Philosophy talk: “Humeanism and the Categorical Character of Epistemic Normativity”

“Humeanism and the Categorical Character of Epistemic Normativity”
Talk by Dr. Neil Mehta, Yale NUS College

Monday April 17th |3:30 – 5:30 pm | Wyatt 305

The talk brings together issues in philosophy of mind, meta-ethics, and epistemology.    Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome!

Abstract: According to the Humean view, any subject’s having a foundational practical reason to φ is fully grounded in her having desires or desire-regulating systems of a certain kind. According to the unity view, foundational reasons form a genuine kind that subsumes both foundational practical reasons and foundational epistemic reasons. And according to the epistemic categoricity view, no subject’s having a foundational epistemic reason to φ is ever grounded even partly in her having desires or desire-regulating systems of any kind. I find all of these claims very attractive; the rub is that they appear to be jointly incompatible. This paper, however, is a possibility proof to the contrary: I construct a theory, the telic theory, that accommodates them all.

 

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Philosophy Day 2017

Philosophy Day is a showcase of the philosophical community at University of Puget Sound. There will be four student presentations on topics such as free will, the replication crisis, justice, and metaphysics. There will also be a presentation from the Ethics Bowl team on real-world ethical dilemmas.

No previous experience with philosophy is required. Feel free to pick and choose the sessions that best fit with your interests and schedules!

Date            02/17/2017
Time            1pm-5pm
Place           Murray Boardroom, SUB

1:00-1:30: Jenny Paul, “Compatibilism and the Degrees of Influence: An Analysis of the Morality of the Self and its Relation to the External”
1:30-2:00: Eric Ralph, “The Paradox of Psychology: Replication Crises as Opportunities”
2:00-2:30: Steven Baptiste, “Justice as Harmony – Plato’s use of Literary Symbolism in the Republic: Thrasymachus, Glaucon, and Socrates”
2:30-3:00: Conor O’Keefe, “The Advantages of Dogmatic Metaphysics over Kantian Synthetic Metaphysics”
3:00-3:30: Coffee Break
3:30-5:00: Ethics Bowl, “Civil Disobedience” & “The Tunnel Problem” – Cases about the ethics of leaking classified information and the responsibility for accidents from self driving cars.

Call for Papers: Northwest Student Philosophy Conference

Northwest Student Philosophy Conference Call for Papers

The Northwest Student Philosophy Conference (NWSPC) is an annual conference organized by undergraduate students at Western Washington University and aims to showcase the philosophical research of undergraduate, graduate and professional philosophers. Our keynote speaker will be Thomas M. Crisp from Biola University. He will be lecturing on immigrant and refugee ethics, arguing that affluent nations have greater obligations toward immigrants and refugees than is typically recognized. Last year our keynote speaker was Heather Battaly. In the past several years, we have been privileged to host Alex Guerrero, Meghan Sullivan, Carrie Jenkins, Jonathan Ichikawa, Kris McDaniel, Ben Bradley, Shieva Kleinschmidt, Laurie Paul, Kit Fine, Michael Rea, Dean Zimmerman, and Jonathan Schaffer as keynote and guest speakers.

This year, our conference will be taking place from May 26-28. Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit papers. Papers can be on any philosophical topic, and should be at least 2,000 words in length, but preferably no longer than 15,000. Entrance is fairly competitive, as we have only 6-8 open slots for student presentations, but this should not discourage interested applicants. The submission deadline is March 17th.

HOW TO SUBMIT PAPERS:

• Prepare your paper for blind review • Provide an abstract around 200 words between the title and main text of the paper • Send a copy as an attachment (either as word document or pdf) to Ryan.Wasserman@wwu.edu • Provide relevant contact information (Name / Institution / Email / Phone) in any emails sent.

For additional information regarding the conference, as well as information on WWU, our philosophy club and our philosophy department, please visit our website.

Please feel free to email us at antala@wwu.edu with any questions you may have.

Call for Papers: Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Call for Papers: 21st Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 21-22, 2017 |  Pacific University | Forest Grove, Oregon | Keynote talk by Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley) 

The 21st annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers. Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages). Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to: ian.oloughlin@pacificu.edu.Submission deadline is February 1, 2017Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2017. Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 8 (2017) of the journal Res CogitansThis is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote speaker. Past keynotes speakers have included: Elliot Sober, Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, James Sterba, Peter Kivy, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Daniel Dennett, and Elliott Sober. This year’s keynote talk will be by Alva Noë.The conference banquet will be on Friday, April 21 and all paper sessions, including the keynote talk, will be on Saturday, April 22. Travel and lodging information can be found by going to the conference web site at: www.pacificu.edu/as/philosophy/conference

Registration costs: $50, payable at the conference. Three meals will be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor O’Loughlin via email (ian.oloughlin@pacificu.edu) or by phone (503 352 1547) or at the address: Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

UC San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP)

The American Philosophical Association, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers several undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy. The goal of these institutes is to encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups in philosophy.

UC San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

SPWP is a two-week program for undergraduate women in philosophy hosted by the UC San Diego Philosophy Department, featuring two philosophy seminar courses taught by visiting faculty, along with a variety of workshops taught by visiting and UC San Diego faculty and graduate students, all geared towards providing an engaging philosophical learning experience and helpful preparation for applying to and succeeding at graduate school in philosophy and beyond.

The 2017 Program is currently in the planning stages!  It will most likely be held in late June / early July 2017, and will feature two intensive seminar courses. In addition to these courses, the program will offer a number of workshops on things like: developing your writing, applying to graduate school, navigating academic culture.

For for information, visit their website.

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Pre Law Society Event on 11/15

Today, Tuesday, November 15th, at 6pm in Thompson 310 the Pre Law Society is hosting a guest speaker panel discussion on the value of a Law Degree, or JD. There will be four panelists (links to bios below) who will discuss the benefits of a Law degree and in particular, the many career paths a law degree can lead to. Often, students are torn on whether or not to attend law school because it is a considerable monetary investment and many students are not sure if a life as an attorney is for them. This event is meant to address these and additional questions as well as give students a perspective on the relative power of a JD compared to other graduate degrees. There is a very experienced and welcoming group of attorneys coming to speak and they will be more than happy to answer your questions. If you are considerding applying to or attending law school (and even if you aren’t) you’re encourage you to come!

http://www.dwt.com/People/MichaelReiss