Colloquium Archive

Colloquium 2015-16

Fall Quarter 2015

October 23
Katie Elliott (UCLA)
"The Applicability Problem for Chance Explanation" - abstract

November 13
Dorothea Frede (University of Hamburg)
"Equal but Not Equal: Plato and Aristotle on Women as Citizens" - abstract

November 20
Gwen Bradford (Rice University)
"The Badness of Pain" - abstract

Winter Quarter 2016

February 26
James Kreines (Claremont-McKenna College)
"Hegel, Dialectic, and Metaphysical Grounding" - abstract

Spring Quarter 2016

April 8
Ralph Bader (Merton College, Oxford)
"Liberty, Threats, and Ineligibility" - abstract

April 15
Alyssa Ney (UC Davis)
"Are the Questions of Metaphysics More Fundamental Than Those of Science?" - abstract

April 22
Peter Railton (University of Michigan)
"Intuition and Intuitions in Ethics" - abstract

April 29
Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco) CANCELLED!

May 20
Sally Haslanger (MIT)
"Social Practices and Ideology" - abstract 

May 27
Nellie Wieland (CSU, Long Beach)
"Quotation in the Wild" - abstract

Colloquium 2014-15

Fall Quarter 2014

October 10
Connie Rosati (University of Arizona)
"Welfare and Rational Fit" - abstract
Note! This event takes place on a FRIDAY 4-6PM.

October 13
Michael McKenna (University of Arizona)
"Facing the Luck Problem for Compatibilists" - abstract

October 27
Calvin Normore (UC Los Angeles)
"What is in the Picture? Descartes and Some Scholastics on Thought and Representation" - abstract

December 8
James Weatherall (UC Irvine)
"Theoretical Structure and Theoretical Equivalence" - abstract

Winter Quarter 2015

March 9 
Alan Thomas (Tilburg University)
"Rawls, Piketty and the 'New Inequality'" - abstract

March 18
Gerhard Schurz (University of Duesseldorf)
"Inductive Scepticism and the Optimality of Meta-Induction" - abstract
Note! This event takes place on a WEDNESDAY 2-4PM.

Spring Quarter 2015 

March 30
Don Rutherford (UC San Diego)
"Spinoza's Ethics: Perfectionism and Naturalism?" - abstract

April 6
Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)
"Between Realism and Anti-realism? Theory-progressivism about Fundamental Physics" - abstract

April 13
Paolo Mancosu (UC Berkeley)
"In Good Company? On Hume's Principle and the Assignment of Numbers to Infinite Concepts" - abstract

April 24
Charles Mills  (Northwestern University) (Henry Allison Chair Invited Lecture) 
Note! This event takes place on a FRIDAY, 4-6PM.

May 8
Charles Mills (Northwestern University) (Henry Allison Chair Invited Lecture)
"Black Radical Kantianism" - abstract
Note! This event takes place on a FRIDAY, 4-6PM

May 15
Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Equality of Opportunity, Cultural Differences, and Familial Intimacy" - abstract
Note! This event takes place on a FRIDAY, 4-6PM

June 8
Seana Shiffrin (UC Los Angeles)
"The Moral Neglect of Negligence"

Colloquium 2013-14

Fall Quarter 2013

October 18
Pierre Destree (University of Louvain)
"Aristotle on the Value of Art" - abstract

October 25
Tomasz Bigaj (University of Warsaw)
"On Essences and Haecceities in Modern Physics" - abstract

November 15
Kenneth Taylor (Stanford University)
"Toward a Metaphysically Modest Semantics" - abstract

Winter Quarter 2014

February 14
Leif Wenar (King's College London)
"Unity-Based Moral and Political Theory" - abstract

February 28
Jeremy Howick  (University of Oxford)
"What Counts as a Placebo Is Relative to a Target Disorder and Therapautic Theory: Defending a Modified Version of Grünbaum's Scheme" - abstract

March 7
Nancy Cartwright (UCSD)
"There Are Mechanisms - And Then There Are Mechanisms"

March 10
Holger Lyre (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
"The Socially Extended Mind" - abstract
ote! This event takes place on a Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm.

March 14
David Wiens (UCSD)
"An Internal Problem for Ideal Theory" - abstract

Spring Quarter 2014 

April 4
Seth Yalcin (UC Berkeley)
"The Modality of Quantification" - abstract
his event is cosponsored with the Linguistics Department at UCSD.

April 8
Roberto Fumagalli (University of Bayreuth)
"On the Neural Enrichment of Economic Models: Recasting the Challenge" - abstract
Note! This event takes place on a Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm.

April 11
Tamar Schapiro (Stanford University)
"What are Theories of Desire Theories of?" - abstract

May 2
Gary Watson (USC)
"A Moral Predicament in the Criminal Law" - abstract

May 9
Krista Lawlor (Stanford University)
"What is Known and the Limits of Deductive Inference" - abstract

May 16
Roberta Millstein (UC Davis)
"Re-examining the Darwinian Basis for Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic" - abstract
his event has been CANCELLED.

