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Upcoming Events

Colloquium Series: History and Philosophy of Science Department 2016-17 (in Woodburn 121, 4-6pm, unless otherwise noted)
  • September 22
    Dorit Bar-On (University of Conneticut)
  • September 30 Joint HPS-Philosophy Colloquium
    Lydia Patton(Virginia Technical State University)
  • October 14
    Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto)
  • November 4
    Kathrin Koslicki (University of Alberta)
  • November 10-11 Inaugural Distinguished Undergraduate Lecturer (time & location TBA)
    Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)
  • February 24
    Anja Jauernig (New York University)
  • March 24
    Warren Goldfarb (Harvard University)
  • TBA
    Karen Neander (Duke University)

Archived Events

Events Calendar 2015-2106

  • August 28 (Federal Room, Indiana Memorial Union, followed by a reception)
    "Feeling and Inclination: Rationalizing the Animal Within"
    Janelle DeWitt (Halls Post Doctoral Fellow, IU)
  • September 11
    "The Relational View of Singular Thought"
    Imogen Dickie (University of Toronto)
  • September 25 Clark Lecture (4-6pm, Federal Room, Indiana Memorial Union, followed by a reception)
    "Sensory Character as a Mental Activity"
    Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers University)
  • October 8-10, 2015 Conference: Social Epistemology of Religious Belief
    Program detals available here.

  • October 19, 2015
    "Learning to Signal"
    Brian Skryms (UC Irvine)
    Cognitive Science Colloquium, 4pm, PY 101
  • November 13 Julie-Jean Nelson Rudd Lecture on Animal Right, Georgian Room, IMU 4-6pm
    "Kant and Moral Responsibility for Animals" (flyer)
    Helga Varden (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • November 17 (Tues.) The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third Street, 4-5:30pm
    "The Richard Rufus Project: Rediscovering a 13th Century Philosopher"
    Rega Wood (Indiana University)
  • January 22
    "Logical Vice"
    Gillian Russell (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • February 5
    “On the Distinction Between a Better Moral Theory and a Theory of a Better Morality” (abstract)
    Geoffrey Sayer-McCord (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • February 12
    "In Defense of Practical Reasons for Belief" (abstract)
    Stephanie Leary (Rutgers University)
  • February 15 NB: 101 Woodburn 4-6pm
    "Akratic Action under the Guise of the Good" (abstract)
    Eugene Chislenko (UC Berkeley)
  • February 19
    "The Indispensability of Human Dignity" (abstract)
    Ariel Zylberman (Simon Fraser)
  • February 22 NB: 120 Woodburn, 4-6pm
    “Samuel Pufendorf on Esteem: From the State of Nature to Civil Society” (abstract)
    Andreas Blanks (University of Paderborn, Paderbon, Germany)
  • February 26
    "Feeling the Way to Truth: Early Modern Women's Writings and What They Teach Us about Descartes' Meditations" (abstract)
    Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
  • March 25
    "Perspectives, Understanding, and Epistemic Aptness" (abstract)
    Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University)
  • April 8
    "Challenges to the Creation of an Egalitarian Society: the Long View of Human History" (abstract)
    Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)
  • April 11 (Cognitive Science Collquium 4-5pm Psych 101)
    "Early Nervous Systems and the Evolution of Experience"
    Peter Godfrey-Smith (CUNY)
  • April 15
    "There is no Doxa of Forms: Plato’s Beliefs Revisited" (abstract)
    Jessica Moss (New York University)
  • April 22 Nelson Fellows Symposium -- 3:00-7:00pm Georgian Room, IMU (Reception following)
    Noam Hoffer, "Kant's Regulative Metaphysics of God"
    Tim Perrine, "Accurate Representation and the Value of Understanding"
  • May 2
    "Understanding Computational Models of Mind" (Abstract)
    Frances Egan (Rutgers University)
  • May 12-14
    Conference: Environmental Ethics and Aesthetics, Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union (schedule)
  • May 25-27
    Conference: Clinical Psychanalysis & Analytic Philosophy [CFP]: Keynote Speakers - Edward Harcourt (Oxford), Jonathan Lear (Chicagor), Juliet Mitchell (UCL & Cambridge)

