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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

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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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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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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Speaker Series: Kate Manne (Cornell)

February 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kate Manne is an assistant professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she's been teaching since 2013. Before that, she was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011 to 2013. Kate Manne did her graduate work at MIT from 2006 to 2011, with the generous support of a General Sir John Monash scholarship. She was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne (her hometown), where she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science.

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March 2018

Speaker Series: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State)

March 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kristie Dotson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis. She also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.

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April 2018

Balter Distinguished Lecture: Agnes Callard (Chicago)

April 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Agnes Gellen Callard is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1997 and her PhD from Berkeley in 2008. Her primary areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Ethics.

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