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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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To review past departmental colloquium please see our colloquium archive.

Schedule 2018-19


Fall 2018

October 12
Barry Loewer (Rutgers University) 
"What Breathes Fire into the Equations?" - abstract
October 19
Wes Holliday (UC Berkeley)
"Another Problem in Possible World Semantics" - abstract
November 9
Angela Smith (Washington and Lee University) 
"Deep Responsibility" - abstract
November 16 
Allen Buchanan (Duke University & King's College) 
"The Evolution of Moral Progress" - abstract


Winter 2019

January 11
Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin) 
"When Is the Simpler Theory Better?" - abstract
January 18
Alison Gopnik (UC Berkeley) 
"Life History and Learning: Childhood As a Solution to Explore-Exploit Tensions" - abstract
Note! Professor Gopnik's talk takes place in the Price Center, East Forum 4th Floor.
February 22 
Voula Tsouna (UC Santa Barbara) 
"Is Virtue a Form of Techne? The Case of Plato's Charmides" - abstract


Spring 2019

April 5
Ralph Wedgwood (University of Southern California)
"Measuring Beliefs' Incorrectness" - abstract
April 12
Joseph Carens (University of Toronto)
"On the Relationship between Normative Claims and Empirical Realities in Immigration" - abstract 
May 3
José Luis Bermúdez (Texas A&M University)
May 10
Erik Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside)
May 17
Barbara Herman (UC Los Angeles)
May 31
Houston Smit (University of Arizona)