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February 2018

Annual UCR conference in Ancient Philosophy

February 3 - February 4

Speakers Naly Thaler (Hebrew University) Eric Brown (Washington University, St Louis) Susan Sauve Meyer (Penn) Emily Austin (Wake Forest) John Palmer (University of Florida) Rachel Singpurwalla (University of Maryland, College Park) Gavin Lawrence (UCLA) More information available form Jozef Muller

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Sandy Goldberg (Professor, Northwestern)

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 2601

  Sandy Goldberg is author of Relying on Others (OUP), Assertion: The Philosophical Significance of Assertive Speech (OUP), and the forthcoming To the Best of Our Knowledge (OUP), as well as the editor of many collections. From 12-2 he'll do a workshop on the Ethics of Address. Then from 3-5 he'll do a workshop on Social Epistemic Normativity. Abstracts: Your Attention Please! There are various ways through which we try to capture another person's attention. One of these ways – a particularly…

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Colloquium: “Reconceiving Constitutivism” by Avery Archer (George Mason University)

February 7 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

ABSTRACT: According to the cognitivist account of practical rationality, the means-end coherence norm governing intention may be explained in terms of the closure norm governing belief. One longstanding objection to the cognitivist account, due to Michael Bratman, is that there are cases in which an agent satisfies the closure norm governing the belief that they will perform a certain action and yet fail to satisfy the means-end coherence norm governing their intention to perform that very action. This paper advances…

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Argumentation Workshop

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

We will have lectures that range from the philosophy of histories, 'representation narrative,' and queering literature! This workshop is intended to help bridge gaps in argumentative and academic writing for ALL majors! Please share with your friends and student orgs! Reserve a seat at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnTV7vMrDb3TBlzDOFEi1TJS72zXxAYt6_egMMOPOCG2OV1Q/viewform SCHEDULE: 1pm-2pm: Introduction to Historical Philosophies (Professor Adam Harmer) 2pm-3pm: Introduction to Queer Theory and Queer Elements in Literature (Justin Domecillo) 3pm-4pm: Conference Papers! What they Are, Why they Matter. (Grad student, Becca Harris) 4pm-5pm:…

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Colloquium: Nomy Arpaly (Brown) – “On Benevolence”

February 28 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Abstract: It is widely agreed that benevolence is not the whole of the moral life, but it is not as widely appreciated that benevolence is an irreducible part of that life. This paper argues that Kantian efforts to characterize benevolence, or something like it, in terms of reverence for rational agency fall short. Such reverence, while credibly an important part of the moral life, is no more the whole of it than benevolence

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March 2018

Bernd Magnus Lecture: Ken Gemes (Birkbeck College, University of London)

March 7 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Title: The Biology of Evil: Nietzsche on Entartung and Verjüdung (Degeneration and Jewification) The lecture aims to examine how Nietzsche uses some of the tropes and rhetoric of 19th century degeneration theory, and how he attempts a new interpretation of those tropes. In also examines Nietzsche’s rather ambiguous place in the related rhetoric of Verjüdung (Jewification) and shows how here again he takes an idiosyncratic and nuanced approach.  Understanding his idiosyncratic use of the rhetoric of Verjüdung will help us explain the…

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Colloquium: Ken Gemes – “We are Necessarily Strangers to Ourselves”

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: HMNSS 1605B

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Bachman’s Bad Action

March 20 @ 3:00 pm
HMNSS 1605B

Featuring Zac Bachman's 'The Bad Action Problem and the Structure of Constitutivism'. More information is available from Bachman or Michael Nelson.  

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April 2018

Wrightfest: A conference in honor of Larry Wright

April 2 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
College Building South 114

All sessions in the Center for Ideas & Society, Conference Room 8-9am Breakfast and Welcome 9-10:30 Pierre Keller & Erich Reck (UCR) “Philosophizing with Larry Wright” 10:45-12 Chris Yeomans (Purdue University) “Perspective and Logical Pluralism in Hegel” 12-1:30pm Lunch 1:30-2:45 Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech) “Explaining Local Explanation” 3-4:15 Alex Rosenberg (Duke University) “How Larry Wright Changed the (Philosophical) World” 4:15-4:45 Coffee Break 4:45-6 Bas van Fraassen (Princeton) “After Hempel’s Dilemma: On the Evidence of Things Unseen” 6:30pm Dinner Campus Directions…

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Colloquium: “Probabilistic Explanation of Free Action” by Timothy O’Connor (Baylor University)

April 19 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 2212

An indeterministic account of freedom of action is sketched within a powers- based metaphysics of the natural world. Three objections to the adequacy of this account, all centered on its acceptance of objective probabilities governing free actions, are considered and rebutted.

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