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.

2019 Conference: Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice

The 2019 Res Philosophica Conference, titled Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice is organized by Scott Berman and Chad Flanders and will be held March 22, 2019 at Saint Louis University. For more information, please select a tab below.
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Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice Conference Program
Saint Louis University Campus
Pere Marquette Gallery
DuBourg Hall, 2nd Floor (221 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103)

Friday, March 22, 2019

8 a.m.                           
Light breakfast at Pere Marquette Gallery


8:50 a.m.                        
Welcome by Chris Duncan, Dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at Saint Louis University

9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.      
Eric Miller (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles),
“The Duties to Resist the Police on the Street”
Brandon Hogan (Howard University), comments
Colleen McCluskey (Saint Louis University), session chair

11:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.         
Erin Kelly (Tufts University),
“Harm Reduction in Criminal Justice”
Myisha Cherry (University of California, Riverside), comments
Mary Gould, (Saint Louis University), session chair

1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.      
Lunch Break


2:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.        
Ekow Yankah (Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law),
“Punishing the Polity”
Raff Donelson (Louisiana State University), comments
Sarah Cate (Saint Louis University), session chair

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.        
Wade Memorial Session

Fr. Theodore Vitali (Saint Louis University), Introduction
Tommie Shelby (Harvard University), “Prison Abolition? The Limits of Functional Critique”
Scott Berman (Saint Louis University), session chair

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For flights, you will fly to Saint Louis International Airport (STL).

Nearby Hotels:
Hotel Ignacio
Angad Arts Hotel
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We welcome anyone who wants to attend sessions during the conference to join us. Please register. It is free, but registration is necessary so we can plan for space.

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. 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.