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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: “What is Wrong with Lying?”

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

"What is Wrong with Lying?" Sarah Stroud: Abstract: 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…

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Philosophy @ the Movies

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

Philosophy @ the Movies presents .... Theory of Justice: The Musical! Join John Rawls through a musical journey back in time as he pursues Fairness and works out his Theory of Justice. Featuring philosophy greats including Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Locke (in a rap battle), the Utilitarian Barbershop Quartet, Kant in drag and more! Discussion to follow. Hosted by Alexandra Oprea. This event is free and open to all students - pizza will be provided!

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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

"How to Resist Epistemicism" According to epistemicists about vagueness, vague language has a classical, bivalent semantics. So there is a precise height which separates people who are tall from those who are not tall, though we can never know what it is. This view has struck many as preposterous, but it is harder to resist than one might think.  For what seems most hard to accept about it---that our words impose hidden and unknowable semantic boundaries---is also a commitment of alternative, nonclassical semantic theories.  To resist epistemicism, we need…

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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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Philosophy Café

November 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278 + Google Map

Philosophy Café is back at Mystery Brewing Public House! Philosophy Cafés are intended to be a philosophical discussion among non-academics. As such, people of all ages and education levels are warmly welcome!  This Week's Topic: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility? On the Challenges of Superhero Ethics Should you save that family teetering off the edge of the bridge and let the villain get away? Are superheroes morally responsible for the innocents they harm in their epic battles with evil?…

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Teaching Workshop: Structuring Student Assessments

November 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teaching Workshop: Structuring Student Assessments A key part of planning a philosophy course is deciding what sorts of assessments to include, when to give them, and designing them such that they can provide useful information on the knowledge and philosophical skills of the students who do them. This workshop is designed to provide information on all of the above. Panelists are Gillian Russell, Caleb Harrison, Lauren Townsend, and Michaela Tiller. Panelist presentations will be followed by Q&A; lunch is provided.

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Philosophy Cafe

November 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278 + Google Map

Rob Willison will be leading a discussion about the meaning of life! In the mid-1960s, Nina Simone had a conflict with her husband and manager, Andrew Stroud, over the course of her musical career. As their daughter Lisa described the difference: “My father had a strategic plan in terms of how mom’s career was going to go. He wanted her to be able to win all the awards and to become the huge star that he knew she could be…But…

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December 2017

Chapel Hill Metaethics Workshop

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - December 9 @ 11:30 pm

This is a small research workshop to discuss works in progress by five of the participants: Sarah Buss, Jamie Dreier, Alex King, Sarah Paul, and Daniel Wodak. Other out of town participants include Selim Berker, Jan Dowell, Julia Driver, Robert Johnson, Stephanie Leary, Kathryn Lindeman, Sarah McGrath, Hille Paakkunainen, Peter Railton, Connie Rosati, Russ Shafer-Landau, Nate Sharadin, Michael Smith, Sarah Stroud, and Sigrún Svavarsdóttir. The Metaethics Workshop site is HERE. Co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Department of Philosophy, the Parr Center…

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