The Monroe Beardsley Lecture and Reception was sponsored by Temple University, at which an address was given by Paul Guyer on Monroe Beardsley’s aesthetics, in particular on his connection to John Dewey. The Plenary Lecture was given by David Davies, which was entitled, “Descriptivism and its Discontents: From the Ontology Room to the Analyst’s Couch.”
We received 25 paper submissions, of which we accepted 16, about one-third of which were graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. We also received four panel proposals and were able to accept three of these. Paper topics covered such subjects as philosophy of literature, tattoos and body art, sports, money and movies, the philosophy of music, the sublime, emotional depth, and Kant and Kantian topics. The three submitted panels were entitled Philosophical Problems Arising from Studio Practice (organized by Sue Spaid), Author Meets Critics: Gabriel Rockhill’s Radical History and the Politics of Art (organized by Tal Correm), and Cinematic Sounds and/as Ventriloquism (organized by Gregg Horowitz). In addition we had three invited panels: 1) Philosophy of Dance, with Anna Pakes, Mark Franko, and Eric Mullis presenting (chaired by Julie Van Camp), 2) Metaphor, in Memory of Ted Cohen, with David Hills, Elisabeth Camp, and Josef Stern presenting (chaired by Richard Eldridge), and 3) Aesthetic Reasons, with James Shelley, Stephanie Ross, and Anna Bergqvist presenting (chaired by Jonathan Gilmore).
We are grateful for the assistance of David Clowney (who provided beverages for one of the receptions and a projector), Sarah Worth (who provided a projector), and Julie Van Camp, who addressed the meeting with a presentation on the ASA and some of its new projects, which will include an updated website, a dissertation completion grant for graduate students in aesthetics, and the ASA’s continuing function as an aesthetics grant-making organization promoting diversity and other proposed projects. In addition we thank Hanne Appleqvist, Chritopher Bartel, Michael Deckard, Susan Feagin, Theodore Gracyk, Joan Grassbaugh Forry, James Hamilton, James Harold, Andrew Huddleston, Shen-Yi Liao, Jonathan Neufeld, Lara Ostaric, Sheri Tuttle Ross, Nola Semczyszyn, and Nick Zangwill for serving as this year’s Review Committee.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the ASA Eastern Division organizers for 2016, which will be Aili Bresnahan, Alessandro Giovanelli, and Margaret Moore.