Colloquium Series

The Philosophy Department’s Colloquia Series takes place most Fridays of each academic quarter from 4-6pm in H&SS 7077 in John Muir College; a reception for the colloquium speaker follows the talk in H&SS 7076.

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Schedule 2017-18

Fall 2017

September 29
Shamik Dasgupta (UC Berkeley)
"Realism and the Absence of Value" - abstract

October 13 CANCELLED!
Evan Thompson (University of British Columbia)

October 27
Cailin O'Connor (UC Irvine)
"How to Beat Science and Influence People" - abstract

November 17
R. A. Briggs (Stanford University)
"Real-Life Newcomb Problems?" - abstract

December 1, 2:30-4:00PM
Special Event: Discussion Seminar

Andrew Light
University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences at George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, in Washington, D.C. 
From Public Scholarship to Political Practice" - abstract
 Note! No reception.

Winter 2018

January 12
Tommie Shelby (Harvard University)
"Prison Abolition? The Uses and Abuses of Incarceration" - abstract

February 2
Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona)
"The Link Between Time, Totality, and Determinism" - abstract

March 12 
Note! This event takes place on a Monday 2-4pm followed by a reception.
Frances Kamm (Harvard University)
"Direction and Distribution in Life: Lessons from 'Benjamin Button'" - abstract

Spring 2018

April 6
Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California) 
"Persons as Things" - abstract

April 20
Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley)
"Skepticism and Quietism about Meaning and Normativity"

April 27
David Danks (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Handling Complexity" - abstract 

May 25
Elizabeth Harman (Princeton University)
“Is Subjective Moral Truth Explanatorily Prior to Objective Moral Truth?” - abstract

June 1
Suzanne Obdrzalek (Claremont McKenna College)
"Platonic Dualism Revisited" - abstract