break
Assorted cookies, coffee and tea

3:15-4:45 Session 4

Room A
Ronald Glossop (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville) “Toward World Citizenship: Why and How?”
Fuat Gursozlu (Binghamton University, NY) “Political Virtues for Democratic Pluralism”

Room B
Joe Betz (Villanova University, PA) “Will Kymlicka as Peacemaker”
Edmund Byrne (Indiana University) “Armed Homicidal Self-Defense: A natural Right?”

4:45-5:45 CPP Executive Committee Meeting Room A

7:30 Keynote Address
Sperry Center 105
Arun Gandhi

Saturday November 1

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-9:30 Welcome
Main Gallery

9:30-11:00 Session 5

Room A
Christina Michaelson (Le Moyne College, NY) “Pedagogy in Peace Education”
Abby Thomas (India) “Educating for Peace: An Asian Philosophical Blueprint”

Room B
Animals and Violence Panel
Steve Best (University of Texas, El Paso), Andrew Fitz-Gibbon (SUNY Cortland) and Anthony Nocella (SUNY Cortland)

11:00 -11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Session 6

Main Gallery
Dennis Rothermel (California State University, Chico) “Teaching Anti-War War Films”

Room A
Colleen Kattau (SUNY Cortland) Workshop: “The Power of Song for Nonviolent Transformative Action”

Room B
Wendy Hamblet (North Carolina A&T State University) “Cultivating Peaceful Communities: An Exploration of the Paradoxes and Frustrations”

12:00- 1:00 Lunch
Roast Turkey or Hummus Sandwiches, Pickles, Potato Chips, Cookies and Brownies, Cold beverages

1:00-2:30 Session 7

Room A
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon (SUNY Cortland) “Religious Nonresistance to Violence as Political Resistance to the State
Barry Gan (St. Bonaventure University, NY) “Pacifism as Pathology”

Room B
Anna Lübbe (University of Applied Sciences of Fulda, Germany.) “Systemic Constellations and Their Potential in Peace Work”

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:30 Session 8
Resisting War Panel
Main Gallery
Chair: Larry Ashley (SUNY Cortland)
Panel: Michael Smith (Ithaca College), Mr. Finn (Cornell University), Ron Hershbein (UC Chico),

CPP Annual Meeting, Room A
CNYPSC Executive Committee Meeting, Room B

7:30 Banquet and President’s Address
Gail Presbey (University of Detroit, Mercy) “Gandhi on the Problem of Violence within the Indian Struggle for Independence.”
Caleion Room Corey Union
Spinach Salad, Dinner Rolls
Tomato Soup
Apple Sage Stuffed Chicken Breast with Cranberry Chutney Glaze
Lasagna ala Florentine
Herb Seasoned Rice
Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Cheesecake with strawberries and whipped cream
Wine and Perrier Water
Coffee and Tea

Sunday November 2

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
Bagels, Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange and Cranberry Juice

9:00-10:30 Session 9
Sanjay Lal (Columbus State University) “Gandhian Non-Violence Does Not Presuppose Human Goodness”
Joseph Rayle (SUNY Cortland) “Peace Education: An Ecological Framework”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 10
Academic Repression Panel
Chair: Anthony Nocella (SUNY Cortland)
Panel: Steve Best (University of Texas, El Paso), Liat Ben-Moshe (Syracuse University), Caroline Kaltefleiter (SUNY Cortland), Mecke Nagel (SUNY Cortland)

Conference Hotel

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cortland, NY
3707 Route 281, Cortland NY 13045
Reservations: (888) 201-1746 US Toll Free
Telephone: (607) 753-8300 Fax: (607) 753-8301
Standard room (2 queen beds)
Rate is $113/night including tax
We have reserved 40 rooms
Cut-off date is 9/30/08
When calling to reserve the room, ask for “Fall Peace Conference for SUNY Cortland”

Past Conferences

CPP Conference 2008 (SUNY Cortland)

Call For Papers
DEADLINE September 1, 2008
Concerned Philosophers For Peace
Twenty-First Annual Conference

Suny Cortland, Cortland NY
October 30-31, November 1-2, 2008

“Resisting War, Educating For Peace”

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. The forthcoming Cortland conference invites papers in any area of war resistance and peace education. Submissions are also invited addressing other topics related to the causes of war and the prospects for peace.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics Peace and Social Justice, SUNY Cortland; the M.K. Gandhi Institute, Rochester University; and the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium. Saturday of the conference incorporates the CNY Peace Studies Consortium’s annual peace conference.

Please send an abstract of your proposal by September 1, 2008 [not more than 300 words] to: Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Director, Center for Ethics Peace and Social Justice, Philosophy Department, SUNY Cortland.

CPP publishes a newsletter, and many of the conference papers have been published in various anthologies. Presenters will be invited to submit papers for peer-reviewed inclusion in a volume to be published in the Rodopi VIBS, Philosophy of Peace series.

Further information is available via the CPP list server, which can be accessed by contacting Barry Gan at; and membership information is available from David Boersma at