Values and Flourishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

Dates: March 24 – 25, 2017

Location: Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center at Yale University

Street Address: 391 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

The conference will bring together sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists, theologians, and

psychologists interested in questions of value, ethics, positive sociology, and flourishing in the social

sciences and humanities. Moving beyond the shibboleth of value-neutrality, the purpose of the conference

is to explore the value-laden and value-generating implications of social research and the possibility

of a public sociology. The format of the conference is a structured but open-ended interdisciplinary

dialogue. Conference sessions will consist of brief presentations from each speaker followed by

responses from discussants.


Friday, March 24

8:45 – 9:15 a.m Breakfast

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Professor Philip Gorski (Yale University, Department of Sociology)

Bare Autonomy: Notes Towards a Critical Historical Sociology of Classical Liberal Freedom

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Professor Douglas Porpora (Drexel University, Department of Sociology)

Truth as Value and Foundation for Democracy

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Professor Jennifer Herdt (Yale University, Divinity School)

Flourishing Beyond the Prudence/Morality Divide

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Professor Alison Assiter (UWE Bristol, Department of Philosophy)

Freedom/determinism: A Re-Think

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Dr. Timothy Rutzou (Yale University, Department of Sociology)

After ethical naturalism: critical realism, queer ontology, and the contingent ground of ethics.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Professor Blaine Fowers (University of Miami, Department of Psychology)

Exploring a Synergy between an Aristotelian Account of the Human Good and Critical Realism

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Professor Alan Norrie (Warwick University, School of Law)

Can We Flourish Without Addressing the Past?

Saturday, March 25

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Professor Webb Keane (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Department of Anthropology)

Affordances, Awareness, Agency

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Professor Kevin Schilbrack (Appalachian State University, Philosophy and Religion Department)

Religious Affordances

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Professor Christopher Winship (Harvard University, Sociology Department)


12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Professor Miroslav Volf (Yale University, Divinity School)

What will Save the World?

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Professor Joshua Yates (University of Virginia, Department of Sociology)

Human Ecology framework

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Professor Becky Yang Hsu (Georgetown University, Department of Sociology)

Personhood and Theorizing: Implications for Concepts of the Good Life

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Professor Fred Vandenberghe (Rio de Janeiro State University, IESP/UERJ Department)

Self-realization of each and self-determination for all

Hotel Accommodation:

If you would like to book a hotel during your stay in New Haven, a block of rooms is being held at the New Haven Hotel (229 George Street, New Haven). Please contact the reservations line (1-800-644-6835) directly to make your reservation. The rate is $154/night (breakfast not included). In order to receive the group rate, please contact the hotel directly and use the group code “Sociology Conference”. This code is not valid for online bookings and can only be used through the New Haven Hotel central reservation line.

Conference Registration

The conference has no admission fee but registration is required.

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Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center at Yale University