Events Calendar 2014-2015

  • September 9 and 11, 7:30-9:00pm
    Patten Lectures
    "Consciousness as a Problem in Philosophy and Neurobiology"
    "The Logical Structure of Human Civilization"
    John Searle (UC Berkeley)
  • September 10-13
    Collective Intentionality IX Conference
  • September 26, 4-6pm
    Clark Lecture "Does the Mind have a Causal Structure?"
    John Campbell (UC Berkeley)
  • October 10-11
    Third Midwest Workshop in Metaphysics
  • October 24
    Nelson Lecture
    "The Claims of Animals and the Needs of Strangers: Two Cases of Imperfect Right"
    Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)
  • November 14
    "Malebranche's and Leibniz's Theories of Pre-formation"
    Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
    Philosophy-HPS Joint Colloquium
  • November 21
    "The Value of Truth and the Value of Belief"
    Peter Railton (University of Michigan)
  • December 5
    "Univalence as a New Principle of Logic"
    Steve Awodey (Carnegie-Mellon University)
  • March 2-6
    Nelson Distinguished Visitor
    Richard Moran (Harvard University)
  • March 26-27
    "Implicit Bias, Stereotyp Threat and Women in Philosophy"
    "Dogwhistles, Philosophy of Language and Political Manipulation"
    Jennifer Saul (University of Sheffield)
  • April 17
    "Is There a Joint in Nature Between Cognition and Perception?"
    Ned Block (New York University)
  • April 24
    Nelson Fellowship Symposium "Metaphysical Accommodation" David Fisher
    "Hume's Justice: Motivation, Scope, and Fairness" Krista Rodkey

Events Calendar 2013-2014

  • September 6 Clark Lecture
    John Perry (Stanford)
    "Time, Self and Meaning"
  • September 20
    Susan Wolf (UNC Chapel Hill)
    "Responsibility, Moral and Otherwise"
  • October 4
    Susanna Seigel (Harvard)
    "Wishful Belief and the Basing Relation"
  • November 1
    Frank Jackson (ANU/Princeton)
    "Procrastinate Revisited"
  • November 8 Nelson Lecture
    Kristin Andrews (York University)
    "Primitive Normativity in Children and Other Apes"
  • November 15
    Weibke Deimling (Halls Postdoc, Indiana)
    "Kant on Emotions (as Friends and Suspects)"
  • February 14
    Frederick Neuhouser (Columbia/Barnard)
    "Rousseau on Social Ontology and Social Pathology"
  • February 21 Joint HPS/Philosophy colloquium
    Kyle Stanford (UC Irvine)
    "Catastrophist and Uniformitarian Scientific Realists: The Historicist Challenge and a Realism Dispute Worth Having"
  • March 7
    David Owen (University of Arizona)
    "Locke on Sensitive Knowledge"
  • April 4 Nelson Fellow Symposium
    Curtis Sommerlatte (Indiana University)
    "Kant's Conception of Cognition and Why it Isn't Justified True Belief"
    Philip Woodward (Indiana University)
    "Phenomenal Intentionality: Reductionism vs. Primitivism"
  • April 11
    Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinnati)
    "Causal Patterns and Adequate Explanations"

Events Calendar 2012-2013

  • February 22, 4:30pm
    "Kant's History of Ethics"
    Allen Wood, Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy (Indiana)
    IMU Walnut Room
  • March 1, 4-6pm
    "Making the "Hard" Problem of Moral Normativity Easier"
    Stephen Darwall (Yale)
  • March 18-22
    Julia Annas (Arizona), Distinguish Visitor
  • March 25, 4-6pm
    "Classical Continua without Points" Geoffrey Hellman (Minnesota)
    Joint HPS-Philosophy Colloquium
  • April 5, 4-6pm
    Sharon Mason (Indiana)
    Brand Fellowship Lecture
  • April 12, 4-6pm
    Marija Jankovic (Indiana) & Michael Rings (Indiana)
    Nelson Fellowship Symposium
  • April 19, George Nahknikian Memorial
  • May 9-11, Conference for the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Sep 21 Ernest Sosa (Rutgers)
    Bo and Lynn Clark Lecture
    4-6 p.m.
  • Sep 28-29 Sixth Annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop
    Indiana Memorial Union at Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Oct 10 Michael Koss, IU Philosophy Department
    Finding a Place for the Philosophy of Math
    4 p.m. Wylie 111
  • Oct 12 Kai Hauser, Technische Universitat, Berlin
    Perception and Ideal Objects
    11 a.m. Chemistry 001
  • Oct 16 Chris Mortensen, University of Adelaide
    Inconsistent Geometry and M. C. Escher
    11 a.m. Kirkwood 312
  • Oct 19 Three Puzzles about Spatial Experience
    4-6 p.m 120 Woodburn Hall
  • Oct 20-21 Aristotelian Logic and Metaphysics
  • Nov 2 Colin Allen (Indiana University)
    Fall 2012 Nelson Lecture - Meerkats, Monkeys, and Information
    Sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Indiana University with support from the Nelson fund.
    4-6 p.m. University Club (downstairs) in the IMU
  • Nov 30 David Sussman Department of Philosophy University of Illinois, Urbana
    Lecture – “Is Agent-Regret Rational?“
    4-6 p.m.
  • Jan 14 The Philosophical Society
    Spring 2013 Callout Meeting
    7 p.m. Persimmon Room, IMU

