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Colloquia Series

The department colloquia series consist of approximately six lectures per academic year, given by prominent philosophers from around the country and around the world. In addition, members of our department occasionally present their own work. The series offers students a chance to experience professional philosophy talks, and perhaps more importantly, to participate in the question period following the talk, in which the speaker responds to comments and discusses his/her work with students and members of the faculty. The schedule for each year is posted on this site as it becomes available.  

Inquiries should be directed to:
Prof. Karsten Stueber or Prof. Predrag Cicovacki
Department of Philosophy


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