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U of M's 2010 Spindel Conference Will Focus on "Empathy and Ethics" University News
For release: September 28, 2010

For press information, contact Remy Debes, 901-678-3352

“Empathy & Ethics” will be the theme of the 2010 Spindel Conference, hosted Oct. 7-9 by the University of Memphis Department of Philosophy. Yale University’s Stephen Darwall will deliver the opening address; other keynote talks will be given by John Deigh of the University of Texas and Peter Goldie of the University of Manchester in England.

In addition, the Emerging Scholar Prize Essay will be delivered at a special breakfast session on Oct. 8.

Other philosophers who will present throughout the conference include Susan Brinson, Sarah Buss, Andrew Cohen, Amy Coplan, Justin D’Arms, Julia Driver, Stephen Finlay, Charles Griswold, Steven Jauss, Jeanette Kennett, Christian Miller, Sarah Clark Miller, Jesse Prinz, Robert Roberts, Tamar Schapiro, David Shoemaker, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael Slote, Charles Starkey, Karsten Stueber, and Lori Watson. (More information about the presenters is available online at

Since 1981, a select group of philosophers, all experts on special topics in philosophy, have met at the University of Memphis to present papers and discuss a wide range of philosophical questions. It has established itself as one of the most distinguished philosophy conferences in the nation.

The papers and commentaries presented during the conference are published in the annual Spindel Conference Supplement to the Southern Journal of Philosophy. Spindel Conference Supplements are widely regarded as containing cutting-edge scholarly papers on specific philosophical issues and are used worldwide by scholars for their research and as texts for graduate courses.

For more information, contact conference director Remy Debes at or 901-678-3352.

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