May 30
Anjan Chakravartty (Notre Dame)
"Voluntary Commitments and the Epistemology of Science" - abstract

Colloquium 2012-13

Fall Quarter 2012

October 5
Ned Hall (Harvard University)
"Physical and Metaphysical Modality" - abstract
October 12
Quayshawn Spencer (University of San Francisco)
"How to Be a Biological Racial Realist" - abstract
October 26
Jason Stanley (Rutgers University, cosponsored with Linguistics)
"Knowing wh-to" - abstract 
November 9
Terry Irwin (University of Oxford)
"Is Aristotle a Virtue Theorist?" - abstract
November 16 
Josh Ober (Stanford University)
"Relevant Expertise Aggregation: An Aristotelian Middle Way for Epistemic Democracy" - abstract 
Note! The event on November 16 has been moved to the Michel de Certeau Room, Literature Bldg., 1st floor, 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Winter Quarter 2013

January 4
Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore) - abstract
"Ethical Reductionism"
March 18
GunnarBjörnsson (University of Gothenburg) - abstract
Having Your Strings Pulled: An Error Theory for Manipulation Arguments"
Note! This event takes place on Monday, March 18, 2:00-4:00pm, H&SS 8025 

Spring Quarter 2013 

April 19
Oliver Pooley (University of Oxford)
"Relativity, the Open Future, and the Passage of Time" - abstract 
April 26
Gary Watson (USC) - CANCELLED
May 3
Gideon Yaffe (USC)
"In Defense of Criminal Possession" - abstract
May 10
Barbara Herman (UCLA)
"Love and Morality" - abstract 
May 17
Robin Jeshion (USC)
"Dehumanizing Slurs" - abstract 
May 24
Ruth Chang (Rutgers University) 
"Do We Have Normative Powers?" - abstract 

Colloquium 2011-12

Fall Quarter 2011

October 14
Peter Graham (UC Riverside)
"Perceptual Entitlement and Natural Norms" - abstract
October 21
Sven Bernecker (UC Irvine)
"On the Relation between Truth and Knowledge" - abstract
November 18
Jessica Wilson (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Indeterminacy in the World" - abstract
December 2
Richard Kraut (Northwestern University)
"An Aesthetic Reading of Aristotle's Ethics" - abstract

Winter Quarter 2012

March 2
Sandy Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh)
"Representation Pluralism: the Case of Protein Folding" - abstract
March 9
Bonnie Kent (UC Irvine)
"Aquinas, Scotus, and the Fragmentation of Virtuous Character" - abstract

Spring Quarter 2012

April 20
Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate University)
"More than an Occasion for a Cause: Louis de la Forge on Real Mind-body Interaction" - abstract
April 27
Jean Roberts (University of Washington)
"Was Socrates a Teacher of Rhetoric?" - abstract
May 4
Igal Kvart (Hebrew University & Rutgers)
"Rational Assertabiity, the Steering Role of Knowledge, and Pragmatic Encroachment" - abstract
May 11
Mark Wilson (University of Pittsburgh)
"Is There Life in Possible Worlds?" - abstract
May 25
Michael Huemer (University of Colorado)
"The Duty to Disregard the Law" - abstract
June 1
Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College)
"How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge" - abstract

Colloquium 2010-11

In honor of UC San Diego's 50th anniversary, our year-long colloquium series is themed "UCSD Philosophy: Then and Now" which will showcase the research of current departmental faculty and former departmental affiliates.

Fall Quarter 2010

October 8
Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego)
"Kant on the Content and Object of an Intuition"
October 29
Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)
"Getting Serious About Similarity" - abstract
November 5
Saul Smilansky (Haifa University, Israel)
"Hard Determinism and Punishment: A Practical Reductio" - abstract
November 12
Lawrence Shapiro (University of Wisconsin)
"Mental Manipulations and the Problem of Causal Exclusion" - abstract

Spring Quarter 2011

April 8
Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego)
"Berkeley's Master Argument" - abstract
April 15
Wayne Martin (University of Essex)
"Ubi Inletabilitas Ibi Virtus:  Melancholy, Virtue and Self-Consciousness" - abstract
April 16 (agenda)
Symposium in honor of UC San Diego's 50th Anniversary

Event to showcase research of current departmental faculty and former departmental affiliates to present their current work and discuss the department's traditions. Speaker line-up includes Henry Allison, Paul Churchland and Avrum Stroll, Philosophy Professor Emeriti - UC San Diego; and Wayne Martin, Professor of Philosophy - University of Essex, England.

May 13
Chris Hitchcock (California Institute of Technology)
"‘Cause’ in ‘Causal’ Decision Theory?" - abstract
May 27
Kyle Stanford (UC Irvine)
"The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis: Evolution and the Emergence of Moral Objectivity" - abstract
June 3
Jeff King (Rutgers University)
"'Descriptive Readings' of Indexicals and Demonstratives" - abstract

Colloquium 2009-10

Fall 2009

October 16
Michael Friedman (Stanford University)
"Scientific Rationality after Kuhn"
October 23
Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
"What is Conceptual Activity? On the McDowell-Dreyfus (Hegel-Heidegger) Debate"
November 20
Christian Wuthrich (University of California, San Diego)
"Space and Time Do Not Exist, Fundamentally"
December 4
Rick Grush (University of California, San Diego)
"The Psychological Basis of Demonstratives"

Winter 2010

January 22
John Fischer (University of California, Riverside)
February 12
Maudemarie Clark (University of California, Riverside)
March 5
John Perry (Stanford University)
March 15
Frank Arntzenius (Oxford University)
"Physics and the Existence of Mathematical Objects"

Spring 2010

April 9
Jonathan Cohen and Craig Callender (University of California, San Diego)
"Special Sciences, Conspiracy, and the Better Best System Account of Lawhood"
April 23
Adrienne Mayor (Stanford University)
"The Poison King: Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy"
May 7
Niko Kolodny (University of California, Berkeley)
May 21
Rachana Kamtekar (University of Arizona)
"Politics in Socrates' 'Defense of Justice'"
May 22-23
West Coast Plato Workshop - Third Annual Conference
Topic: Plato's Phaedrus
June 4
Derk Pereboom (Cornell University)
"Nonreuctive Physicalism and Mental Compositional Properties"