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November 2018

Cancelled: Charles Mills (The Graduate Center, City University of NY)

November 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Unfortunately, the Charles Mills colloquium today, 11/28, has been cancelled. He was trapped in Chicago due to the blizzard; both his initial flight and his make-up flight were canceled, and he was not able to reschedule another to allow him to make it here in time for the talk. Apologies for the last-minute change and to everyone who was excited to have him here this week.

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January 2019

Colloquium – Peter Epstein (University of Cambridge)

January 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Spatial Experience: More Than a Mere Structure Led by Peter Epstein Pembroke College, University of Cambridge According to a widely-held view of spatial experience known as structuralism, perceptual representations of spatial features are merely structurally isomorphic to abstract Euclidean geometry; their contents do not include substantive Euclidean concepts. I show that this structuralist view fails to explain the way in which we apply our Euclidean concepts to the spatial features we perceive. For, on the structuralist picture, the results of Euclidean geometry…

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Colloquium – Sara Aronowitz (Princeton University)

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Exploring by Believing Led by Sara Aronowitz Princeton University Abstract: Sometimes, we face choices between actions most likely to lead to valuable outcomes, and actions which put us in a better position to learn. These choices exemplify what is called the exploration/exploitation trade-off. In computer science and statistics, this trade-off has fruitfully been applied to modulating the way agents make choices over time. In this talk, I'll argue that the trade-off also extends to belief. We can be torn between two ways…

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February 2019

Colloquium – Karina Vold (Cambridge)

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Can Consciousness Extend? Led by Karina Vold University of Cambridge Abstract: While Andy Clark and David Chalmers (1998) argue that certain mental states and processes can ‘extend’ to be partially constituted by objects located beyond one’s brain and body, they deny that phenomenally conscious states can extend. Chalmers (forthcoming) argues (a) that consciousness requires direct availability for global control, and (b) that cognition must be extended in a certain way, namely, via perception and action. The conjunction of these claims, he…

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Sasha Newton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne)

February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
INTS 1111

“The Moral Law is Not Originally the Law of a Species” Abstract: It is often thought that whereas Kant’s theoretical philosophy is concerned with being, or with what is, in the most general sense, practical philosophy is concerned with a region of being – namely, with our being as practical and moral agents. Theoretical philosophy studies the most fundamental, universal principles and laws of what is. Practical philosophy, by contrast, turns to the moral law, understood as the normative law governing a kind…

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3rd Annual Graduate Program Conference on Agency

February 15 @ 3:00 pm - February 16 @ 5:30 pm

Keynote Speakers: Myisha Cherry UC Riverside, "Breaking the Rules Through Rage" Friday (2/15), INTS, 3 - 5 pm Manual Vargas UC San Diego, "The Social Infrastructure of Responsible Agency" Saturday (2/16), INTS 3:30-5:30 pm Presentations by: Sam Ridge (University of Houston) Shawn Wang (UC San Diego) Jeffrey Pannekoek (University of Tennesse, Knoxville) David Storrs-Fox (New York University) Mitchell Wingett (Western Michigan) To view the thorough schedule, please click here.

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Bernd Magnus Lecture

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500
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March 2019

Thomas Singh Khurana (Yale University and University of Essex)

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

The Art of Second Nature by Thomas Singh Khurana of Yale University and University of Essex While the concept of “second nature” has received remarkable attention in recent years, the discussion has mainly focused on neo-Aristotelian accounts. In developing the idea that reason can become second nature to us through habituation into the right kinds of practices, the contemporary discussion has given the notion both a therapeutic and a normative significance. Therapeutically, the reminder that our rational second nature is…

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Colloquium – Ernest Sosa (Rutgers)

March 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

For more information on Ernest Sosa, please click here.   

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Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University)

March 13 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
HMNSS 1500

Insight and Understanding Synopsis: I propose to explore a particular sort of understanding, understanding why, and a related sort of knowledge why—firsthand knowledge why—and the place of this in the humanities, including philosophy. We shall focus on one dimension of the humanities, not the whole, and on the humanistic side of philosophy, though there’s a lot more to philosophy than that. I’ll be arguing for the importance of firsthand intuitive insight. And that in turn will bear interestingly on two questions in the epistemology of the humanities,…

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