Fort Hays State University's Philosophy Department will host the 2004 Mountain-Plains Philosophy Conference from Oct. 14-16.
The keynote speaker is Professor Marcia Eaton of the University of Minnesota. While she was living and teaching in Copenhagen in 1971, said Dr. Richard Hughen, associate professor of philosophy, she stumbled upon an object that would shape her professional passion. Stopping by a modern art museum, she saw an unsettling exhibit: pieces of slaughtered horses displayed in glass jars. Then and there she decided that before she died she would answer the question, "Is that art?"
Eaton will deliver her keynote address, "The Connection Between Fiction and Morality," at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in Albertson Hall, room 169. A question-and-answer session will follow the address.
She will be introduced by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Paul Faber, professor of philosophy.
Eaton will also speak on "The Possibility of Aesthetic Obligations" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Holiday Inn. Commentator will be Dr. Doug Drabkin, associate professor of philosophy at FHSU.
Thursday's schedule includes three speakers in Session One: Moral Theory, beginning with registration at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Session Two: Moral Practice -- Applied Ethics, features four speakers beginning at 8 a.m. Friday morning in the Trails Room of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.
Session Three: Philosophy of Language, also in the Trails Room, begins Friday at 1:30 p.m. and features two speakers in addition to the keynote address.
The reception, banquet and general meeting begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Holiday Inn.
Session Four: Aesthetics, with four speakers, takes place at the Holiday Inn beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.
Registration is $80 for the entire conference, or $18 for the banquet only, and can be completed online at www.fhsu.edu/philosophy/registration.shtml.
For more information, contact Jodie Wear Leiker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (785) 628-4249.