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February 2018

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

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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Colloquium: “Gratitude, Rights, and Benefit” by Coleen Macnamara

April 25 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500
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May 2018

Colloquia: Derk Pereboom (Cornell) – “Blame without Anger, Ethics without Demand”

May 30 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500
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June 2018

Women in Philosophy Meet and Greet

June 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

If you are majoring in philosophy or thinking about majoring in philosophy, please join us.

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End of Year Party

June 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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