CUNY Colloquium @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 9205/6
Apr 1 @ 4:15 pm

February 5
Hayley Clatterbuck (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
“Learning Incommensurable Concepts”

February 19
Andy Egan (Rutgers University)
“What Kind of Relativism is Right for You?”

February 26
Benjamin Vilhauer (City College, CUNY)
“Free Will and the Asymmetrical Justifiability of Holding Morally Responsible”

March 4 · Marx Wartofsky Memorial Lecture
Tommie Shelby (Harvard University)
“What’s Wrong with the Prison-Industrial Complex? Profit, Privatization, and the Circumstances of Injustice”
Note: colloquium held in Martin E. Segal Theatre, GC

March 11 · Jerrold Katz Memorial Lecture
Robert Stalnaker (MIT)
“Fragmentation and Singular Propositions”

March 18
Steve Ross (Graduate Center, Hunter College, CUNY)
“Two Conceptions of Objectivity, and How Morality is Objective When It Is”

March 25
Karen Green (University of Melbourne)
“Did Tarski Refute Frege?”

April 1
Prospective Students Day

April 22
Hagop Sarkissian (Graduate Center, Baruch College, CUNY)
“Self-Knowledge and Effective Moral Agency”

April 29
Iakovos Vasiliou (Graduate Center, CUNY)
“Eudaimonism and Moral Theory”

May 6
Serena Parekh (Northeastern University)
“Global Refugee Crisis as a Structural Injustice”

May 13
Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma State University)
“Beliefs and Biases”

Download a PDF version of the schedule here.

Analytic/Continental What? Dissolving the Philosophical Divide @ CUNY Grad Center
Apr 2 all-day

The 23rd Annual CUNY Graduate Student Philosophy Conference invites graduate students to submit their work engaging with philosophical topics and traditions that consider or bridge the analytic/continental divide. The analytic/continental division typically assumes contrasting notions of what philosophy ‘is’ and what it ought to be. The divide also describes the varying methodologies employed when we practice philosophy. Whether it refers to meta-philosophical commitments or strategies used, the divide can do exactly that – divide. When concerned with the nature of philosophy and how one ought to conceive of the practice the stakes can be high; when we ask, “What counts as philosophy?” we implicitly ask, “What doesn’t ‘count’ as philosophy?” This conference aims to explore issues that need to be explored by the philosophical community at large, especially when the legitimacy of certain practices are under scrutiny. The conference also aims to create a space where we can learn to ask better questions concerning the nature of our academic practices, the traditions we draw from, the methodologies we employ, and the topics we consider.

Keynote speaker: Talia Mae Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles)

We are particularly interested in papers from all areas of philosophy that:

  • explore the meta-philosophical or sociological questions concerning the analytical/continental divide without exclusionary border-policing. Is such a divide legitimate? What has motivated this divide? What are the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining the divide? How can we bridge or dismantle the divide? Etc.
  • broadly engage with the question of “what can philosophy be?” How can philosophy establish fewer borders and more bridges?
  • engage with philosophers (i.e. Rorty, Badiou, Williams, etc.), philosophical topics (i.e. race, gender, coloniality, etc.), and/or traditions (i.e. critical race theory, feminist philosophy, queer theory, postcolonial/decolonial theory, etc.) that have always or currently do bridge the analytic/continental divide, again without exclusionary border-policing.
  • explore the analytic/continental divide in an interdisciplinary manner drawing from sociology, critical psychology, gender studies, race studies, literature, history, the arts, etc.

The conference is committed to providing a platform for marginalized persons and topics in the discipline. In answering some of the questions presented we highly encourage papers regarding, among other topics: critical race theory, feminist philosophy, queer theory, trans philosophy, and disabilities studies. Speakers from marginalized groups in the discipline are strongly encouraged to submit. Any abstracts that aim to discredit already marginalized philosophers or philosophies are strongly discouraged.