Events Calendar 2011-2012

  • Oct 10  Katalin Bimbo, University of Alberta Philosophy (and former IU grad student):
    "On the decidability of implicational ticket entailment"
    5:30 p.m. Lindley Hall 101
    (This talk is also a seminar in the School of Informatics and Computing's
    Theory Seminar.)
  • Oct 12  Graham Priest, University of Melbourne and CUNY
    Logic Group Colloquium
    "Kripke's New Paradox of Thought"
    4-6 p.m. Chemistry 001
  • Oct 14 William Demopolous: "Carnap's Thesis"
    Joint Phil/HPS Colloquium
    4-5:30 p.m. Ballantine Hall 204
  • Oct 19 Michael Koss (IU Philosophy Department)
    "The coherence of the incoherence"
    4:00 p.m. in Chemistry 001
  • Oct 21 Margaret Gilbert: "Dark duties: on the practical import of commands to do evil"
    Philosophy Colloquium
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • Nov 2 Joan Weiner, IU Philosophy Department
    Why Benacerraf's Puzzle Rests on a Mistake
    4 p.m. Chemistry 001
  • Nov 4 Mark Rowlands: "Can Animals be Moral?" (download flyer)
    Nelson Lecture
    4-6 p.m. 120 Woodburn
  • Nov 8 Ray Jackendoff: "The Cognitive Structure of Baseball"
    Patten Lecture
    7:30-9 p.m. Rawles Hall 100
  • Nov 9 Kai Wehmeier, University of California, Irvine, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science
    The First-Order Logic of the Tractatus (joint work with Brian Rogers)
    4-6 p.m. Chemistry 001
  • Nov 10 Ray Jackendoff Discussion: "Language Evolution"
    Discussion of language evolution
    12-1 p.m. 22 Sycamore Hall
  • Nov 10 Ray Jackendoff: "Language, Meaning, and Rational Thought"
    Patten Lecture
    7:30-9 p.m. Rawles Hall 100
  • Nov 18 Ted Sider, Cornell University: “The Metaphysics of Fundamentality”
    Philosophy Colloquium
    4:00-6:00 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • Dec 2 Tyler Burge TBA
    Bo & Lynn Clark Lecture
    4:00-6:00 p.m. IMU University Club
    Reception to Follow
  • Dec 9 Carrie Swanson: "Gareth Matthews on Kooky Objects and the Masker Paradox"
    Halls Postdoc Fellowship Lecture
    3:30-5:30 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • January 13, Emily Fletcher, University of Toronto: "Hedonism and the Choice of Lives in Plato's Philebus"
    4:00-6:00 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • January 20, David Bronstein, Boston University: "A Puzzle in Aristotle's Theory of Definition"
    1:30-3:30 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • January 23, Pieter Hasper, Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet, Munich: "'Knowledge is of Universals': The Proof-Theoretical Context of Aristotle's Thesis"
    4-6 p.m. 102 Fine Arts
  • January 27, Samuel Baker, Princeton University: "Ergon and Virtue in Plato and Aristotle"
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • January 31, Carrie Swanson, Indiana University:  "Self-Refutation in Plato's Euthydemus"
    7-9 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • February 24, Ernest Sosa, Rutgers University:  "Epistemic Agency"
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • March 2, Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin:  "Challenges of Global and Local Misogyny"
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • March 23, Gilbert Harman, Princeton University: "Intrinsically Self-Reflexive Mental States"
    1:30-3:30 p.m. 340 Ballantine
  • March 30, Sarah Broadie, University of St Andrews:  "Perspectives on Aristotle from Bernard Williams"
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • April 20, Jim Conant, University of Chicago, "Wittgenstein and Aesthetics"
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU
    Co-sponsored by the Center for Theoretical Study in the Humanities, the Institute of German Studies, and the Philosophy Department.
  • April 20, Michael Jubien, University of Florida: "Looking Back on Logic"
    1:30-3:30 p.m. 121 Woodburn
  • April 27, Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University: "Volitional Rationality and the Necessities of Love"
    4-6 p.m. 121 Woodburn

