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Lecture Series

Begun in the academic year 2002-03, the Cognitive Science Program sponsors a lecture series to provide speakers of international reputation in the philosophy of mind and various areas within cognitve science. In 2005-06, the lecture series was expanded by the Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative to include experts in formal logic and areas of cognitive philosophy closely related to logic.

List of Speakers

2014-15
Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers), "The Skewed View From Here," February 5, 4:30, Withers 140.
Alexander Rosenberg (Duke), "Making Mechanism Interesting," November 13, 4:30, Riddick 321.

2013-14
Alvin Goldman (Rutgers), "A Bodily Formats Approach to Embodied Cognition," Friday, February 14, Withers 140, 3:30; PROFESSOR GOLDMAN'S TALK HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Concepts, September 20-21, The speakers are Gregory Murphy (Psychology NYU), Eric Margolis (British Columbia), Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh), Anna Papafragou (Delaware), Paul Pietroski (Maryland), Christoper Hill (Brown). Information.

2012-13
Joseph Levine (U Mass), "Modality, Semantics, and the Explanatory Gap," 4:30, Thursday, April 11, Daniels Hall 218. Abstract
Alan Baker
(Swarthmore College), "Mathematical Properties and Explanation," 4:30 p.m., Thursday, November 8, Withers Hall 331.

2011-12
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Meaning in Context, September 23-24, 2011. The speakers are David Barnett (Colorado, Boulder), Janice Dowell (Nebraska-Lincoln), Jeffrey C. King (Rutgers), Angelika Kratzer (UMass), Paul Portner (Georgetown), and Robert Stalnaker (MIT). Information

2010-11
Ned Block
(NYU), "Consciousness: Rich or Sparse?," Friday, November 5, 4:30, Withers Hall 140.
Thomas Nadelhoffer (Dickenson College and MacArthur Fellow, Law and Neuroscience Project, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University), "Neuroscience, Free Will, and the Law," Thursday, April 7, Withers Hall 331.

2009-10
Daniel Povinelli (University of Lousiana, Director for the Cognitive Evolution Group), "How the Science of Other Minds Became Science Fiction: An Open Letter to Comparative Psychology," Thursday, April 8, 4:30, Daniels Hall 218.
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Ontology Conference, September 25-26. Speakers include Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M), Barry Smith (SUNY Buffalo), Zoltan Vendler Szabo (Yale), Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame), Achille Varzi (Columbia),and Edward Zalta (Stanford). Information

2008-09
Karen Neander
(Duke University), "Re-evaluating Resemblance Theories of Content," Wednesday, April 8, 4:30, Withers Hall 344.
John Doris (Washington University St. Louis), "A Natural History of the Self," Thursday, February 12, 4:30, Withers Hall 331.

2007-08
Elizabeth Spelke
(Harvard), "Origins of Knowledge of Number and Geometry," Monday, February 18, 4:00, Withers Hall 232A.
Michael Dunn
(IU), "Logic, Information, Computation," Thursday, April 17, 4:00, Withers Hall 331.
Stephen Yablo (MIT), "Truth and Aboutness," Friday, January 25, 4:00, Withers Hall140.
William Lycan (UNC), "More Layers of Perceptual Content," Friday, October 19, 4:00, Withers Hall 140.

2006-07
John Bickle (Cincinnati), "Ruthless Reductionism and Social Cognition," Friday, March 23, 4:30, Withers Hall 140.
Stephen Stich (Rutgers), "Philosophy, Intuition, and Culture," Tuesday, February 20 , 4:30, Withers Hall 120.
Johannes Hafner (Berkeley, Wien), "Realism, Reference, and the Axiom of Choice," Thursday, February 8, 4:00, Withers Hall 344.
Roy Cook (Villanova), "Hume's Big Brother: Counting Concepts and the Bad Company Objection," Friday, February 2, 2:30, Withers Hall 344.

2005-06
Teddy Seidenfeld (Carnegie Mellon), "Multi-Agent Decision Making and Other Settings for Relaxing Bayesian Theory," Wednesday, January 18, 4:15, Monteith Research Center, Room 246, NC State Centennial Campus.
Gerd Gigerenzer
(Max Plank Institute for Human Development, Berlin), "What is Bounded Rationality?," Tuesday, November 29, 4:30, Mann Hall 216.
Jaegwon Kim
(Brown, Notre Dame), “Why There Are No Laws in the Special Sciences: Three Arguments,” Friday, November 18, 4:30, Caldwell Hall G107.
Peter Koellner (Harvard), “On the Question of Absolute Undecidability,” Thursday, November 3, 4:30, Winston Hall 122.
John Roberts (UNC Chapel Hill), “Laws, Measurements, and Counterfactuals,” Thursday, August 25, 4:30, Winston Hall 122.


2004-05
David Rosenthal (CUNY, Rutgers), “Consciousness,” Tuesday, April 12, 4:00, Kamphoefner Auditorium A002B.
Cynthia Macdonald
(Canterbury), "The Metaphysics of Mental Causation," Thursday, March 31, 4:00, Harrelson Hall 210.
Terence Horgan
(Arizona), “Phenomenal Intentionality and the Brain in a Vat,” Thursday, November 4, 4:00, Winston Hall 004.
Fred Dretske
(Duke), “Perception Without Awareness,” Friday, October 15, 4:00, Caldwell Hall G111.

2003-04
Louise Antony
(Ohio State), "A Naturalized Approach to the A Priori," Friday, April 16, 3:30, Caldwell Hall G107.
Daniel Dennett
(Tufts), "Explaining the 'Magic' of Consciousness," Saturday, October 18, 4:00, Poe Hall 216.

2002-03
George Lakoff (Berkeley), "The Embodied Mind and Metaphorical Thought," Thursday, May 1, 11:30, North Gallery, 2nd floor, Talley Student Center; "The Brain’s Concepts," Thursday, May 1, 4:00, Walnut Room, 4th floor, Talley Student Center.
George Graham (Wake Forest), “The Mind of Mental Illness,” Wednesday, April 16, 3:30, Winston Hall 114.
Jerry Fodor (Rutgers), "Having Concepts: a brief refutation of the 20th century," Wednesday, April 9, 3:30, Poe Hall 216.
Jesse Prinz (UNC), “Concept Empiricism,” Wednesday, February 26, 3:30, Caldwell Hall G111.