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Between the Jewish Question and Global Question: Inheriting, Differentiating and Characterizing the Moral and the Legal in Kant, Hume, and the 18th Century"

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Philosophy in the Public Sphere Smith College Lecture Series 2018-2019

Presents: Rahul Govind
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Delhi

The title of the talk is

 "Between the Jewish Question and Global Question: Inheriting, Differentiating and Characterizing the Moral and the Legal in Kant, Hume and the 18th Century"

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:00pm, Seeyle Hall 201, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

For further information, please call 585-3642

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“Three New Arguments for The Dynamic Theory of Time”

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Ned Markosian
(University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Third and final Lecturer in the 2018-2019 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on:
"Philosophy of Time"

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115)

The title of his talk is

"Three New Arguments for the Dynamic Theory of Time"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.

"On the Epistemology of Injustice"

Friday, April 26, 2019
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Sally Haslanger
Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
 MIT

Friday, April 26, 2019 3:30pm, South College Room E470

The title of her talk is

"On the Epistemology of Injustice"

 Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

For further information, please call (413) 545-2330.

"The Ferguson Rebellion, Five Years On; or, Philosophy and the Event, American-Style"

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Mount Holyoke College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Paul Taylor
Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Penn State University

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 4:30pm in Dwight Hall 101

The title of his talk is

"The Ferguson Rebellion, Five Years On; or Philosophy and the Event, American-Style"

Abstract:

Next year will mark the 5th anniversary of the day Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of that day, "Ferguson" seemed to be the name not just of a place but also of an event, in the fullest sense of that term. The word stood for something momentous, like Appomattox or Dunkirk or Selma or Stonewall (the inn and the 1969 riots, not the man). It marked one of those periodic occasions that push people to reflect on the demands of justice, the art of living well, and the burdens of living well together. Now, though, every passing day - every new outrage, tweet, controversy, or death - pushes this occasion farther away from the living present, and threatens to diminish its claim to relevance.

"The Ferguson Rebellion, Five Years On" explains what it means to treat Ferguson as an event, and to take that event seriously even now as a contemporary barometer of important social conditions. The temptation to forget it, to let the energy from the event die out like spent nuclear fuel, is dangerous. It is also, though, entirely predictable in light of the conditions that Ferguson brought to light. Provoked but not constrained by Alain Badiou's influential work on the philosophy of the event, this talk will suggest a way of approaching the upheavals in Ferguson that is appropriate to the moment and to the burdens of responsible and responsive ethical life.    

  Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College

For further information, please call (413) 538-2249.

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Empathy and a Prison Roast

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Philosophy in the Public Sphere Smith College Lecture Series 2018-2019

Presents: Cynthia Willett
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy
Emory University

The title of the talk is

 "Empathy and a Prison Roast"

Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00pm, Seeyle Hall 201, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

For further information, please call 585-3642
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"Semantics, Comunication and Thought: At Least Four Pictures"

Friday, September 28, 2018
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Andy Egan
Department of Philosophy
Rutgers University

Friday, September 28, 2018, 3:30pm,  South College Room E470

The title of his talk is

"Semantics, Comunication and Thought: At Least Four Pictures"

 Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

For further information, please call (413) 545-2330.


 

"Thirteenth Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy with Barbara Herman"

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Thirteenth annual lecture of The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy
Presents: Barbara Herman
Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law 
University of California, Los Angeles Department of Philosophy.

The title of her talk is

 "Motive and Wrongdoing"

Abstract: There is something like a dictum that moral requirement cannot depend on motive because we can only have a duty to do or omit something we can choose and we cannot choose to have a motive.  Examining a class of duties that seem to require the presence of a motive – the duties of due care – I argue that we should re-think what we take a motive to be, and so its possible role in moral action, and then let go of the dictum. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:00pm in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

Reception to follow

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and
Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805

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"What Our Epistemic Concepts Should Do"

Friday, October 12, 2018
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Lisa Miracchi
Department of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

Friday, October 12, 2018, 3:30pm,  South College Room E470

The title of his talk is

"What Our Epistemic Concepts Should Do"

 Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

For further information, please call (413) 545-2330.

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Creating, Preserving and Defending the Paris Accord on Climate Change

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Philosophy in the Public Sphere Smith College Lecture Series 2018-2019

Presents: Andrew Light
University Professor of Philosophy
Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences
George Mason University

The title of the talk is

 "Creating, Preserving and Defending the Paris Accord on Climate Change"

Thursday, October 25, 2018 5:00pm, Seeyle Hall 201, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

For further information, please call 585-3642