SPAWN 2024

Tomorrow - July 17, 2024
Dept of Philosophy, Syracuse University

101 Crouse Drive
Syracuse 13210
United States


Columbia University
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Steven Alvarez
Syracuse University
Syracuse University

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SPAWN is the Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network. It’s been happening (almost) every Summer since 2005.

This year’s SPAWN is on The Highest Good.

Following the distinctive SPAWN format, invited junior scholars send their papers to conference attendees weeks in advance, and more senior scholars serve as commentators. This year each session will be 90 minutes long, beginning with a 10-minute introductory overview from the speaker, 10-15 minutes of comments, and a 5-minute response from the speaker. The remainder of the session (1 hour) will be open Q&A.

This year’s authors are: Sukaina Hirji, Daniel Ferguson, Kristin Primus, Olivia Branscum, Thimo Heisenberg, Sarah V. Zager, and Karin Nisenbaum.

The commentators are: Rachana Kamtekar, Christopher Shields, John Carriero, Christia Mercer, Mark Alznauer, Paul W. Franks, and Dean Moyar.

Gabriel Richardson Lear and Stephen Engstrom will each give a special talk.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers:

Karin Nisenbaum (kanisenb) at

Steven Alvarez (stalvare) at

See the SPAWN 2024 website for more information.

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July 12, 2024, 9:00am EST

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