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Does Time Flow? Stuart Kurtz, PhD 1:15 pm
Does Time Flow? Stuart Kurtz, PhD @ The New York Academy of Sciences, flr 40
Apr 1 @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Physicists and philosophers question the validity of one of the most observed and seemingly obvious appearance in our world: that time flows. Many in the physics and philosophy communities contend that the flow of time is not a fundamental feature of the world, nor even a fact of the world, but is an illusion. As a case in point, we will consider Brian Greene’s view of time in his PBS exposition “The Elegant Universe” holding that time may not flow, the past may not be gone, the future may already exist, and that now is not special. Most people, as observers of time’s passage, might agree with the Greek philosopher …

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German Idealism Workshop 4:30 pm
German Idealism Workshop @ Columbia University, Philosophy rm 716
Apr 5 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
8 February @Columbia Patricia Kitcher: The Fact of Reason in Kant’s Moral Psychology Response: Jessica Tizzard 22 February @NSSR Matters of Love: A Conference 5 April @Columbia Beatrice Longuenesse: Residues of First Nature 19 April @NSSR Angelica Nuzzo: Approaching Hegel’s Logic Obliquely: Melville, Moliere, Beckett Response: David Carlson 10 May @Columbia Amy Allen: Turning Dead Ends into Through Streets: Psychoanalysis and the Idea of Progress
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Promises and Perils of Neuroprediction 4:00 pm
Promises and Perils of Neuroprediction @ Faculty House, Columbia U
Apr 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Neuroprediction, the use of neuroscientific data to predict human behavior, can sound like science fiction. But with the advent of neuroimaging and the continuing rapid development of other non-invasive brain measurements, neuroprediction is increasingly a real-world phenomenon. Deep philosophical, legal, and neuroscientific questions arise regarding the use of these methods to predict behavior. Like all scientific tools, whether or not these technologies are used responsibly depends on who uses them. For instance, recent research illustrates the potential use of neuroprediction to assess an individual’s risk of (re-)engaging in antisocial conduct in forensic contexts. While the use of brain-based data may add predictive value to existing risk assessment tools, at the …

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Socratic Alternatives to Hegelian Political Thought in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Dr. Matt Dinan 5:30 pm
Socratic Alternatives to Hegelian Political Thought in Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Dr. Matt Dinan @ Philosophy Dept, St. John's U. rm 212
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Søren Kierkegaard’s most famous work, Fear and Trembling, has the distinction of drawing near-universal derision from scholars of political theory and ethics. Dr. Dinan suggests that Kierkegaard’s readers haven’t accounted for his return to Socratic political philosophy as a direct riposte to the politics of G.W.F. Hegel and his successors. He considers the implications of Kierkegaard’s use of the ‘questionable stratagem’ of Socratic irony in relation to politics, ethics, Christian faith, and philosophy. Kierkegaard is concerned not with destroying political philosophy, but with restoring its attentiveness to paradox. Dr. Matt Dinan, Assistant Professor, St. Thomas University
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“What is Democracy?” w/ Astra Taylor and Nancy Fraser 7:00 pm
“What is Democracy?” w/ Astra Taylor and Nancy Fraser @ Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
“What is Democracy? is the latest movie from Astra Taylor, the world’s foremost philosophy documentarian. It chronicles conversations with middle schoolers, workers, activists, and political philosophers about what democracy is, its promises and pitfalls, and how to strengthen it. On Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM, Taylor is coming to Brooklyn to present a free screening of the film. Afterwards, she will be joined by the political philosopher Nancy Fraser for a discussion of themes from the movie. If you know who either of these people are, you will understand how ridiculously excited I am for this. As usual, we meet at the Dweck Center at the Grand Army Plaza …

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Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis) 4:10 pm
Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis) @ Columbia University, Philosophy rm 716
Apr 18 @ 4:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Title: TBA Reception to follow
Working Papers in Ethics and Moral Psychology 5:30 pm
Working Papers in Ethics and Moral Psychology @ Icahn School @Mount Sinai, Annenberg 12-16
Apr 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Working Papers in Ethics and Moral Psychology is a speaker series conducted under the auspices of the Icahn School of Medicine Bioethics Program. It is a working group where speakers are invited to present well-developed, as yet unpublished work. The focus of the group is interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on topics in ethics, bioethics, neuroethics, and moral psychology. The meetings begin with a brief presentation by the invited speaker and the remaining time is devoted to a discussion of the paper. The speakers will make their papers available in advance of their presentation to those who sign up for the Working Papers mailing list. Upcoming Speakers: 11 Oct: Jordan Mackenzie, …

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Nemira Gasiunas – Philosophy of Psychology Workshop 7:00 pm
Nemira Gasiunas – Philosophy of Psychology Workshop @ 302 Philosophy Hall, Columbia U
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
PoPRocks (formerly known as ‘WoPoP’) is an ongoing series in the NYC area for early career researchers – typically grad students, postdocs, people who got their PhD within the last few years, advanced undergrads etc. – working on philosophy of psychology/mind/perception/cognitive science/neuroscience/… . We usually meet roughly once every 2-3 weeks to informally discuss a draft paper by one of our members. Typically presenters send a copy of their paper around 1 week in advance, so do join the mailing list (by emailing poprocksworkshop@gmail.com or one of the organizers) or email to ask for a copy of the paper. We aim for a friendly, constructive discussion with the understanding that …

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German Idealism Workshop 4:30 pm
German Idealism Workshop @ Columbia University, Philosophy rm 716
Apr 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
8 February @Columbia Patricia Kitcher: The Fact of Reason in Kant’s Moral Psychology Response: Jessica Tizzard 22 February @NSSR Matters of Love: A Conference 5 April @Columbia Beatrice Longuenesse: Residues of First Nature 19 April @NSSR Angelica Nuzzo: Approaching Hegel’s Logic Obliquely: Melville, Moliere, Beckett Response: David Carlson 10 May @Columbia Amy Allen: Turning Dead Ends into Through Streets: Psychoanalysis and the Idea of Progress
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Huttegger: Rethinking Convergence to the Truth. Simon Huttegger (UC Irvine) 4:10 pm
Huttegger: Rethinking Convergence to the Truth. Simon Huttegger (UC Irvine) @ Faculty House, Columbia U
Apr 26 @ 4:10 pm
Convergence to the truth is viewed with some ambivalence in philosophy of science. On the one hand, methods of inquiry that lead to the truth in the limit are prized as marks of scientific rationality. But an agent who, by using some method, expects to always converge to the truth seems to fail a minimum standard of epistemic modesty. This point was recently brought home by Gordon Belot in his critique of Bayesian epistemology. In this paper I will study convergence to the truth theorems within the framework of Edward Nelson’s radically elementary probability theory. This theory provides an enriched conceptual framework for investigating convergence and gives rise to an …

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So You Want to Diversify Philosophy: Some Thoughts on Structural Change. Leah Kalmanson (Drake) 6:00 pm
So You Want to Diversify Philosophy: Some Thoughts on Structural Change. Leah Kalmanson (Drake) @ Columbia University Religion Dept. 101
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Efforts to diversify philosophy, at the curricular level, often focus on increasing the content covered in a semester: i.e., making room for more women on the syllabus, making room for more non-Western texts and thinkers, etc. Similarly, efforts to diversify philosophy, at the professional level, often focus on making room for marginalized topics and/or members of under-represented groups at conferences, in anthologies, and among faculty (both in terms of demographics and research specializations). This all serves to create an antagonistic situation where marginalized voices must fight to be heard and those in the discipline must make “tough choices” about where to cede precious resources such as syllabus space, publication credits, …

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