Archived Colloquia

Fall 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

2 pm, Rehm Library
Professor Karsten  Stueber
College of the Holy Cross
“Polarizing Disagreements: Philosophical and Psychological Reflections on a Political Conundrum”

Thursday, October 28, 2021

4 pm, Rehm Library
Professor Ryan Patrick Hanley
Boston College
"Adam Smith, Capitalism, and the Good Life.”

November 11, 2021

7:30pm,  Levis Browsing Room (Dinand Library Basement)
Professor William Wians
Merrimack College and Boston College
“Aristotle on Second and First Philosophy”
Commentator: Professor C. Wesley DeMarco, Clark University 
4pm Levis Browsing Room (Dinand Library Basement)
Seminar Topic: “Approaching First Philosophy: Natural Philosophers in Metaphysics A”


Spring 2019

February 8, 2019, Friday (This event is cancelled)

Professor Chrysostomos Stamoulis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Freedom and Creation: On Stravinksy’s Poetics
3:30 p.m. | Smith 501

March 22, 2019, Friday

Professor Jorge L.A. Garcia
Boston College
Virtue Ethics versus Consequentialism
3:30 p.m. | Smith 501


April 12, 2019, Friday

Professor Steven W. Horst
Wesleyan University
Through Many Glasses Dimly: Understanding the World through Many Mental Models
3:30 p.m. | Smith 501


Fall 2018

Friday SEPT 28
Vincent Colapietro
University of Rhode Island/Pennsylvania State University
Freud and James in Worcester, 1909: The Unconscious and (One of) Its Discontents
3:30 p.m. - Rehm Library

Thursday NOV 8
Giles Pearson
University of Bristol
How to Argue about Aristotle about Practical Reason
7:30 p.m. - Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room
Seminar Topic: Aristotle and the Humean Theory of Motivation
4:00 p.m. - Smith Hall 201
Sponsored by Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (B.A.C.A.P.)

Thursday NOV 15
Thomas White ’69Mount Holyoke College /Loyola Marymount University
Dolphins, Flourishing, and the Challenges of Interspecies Ethics
4:30 p.m. - Rehm Library
Co-Sponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

Friday NOV 30
Joseph Lawrence
College of the Holy Cross
Teaching Ethics3:30 p.m. - Rehm Library



Spring 2018

2/16/18 @ 3:30 pm  (EVENT CANCELLED)
Prof. Paul Guyer
Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
Brown University
"Mendelssohn, Kant, and the Aims of Art"
Rehm Library

3/23/18 @ 3:30 pm 
Prof. Heidi Maibom
University of Cincinnati
"Empathy and Morality in Psychopaths"
Rehm Library

4/20/18 @ 3:30  pm (Co-sponsored by The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture, and Religious Studies)
Georges Dreyfus 
Jackson Professor of Religion
Williams College
"Tradition and Inquiry in Tibetan Buddhism: An Examination of Tibetan Debate Practices"
Rehm Library

Fall 2017

Sept. 13; 4 p.m., Rehm Library
“Finding the Self: Charles Taylor's Theory of Subjectivity”
Professor Janez Percic, S.J., International Jesuit Visiting Scholar, College of the Holy Cross
Cosponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture

Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Smith Hall 501
“Accommodation to Injustice”
Professor Berislav Marusic, Brandeis University

Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m., Smith Hall 501
“Kant on Taking Something to Heart”
Professor Wiebke Deimling, Clark University

Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m., Rehm Library
“A Radical Solution to the Race Problem”
Professor Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Sponsored by the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture


Spring 2017

Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Rehm Library
"Buddhist Ethics: Cultivating Moral Perception" 
Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy, Logic & Buddhist Studies 
Jay Garfield, Smith College

March 24, 3:30 p.m., Smith Hall 501 
"Liberalism, Neutrality, and the Gendered Division of Labor" 
Professor Gina Schouten, Harvard University

April 7, 3:30 p.m., Hogan 519 
"Being Pluralist about Other Minds" 
Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Excellence 
Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis

Fall 2016

Sept. 16, 4 p.m., 501 Smith 
“Nietzsche on Religion, Fanaticism, and the Necessity of Higher Values”
Professor Paul Katsafanas, Boston University

Sept. 30, 4 p.m., 501 Smith 
“The Marriage Question: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives” 
Professor John Manoussakis, College of the Holy Cross

Oct. 27, 4 p.m., 501 Smith 
“Normative Change: A Non-standard Constructivist Account”
Professor Carla Bagnoli, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia

Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Levis Browsing Room, Dinand Library 
“The Metaphysics of the Syllogism” 
Professor Edward C. Halper, University of Georgia
Commentator: Professor Owen Goldin, Marquette University

Seminar Topic: “Aristotle’s Non-Formal Logic: Posterior Analytics Book II” 
Seminar Location: Smith Hall 201, 4 p.m.



Spring 2016

Feb. 11, 4 p.m., Smith 501 
Professor Ann Cahill '91, Elon University
"Unjust Sex, Rape, and the Heteronormative Sexual Continuum"

March 3, 4 p.m., Smith 501 
Professor Charles Bambach, University of Texas of Dallas
"Dionysus as a Hidden Presence in Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra"

April 7, 4 p.m., Smith 501 
Professor Timothy Jussaume '06, St. Leo University
"Why 'Nothing' Matters: Heidegger and the Finitude of Being"

April 15, 3:30 p.m., Rehm Library 
Professor Edward Slingerland, The University of British Columbia
"Transcending the Humanities-Sciences Border: New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Ethics"

April 21, 4 p.m., Smith 501 
Professor Robert Dobie '88, LaSalle University 
"Back to the Middle Ages: Medieval Philosophy and the Post-Modern Condition"

Fall 2015

Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m., Smith Labs 155 
Professor William Wimsatt, University of Chicago
"Beyond the Meme: The Role of Development, Social Structure and Technology in Cultural Evolution"

Oct. 22, 4 p.m., Smith Hall 501 
Professor Molly Flynn, Assumption College 
"On the Folly of Apologizing for Socrates in the Academy without Irony"

Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Rehm Library 
Dr. Anna Marmodoro, Oxford University 
"Composition and Constitution in Ancient Metaphysics"
Commentator: Rose M. Cherubin, George Mason University
(Seminar topic: "Aristotle's Hylomorphism", 4pm, Smith 201)

Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Rehm Library 
Professor Jeff Bloechl, Boston College
"Heidegger and Thoreau"

For additional information and for questions, please contact Professor Joseph Lawrence
Office: 506 Smith Hall
Phone: 508-793-3392