Professional Presentations and Activities – selected:

“Buddhist Perfectionism and Korsgaard on Self-Constitution” International Conference on Confucianism, Buddhism, and Kantian Moral Theory, Institute for Confucian and East Asian Studies, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Seoul, South Korea, September 5-8, 2019

“Ego-less Agency: Dharma-Responsiveness without Kantian Autonomy” –  Author meets Critics session on Repetti’s Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will. APA-Eastern, International Society for Buddhist Philosophy, New York, January 2019

“Regenerative Bioethics and the Mission of Medicine” UNESCO 13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law; Jerusalem, November 2018

“Self-Constitution, Narrative Identity, and Normativity,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on Self-Knowledge in Eastern and Western Philosophies, Charleston South Carolina, June 1, 2018

“Buddhist Perfectionism and Korsgaard on Self-Constitution,” Columbia Society on Comparative Philosophy, Columbia University, NY, May 2018

“Regenerative Bioethics and the Therapy-Enhancement Distinction,” Age and Longevity in the 21st Century, Global Bioethics Initiative, United Nations NYC, April 2018

Plenary Session Chair, “Darwall: Morality and the Second-Person Standpoint,” Northern New England Philosophy Association; Stonehill College MA, November 2017

“The End of Aging: Ethical and Existential Issues,” Great Falls Forum, Lewiston Maine, October 20, 2016

The Fallacy of Double Effect,” Northern New England Philosophy Association, Keene State NH, October 14, 2016

Defense of Consequentialism Symposium, Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Francisco CA, April 2016

“Kant and Buddhism on Enlightenment,” Panel Discussion: What is Enlightenment? Reflections on Kant’s Answer, University of Southern Maine, Portland ME, February 2016

“Suicide Prevention and Patient Autonomy,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, September 2015

“Hospice Care and the Doctrine of Double Effect,” CHANS Home Health and Hospice Care, Brunswick Maine, August 26, 2015

“Prospect Utilitarianism: A Defense of Utilitarianism from the Original Position,” Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Vancouver, April 2015

“Pediatric Care: Responding Ethically to the Risks Posed by Unvaccinated Children,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, February 2015

“The End of Aging: Ethical and Existential Issues,” Faculty Lecture, Bates College Alumni Reunion, June 2014.

“Professional Responsibility: When Conscience and Patient Care Conflict,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, May 2014

“Understanding the End of Aging: The Medical, Ethical, & Existential Dimensions,” 14th Asian Bioethics Conference: Ethics in Emerging Technologies. Loyola College, Chennai India, November 2013

”Transformative Research and Teaching,” Panel Discussion, Parents Weekend, Bates College, September 2013

“Caring for Difficult and Drug-Dependent Patients,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, March 2013

“Interculturalism, Multiculturalism, and Biomedical Ethics,” Phillips Fellowship Presentation, Bates College, December 2012

“Reasonable Pluralism, Interculturalism, and Question-Beggingness,” APA Committee on Public Philosophy, Symposium: “Can Philosophy Provide a Foundation for Public Policy or Is It Question-Begging All the Way Down?”  American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, Dec. 2012 

“Interculturalism, Bioethics, and Informed Consent,” 11th World Congress of Bioethics, International Association of Bioethics, Rotterdam Netherlands, June 2012

”Early Modern Ethics” Symposium, Chair and Comments on Sterba’s “Completing the Kantian and Hobbesean Project in Ethics,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Seattle, April 2012

“Intercultural Ethics and Public Policy: the French Ban on Islamic Headscarves,” Works in Progress Series, Publicly-Engaged Academic Projects, Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Bates College, March 2012

”Interculturalism, Asian Values, and Kantian Justice,” Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore, February 2012

“Medical Marijuana: Ethical Issues,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, January 2012

“When a Nurse with a PhD wants to be called Doctor,” Ethics Roundtable, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, October 2011

“Constructing an Islamic Juridical Council in the United States,” Roundtable:  Where Religion, Policy, and Bioethics Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care, University of Michigan, April 2011

“Global Justice, Public Reason, and Intercultural Ethics,” North American Society for Social Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, Boston Mass, December 2010

“The Provider-Patient Relationship: Competent Patients & Their Irrational and Costly Choices,” Annual Ethics Retreat, Maine General Medical Center, Waterville Maine, Sept. 2010

”Double Effect: When and Why Killing is Wrong,” University of Maine, Orono, October 2010

”Double Effect and its Critics: Beyond the Basics,” Palliative Care and Ethics: Enhancing the Foundations of Care; Maine Medical Center 4th annual Palliative Care Conference; Harraseeket Inn, Freeport Maine, June 2010

“Islamic and Buddhist Medical Ethics: Morality and Theology in Moral Reasoning,” 3rd Islam and Bioethics International Conference, Ankara University Çolakli-Antalya Turkey, April 2010

“Ethics Committees: Form, Composition, and Function,” Clinical Ethics Committee, Educational Program, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston Maine, March 2010

