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September 2015

Philosophy in 15 Minutes

September 3, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us at Gerrard Hall for an evening of food, drink, and philosophy! Professors Jim Lesher, Gillian Russell, and Russ Shafer-Landau will each present a short, fifteen minute talk that you won't want to miss! This event is free and open to all students.  

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PPE Talk: Harry Brighouse

September 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"What's So Great About Bedtime Stories?: Parents, Children, and Equality of Opportunity" Harry Brighouse is a Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To see a complete bio, please visit his website. This event is free and open to all; pizza will be provided.

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Speaker: John Broome (University of Oxford), “Reason Versus Ought”

September 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

John Broome is currently the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Broome was educated at the University of Cambridge, at the University of London and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in economics. Before arriving at Oxford he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and, prior to that, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He…

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Speaker Series: Richard Pettigrew (University of Bristol)

September 21, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Richard Pettigrew will present, “Accuracy and the Laws of Credence”. Abstract: An agent’s degrees of belief should satisfy the axioms of probability. She should update her degrees of belief in the light of new evidence in line with the Bayesian rule of conditionalization. If she learns the objective chances, her degrees of belief ought to match them. In the absence of any evidence, she ought to distribute her degrees of belief equally over all possibilities. These are norms that govern epistemic agents when we…

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October 2015

Speaker Series: Paul Saka (University of Texas)

October 9, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Paul Saka will give a talk as part of our annual Speaker Series. Reception to follow. "Science and 'Science': on Demarcation and Definition" The problem of how to distinguish between science and non-science -- the demarcation problem -- has resisted solution. In this paper, I attempt to make headway by breaking the problem into a variety of smaller projects. My modest suggestions will take us into questions of semantics and methodology.

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Parr Center Presents: James Surowiecki

October 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

James Surowiecki is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he writes the popular bi-weekly business column “The Financial Page.” His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including, among others, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, and Fortune. He’s the author of the national bestseller The Wisdom of Crowds. Surowiecki is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and did graduate work in American history at Yale.…

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November 2015

PPE Talk: Kate Manne (Cornell)

November 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Kate Manne is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Cornell University. To see a complete bio, please visit her website. "Acquitting Victims" What is it to be a victim? And what is it to claim victimhood? In this lecture, I’ll argue that the notion of a victim is at heart a moral one, since the core case of victimhood involves being cast in a familiar kind of moral narrative, in which a vulnerable subject is put down or oppressed at…

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Talk: Sarah Holtman (University of Minnesota)

November 5, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sarah Holtman (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) will present, "Civic Action, Idealization and Kantian Citizenship" Both Kant’s critics and his friends often highlight two features of his characterization of citizenship in a just state. The first of these is the seeming passivity of the Kantian citizen, who apparently must meticulously insure that she does not transgress rigid prohibitions – on lying, political violence and other demands of mutual respect -- in any reform-minded challenges she might be moved to pursue.…

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PPE Talk: Erik Angner

November 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Behavioral Economics, Libertarian Paternalism, and the Nudge Agenda" Erik Angner is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy at George Mason University. For a complete bio, please visit his website. This event is free and open to all; pizza will be provided.

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Speaker Series: Ken Taylor (Stanford), “Selfhood as Self-Representation”

November 18, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ken Taylor will give a talk, "Selfhood as Self-Representation". For a copy of the paper, please email Katie at kbunyea@unc.edu.   This Speaker Series talk will take place from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Bingham 103.

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