The Res Philosophica Conference is hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. The themes are chosen by members of the Department, and the papers from the conference are published in a special issue of the journal.

2021 Conference: Globalizing Empirically-Informed Philosophy

The 2021 Res Philosophica Conference, titled Globalizing Empirically-Informed Philosophy, is organized by Helen De Cruz and will be held online on November 18 and 19th, 2021. Participants include Julianne N. Chung, Alexis Elder, Bryce Huebner, Nicholaos Jones, Edouard Machery, Ryan Nichols and Hagop Sarkissian.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars working on the intersections between empirically-informed philosophy and lesser taught philosophical traditions. Empirically-informed philosophy includes both experimental philosophy (philosophers who use experiments to address philosophical questions) and philosophy that draws on results from the sciences, such as psychology, archaeology, or biology. There is a nascent interest on how empirical approaches might bear on philosophical questions outside of the western tradition. For example, to what extent are philosophical intuitions stable across cultures? How can we empirically investigate concepts from Confucian philosophy, such as li and ren? The aim of this conference is to explore how these questions might be approached, to identify future avenues for research, and to examine potentially how the intersection of empirical approaches and non-western philosophical traditions might enhance pedagogical goals as well.
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Tab 1
  • Edouard Machery (Keynote: Wade Memorial Lecture)
  • Julianne N. Chung
  • Alexis Elder
  • Bryce Huebner
  • Ryan Nichols and Nicholaos Jones
  • Hagop Sarkissian

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Tab 3
The event is fully online. Zoom registration is open.
Tab 4
We welcome anyone who wishes to attend sessions. Please Register. It is free, but necessary.

2019 Conference: Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice

The 2019 Res Philosophica Conference, titled Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice, was organized by Scott Berman and Chad Flanders and held March 22, 2019 at Saint Louis University. Participants included Tommie Shelby, Ekow Yankah, Erin Kelly, Eric Miller, Raff Donelson, Brandon Hogan and Myisha Cherry. The papers were published in the April 2020 issue of the journal.

2017 Conference: Race and Gender

The 2017 Res Philosophica Conference, titled Race and Gender, was held April 28–29, 2017 at Saint Louis University, organized by Colleen McCluskey. Speakers included Tina Botts,Tommy Curry, Lewis Gordon, Leonard Harris, Michele Moody-Adams, and Naomi Zack. The papers were published in the April 2018 issue of the journal.

2016 Conference: Bridging Formal and Traditional Epistemology

The 2016 Res Philosophica Conference, on formal and traditional epistemology, was held April 8–9, 2016 at Saint Louis University, organized by Joe Salerno. Speakers were Kenny Easwaran, Alan Hájek, Terry Horgan, Susanna Rinard, Sherri Roush, and Julia Staffel. The papers were published in the April 2017 issue of the journal.

2014 Conference: Transformative Experiences

The 2014 Res Philosophica Conference, on transformative experience, was held September 19–20, 2014 at Saint Louis University, organized by Jon Jacobs. Speakers were Rachael Briggs, Jennifer Carr, Ruth Chang, John Collins, and L. A. Paul. Those papers, among others, were published in the April 2015 issue of the journal.