Colloquium Archive


Spring 2014

Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
"Parsimony Arguments and Chimpanzee Mind Reading"
January 17, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Blake Roeber (University of Notre Dame)
"Problems for Pragmatism"
February 14, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 505

Wendy Parker (University of Durham)
"Is that a Real Observation? Simulating and Measuring Global Climate Change."
April 11, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 405

Emma Duncan, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Trolleys and Transplants: Derailing the Distinction Between Doing and Allowing”
April 25, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Fall 2013

Dan Haybron (St. Louis University)
"The Limited Abilities of the Capabilities Approach"
October 11, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Mark Schroeder (University of Southern California)
"The Price of Supervenience"
November 8, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Spring 2013

Timothy O'Connor (Indiana University)
“Could There Be an Explanation of Everything?"
March 29, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)
"Desire's Explanations"
April 3, 5:15 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Lincoln Room

Peter de Marneffe (Arizona State University)
"Aesthetic Pleasure and Rationality"
April 5, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Laura Ruetsche (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor)
"Realism About What? A Quantum Theoretic Perspective"
April 19, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Griffin Klemick, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
"Truth We Can Aim At: Deflationism and Objective Norms of Assertion"
May 3, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Fall 2012

Gregory Landini (University of Iowa)
“Frege’s Turnstile: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong”
September 14, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)
“Epistemic Entitlement and Luck”
October 5, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame)
“Against Time-Bias”
October 26, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Spring 2012

David Etlin (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
“Conditionals”
February 20, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 405

Daniel Korman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Debunking Arguments Against Commonsense Realism”
March 2, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

David O'Connor (University of Notre Dame)
“Iconoclasm as Philosophy”
March 23, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Carrie Figdor (University of Iowa)
“fMRI as Telepathy: Problems and Puzzles”
March 30, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Micah Smith, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Redundancy, Prosententialism, Actuality, Non-Redundancy”
April 27, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Fall 2011

John Heil (Washington University at St. Louis)
“Causing”
September 9, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)
“Emotional Perception of Morality”
September 12, 4:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 405

Keith DeRose (Yale University)
“Counterexamples: The Case of Insensitivity Accounts of No-Knowledge”
October 21, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Spring 2011

Helga Varden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Kant's Moral Philosophy and Its Non-Moral Preconditions”
January 28, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame)
“Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?”
March 4, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
“Morality and Evolution”
April 8, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Dylan Black, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Assertion, Knowledge, and the Belief that One Knows”
April 15, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Fall 2010

Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins University)
"Skepticism and the Deontic Structure of the Space of Reasons"
October 29, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Summer 2010

Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)
“Zarathustra's Metaethics”
June 8, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room


Spring 2010

Michael Della Rocca (Yale University)
“Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason in Leibniz and Spinoza”
March 19, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Gillian Russell (Washington University in St. Louis)
“Indexicals and Barriers to Implication”
April 9, 3:30 p.m., Music Building, Room 173

Ben Rohrs, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“An Old Problem for Pritchard's New Anti-Luck Epistemology”
April 23, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Fall 2009

Jeff Speaks (University of Notre Dame)
“Against the New Fregeanism”
September 11, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Michael Jubien (University of Florida)
“Rethinking Modality”
October 30, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Andy Egan (Rutgers University)
“Three Grades of Self-Involvement: Self-Locating Content in Thought and Language”
November 6, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Spring 2009

Colin Klein (University of Illinois at Chicago)
“Phantom Limbs and the Imperative Account of Pain”
April 3, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Luca Ferrero (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)
“Intending, Acting, and Doing”
April 17, 3:30 p.m., Swen Parson, Room #188

Bryan Chambliss, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Overcoming Explanatory Exclusion”
April 24, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room


Fall 2008

James Conant (University of Chicago)
“Cartesian and Kantian Skepticism”
October 3, 3:30 p.m., Campus Life Building, Room #100

