Friday Colloquia Archive

2005/2006

Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California
Common Good and Self-Interest in Hobbes’s Law of Nature

Jeffrey McMahan, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University
War, Terrorism and the “War on Terror”

Julia Driver, Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth College
Attributions of Causation and Moral Responsibility

Tian Yu Cao, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
Structural Realism and Theoretical Physics Today

Peter Goldie, The Samuel Hall Chair in Philosophy, and Head of Philosophy, University of Manchester (UK)
Empathy in Our Engagement with Fictional Characters

Simon Keller, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
Do We Want an Ethics of Loyalty? Some Lessons from Royce

Alan White, John Findlay Visiting Professor, Boston University; and Mark Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy, Willams College
Can Philosophy be Systematic, and Ought it to Be?

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2003/2004

Susan Okin, Stanford University
Multiculturalism and Feminism: No Simple Question, No Simple Answers

P.J. Ivanhoe, John Findlay Visiting Professor, Boston University
The Value of Spontaneity

Manfred Kuehn, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Kant’s Virtues Reconsidered

Eckart Förster, Johns Hopkins University
The Significance of §§ 76 and 77 of the Critique of Judgment for the Development of Post-Kantian Philosophy

Günter Zöller, University of Munich
Of Empty Thoughts and Blind Intuitions: Kant’s Answer to McDowell

Susan Neiman, Director, Einstein Forum (Berlin)
Chapter 4: Evil in Modern Thought

Henry Allison, Boston University
Kant and Two Dogmas of Rationalism

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2002/2003

P.J. Ivanhoe, University of Michigan
Literature and Ethics in the Chinese Confucian Tradition

Stephen Mulhall, John Findlay Visiting Professor, Oxford University
Ethics in the Light of Wittgenstein

Reviel Netz, Stanford University
The Aesthetics of Mathematics

Vincent Hendricks, Roskilde University-Denmark
Active Agents

Hugh Baxter, Boston University School of Law
Habermas and Rawls: Discourse Theory and Political Liberalism

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2001/2002

Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago
Self-Disrupting Mind, Self-Disrupting Emotions

Mary Coleman, Harvard University
Motivation, Action, and the Self

Mathias Risse, Yale University
Rawls on Responsibility and Primary Goods

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2000/2001

Karen Neander, Johns Hopkins
Why Function? The Role of Function in Typing Traits

Marina Oshana, Bowling Green State University
The Misguided Marriage of Responsibility and Autonomy

David Copp, Bowling Green State University
Realist-Expressivism: A Neglected Option for Moral Realism

Alisa Bokulich, University of Notre Dame
Rethinking Thought Experiments

Peter Schwartz, Florida International University
Functions in Molecular Biology

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1999/2000

G.R.F. Ferrari, University of California at Berkeley
City and Soul in Plato’s Republic

Susan Haack, University of Miami
Science, Literature, and the “Literature of Science”

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1998/1999

David Wiggins, Oxford University
Consequentialism and the Right and the Good

Jorge Garcia, Rutgers University
The Virtues in Moral Theory

Paul Woodruff, University of Texas, Austin
Singing the Unsung Virtues: Reverence and Good Judgment

Adrian Cussins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nonconceptual Content, Frames of Reference, Trails of Information, and Singular Thought

Gregory Fried, Boston University
On Heidegger’s Polemos and Politics: A Critique of Communitarian and Postmodernist Readings

Thomas Pogge, Columbia University
Human Flourishing and Justice

Alexander Rosenberg, University of Georgia
Limits to Biological Knowledge

A. John Simmons, University of Virginia
Justification and Legitimacy

David Wong, Brandeis University
Pluralistic Relativism

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1997/1998

David Lyons, Boston University
How Should We Understand Utilitarianism?

Myles Burnyeat, Cambridge University
The Past in the Present: Plato as Educator of Nineteenth-Century Britain

James Griffin, Oxford University
Virtue Ethics

Steven Horst, Wesleyan University
Naturalism and Its Discontents

David Pears, Oxford University, Emeritus
Saying and Doing: The Pragmatic Aspect of Wittgenstein’s Treatment of “I”

Catherine Elgin, MIT
Take It from Me: the Epistemological Status of Testimony

Linda Zagzebski, Loyola Marymount College
What Is Knowledge?

Diana Raffman, Ohio State University
The Long and Short of Perceptual Memory: A New Argument for Qualia

Shaun Gallagher, Canisus College, Buffalo, NY
The Molyneux Question and Some New Principles of Perception

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1996/1997

Christopher Ricks
The Pursuit of Metaphor

Michael Janssen, Boston University
The Trouton-Noble Experiment: Making a Better Case for Special Relativity

Malcolm Shofield, Cambridge University
Equality and Hierarchy in Aristotle’s Social and Political Thought

Julia Annas, University of Arizona
Ethics Without Politics in Plato’s Republic

William Desmond, University of Louvain (Belgium)
Freedom Beyond Autonomy

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1995/1996

Palle Yourgrau, Brandeis University
Time, Existence and Quantification

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1994/1995

Stanley Rosen, Boston University
Are We Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on? A Critique of Reductionism

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1993/1994

Glenn Loury, Boston University
Self-Censorship in Public Discourse: A Theory ‘Political Correctness’ and Related Phenomena

Victor Kestenbaum, Boston University
At the Intersection of Reality and Imagination: Notes on John Dewey and Wallace Stevens

Ed Casey, State University of New York at Stony Brook
On Place and Space: A Philosophical History

Cornelia Klinger, Institut fur die Wissensschaften vom Menschen
The Idea and Outlook of a Feminist Approach to Philosophy

Edwin Delattre, Boston University
Pushing Against the Age

Nancy Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Postmodern Non-Relativism: Imre Lakatos and Alasdair MacIntyre

Alfredo Ferrarin, University of Pisa
Kant’s Productive Imagination and its Alleged Antecedents

Allen Speight, Boston University
The Role of Tragedy in Hegel’s Philosophy of Action

Ronna Burger, Tulane University
The Argument and the Action of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

Kenneth Schaffner, George Washington University
Case-Based Reasoning in Bioethics and a Theory of Human Good

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1991/1992

Robert Pippin, University of California/ San Diego
Hegel, Ethical Reasons, Kantian Rejoinders

Karsten Harries, Yale University
Beauty, Language, and Re-Presentation

Rémi Brague, Université Sorbonne, Paris
Aristotle’s God: What is He ‘Doing’?

David Roochnik, Boston University
Stanley Fish and the Old Quarrel between Rhetoric and Philosophy

Harvey Cormier, University of Texas/ Austin
Cornel West and the Politics of Pragmatism

Glenn Loury, Boston University
Thinking about Affirmative Action

Frank Snowden, Howard University, Emeritus of Classics
Misconceptions about African Blacks in the Ancient Mediterranean World: Implications for Education

Martin Kusch, University of Toronto
The Genealogy of Philosophical Facts– a Foucauldian History of ‘Psychologism’

Sahortra Sarkar, Boston University
What is ‘Genetic’?

Loren Lomasky, Bowling Green State University
On Ethics

Christopher Ricks, Boston University
Austin’s Swink: J.L. Austin and Allusion

Drew Hyland, Trinity College
On Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato

Anthony Appiah, Harvard University
On philosophy and literature

Evan Thompson, University of Toronto
On cognitive science

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