Marymount University Hosts 2018 Virginia Philosophical Association Meeting

On October 26 and 27, Marymount University’s School of Design, Arts and Humanities (SDAH) hosted the 79th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Philosophical Association in the new Ballston Center. The conference drew more than thirty philosophers from across the commonwealth and the region to hear eight talks on a variety of philosophical topics and attend a banquet. Highlights included a keynote lecture, “Universal Basic Income and the Problem of Bad Work” by Professor Andrea Veltman of James Madison University, and the Banquet Address, “The Ethics of Ethics: Should Philosophy Have a Moral License to Advocate Wrongful Ideas?” by Jason Brennan, the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. Several Marymount philosophy faculty and students attended and Marymount’s own Dr. Carl Sachs presented commentary on a paper about Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical method. At the banquet, Virginia philosophers gave a round of applause to SDAH Dean Christina Clark in appreciation of Marymount’s support for philosophical research in the commonwealth.