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 Cory Volk, 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.
John W. Carroll (NC State), September 2016, further details to be added
Béatrice Longuenesse (New York University), 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27, 2016, Withers Hall, Room 331, further details to be added
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
Daniel Nolan (Australian National University and National Humanities Center), "Why is it Bad to Be Ad Hoc?" April 7, 2016
Robert C. Cummins (University of Illinois and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology), "Neuroscience, Psychology, Reduction and Functional Analysis," March 3, 2016 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 2, 2016
Russell Powell (Boston University), "The Evolution of Moral Enhancement: A Deflationary Account," February 22, 2016
Veljko Dubljevic (McGill University), "Practical and Theoretical Feasibility of Moral Enhancement Technologies," February 1, 2016
Adam Feltz (Michigan Technical University), "Ethical, Informed Decision Making," January 25, 2016
World Philosophy Day Lecture: Kenneth A. Taylor (Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show Philosophy Talk), "Religion and Gay Marriage: Why Democracy is Good for Religion even if Religion is Uncomfortable for Democracy," November 19, 2015 (See World Philosophy Day)
Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis), "Undermining Promises," October 22, 2015
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Perception, September 25-26, 2015. Speakers: 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.
Marina F. Bykova (NC State), "Fichte's Nationalist Rhetoric and the Humanistic Project of Bildung," March 26, 2015
Kevin Richardson (MIT, participant in NC State's Building Future Faculty Program), "A Pragmatist's Guide to Grounds," March 19, 2015
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers), "The Ground Between the Gaps," March 5, 2015
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 4, 2015
Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 27-28, 2015. For more information, click here.
David Schmidtz (University of Arizona), Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, "Society is Not a Race," February 16, 2015 (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, 2015 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Alexander Rosenberg (Duke University), "Making Mechanism Interesting," November 13, 2014 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "DuBois on Race and Dignity," November 6, 2014
Barbara B. Levenbook (NC State), "Beyond Legislative Intent," September 4, 2014
Robin Zheng (University of Michigan, participant in NC State's Building Future Faculty Program), "Attributability, Accountability, and Collective Responsibility for Implicit Bias," April 3, 2014
Holly Smith (Rutgers University and National Humanities Center), "Making Moral Codes Usable for Decision-Making," March 20, 2014
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 5, 2014
Timothy Hinton (NC State), "The Significance of Rawls's Original Position in the Dispute Between Radicals and Liberals," February 27, 2014
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, 2014 (College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Lecture)
Gary Varner (Texas A&M University), "A Two-Level Utilitarian Perspective on Animals," October 24, 2013
Susan Wolf (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Responsibility, Moral and Otherwise," October 3, 2013
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Concepts, September 20-21, 2013. 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, 2013 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Russell Powell (Boston University), "Genetic Engineering and the Future of Human Nature," April 8, 2013 (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, 2013
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 27, 2013
Stephen Puryear (NC State), "Leibnizian Bodies: Phenomena, Aggregates of Monads, or Both?" January 22, 2013
Sanem Soyarslan (Boston University), "The Distinction Between Reason and Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics," January 17, 2013
Kristin Primus (Princeton University), "A New Interpretation of Spinoza's Causal Metaphysics," January 15, 2013
Jonathan Cottrell (New York University), "The Unity of the Mind and Hume's Appendix," January 10, 2013
Alan Baker (Swarthmore College), "Mathematical Properties and Explanation," November 15, 2012 (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, 2012
Randolph Clarke (Florida State University and National Humanities Center), "Freely Omitting to Act," September 20, 2012
Stephen Finlay (University of Southern California), "The Pragmatics of Normative Disagreement," April 19, 2012
John McDowell (University of Pittsburgh),"How Practical Knowledge Relates to Receptive Knowledge," April 10, 2012
William A. Bauer (NC State), "Informing Powers," March 20, 2012
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 29, 2012
L. A. Paul (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and National Humanities Center), "Experience and Temporal Asymmetry," February 9, 2012
James Van Cleve (University of Southern California and National Humanities Center), "Reid on Direct Realism and Nonexistent Objects of Conception," November 17, 2011
Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University and National Humanities Center), "Mothers, Matriarchs, and Marriage: Hobbes's Puzzling Yet Promising Views on Women," October 20, 2011
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Meaning in Context, September 23-24, 2011. 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.