News & Events

Pine Lake Welcomes Philosophers for Annual Conference

July 22, 2009

Two dozen philosophers from around the world convened July 18-23 at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus to present and discuss their research at this year’s Annual Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World conference.

Organized by SPCW member Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jeremy Wisnewski, the conference featured presentations by Professor of Philosophy Stanley Konecky and Hartwick graduates Joshua Simmonds ’08 and Peter Res ’08 (shown at right presenting his paper The Retrieval of Authentic Care: An Exploratory Analysis of Being—Within Aristotle and Heidegger).

The format of the week-long gathering allowed participants to attend every paper presentation throughout the conference, with more time devoted for discussion than at many other conferences, Wisnewski said. The length of the conference also allows for more interaction, sharing of ideas, and peer review of the papers.

“This is longer than others typically are,” Wisnewski said. “All of these things facilitate intense and productive interaction among participants. That’s what keeps bringing me back.”

Throughout the week, participants sat in a circle of discussion in Pine Lake's Vaudevillian as presentations focused on a broad spectrum of topics, including the liberal arts, education, religion, ethics, politics, and healthcare. On Saturday, Konecky presented Basic Questions of Ethics and Moral Education, and wrapping up the week, Wisnewski presented Moral Phenomenology and the Case of Torture.

Marking its 16th year, the conference encourages attendees to combine professional activities with family vacations and friendships in a relaxing environment. Before leaving, participants were able to relax and explore Pine Lake’s trails and waterfront.

Wisnewski organized last year’s conference in the Rocky Mountains and proposed that this year’s event be held at Pine Lake. The conference has previously met in Mexico, North Carolina, and New Mexico. To learn more about SPCW and its annual conference, visit

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
Phone: 607-431-4038