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.

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)


All interested are invited. The schedule is forthcoming. For more information, contact conference organizers, Professor Andreja Novakovic or Professor Chris Tucker, or the Philosophy Department office manager, Debra Wilson.

The Philosophy Department would like to acknowledge the generous support of Theresa Thompson (class of '67) and Michael Foradas (class of '78).


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

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