“Korsgaard’s Rejection of Consequentialism,” Keynote Panel on the work of Christine Korsgaard, Northern New England Philosophical Association, Annual Meeting, University of New Hampshire, Durham, October 2009

“Global Justice” chaired and organized International Affairs Conference, Presentation: “The Freeing of Isaac” Star Island Conference Center, Portsmouth NH, July 2009

“Competing Conceptions of the Self in Kantian and Buddhist Moral Theories,” Kant in Asia Conference, Hong Kong, China, May 2009

“Islamic Medical Ethics II: End of Life Issues” Critical Care Ethics Education Series, Maine Medical Center, Portland Maine, December 2008

“Inclusive Public Reason Defended” Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Pasadena, CA, April 2008

“Proposals for Health Care Reform” Ethics Committee: Continuing Education, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, February 2008

“Making Time Fly By: Tips on Fostering Student Engagement,” Teaching Development Panel, Bates College, February 2008

“Islamic Medical Ethics I: Basic Issues” Critical Care Ethics Education Series, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston Maine, November 2007 and Maine Medical Center, Portland Maine, July 2007

“Informed Consent and the Family” Real Time Ethics in Clinical Practice Series, Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, May 2007

“Buddhism, Hastening Death, and the Irrelevance of Double Effect,” The 8th World Congress of Bioethics, Beijing, China, August 2006

“Dignity, Contractualism, and Consequentialism”

  • Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens Greece; June 2006
  • International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Dartmouth College; August 2005
  • Pomona College, Claremont California; October 2004
  • Beijing International Conference on Kant’s Moral Philosophy in Contemporary Perspectives, Peking University, Beijing China; May 2004

“The Curious Case of Terri Schaivo,” – Timely Topic Series, International Affairs Conference, The Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth, NH; July 2005

Authors Meets Critics Book Session, Michael Boylan’s A Just Society, Society of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Group Meeting, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Boston Mass, December 2004

“The Right to Health Care and the Right to Die, “Tsinghua University, Beijing China; May 2004

“Medical Ethics in Japan” presentation Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick Maine, April 2004

”Sex, Suicide and Two Conceptions of Dignity,” American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Seattle Washington; March 2002

“Consequentialism, Contractualism, and the Dignity of Humanity,” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 2002

“Dignity, Double Effect, and the Right to Die,” conference on Maine’s Death with Dignity Act, Bioethics Center of the University of New England, Westbrook; June 2000

“Autonomy, Dignity, and the Right to Die, Presentation, Bates College, March 2000

“The Oregon Death with Dignity Act,” presentation Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, March 2000

“Bernard Gert on Moral Ideals: Comment on Baron,” Conference on the Moral Philosophy of Bernard Gert, Dartmouth, May 1999

“Korsgaard’s Practical Identity Argument,” Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Berkeley, California, April 1999

“Kantian Community,” American Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, Boston MA, Sept.1998

“Gewirth and Contemporary Kantian Ethics,” Conference on the Moral Philosophy of Alan Gewirth at Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, November 1997

“Author Meets Critics” Book Session on Kantian Consequentialism, Thomas Hill, Jr., Holly Smith, and David Cummiskey, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Berkeley, California; March 1997

“The Role of Medicine at the End of Life: International Perspectives and Policies,” International Affairs Conference, the Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth, NH; July 1996

“Is Maine Ready for Physician Aid in Dying” Maine Medical Association, Annual Meeting. The Balsams, Dixville Notch, NH; January 1995

“Kantian Revolution” Colby College, May 1995

“Physician Assisted Dying: Identifying the Issues”

  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor Maine, May 1995
  • Maine Bioethics Network, Bates College; March 1995

“Should Consequentialism be Afraid of its own Shadow?” Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Central, Kansas City MO, May 1994

“Dignity and Price”

  • University of New Hampshire, March 1994
  • Maine Philosophical Institute, April 1994

“Why Consequentialism is a Theory of the Right,” Commentator, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, December 1993

“A Kantian Derivation of Consequentialism,”

  • Research Triangle Ethics Group, Chapel Hill, NC, April 1993
  • Pomona College, Claremont CA, March 1992

“Kantian Internalism and Consequentialism,” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, March 1993

“Liberalism, Feminism, and the Objectivity of Morals,” University of Maine at Farmington, May 1992.

“Kant’s Theory of Coercion,” University of New Hampshire Colloquium on the History of Philosophy, September 1989

“Kant’s Refutation of Consequentialism,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, April 1988

“Consequentialism, Egoism and the Moral Law,”

  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, March 1988
  • Northern New England Philosophy Association, October 1987

“Kantian Consequentialism: A Critique of Side-Constraints,”

  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, March 1987
  • Northern New England Philosophy Association, October 1986

“Dessert and Entitlement,” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, March 1986

“The Right to Die: Liberty and Responsibility”

University of Tennessee Memorial Research Hospital, Knoxville (Spring 1986)

“Moral Issues Concerning Placebos,” University of Tennessee Memorial Research Hospital, Knoxville (Fall 1985)