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August 2017

Speaker Series: Michael Della Rocca (Yale)

August 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Michael Della Rocca teaches at the Department of Philosophy at Yale University. His primary interests are in early modern (17th and 18th century) philosophy, especially the rationalist philosophers Spinoza. Michael also has a significant (non-philosophical) interest in the Mets. "Tamers, Deniers, and Me" This paper critically examines a prominent and perennial strategy -- found in thinkers as diverse as Kant and Shamik Dasgupta -- of simultaneously embracing the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) and also limiting it so as to avoid certain apparently negative…

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Beginning of the Year Party

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the start of a new academic year! There will be food and drink, and all are welcome - please bring your spouse/partner/children! The Horace Williams House is located at 610 East Rosemary Street, just a short walk from Caldwell Hall.

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Value Theory Workshop

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

An intensive one day workshop on papers in progress by Chris Howard, Yoaav Isaacs, Alex Oprea, Dan Shahar, and Rob Willison.  Information, including the schedule, and a registration form, are available HERE. This event is sponsored by the PPE Program and the Parr Center for Ethics.

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September 2017

Philosophy in 15 Minutes

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at Gerrard Hall for an evening of food and drink, and "15 Minutes of Philosophy" with Markus Kohl, Laurie Paul and Tamara Fakhoury! Student presenters participating in the program are Gentry Fitch (Lesher Fund/PPE abroad), Shelby Soutter (Philosophy Club), and Tate Overbey (Phi Sigma Tau). This is always a wonderful evening, and lots of fun for all in attendance. Refreshments are free, and all are welcome - please join us! View & download the flyer  

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PPE Talk: Tyler Cowen

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tyler Cowen is an economist at George Mason University. His most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream was published January 2017. He writes a column for Bloomberg View and contributes daily to The MarginalRevolution blog.

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October 2017

Parr Center Presents: Laurie Shrage

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Laurie Shrage's work evaluates public policies on markets in sexual services and expressive materials, reproductive health care, legal gender identity, and marriage. She is more interested in the active application of philosophical theory to inform public debate - in what she terms "empirically informed philosophy" - than she is in focusing her work on a particular school of philosophical thought. She suggests that moral and political philosophers should pay more attention to historical and scientific accounts of political and moral problems than they…

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Happiness and Well-Being: a one-day conference

October 14

Bringing together three experts on the nature of happiness and well-being -- Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), Carol Graham (the Bookings Institute), Dan Russell (University of Arizona) -- this one-day workshop is designed to bring participants up to speed on current research and issues in understanding the nature of happiness and well-being. No specific background presupposed. Open and free to all. Lunch and reception provided. This Philosophy, Politics & Economics event is co-sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics, the Institute…

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November 2017

Chapel Hill Colloquium in Philosophy

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - November 5 @ 12:00 pm

The 51st annual Chapel Hill Colloquium in Philosophy will be held from Friday November 3, 2017 (6:00 pm) through Sunday, November 5, 2017 (noon).   Claire Miller Lecture:  Linda Zagzebski (Oklahoma) Russell Jones (Harvard): “The Real Challenge of Plato’s Republic”                 Commentator: Rachana Kamtekar (Arizona) Kenny Easwaran (Texas A&M): “The City as a Collective Agent”                 Commentator: Ryan Muldoon (Buffalo) Niko Kolodny (U. Cal. Berkeley): “Political Corruption”                 Commentator: Sophia Moreau (Toronto) Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers): “Manipulative Meaning: Insinuations, Slurs, and…

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Speaker Series: John MacFarlane (Berkeley)

November 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In addition to Berkeley's Department of Philosophy, John MacFarlane is a member of the Group in Logic and the Methodology of Science and a co-organizer of the Meaning Sciences Club and the Townsend Center Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science. Most of his work is in the philosophy of logic and language. Other research interests include metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophy of mathematics, philosophical logic, the history of logic, Frege, Kant, ancient philosophy (particularly Aristotle), and fiddlosophy.…

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PPE Talk: Sarah Conly

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Title: TBA Professor Conly is the author of of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (Cambridge University Press 2013) and One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a broad range of articles on related topics. She is currently at work on liberty: when and why it matters (and when and why it does not).  

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