About the Miami Forum

The Miami Forum hosts graduate student presentations and discussions of philosophy.  It is the meeting place where insights and criticisms are given free play among the graduate students about their own work.  It is also where graduate students discuss conference presentations, funding, and other aspects of the profession of philosophy.  The Miami Forum is the birthplace of the first graduate student philosophy conference at the University of Miami.

Below is a list of past presidents, calendar of events, and an archive.  All current graduate students are invited to request meetings of the Forum by contacting the acting president.

The Governance of the Miami Forum

1. Except for the discrepancies made here, the Miami Forum shall be conducted as stipulated by Kreider and Shaffer, 1995.

2. The President of the Miami Forum shall solicit presentations and discussions from graduate students in the UM department of philosophy.

3. The President shall decide all matters of scheduling of events.

4. The President shall hold meetings for important graduate student affairs, e.g., electing a graduate student representative to the faculty meetings.

5. The outgoing president shall appoint the incoming president according to the advice of the active Forum members and the past presidents.

6. The Miami Forum president shall make every effort to aid graduate student conferences hosted by the UM department of philosophy.

7.  Candidates for president must be distinguished as leaders; preferably by standing as a conference organizer.


Brian Mondy/Mark Warren: 2008-present
Shane Oakley
: 2005-2008
Jeremy Morris: 2002-2004
Michael Veber:  2000-2002
Len Olsen:  1999-2000
Michael J. Shaffer:  1995-1999

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2009   2008
Daniel Cohen - "Love, Friendship, Harmony: A Reply to the 'Moral Schizophrenia' Argument Against Modern Ethical Theories" -  - October 31, 2008.





Aaron Wilson - "Peirce's Categorical Phenomenology as a Plausible ' First Philosophy'" - Friday, Oct 17, 2008

Ben Burgis - "What You Don't Need Paraconsistency or Pluralism For" - Friday, Oct 3, 2008

Philipp Schwind - "Does Holism Imply Moral Particularism?" - Friday, Sept 12, 2008

Shane Oakley - "Causation and Counterfactuals" - Friday, May 9, 2008

Nick Wiltsher
- "Kornblith on Knowledge and Natural Kinds" - Friday, May 2, 2008

Ryan Lake - "Compatibilism and the Case Against Prepunishment" - Friday, March 21, 2008

2007   2006

Kristjan Laasik - "The Ambassadors' and the Ambulatory View of Knowledge" - Friday, October 12, 2007

Robin Neiman - "Putnam's Relativity and Our Interpretive Norms" - Friday, September 14, 2007

Nick Wiltsher - "Emotions in Sartre's Theory of Imagination" - Friday, September 7, 2007

Jeremy Morris - "Knowing That vs. Knowing What Someone Else Knows" - Friday, April 20, 2007

Shane Oakley - "On the Transitivity of Causation" - Friday, April 13, 2007



Fredrik Haraldsen - "Descriptive Names" - Friday, November 10, 2006

Daniel Cohen - "Value and Truth" - Friday, October 6, 2006

Mark Warren - "Dennetizing Tye: A Consideration of Michael Tye's PANIC Criteria for Phenomenal Content" - Friday, September 22, 2006

Ben Burgis - "God, the Origin of the Universe, and the Instantiation of Transfinite Set Theory" - Friday, September 8, 2006

 Aaron Wilson - "Pragmatism and the Heroic"- Friday September 1, 2006

Mike McCracken - "Propositions as Mind and Language - dependent Entites: A Deflationary View of the Ontology of Propositions - Friday March 31, 2006

2005   2004
Kristjan Laasik - "Searle on Consciousness and Intentionality" - Friday, December 9, 2005

Eric Sternberg - "Utilitarianism and Love", Friday, October 21, 2005

Noel Alphonse - "Reductive Heuristics for Finding Emergence" - Friday, October 7, 2005

Brian Mondy - "Toward an Understanding of epistemic Obligation" - Friday, September 30, 2005

 Shane Oakley -"Bayesian Updating and Testimonial Evidence" - Friday September 23, 2005

Kristin Borgwald - "Sidewalk Showdowns: Protecting Women's Reproductive Rights"  - Friday, September 2, 2005

Ryan Lake - "Personal Foreknowledge and the Improbability of Time Travel" - Friday April 15, 2005

Jeremy Morris - "Indexicals and Epistemology" - March 11, 2005

Shane Oakley
“Why a Humean Should Not Regret Prudential Considerations” - Friday, February 18, 2005


Michael McCracken - "Virture and Uncodifiability" - Friday, November 19, 2004

Christopher Weaver - "The Comparative Plausibility of Theory-Based versus Method-Based 'No Miracle Argumesn' for Scientific Realism" - Friday, October 29, 2004

Liz Giles - Leading Discussion of "When Is Reasoning Visual?" by George Stiny - Friday, October 22, 2004

Osvil Acosta-Morales - "Doxastic Courage The Will to Believe as Epistemic Virtue" - Friday, October 15, 2004

Meggan Payne - "For Endurantism But not of it:  The New Dualist Theory of Identity and Persistence" - Friday, September 24, 2004

Jeremy Morris - "A Priori Justification and Metajustification" - Friday, September 17, 2004

Jonathan Quianzon - "Three Senses of Would Conditionals" - Friday, September 10, 2004

Shirong Luo - "Character, Good Samaritans, and the Fundamental Attribution Error Comments on a paper by Gilbert Harman" - Friday, April 30, 2004

His-Heng Cheng - "Defending the ScotuPeirce Conception of Reality" - Friday, February 6, 2004


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