CFP: SPSL at the APA, Vancouver, 2015


The Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love




Meeting of SPSL to be held with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, April 1- April 5, 2015, at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.

Papers on any topic related to the philosophy of sex and love are welcome.

Papers should be no more than 3000 words (excluding endnotes and references), so that they can be read or delivered within 20-25 minutes. Submit electronic copies of papers (in .pdf or .doc format) to Patricia Marino at by September 1, 2014. We will notify authors whose papers are accepted no later than October 1.

For more information about the Society, see our webpage at

For more information about the Pacific APA meeting, see here:

Questions? Email Patricia Marino at
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SPSL at the 2014 Pacific APA!

Hi everyone, the Society has two great sessions lined up for the 2014 Pacific APA in San Diego.  I hope to see you all there!

There are also other sessions of possible interest to SPSL members — I’ve listed them below.

Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love (session 1)

Thursday Evening, April 17: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Justin Leonard Clardy (University of Arkansas) “Exclusivity and Romantic Relationships”

Loren Cannon (Humboldt State University) “Firestonian Futures and Trans Affirming Presents”

Jessica Brophy (Lynchburg College) “Playing with Kant’s ‘Schema of the Supersensible’: The Poet and Poetry Reader in Sharon Olds’s Sexy, Gender-Sharing Sublime”

Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love (session 2)

Saturday Evening, April 19: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Robin Zheng (University of Michigan) “A Case Against Racialized Sexual Preferences: Why Yellow Fever Isn’t Flattering”

Lowell Herr (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) “Pornography and Liberal Justice”

Shari Collins (Arizona State University) “Sex with Strangers: Benefits of Online Sex Site Hook-Ups”

Also of interest:

Wednesday Morning, April 16: 9:00 a.m.–noon
Colloquium: Gender and Sexual Oppression
9:00–10:00 a.m.
Chair: Sharon Crasnow (Norco College)
Speaker: Richard Dean (California State University–Los Angeles) “Shunning Sexual Harassers” Commentator: Cynthia Stark (University of Utah)

10:00–11:00 a.m.
Chair: Loren Cannon (Humboldt State University)
Speaker: Gina Schouten (Illinois State University) “Is the Gendered Division of Labor a Problem of Distribution?”
Commentator: Ann Levey (University of Calgary) 11:00 a.m.–noon

11:00 a.m.–noon
Chair: Jessica Brophy (Lynchburg College)
Speaker: Erica Holberg (Utah State University) “Self-Respect, Responsibility, and the Unenlightened Sex”
Commentator: Susan Castro (Wichita State University)

Friday Afternoon, April 18: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Colloquium: Love, Sex, and Marriage

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Chair: Luciana Garbayo (University of Texas–El Paso)
Speaker: Christopher Arroyo (Providence College) “Sex, Procreation, and the Conjugal View of Marriage: A Critique”
Commentator: Alex Rajczi (Claremont McKenna College)

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Chair: Sharyn Clough (Oregon State University)
Speaker: Ryan Fanselow (Wayne State University)
“The Value of Sex and the Wrongness of Rape” Susan Brison (Dartmouth College)
Commentator: Susan Brison (Dartmouth College)

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Chair: Justin Leonard Clardy (University of Arkansas)
Speaker: Monique Wonderly (University of California– Riverside)
“Love and Attachment: The Value of Self- Interestedness in Loving Relationships”
Commentator: Arina Pismenny (City University of New York– Graduate Center)

Friday Afternoon, April 18: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Colloquium: Love and Friendship
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Chair: Prakash Chenjeri (Southern Oregon University)
Speaker: Michael Goerger (Central Washington University) “Friendship and the Ethics of Social Technology”
Commentator: Emily Barrett (California State University–Long Beach)

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Chair: Anna Day-Marshall (University of Wyoming)
Speaker: Ingrid Albrecht (Lawrence University) “Guard Jealously: A Defense of Exclusivity in Love”
Commentator: Elizabeth Sperry (William Jewell College)

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Chair: Antonio Chu (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
Speaker: Mark Alfano (University of Oregon) “The Friendship Model of Virtue”
Commentator: James Cool (California State University–Long Beach)