Events Calendar 2010-2011

  • Sep 10  Barry Stroud
    Annual Bo and Lynn Clark Memorial Lecture
    Seeing What Is So
    3:00 Indiana Memorial Union University Club
    Reception to Follow
  • Sep 13  Rega Wood
    Henry Bracton on the Science of Jurisprudence
    4:00 Swain 221
  • Sep 29  Gary Ebbs
    IU Logic Group Seminar
    How to formulate the schematic conception of logical truth
    4:00 PM  BH 144
  • Oct 6  John McDowell
    Distinguished Visitor Lecture
    Perception as a Cognitive Capacity
    7:30-9:30 Wylie 005
  • Oct 27  Peter Lasersohn
    IU Logic Group Seminar
    Two Types of Perspectival Meaning and the Development of Allocentric Assessment
    4:00 Ballantine 144
  • Oct. 29  Martha Bolton
    Berkeley's Language of Vision
    4:00 WH 121
  • Nov. 5   Achille Varzi
    On Doing Ontology without Metaphysics
    4:00 WH 121
  • Nov 12   Timothy Williamson
    Improbable Knowing
    4:00 WH 121
  • Jan 12   Kirk Ludwig
    IU Logic Group Seminar
    De Re Necessities
    4:00 Chem 001
  • Jan 25  Nancy Fraser
    Patten Lecture
    Nature, Labor, Money:  Flashpoints of Capitalist Crisis in the 21st Century
    7:30 Rawles 100
  • Jan 27  Nancy Fraser
    Patten Lecture
    Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation:  Grammars of Struggle in Capitalist Crisis
    7:30 Rawles 100
  • Feb 25  David Hyder
    Joint HPS/Philosophy Lecture
    Kant on Time and Quantity
    4:00 Ballantine 003
  • Mar 4  Roger Crisp
    A Third Method of Ethics
    4:00 Woodburn 121
  • April 8 Chad Gonnerman
    Nelson Dissertation Fellowship Lecture
    Messy Minds: A Problem for the Psychological Turn in Conceptual Analysis
    4:00 Bridgewater Lounge, Neal Marshall Center
    Reception to follow

Events Calendar 2009-2010

  • Sep 18 Rega Wood
    What Price the Horror of the Vacuum? Interstitial Vacua and Aristotelian Science
    Title/Location TBA
  • Sep 21 Jeremy Horder
    Philosophy and Morality in the Courtroom: Defenses in Criminal Law
    4:00 Law School 335
  • Sep 23 Jeremy Horder
    Branigin Lecture
    Law Commissions, Experts and Law Reform: The Case of Homicide
    7:00 Law School Moot Court Room
  • Sep 25 John Martin Fischer
    Annual Bo Clark Lecture
    Indeterminism and Control: The Problem of Luck
    4:00 Woodburn 121
  • Oct 9 Robin Hendry
    First Annual Joint Phil-HPS Lecture
    The Metaphysics of Chemistry
    4:00 Woodburn 121
  • Oct 16 Jeff McMahan
    When is it Permissible to Kill Civilians in War?
    4:00 Woodburn 121
  • Oct 30 Allan Gibbard
    Meaning as a Normative Concept
    4:00 WH121
  • Nov 13 Robert Adams
    4:00 PM WH120
  • Jan 22 Keith DeRose
    Timid Skepticism
    4:00 WH121
  • Feb 5 Susan Haack
    Just Say "No" to Logical Negativism
    4:00 WH121
  • Mar 5 Christine Korsgaard
    Reflections on the Evolution of Morality
    4:00 WH121
  • Mar 26 Kyla Ebels Duggan
    Dealing with the Past: Responsibility, History, and Salience
    4:00 WH121