Rebecca Mason (University of San Francisco) @ tba
Apr 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by SWIP Analytic

Andreja Novakovic (UC Berkeley) @ Columbia U Philosophy Dept. 716
Apr 2 @ 4:10 pm – 5:55 pm

Alumni Talk, tba.

1st Annual NYU Philosophical Bioethics Workshop @ Center for Bioethics, NYU
Apr 3 all-day

The NYU Center for Bioethics is pleased to welcome submissions of abstracts for its 1st Annual Philosophical Bioethics Workshop, to be held at NYU on Friday, April 3, 2020.

We are seeking to showcase new work in philosophical bioethics, including (but not limited to) neuroethics, environmental ethics, animal ethics, reproductive ethics, research ethics, ethics of AI, data ethics, and clinical ethics.

Our distinguished keynote speaker will be Frances Kamm.

There will be four additional slots for papers chosen from among the submitted abstracts, including one slot set aside for a graduate student speaker. The most promising graduate student submission will be awarded a Graduate Prize, which includes coverage of travel expenses (up to $500, plus accommodation for two nights) as well as an award of $500. Please indicate in your submission email whether you would like to be considered for the Graduate Prize.

Please submit extended abstracts of between 750 and 1,000 words to philosophicalbioethics@gmail.com by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, January 24, 2020. Abstracts should be formatted for blind review and should be suitable for presentation in 30-35 minutes. Notification of acceptance will take place via email by Friday, February 14, 2020.

When submitting your abstract, please also indicate whether you would be interested in serving as a commentator in the event that your abstract is not selected for presentation. We will be inviting four additional participants to serve as commentators.

Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley) @ Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall
Apr 3 @ 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Title and abstract forthcoming. Reception to follow.

Cognitive Science Speaker Series @ CUNY Grad Center, 7102
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2/7: Uriah Kriegel Philosophy, Rice University

2/21: Megan Peters Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

2/28: Iris Berent Psychology, Northeastern University

3/6: Michael Glanzberg Philosophy, Rutgers University

3/20: Sam Coleman Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire

4/3: Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini Philosophy, Rutgers University

4/26: Nicholas Shea Institute of Philosophy, University of London Philosophy, University of Oxford

5/8: Diana Raffman Philosophy, University of Toronto

New York German Idealism Workshop @ Columbia U, tba
Apr 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Luca Corti (University of Padua) – March 6

Amy Allen (Penn State) – March 27

Andreja Novakovic (UC Berkeley) – April 3

Alberto Siani (University of Pisa) – May 8

Rutgers-Columbia Undergraduate Philosophy Conference @ Rutgers Philosophy Dept
Apr 4 all-day

Call for papers:

All papers in English on philosophical topics are
invited. Papers should between 3,000-5,000 words,
include an abstract, and contain no identifying

Please submit papers by January 20th, 2019 to
theundergraduateconference@gmail.com. Include
name, institution, and title of paper in body of email.

Papers should feature significant original
scholarship beyond literature review or exegesis of
another author’s argument.

Understanding Mathematical Explanation: Uniting Philosophical and Educational Perspectives @ Graduate School of Education, Rutgers
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation (SES-1921688) and is aimed at bringing together academics who study the notion of mathematical explanation from philosophical and from educational/psychological perspectives. The idea is to bring together philosophers of mathematics, epistemologists, psychologists, and mathematics educators, to discuss how developments in their own fields could meaningfully contribute to the work on mathematical explanation where their fields intersect. In particular, we want to explore the ways in which mathematical explanation engenders understanding, by focusing on (1) the relationship between different types of philosophical accounts of mathematical explanation, (2) educational approaches to the characterization of effective explanations in the mathematics classroom, and (3) work at the intersection of these two perspectives.

All speakers:

Mark Colyvan
University of Sydney

Matthew Inglis
Loughborough University

Marc Lange
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tania Lombrozo
Princeton University

Alexander Renkl
University of Freiburg

Keith Weber
Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Orit Zaslavsky
New York University