Past Colloquia

Spring 2021

  • Heidi Maibom (University of Cincinnati)
    Why Perspective Taking is Central to Morality”
    February 5, 3 p.m., online
  • Baron Reed (Northwestern University)
    “The Value of Philosophical Disagreement”
    March 5, 3 p.m., online

Fall 2020

  • Luvell Anderson (Syracuse University)
    "Laughing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Comedic Imagination"
    November 13, 3 p.m., Online

Spring 2020

  • Anne Eaton (University of Illinois-Chicago)
    "A Sex-Positive Anti-porn Feminism"
    February 14, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Fall 2019

  • Peter van Elswyk (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
    "Hedging"
    September 27, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Sarah Paul (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    "Perseverance and Planning in the Face of Doubt"
    October 24, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Bruce Russell (Wayne State University)
    "The Problem of Evil: In Defense of Atheism"
    November 1, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities)
    "Bad Values and the Value Fulfillment Theory of Well-Being"
    November 8, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Stephen Asma and Rami Gabriel (Columbia College Chicago)
    "The Emotional Mind: The Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition"
    November 15, 3 p.m., Stevens Building, Room 170A

Spring 2019

  • Sara Bernstein (University of Notre Dame)
    "Could a Middle Level Be the Most Fundamental?"
    March 1, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Fabrizio Cariani (Northwestern University)
    "On Prediction"
    April 5, 3 p.m., LaTourette 201
  • Ruth Groff (Saint Louis University)
    "The Devil is in the Categories: Metaphysics and Social Theory"
    April 12, 3 p.m., Campus Life Building, Room 100
  • Ben Keoseyen (Northern Illinois University)
    "Standing Your Ground and Retreating: A 'Compatibilist' Theory"
    May 3, 2019 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Fall 2018

  • Kevin Timpe (Calvin College)
    "Disability, Virtue and Well-Being"
    September 28, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 306
  • Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern University)
    "False Confessions and Testimonial Injustice"
    October 19, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 306
  • David Manley (University of Michigan)
    "Personal Identity and Population Ethics"
    November 9, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Spring 2018

  • Tomas Bogardus (Pepperdine University)
    "Some Internal Conflicts with Revisionary Gender Concepts"
    March 9, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Anjan Chakravartty (University of Notre Dame)
    "Scientific Diagreement and Permissive Reality"
    April 6, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College)
    "Criminal Detention and Moral Agency"
    April 20, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center Room 505
  • Christopher Copan (Northern Illinois University)
    "How to Deal with Selfless Assertions"
    May 4, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Kapitan Memorial Conference

October 20, 9 a.m., Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University

Fall 2017

  • Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis)
    "Schadenfreude"
    September 22, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Eva Kittay (Stonybrook University)
    "The Moral Significance of Being Human"
    October 13, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Spring 2017

  • Maureen Linker (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
    "Affective Analogical Reasoning: When Charity Isn't Enough"
    March 7, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • David Hilbert (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    "Visual Perception of Causation"
    April 7, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Maggie Fife (Northern Illinois University)
    "Culpability and Moral Ignorance"
    April 28, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Fall 2016

  • Rachel Zuckert (Northernwestern University)
    "Kant on the Ideas of Reason and Empirical Scientific Investigation"
    September 9, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Sarah Moss (University of Michigan)
    "Probabilistic Knowledge"
    October 28, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore)
    "A Reliable Route from Is to Ought"
    November 18, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315

Spring 2016

  • Robert Streiffer (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    and
    David Killoren (Northwestern University)
    "Some Conceptual and Ethical Considerations Regarding Animal Confinement"
    February 26, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Corinne Bloch-Mullins (Marquette University)
    "More than Meets the Eye: Revisiting Similarity and Its Role in Conceptualization"
    April 8, 3pm, Altgeld 315
  • Ben Cilwick, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
    “Motivation, Normative Pragmatics and Moral Discourse”
    May 6, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Fall 2015

  • Chris Kennedy (University of Chicago)
    "Vagueness, Imprecision and Tolerance"
    September 11, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Brandon Warmke (University of Notre Dame)
    "Moral Grandstanding"
    October 16, 3 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Samuel Scheffler (New York University)
    "Membership and Political Obligation"
    November 20, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Brian Leiter (University of Chicago)
    "The Death of God and the Death of Morality"
    December 4, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Spring 2015

  • Dan Kelly (Purdue University)
    "What are Narrative Theories of the Self Supposed to Explain?"
    March 27, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Marya Schechtman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    "Living Like We Do: The Metaphysics & Practicalities of Personhood & Personal Identity"
    April 10, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Jason Farr, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
    “Quasi-Realism and Objectivity”
    May 1, 3:30 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

Fall 2014

  • Anjan Chakravartty (University of Notre Dame)
    "Structures, Causation, and the Metaphysics of Physics"
    September 19, 3:30 p.m., Davis Hall, Room 116
  • Troy Cross (Reed College)
    "Counterfactualism"
    October 17, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Michael Glanzberg (Northwestern University)
    "Experiences and Taste Properties"
    October 24, 3:30 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University)
    "The Metaphysics of Qualia"
    November 21, 3 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite

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 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 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 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Room 405
  • Keith DeRose (Yale University)
    “Counterexamples: The Case of Insensitivity Accounts of No-Knowledge”
    October 21, 3 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 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 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 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 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 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 p.m., Holmes Student Center, University Suite
  • Peter Wenz (University of Illinois at Springfield)
    “Animal Rights in Social Context”
    April 27, 6 p.m., Wirtz Auditorium
  • Blake Roeber, NIU (Rafalson Essay Contest Colloquium)
    “Causation, Causal Dependence, and Counterfactual Transitivity”
    May 2, 4 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 p.m., Altgeld 315

Spring 2007

  • Alvin Goldman (Rutgers University)
    “Epistemic Objectivism, Epistemic Determinacy, and Rational Disagreement”
    March 23, 3 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 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 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 474
  • Victor Caston (University of Michigan)
    “How to Receive Form without the Matter: Aristotle on Perception”
    October 20, 3 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 p.m., Altgeld 315
  • Daniel Crow (NIU), Rafalson Essay Prize Winner
    “Cartesian Freedom”
    April 7, 3 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 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 p.m., DuSable Hall, Room 440
  • Harold Brown (NIU)
    “On the Epistemology of Theory-Dependent Evidence”
    February 25, 3 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 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 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