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February 2020

Speaker Series: Kenny Easwaran

February 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"Infinite Ethics Meets Decision Theory" ABSTRACT: Some classic forms of utilitarianism presume that the goodness of a state of affairs can be determined by adding up numerical representations of the welfare of each of the people. When a population is infinite, however, this doesn't yield useful results. But there have been suggestions for how to say when such states of affairs are better or worse, even without assigning numerical scores to them, particularly in a series of papers by Vallentyne…

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Balter Distinguished Lecture: Harjit Bhogal (Maryland)

February 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strikingness Some facts are striking. That is, they seem to call out for explanation in a way that other facts do not. If a coin is tossed 50 times and lands heads every time, that’s striking. The correlation between the moral truths and our moral beliefs is striking (at least according to some people). The fact that the microwave background radiation is uniform in temperature throughout the universe is striking. And strikingness plays an important role in our theory choice — if a…

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August 2020

Faculty WiP Series: Jen Morton on Resisting Pessimism Traps

August 14, 2020 @ 3:35 pm - 5:35 pm

This talk will be given via Zoom. Please use this link to join the event.

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September 2020

Faculty WiP Series: Markus Kohl

September 25, 2020 @ 3:35 pm - 5:35 pm

Kant on Knowledge of Transcendental Freedom of Will On a common reading, one major legacy of Kant's critique of rationalism is that we cannot know the existence of metaphysical, super-sensible objects such as, chiefly, God, the immortality of our soul, and free will; we can only have subjectively rational faith that these things exist. Against this view, I argue that our belief in (absolute, transcendental) freedom of will is not epistemically on par with the beliefs in God and immortality.…

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October 2020

Faculty WiP Series: Thomas Hofweber

October 30, 2020 @ 3:35 pm - 5:35 pm

This talk will be given via Zoom. Please contact the event organizer to receive the link.

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August 2021

Speaker Series: Grace Helton (Princeton)

August 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Does the Aim of Philosophy Require Convergence? Is there an external world? What is good? Do we act freely? Philosophers famously diverge in the answers they give to these and other questions. It is sometimes suggested that a lack of convergence on these questions suggests that philosophy is not progressing at all, is not progressing fast enough, or is not progressing as fast as other disciplines, such as the natural sciences. Call the view that ideal philosophical progress is marked…

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October 2021

Speaker Series: “The Aim of Revenge: a Nietzschean Analysis” with Bernard Reginster (Brown)

October 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  "The Aim of Revenge: a Nietzschean Analysis"   Zoom Link: Meeting ID: 960 1762 9368 Passcode: 186995 Abstract:  Nietzsche makes a number of puzzling claims about revenge: the invention of Christian morality is an act of revenge; the refusal to retaliate for an injury, expressions of gratitude, and even acts of benevolence can be forms of revenge; and revenge can be taken against life, or reality, or even time. These claims call attention to a basic question: what…

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February 2022

Speaker Series: Beatrice Longuenesse (NYU)

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event will be held virtually over Zoom. Abstract for Conflicting Logics of the Mind. Lessons from Kant and Freud Béatrice Longuenesse, New York University In previous work, I have claimed that Sigmund Freud’s and Immanuel Kant’s respective views of human mental life present striking similarities. The goal of this paper is to respond to objections to this admittedly surprising claim. The central objection under consideration concerns the contrast between, on the one hand, Kant’s view of what he calls…

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March 2022

Balter Distinguished Lecture: Juliana Bidadanure (Stanford)

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: Justice Across Ages Optional sub-title: What Does it Mean to Treat Young and Old as Equals? Abstract: Age structures our lives and societies. It shapes social institutions, roles, and relationships, as well as how we assign obligations and entitlements within them. Each life-stage also brings its characteristic opportunities and vulnerabilities, which spawn multidimensional inequalities between young and old. How should we respond to these age-related inequalities? Are they unfair in the same way gender or racial inequalities are? Or…

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April 2022

Speaker Series: Tyler Burge (UCLA)

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title:  A Map of Lower Representational Mind Abstract: Lower Representational Mind is roughly the system of mental capacities that are less complex, less sophisticated, and more widespread in the animal kingdom, than propositional attitudes.  Lower representational mind centers in perception.  I begin by discussing, the border between perception and non-perceptual, non-representational sensing.  Then I discuss some basic facts about perception–its iconic or map-like character and its representing at various levels of abstraction.  I also touch on what is known about…

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