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October 2017

Department Talk: Paul Hurley, “Exiting The Consequentialist Circle”

October 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Exiting The Consequentialist Circle: Two Senses of Bringing It About” Consequentialism is a state of affairs centered moral theory that finds support in state of affairs centered views of value, reason, action, and desire/preference.  Together these views form a mutually reinforcing circle.  I map an exit route out of this circle by distinguishing between two different senses in which actions can be understood as bringing about states of affairs.  All actions, reasons, desires, and values involve bringing about in the…

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Public lecture: Paul Hurley, “Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently”

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

“Why Markets Actually Require Morality to Function Efficiently” There is commonly taken to be a fundamental tension between morality and markets.  The cost-effective, efficient, profit maximizing course of action and the right course of action often diverge, and it is inefficient and costly to do the right thing, placing such actors at a competitive disadvantage.  The suggestion is that markets are spheres that mandate purely self-interested interaction – there is no place for morality within markets.  I will argue that…

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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). All papers will be held in Howell 115. REGISTRATION Registration is mandatory for all Colloquium attendees. Please register online using the following links: General Registration is $150 for a single registrant, $175 for a registrant plus a dinner guest. Registration provides access to the entire weekend's events, including continental breakfasts, a social reception, and a dinner party. UNC…

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Department talk: Sarah Stroud, “Conceptual Disagreement”

November 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"Conceptual Disagreement" Can you disagree with someone without thinking that what they say (or think) is false? As we shall see, this is not only possible but (we shall argue) quite frequent. But we will reach this conclusion only via a somewhat winding route. Starting with the type of disagreement most familiar from the philosophical literature, we will progressively expand the circle of genuine disagreement until it encompasses even conceptual disagreement, which one might have thought a contradiction in terms.…

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Public lecture: Sarah Stroud, “What is Wrong with Lying?”

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"What is Wrong with Lying?" Most of us would confidently say that lying is wrong—or, at least, that there is something wrong with lying. But what exactly is wrong with it? It turns out to be more difficult than one might have thought to answer this question. I survey some of the obvious potential explanations of the wrongness of lying and suggest that they prove unsatisfying on reflection. I then offer my own proposal for what is wrongful in lying:…

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Diversi-Tea

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Diversity Committee in the Caldwell Hall library for tea time! All members of the Philosophy Department are invited. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

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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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January 2018

North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, January 20th, high school students from across North Carolina will travel to UNC to participate in a state-wide Ethics Bowl competition, hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, moderator, or room staff, please contact our Ethics Bowl Director, Dominique Dery, at dominique.dery@unc.edu.

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February 2018

Speaker Series: Dmitri Gallow (Pittsburgh)

February 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dmitri Gallow (PhD, University of Michigan, 2014) is an assistant professor of philosophy.  His primary research interests lie in the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and epistemology.  He spends most of his time thinking about causation, chance, subjunctive conditionals, and the rational norms governing partial, or degreed, belief states.

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