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Post-Kantian Bioethics Conference

April 16th & 17th, 2021
Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Purdue University
Organized by Morganna Lambeth and Thomas Doyle
*Virtual Conference (all sessions to be held remotely on Zoom)

This workshop brings together speakers who use ideas from the history of philosophy to do bioethics. How, methodologically, can ideas from the history of philosophy be brought to bear on bioethical issues? And which ideas are the most fruitful for doing bioethics? Focusing on one segment of the history of philosophy in particular, we will ask: how can Kantian and Post-Kantian thought advance contemporary debates in bioethics?



11:00am - 12:00pm

HELGA VARDEN, University of Illinois
Title:  "Kant and Arendt on Barbaric and Totalitarian Evil"

Comments:  Alzbeta Hajkova

Session Chair:  Christopher Yeomans

1:00 - 2:00pm

SAMUEL J. KERSTEIN, University of Maryland
Title:  "Living with Dementia as an Affront to Dignity"

Comments:  Chen Yang

Session Chair:  Patrick Kain

2:15 - 3:15pm

COLIN MARSHALL, University of Washington
Title:  "Neo-Schopenhauerian Moral Pluralism"

Comments:  James Mollison

Session Chair:  Elise Frketich


11:00am - 12:00pm

PETER SEDGWICK, Cardiff University
Title:  "Nietzsche's Dying Gesture"

Comments:  Tom Doyle

Session Chair:  Daniel Smith

1:00 - 2:00pm

DANA BELU, CSU Dominguez Hills
Title: "A Phenomenological Inquiry into Surrogacy: Technology, Embodiment, Regulation"

Comments:  Duncan Cordry

Session Chair:  Jacqueline Mariña

2:15 - 3:15pm

JOEL MICHAEL REYNOLDS, Georgetown University
Title: "The Import of the Phenomenological Tradition for Bioethics"

Comments:  Zoe Stein

Session Chair:  Morganna Lambeth

The conference is free to attend. Those interested in attending the conference can send an email to: In the body of the email, please indicate your institutional/professional affiliation as well as which conference presentation you would like to attend. You will receive an email reminder with the Zoom link a week before the presentation. There is no limit on the number of presentations you can attend.