The student Philosophy Club hosts a variety of activities during the year, including talks by professional philosophers, chats over coffee and occasional social events with departmental faculty. The co-presidents of the club are Christopher Becker and Jared Sanborn, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Stephen Puryear.
The Department is pleased to host a number of public lectures in philosophy and related fields in two lecture series: the Philosophy Colloquium Series and the Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series (formerly the Cognitive Science Lecture Series). These are sometimes co-hosted by the Philosophy Club. All are welcome.
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below are in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
Barbara B. Levenbook (NC State), 4:30 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2014 - further details to be added
Marina F. Bykova (NC State), 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014 - further details to be added
Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), 4:30 p.m, Thursday, November 6, 2014 - further details to be added
David Schmidtz (University of Arizona and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar), February 2015 - further details to be added
Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 27-28, 2015 - further details to be added
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers New Brunswick), 4:30 p.m, Thursday, March 5, 2015 - further details to be added
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Perception, September 25-26, 2015 - program in preparation
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
Robin Zheng (University of Michigan), "Attributability, Accountability, and Collective Responsibility for Implicit Bias," April 3
Holly Smith (Rutgers University and National Humanities Center), "Making Moral Codes Usable for Decision-Making," March 20
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 5
Timothy Hinton (NC State), "The Significance of Rawls's Original Position in the Dispute Between Radicals and Liberals," February 27
Stephen C. Ferguson II (North Carolina A&T State University) "Who's on First? Sports, Philosophy, and the Concept of 'African American Firsts'," February 5 (College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Lecture)
Gary Varner (Texas A&M University), "A Two-Level Utilitarian Perspective on Animals," October 24
Susan Wolf (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Responsibility, Moral and Otherwise," October 3
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Concepts, September 20-21. Speakers: Christopher Hill (Philosophy, Brown), Edouard Machery (History and Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh), Eric Margolis (Philosophy, British Columbia), Gregory Murphy (Psychology, NYU), Anna Papafragou (Psychology, Delaware), and Paul M. Pietrosky (Linguistics and Philosophy, Maryland). For more information, click here.
Joseph Levine (University of Massachusetts Amherst), "Modality, Semantics, and the Explanatory Gap," April 11 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Russell Powell (Boston University), "Genetic Engineering and the Future of Human Nature," April 8 (co-hosted by the Science, Technology and Society Program)
Ian N. Proops (University of Texas at Austin and National Humanities Center), "Kant on the Cosmological Argument,"
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 27
Stephen Puryear (NC State), "Leibnizian Bodies: Phenomena, Aggregates of Monads, or Both?" January 22
Sanem Soyarslan (Boston University), "The Distinction Between Reason and Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics," January 17
Kristin Primus (Princeton University), "A New Interpretation of Spinoza's Causal Metaphysics," January 15
Jonathan Cottrell (New York University), "The Unity of the Mind and Hume's Appendix," January 10
Alan Baker (Swarthmore College), "Mathematical Properties and Explanation," November 15 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Christia Mercer (Columbia University and National Humanities Center), "From Metaphysics to Ethics: Seventeenth-Century Notions of Sympathy," October 11
Randolph Clarke (Florida State University and National Humanities Center), "Freely Omitting to Act," September 20
Stephen Finlay (University of Southern California), "The Pragmatics of Normative Disagreement," April 19
John McDowell (University of Pittsburgh),"How Practical Knowledge Relates to Receptive Knowledge," April 10
William A. Bauer (NC State), "Informing Powers," March 20
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 29
L. A. Paul (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and National Humanities Center), "Experience and Temporal Asymmetry," February 9
James Van Cleve (University of Southern California and National Humanities Center), "Reid on Direct Realism and Nonexistent Objects of Conception," November 17
Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University and National Humanities Center), "Mothers, Matriarchs, and Marriage: Hobbes's Puzzling Yet Promising Views on Women," October 20
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Meaning in Context, September 23-24. Speakers: David Barnett (Colorado, Boulder), Janice Dowell (Nebraska-Lincoln), Jeffrey C. King (Rutgers), Angelika Kratzer (Massachusetts), Paul H. Portner (Georgetown), Robert Stalnaker (MIT). For more information, click here.
Tom Regan: A Celebration - a workshop on Tom Regan's ethics, April 15-16. Speakers included: Matt Haltemann (Calvin College), Mylan Engel Jr. (Northern Illinois), Alastair Norcross (Colorado), Rebecca Walker (UNC Chapel Hill)
A Time Travel Conference, April 8-9. Speakers: Geoff Goddu (Richmond), Richard Hanley (Delaware), Bradley Monton (Colorado), Chris Smeenk (Western Ontario), Kadri Vihvelin (Southern California)
J. Richard Gott III (Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University), A Time Travel Lecture: "Time Travel in Einstein's Universe," April 8 (presented with support from the University Honors Program and the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa)
William A. Bauer (NC State), "Pure Powers and Dispositional Essentialism," March 17
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 16
James Dreier (Brown), "Another World: The Metaethics and Metametaethics of Reasons Fundamentalism," February 24
Eric K. Carter (NC State), "Subjective Attitiudes, Judge-dependence, and Vagueness," February 10
Peter Railton (Michigan and National Humanities Center), "Two Cheers for Virtue," January 27
Robert Mabrito (NC State), "Welfare and Paradox," November 18
Ned Block (NYU), "Consciousness: Rich or Sparse?" November 5 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Karen Bennett (Cornell), "Building and Causing," Thursday, October 14
Mark Richard (Harvard), "What is Disagreement?" September 30
Timothy Hinton (NC State), " 'Sentiments of the Understanding, Perceptions of the Heart': Constitutional Sentimentalism and the Authority of Morals," September 2