Gregory Landini (University of Iowa)
“Russell and the Ontological Argument”
October 17, 4:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Michael Rea (University of Notre Dame)
“The Case Against Analytic Theology: An Outsider's Perspective”
November 14, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Alicia Finch (Northern Illinois University)
“What is Free Will? The Many Senses of the Term 'Free'”
November 21, 3:00 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room #268
Sponsored by the Philosophy Department's Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee


Spring 2008

David Solomon (University of Notre Dame)
“Elizabeth Anscombe's 'Modern Moral Philosophy' and Virtue Ethics”
April 11, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Peter Wenz (University of Illinois at Springfield)
“Animal Rights in Social Context”
April 27, 6:00 p.m., Wirtz Auditorium

Blake Roeber, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Causation, Causal Dependence, and Counterfactual Transitivity”
May 2, 4:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room


Fall 2007

Carolina Sartorio (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Moral Inertia”
September 14, 3:30 p.m., Campus Life Building, Room 100

Matthew McGrath (University of Missouri-Columbia)
“Two Bayesian Challenges for Epistemic Pragmatism”
October 12, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

John Greco (Saint Louis University)
“Epistemic Evaluation: A Virtue-Theoretic Approach”
November 16, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315


Spring 2007

Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
“Epistemic Objectivism, Epistemic Determinacy, and Rational Disagreement”
March 23, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Blake Roeber, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
“Does the Theist Have an Epistemic Advantage over the Atheist? Descartes and Plantinga on Theism, Atheism, and Skepticism”
April 27, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite


Fall 2006

Larry May (Washington University)
“Humanitarian Intervention: A Critique”
September 15, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Mylan Engel (Northern Illinois University)
“Moral Individualism and Its Implications”
October 13, 4:00 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 474

Victor Caston (University of Michigan)
“How to Receive Form without the Matter: Aristotle on Perception”
October 20, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Alan Sidelle (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Conventionalism and the Contingency of Conventions”
November 3, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Spring 2006

Ted Sider (Rutgers University)
“Ontological Realism”
March 3, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Daniel Crow (NIU), Rafalson Essay Prize Winner
Cartesian Freedom
April 7, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Francesco Orilia (University of Macereta, Italy)
“A Descriptivist Account of Indexicals”
April 21, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Fall 2005

Jonathan Kvanvig (University of Missouri-Columbia)
“Knowledge, Assertion, and Lotteries”
September 9, 3:00 p.m., Altgeld 315

Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Is Morality a Fiction?”
October 28, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
“Hegel on the Subject of Deeds: The Inner-Outer Problem”
November 11, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315


Spring 2005

Jennifer Lackey (NIU)
“Learning from Words”
January 21, 3:00 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 440

Harold Brown (NIU)
On the Epistemology of Theory-Dependent Evidence
February 25, 3:00 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 440

Brandon Warmke (NIU), Rafalson Essay Prize Winner
Problems with Situationism and First-Person Deliberation
April 1, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 305

Stephen Stich (Rutgers University)
“Why Moral Theory Needs Lots of Help from the Social Sciences”
April 8, 3:00 p.m., TBA

Tina Chanter (DePaul University)
“Abjection: Film and the Constitutive Nature of Difference”
April 22, 3:30 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 140


Fall 2004

Jaegwon Kim (Brown University)
“Agency and Self-Knowledge”
September 17, 3:00 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room

Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College)
“Minds, Bodies, and God: Thoughts on the Nature and Scope of Intentional Explanations”
September 24, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 305

Baron Reed (NIU)
“The Long Road to Skepticism”
October 1, 3:30 p.m., DuSable 256

David Schweickart (Loyola University Chicago)
"In What We May Hope: Historical Materialism and the Question of Socialism”
October 8, 3:30 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 176

Tomis Kapitan (NIU)
"Can Terrorism Be Justified?"
November 12, 3:30 p.m., DuSable 459