William and Mary

Biennial Conference

The Authority of Tradition

Our 2014 conference, The Authority of Tradition, will be held on Friday October 3, 2014 in Leadership Hall at the W&M Alumni House. The presentations will investigate the tension between the power that tradition has over our attitudes and behavior, on the one hand, and the suspicions we have about it as a source of authority for us, on the other.

2014 Conference Program

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Sept. 22nd to one of the organizers (Chris Tucker, Andreja Novakovic, or Debra Wilson). Department phone (Debra Wilson): 757-221-2716.

The Alumni House is Building 204 on the campus map and is visible from Richmond Road. Turn on Alumni Drive from Richmond Road, and the Alumni House is to your right.

More on the Conference Presenters

Joseph Raz (Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law, Columbia Law School)
Respondent Nandi Theunissen (Duane L.Peterson Assistant Professor in Ethics, Johns Hopkins University)

Gunnar Hindrichs (Professor, University of Basel)
Respondent Felix Koch (Institute for Philosophy, Free Univeristy of Berlin)

Sabina Lovibond (Emeritus Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Worcester College, University of Oxford)
Respondent Christine Swanton (University of Auckland, School of Arts/Philosophy)

Linda Zagzebski (George Lynn Cross Research Professor & Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, University of Oklahoma)
Respondent Bryan Frances (Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University)

The Department of Philosophy is grateful to Teresa Thompson ('67) and Michael Foradas ('78)
for their generous support.

Past Conferences

Our 2012 conference, Responsibility & Relationships: 50 Years of Strawson's 'Freedom and Resentment', was held on September 27-28, 2012.

Other past conferences: Study of the Human Self (2008), The Future of Democracy (2006).