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.
2/16/18 @ 3:30 pm (EVENT CANCELLED)
Prof. Paul Guyer
Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
"Mendelssohn, Kant, and the Aims of Art"
3/23/18 @ 3:30 pm
Prof. Heidi Maibom
University of Cincinnati
"Empathy and Morality in Psychopaths"
4/20/18 @ 3:30 pm (Co-sponsored by The McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture, and Religious Studies)
Jackson Professor of Religion
"Tradition and Inquiry in Tibetan Buddhism: An Examination of Tibetan Debate Practices"
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
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
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.
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"
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