PPN Keynote Panel

Public Philosophy: Reports from the Field

The 2018 Keynote Panel featuring Andrew Light, Noëlle McAfee, and Adam Briggle

6:15 p.m. Thursday February 8th at the Conference Hotel

Be sure to arrive at the conference in time to catch the opening keynote panel Thursday night. Andrew Light, Noëlle McAfee, and Adam Briggle will give reports from their experiences and facilitate a dialogue about the current state and future prospects of public philosophy.


Andrew Light, Ph.D. is University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences at George Mason University and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Global Climate Program at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also University Professor at George Mason University, where he primarily works on the normative dimensions of climate change, restoration ecology, and urban sustainability. From 2013-2016, Andrew served as Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, and as a staff member in the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning, in the U.S. Department of State.  From 2008 to 2013 he was Senior Fellow and Director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP).


faculty-macafee-noelle2Noëlle McAfee, Ph.D., is the Past PPN Co-Director. She is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Emory University.Noëlle is the editor of the Kettering Review, a journal of political thought published by the Kettering Foundation. Her research is at the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, democratic media, performative ethics, transitional justice, deliberative democracy, engaged scholarship, and feminist political theory.  Noëlle is the author of Democracy and the Political Unconscious (Colombia University Press, 2008), Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship (Cornell University Press, 2000), and Julia Kristeva (Routledge, 2004).


Adam Briggle, Ph.D. is a member of the PPN Executive Committee. He is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas. His research is at the intersection of ethics, politics, science, and technology. Adam formed the citizens’ group that would eventually lead an effort to ban fracking in Denton, Texas, and he has also been active in the politics surrounding transgender issues in Texas. He is the author of A Rich Bioethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking (Liveright, 2015), and, with Robert Frodeman, Socrates Tenured (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).