"Now if somebody wants to sue us, they have an option to sue, but I'm fairly certain that a judge will see it the way the way the citizens see it here," Mayor James Valley said. "The citizens deserve peace, that some infringement on constitutional rights is OK and we have not violated anything as far as the Constitution."
(Not that I'm not sympathetic to the chief's plight, mind you, but I'd rather hope the Constitution feels violated when constitutional rights are infringed and hope also that when this happens we appreciate that we have a choice to make.)
I thought that the session on detachment went pretty well. It's a damn complicated set of issues to deal with, but I'm now more convinced than ever that the wide-scoper's story will play an important part in dealing with these issues. I'm also somewhat inclined to think that some of the points made about pragmatic implicature in Mark's paper are correct. I don't yet see that it's wrong to combine bits and pieces from his view and mine. Whatever we say about this sort of thing, I hope it's not this. If Mustard intends to kill Green knowing that battering him with the candlestick is the necessary means but doesn't adopt those means as his, what's wrong with him in our eyes isn't that he's not hitting enough people with candlesticks.
The poster session went well, too. I chatted with a few folks, but didn't manage to chat with others about their posters as I was tied to my table.
Each of the talks I attended were pretty darn good. Unsurprisingly, Norcross' commentary on Smilansky's paper was the most entertaining. (I'm not yet entirely sure it's a fair reading of Kant to say that Kant thought people ought to kill themselves before they masturbate, but I'd not be surprised if his attitudes were close to something like this.) I learned from Heathwood that the cost of adopting a philosophical theory is that you should be willing to get pissed on from time to time. I enjoyed Kelly Sorensen's defense of "moral dualism" immensely, but I thought Pekka Vayrynen, Dale Dorsey, David Shoemaker, and Doug Portmore gave fantastic talks.
There was something odd about the conference. There was no posturing, no ego, people seemed to take questions and objections as real opportunities for discussion, and people seemed to raise questions and offer objections in the same spirit. Was it the elevation? The hordes of hippies? The topical nature of the conference? I have no idea, but I'm dying to go again next year. So, please, don't send papers. I want to be on the program.