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