Bodaken Philosophy Symposium

Workshops & Discussions

Bodaken Philosophy Symposium

A 1973 graduate of CSU’s Department of Philosophy, Bruce Bodaken has sustained through a highly successful life and career his fascination with philosophy that blossomed during his years as a philosophy major at CSU.  Bruce, who recently retired as President, Chairman, and CEO of Blue Shield of California, kindly has donated funds to the Department so that it may yearly, over the next five years, conduct a symposium that will engage not only department students and faculty in cutting-edge philosophical discussions but also attract community members to philosophical discourse that contributes to the betterment of our society.  The aim is to conduct a philosophy workshop in the fall semesters that centers on participation and contributions by Philosophy graduate and advanced undergraduate students and the offering of a thematically related public lecture in the spring semesters that will endeavor to engage a broad audience from across the CSU and Northern Colorado communities.  In each case, fall and spring, the department will engage leaders in their areas of specialization of philosophy from across the nation and world, bringing them to campus so that they may share their learning and insights relative to critical current issues with members of the local student, faculty, and professional communities.

The inaugural Bodaken Philosophy Symposium public lecture, held on March 26, 2018, featured renowned oncologist, professor, department chair, and vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who delivered a stimulating and thought-provoking lecture entitled “Why I (Still) Wish to Die at 75.” The lecture was held in the CSU Lory Student Center Theatre and was attended by over 500 individuals.

Fall 2019 Workshop

We are pleased to announce the first annual Bodaken Philosophy Symposium Workshop, to be held October 15-16, 2019 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This year’s theme is Living Together Online: Social Epistemology, Ethics, and the Internet.

The Internet has altered social life in many ways, from making it easier to keep in touch with family and friends to making it more difficult to avoid forming false, conspiratorial beliefs. There are fewer barriers to the acquisition of knowledge and ignorance, as well as fewer barriers between governments, technology firms and advertisers and our private mental states.

Our keynote speakers are:
Regina Rini (Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition, York University)
C. Thi Nguyen (Associate Professor, Utah Valley University)
Karen Frost Arnold (Associate Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
James Williams (University of Oxford, Co-Founder, Time Well Spent)


Fall Workshop Schedule of Events

2019 Bodaken Philosophy Symposium

Hosted by Department of Philosophy, Colorado State University


“Living Together Online: Social Epistemology, Ethics, and the Internet”

Lory Student Center 376-78

October 15-16, 2019


October 15th

Workshop Held in Lory Student Center, Room 376-78

8:00-8:25 am

Coffee, light continental breakfast

8:25-8:30 am



Session #1


  • “Caveat Emptor: Ethics of Responsible Information Consumption”

Matthew Webber, MA student, Colorado State University


  • “Theorizing Moral Communities on the Internet: Twitter and the Value of Accountability Practices”

Laura W. Kane, Assistant Professor, University of Tampa


Keynote Address #1

  • “Epistemic Injustice and the Challenges of Online Moderation”

Karen Frost-Arnold, Associate Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Session #2


  • “The Conceptual Boundaries of Fake News”

Beba Cibralic, PhD Student, Georgetown University


  • “Group Right to Privacy in the Age of Big Data”

Anuj Puri, PhD Student, University of St. Andrews


Keynote Address #2:

  • “The Seductions of Clarity”

Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor, Utah Valley University


October 16th

Workshop Held in Lory Student Center, Room 376-78

Session #3


  • “Freedom, Information Technology, and Quality of Agency”

Adam Pham, Clinton Castro, and Alan Rubel (Wisconsin, Florida International, and Wisconsin)



  • “How to Epistemically Evaluate Social Media”

Joshua Habgood-Coote, Vice-Chancellor's Fellow University of Bristol



Keynote Address #3:

  • “Time Out of Mind”

James Williams, Oxford Internet Institute


Session #4


  • “Deepfakes, the Infopocalypse, and the Epistemic Value of Photographs”

Don Fallis, Northeastern University


  • “Saying Without Meaning in the Online Context”

Mark Phelan, Lawrence University


Keynote Address #4:

  • “Democracy and Social Media are Incompatible - Now What?”

Regina Rini, York University