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Philosophy Club

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 president of the club is Christopher Becker, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Stephen Puryear.

 

Public Lectures in Philosophy

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.

 

Upcoming Lectures and Events

Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below are in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.

Triangle Area Philosophy Symposium (TAPS), Friday, September 4, 2:30-6:45. This year's TAPS, which is on Normativity, will be held on Duke University's East Campus in West Duke Building, Room 202. The program is as follows: 2:30-3:45, Jennifer Hawkins (Duke), "Happiness, Suffering, and Prudential Assymmetry"; 4:00-5:15, Robert A. Mabrito (NC State), "Expressivism and Agnosticism"; 5:30-6:45, Russ Shafer-Landau (UNC Chapel Hill), "Reasons for Everyone."

Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Perception, September 25-26, 2015. The speakers are Berit Brogaard (Miami), Alex Byrne (MIT), Jonathan Cohen (UC San Diego), Mohan Matthen (Toronto), Harold Langsam (Virginia), and Michelle Montague (Texas). For more information, click here.

Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis), "Undermining Promises," 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015, Withers Hall, Room 331

Kenneth A. Taylor (Stanford University), World Philosophy Day Lecture, title to be announced, 3:15 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015, Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126 (The Washington Sankofa Room)

(See World Philosophy Day)

Robert C. Cummins (University of California, Davis), further details to be announced, Thursday, March 3, 2016 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)

BĂ©atrice Longuenesse (New York University and National Humanities Center), title to be announced, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016, Withers Hall, Room 331

Daniel Nolan (Australian National University and National Humanities Center), title to be announced, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016, Withers Hall, Room 331

 

Recent Lectures and Events

Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.

2014/15

Marina F. Bykova (NC State), "Fichte's Nationalist Rhetoric and the Humanistic Project of Bildung," March 26

Kevin Richardson (MIT, participant in NC State's Building Future Faculty Program), "A Pragmatist's Guide to Grounds," March 19

Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers), "The Ground Between the Gaps," March 5

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 4

Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 27-28. For more information, click here.

David Schmidtz (University of Arizona), Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, "Society is Not a Race," February 16 (Public Lecture in the University Scholars Program Forum)  ["On the Pretense of Consent," a further talk scheduled for February 17 in the Philosophy Colloquium Series, was canceled because of adverse weather.]

Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers), "The Skewed View From Here," February 5 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)

Alexander Rosenberg (Duke University), "Making Mechanism Interesting," November 13 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)

Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "DuBois on Race and Dignity," November 6

Barbara B. Levenbook (NC State), "Beyond Legislative Intent," September 4

2013/14

Robin Zheng (University of Michigan, participant in NC State's Building Future Faculty Program), "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.

2012/13

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,"

March 21

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

2011/12

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.

For a record of earlier lectures and events, please click here.