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Natural Propensities in the Huainanzi

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Alexus McLeod
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Connecticut

The title of the talk is

 "Natural Propensities in the Huainanzi"

Thursday, April 19, 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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Five College Philosophy Conference at Mount Holyoke College, April 21, 2018 in Art 220

Saturday, April 21, 2018,

Five College Philosophy Conference
     at Mt. Hoyoke College 
April 21, 2018 in Art 220

           

10:15am: Mara White                                                                  11:00 am Alina Wang
    Mt. Holyoke '19                                                                                   Smith ‘18
Partiality and interracial                                                                Kant, perception, and
          friendships                                                                                  mental illness

11:45am Debate - Moral Relativism with James Harold and Sam Mitchell

1:30pm Nadia Babar                                     2:30pm You Jene Ha                               3:15pm RuiWei Shen
    Mt. Holyoke '19                                                Smith '20                                                 Mt. Holyoke '19
Using domestic analogy                               The self and identity in                              Physicallism and Mary's
to describe war                                               Western Buddhist thought                                     example

4:00 Debate - What kind of computer is the brain? with Hilary Kornblith and Louise Antony                                 

  Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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

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"Martin Luther King Now"

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Brandon Terry
Harvard University

Fourth and Final Lecturer in the 2017 -2018 Forry and Micken Lecture Series on:
"Racial Justice and Injustice"

Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The title of his talk is

"Martin Luther King Now"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.

 

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"On the Explanatory Scope of the Special Composition Question"

Friday, April 27, 2018
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

COLLOQUIUM:
Hosted by: The Philosophy Graduate Students

Presents: Joshua Spencer
Associate Professor
 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Friday, April 27, 2018, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, South College Room E470

The title of his talk is

"On the Explanatory Scope of the Special Composition Question"

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

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


 

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"Humanistic Cosmopolitanism"

Monday, September 11, 2017
Mount Holyoke College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Professor Philip J. Ivanhoe
City University of Hong Kong

Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:30pm in 216 Skinner Hall

The title of the talk is

"Humanistic Cosmopolitanism"

Abstract

This essay is part of my next big project, which will concern pluralism, relativism, tolerance, and cosmopolitanism. I argue that there are different possible ways to respond to the fact of ethical pluralism and that the best response is to see such irreducible pluralism as a positive good (as opposed to something to bemoan or simply something we have to live with). This leads me to argue against widely accepted liberal conceptions of tolerance (I think it ok as a fallback but bad as an ideal) and cosmopolitanism (I think views like Martha Nussbaum's which focus on rational agency and personhood while not without merit fall far short of what a decent person should aim for and are inconsistent with her own laudable views about multi-cultural education).

 Gail Caldwell Stine Lecture
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
Reception following lecture

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


 

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Descartes and the Modern Mind

Friday, September 22, 2017
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Alison Simmons
Harvard College Professor & Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy
Harvard University

Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:30pm, South College E470

The title of her talk is

"Descartes and the Modern Mind"

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

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


 

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"Comparison and Practical Reason"

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Jason Bridges
Philosophy Department, The University of Chicago

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall Room 115)

The title of his talk is

"Comparison and Practical Reason"

Abstract:

It is very widely assumed that practical rationality is comparative: that what it is rational for an agent to do is a function of how the merits of the options available to her compare. This assumption is everywhere in contemporary practical philosophy, operating in the background of discussions of a range of topics in action theory and meta-ethics. But it is mistaken. Indeed, it is inconsistent with very basic features of the structure of agency. Comparison is not the ground of practical rationality, and will not make progress toward a satisfying philosophy of action until we can see clearly that, and why, this is so.

 Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Joseph Epstein Lecture Fund.

For futher information, please call (413) 542-5805.


 

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14th Biennial UMass Philosophy Homecoming, October 6-7, 2017

Friday, October 6th - Saturday, October 7th, 2017
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: 14th Biennial UMass Philosophy Homecoming

Friday, October 6th

3:30pm - 5:30pm     Department Colloquium Talk: Ted Sider (1993), "Asymmetric Personal Identity" (South College E470)

7:00pm -10:00pm     Reception in Northampton at the home of Phil Bricker and Margi Caplan

Saturday, October 7th (All Saturday sessions will be in Douth College W245) 

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee, pastries, and general milling around

9:30am - 10:45am    Speaker: Kelly Trogdon (2009), "Full and Partial Grounding"
Commentator: Jeffrey Dunn (2010)
Chair: Lu Chen

11:00am -12:15pm     Speaker: Meghan Griffith (2003), "Narrative Campacity and Self-Control"
Commentator: Jc Beall (1998)
Chair: Cameron Gibbs

12:15pm - 2:30pm - Lunch -Participants are encouraged to form small groups and go to eateries of their own choosing, on campus of off.

2:30pm - 3:45pm     Speaker: Marcy Lascano (2006), "Cavensih's System of Nature"
Commentator: Heidi Furey (2013)
Chair: Robert Gruber

4:00pm - 5:15pm     Speaker: Luis Oliveira (2016), "Skeptical Theism and Paradox of Evil"
Commentator: Aaron Washington (2018)
Chair: Andréa Wilson

5:30pm - 7:00pm   Reception   -  University Club

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

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

"Twelfth Annual Amherst Lecture in Philosophy with Stephen Darwall"

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Stephen Darwall
Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy
Yale University

The title of his talk is

 "What Are Moral Reasons"

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:00pm in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

Reception to follow

Twelfth annual lecture of The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy

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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