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APA Eastern 2016: a conference guide

The Oxford Philosophy team will be starting off the new year in Washington D.C.! We’re excited to see you at the upcoming 2016 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting. We have some suggestions for things to do and sights to see during your time in Washington, as well as our favorite sessions for the conference.

We recommend visiting the following sights and attractions while in Washington D.C.:

A short walk from the conference center is the renowned Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Prepare yourself before your visit by viewing their animal web cams and see what the pandas, Mei and Tai Shan, are up to!

Enjoy a stroll down Constitution Ave NW to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National Mall, and countless other historic sites.

You could also take a trip across the Potomac River to visit Arlington Cemetery, historic Alexandria, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, free to use: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tai_Shan,_National_Zoos_Panda_Cub_at_1_year_old_%28185094394%29.jpg
Tai Shan at the National Zoo, by dbking. CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Situated between Northern and Southern states, Washington is home to an amazing assortment of restaurants and eateries. It’s easy to find great Southern foods such as fried chicken, barbecue, and grits. You can also visit the many New American cuisine restaurants to spot high profiled politicians. And, as it is home to a large immigrant population, you can easily find authentic Ethiopian, Chinese, Korean, Burmese, and Indian cuisines there too.

Keep an eye out for these conference sessions that we’re excited about:

Wednesday, 6 January, 12:30-2:30 pm sessions:

Author Meets Critic: Bonnie Mann, Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror

Wednesday, 6 January, 3-6 pm sessions:

Author Meets Critic: Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever, The Inessential Indexical

Thursday, 7 January, 2-5 pm sessions:

Symposium: The Philosophy of Romantic Love featuring Daniel Star, Carrie Jenkins, Berit Brogaard, and Michael Smith

Thursday, 7 January, 5-6 pm sessions:

APA Prize Reception, winners include Manuel Vargas, Alvin I. Goldman, Kate Manne, Diana Raffman, and many more.

Thursday, 7 January, 5:15-7:15 pm sessions:

Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) featuring Edward S. Casey, Ladelle McWhorter, and Linda Martin Alcoff

Publishing Workshop featuring Hilary Gaskin, Sally Hoffmann, Gertrud Gruenkorn, Peter Laughlin, Peter Ohlin, Andy Beck, Andrew Weckenmann, Ties Nijssen, and Marissa Koors

Friday, 8 January, 9-11 am sessions:

Invited Paper: Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy featuring Cynthia Stark, David Estlund, and Philip Pettit

Symposium: Kant’s Formulation of the Universal Law featuring Jennifer Uleman, Pauline Kleingeld, Robert Louden, and Julian Wuerth

Author Meets Critics: Daniel Star, Knowing Better

Friday, 8 January, 11:15 am-1:15 pm sessions:

The Society of Philosophers in America presents The Obligations of Philosophers featuring George R. Lucas, Jackie Kegley, John Lachs, Bertha Manninen, and Andrea Houchard

Friday, 8 January, 1:30-4:30 pm sessions:

Symposium: The Function of Reasoning featuring Hilary Kornblith, Alison Gopnik, Pamela Hieronymi, and Hugo Mercier

Author Meets Critics: Michael Gill, Humean Moral Pluralism

APA Committee Session: The Procreative Asymmetry in Ethics and the Law featuring David T. Wasserman, David DeGrazia, Johann Frick, David Heyd, and Melinda A. Roberts

Friday, 8 January, 7-10 pm sessions:

Society of Christian Philosophers presents Contemporary Metaphysics featuring Laura Ekstrom, Trenton Merricks, Meghan Sullivan, and Aaron Griffith

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society presents Norms in the Wild featuring Geoff Sayre-McCord, Cristina Bicchieri, and Jerry Gaus

Saturday, 9 January, 9-11 am sessions:

Author Meets Critics: Stewart Shapiro, Varieties of Logic

Society of Applied Philosophy presents Parental Rights and Responsibilities featuring Jake Earl, S. Matthew Liao, Amy Mullin, Samantha Brennan, and Colin Macleod

Saturday, 9 January, 11:15 am-1:15 pm sessions:

Symposium: Kantian Perspectives of Ethics featuring Alan H. Goldman, Grant Rozeboom, Nomy Arpaly, and Serene Khader

APA Committee Session: LGBT Rights after Same-Sex Marriage featuring Christopher La Barbera, John Corvino, Esa Diaz-Leon, and Maren Behrenson

Saturday, 9 January, 1:30-4:30 pm sessions:

Symposium: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish featuring Hilary Kornblith, Karen Detlefsen, Eileen O’Neill, and David Cunning

Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts presents Film and other Visual Arts featuring Christopher Grau, Lindsey Fiorelli, Daniel Dohrn, Morgan Rempel, and Gerad Gentry

Why not take time to visit the Oxford University Press Booth while you’re there? Browse new and featured books which will include an exclusive conference discount. Pick up complimentary copies of our philosophy journals which include Mind, Monist, Philosophical Quarterly, and more. Receive free access to our online resources including Oxford Handbooks Online, Very Short Introductions, Oxford Reference, and more. Enter our raffle for a chance to win some OUP books. And, of course, just stop by to say hi!

Featured image credit: Capitol Building in Washington DC at night. Public domain via Pixabay.

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