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August 2017

Interested in the Parr Center?

August 24 @ 7:00 pm

Welcome to the 2017-2018 year! The Parr Center has an air of excitement as we impatiently await the return of our students and friends. This year we are hosting a student interest meeting on Thursday 8/24 at 7PM in Caldwell room #213. This meeting will be for those who wish to become more involved with the Parr Center and want to apply to the fellows program. We are looking for all kinds of students- especially with varying interests (including graphic…

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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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September 2017

Women’s only Diversity Lunch

September 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Women's only Diversity Lunch with Guest Speaker Professor Sheila Kannappan This Diversity Lunch meeting is open to all women graduate students and faculty in the philosophy department. Professor Kannappan from the Physics department will talk to us about issues like academic grit, imposter-syndrome, trying to survive and be successful in a male-dominated field, overcoming fears about speaking up, how to deal with boy's club networks, etc. Lunch will be provided by the department.

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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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Talk: Justin Snedegar (St Andrews)

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

"Deliberation, Reasons, and Alternatives" Abstract: Many philosophers hold that normative reasons for action must be (perhaps among other things) good premises for deliberation about what to do. This opens up the possibility of arguing for certain claims about the nature of reasons from claims about good deliberation. In this talk, I'll first argue that deliberation is question-directed -- it is about answering a deliberative question about what to do. I will then argue that whether some consideration is a good…

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PPE Talk: Tyler Cowen

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tyler Cowen will present "The Complacent Class". 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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Teaching Workshop: Giving Feedback to Students

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop will explore the best methods of providing undergraduate students with feedback on their work, written and verbal. Panelists are Marc Lange, Tamara Fakhoury, and Keshav Singh.

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