"TBA"

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.

"TBA"

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.

 

"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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