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"How Can Beliefs Wrong? -- A Strawsonian Epistemology"

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Berislav Marušić
(Brandeis University)

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall Room 115)

The title of his talk is

"How Can Beliefs Wrong? -- A Strawsonia Epistemology"
by Berislav Marušić and Aarthy Vaidyanathan

Abstract:

Sometimes believing something, or failing to believe something, can be a way of wronging someone. For example, sometimes you can be wronged if another person doesn’t believe you when you tell them something. Or, sometimes you can be wronged if another person believes that you are saying something just because you have a particular gender, race, class, sexual orientation, or some other feature that they take to be a defining feature of your speech. However, it is puzzling how beliefs could wrong: if they are based on adequate evidence, then these beliefs seem to be rational, and if they are based on inadequate evidence, then they seem to be irrational or ungrounded or simply stupid. But how could they wrong you? The aim of this paper is to explain how this is possible. We argue that in belief as in action, it is possible to take what Peter Strawson has called the objective stance towards others, and doing so has the potential of wronging them—of seeing them as mere objects that, like thunderstorms, are part of a world of evolving events, rather than as persons who say and think things for reasons.

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

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


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Amodal Abstract Perception: Reclaiming the Sixth Sense

Friday, November 3, 2017
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Michaela McSweeney
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Boston University

Friday, November 3, 2017, 3:30pm, South College E470

The title of her talk is

"Amodal Abstract Perception: Reclaiming the Sixth Sense"

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

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


 

"Poe, Collingwood, and The Art/Craft Distinction"

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Mount Holyoke College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Anna Christina Ribeiro
Texas Tech

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:30pm,

The title of the talk is

"Poe, Collingwood, and The Art/Craft Distinction"

Abstract

In The Philosophy of Composition, Edgar Allan Poe gave us the logic behind the composition of his famous poem, The Raven, claiming that ‘the work proceeded, step by step, to its completion with the precision and rigid consequence of a mathematical problem’. Some ninety years later, Roger Collingwood argued, in The Principles of Art, that there can be no logic behind the making of art properly so called, distinguishing art from craft on the basis of pre-existing rules and a pre-existing goal to be achieved. Part of Collingwood’s reason for this claim lies in his conception of art not as the arousing of emotion by preconceived means, which would involve technique or craft, plus a knowledge of which emotion one wishes to produce in her audience, but rather as the expression of emotion, a process of discovery, insofar as ‘until a man has expressed his emotion, he does not yet know what emotion it is.’ The aim of this paper is to challenge the art-craft distinction argued for by Collingwood and predominant today, on the basis of approaches to poetry such as Poe’s, approaches evinced also throughout the history of poetry.

  Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College

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

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"Ressentiment, Power, and Values"

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Bernard Reginster
(Brown University)

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather Hall Room 115)

The title of his talk is

"Ressentiment, Power, and Values"

Abstract:

 In On the Genealogy of Morality, Nietzsche formulates a critique of moral values that is grounded in their psychological history. The phenomenon of ressentiment plays a central role in this critique. Yet, precisely what sort of psychological state ressentiment is, what it reveals about human psychology, and why it is well suited to affect beliefs about value, remain sources of considerable perplexity. In the lecture, I sketch out some new answers to these questions.

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

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


19th Annual Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz-Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Prof. Prasanta Bandyopadhyay
Professor of Philosophy
Montana State University

The title of the talk is

 "Simpson's Paradox: Logic, Philosophy, and a Dash of History"

Thursday, Decenber 7, 2017, 7:30pm, Seeyle Hall 106, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Logic Program, Departments of Philosophy and Mathematics and
Smith College Lecture Committee

For further information, please call 585-3642


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Thursday, Thursday March 1, 2018
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Meena Krishnamurthy,
(University of Michigan)

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The title of her talk is

"TBA"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.

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Thursday, Thursday March 22, 2018
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Michele M. Moody Adams,
(Columbia University)

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The title of his talk is

"TBA"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Amherst College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Robert Gooding -Williams
(Columbia University)

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:00pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115

The title of his talk is

"TBA"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.

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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

"TBA"

Funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science

For further information, please call 542-5805.