"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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"Symposium on the Teaching of Logic and Semantics"

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Graham Priest, (City University of New York)
Daniel Altshuler, (Hampshire College)
Lori Levin, (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jennifer Spenader, (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

"Symposium on the Teaching of Logic and Semantics"

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30am - 4:30pm, Dewey Common Room, Dewey House, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Smith College

For further information, please call 585-3642

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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.

 


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A Radical Solution to the Race Problem

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Smith College
Department of Philosophy

Presents: Prof. Quayshawn Spencer
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

The title of the talk is

 "A Radical Solution to the Race Problem"

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00pm, Seeyle Hall 106, Smith Colllege

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy

For further information, please call 585-3642

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