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Philosophy of Language Workshop 6:30 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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Mind and Language Seminar 4:00 pm
Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our topic for Spring 2018 will be Formal Frameworks for Semantics and Pragmatics. We’ll be investigating a range of questions in semantics and/or pragmatics which involve or are relevant to the choice between different kinds of overall structure for theories in these areas. In most sessions, the members of the seminar will receive a week in advance, copies of recent work, or work in progress from a thinker at another university. After reading this work, students discuss it with one of the instructors on the day before the colloquium. Then at the Tuesday colloquium, the instructors give a summary review and raise criticisms or questions about the work. The author …

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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
Public Philosophy, Kieran Setiya (MIT) 5:00 pm
Public Philosophy, Kieran Setiya (MIT) @ Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In recent years, academic philosophers have increasingly pursued what is now called “public philosophy.” Almost everyone agrees that this development is positive. But what is public philosophy? What should it be? And why does it matter? Looking back to models both ancient and modern, this talk will be an exercise in public philosophy that explores the nature and value of public philosophy. A reception will follow the lecture. For information, contact: nyip.events@nyu.edu
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Nina Emery (Holyoke): The Governing Conception of Laws 4:30 pm
Nina Emery (Holyoke): The Governing Conception of Laws @ NYU, rm 203
Apr 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
In her paper, “The Non-Governing Conception of Laws,” Helen Beebee argues that it is not a conceptual truth that laws of nature govern their instances, and that this fact insulates Humeans about laws of nature from some of the most pressing objections against their view. I agree with the first claim, but not the second. For although it is not a conceptual truth that laws govern, the view that laws govern follows straightforwardly from an important, though under-appreciated, principle that constrains scientific theory choice, and the principles that constrain scientific theory choice ought to constrain theory choice in metaphysics as well. I then show how the specific understanding of governance …

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Philosophy of Language Workshop 6:30 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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Mind and Language Seminar 4:00 pm
Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our topic for Spring 2018 will be Formal Frameworks for Semantics and Pragmatics. We’ll be investigating a range of questions in semantics and/or pragmatics which involve or are relevant to the choice between different kinds of overall structure for theories in these areas. In most sessions, the members of the seminar will receive a week in advance, copies of recent work, or work in progress from a thinker at another university. After reading this work, students discuss it with one of the instructors on the day before the colloquium. Then at the Tuesday colloquium, the instructors give a summary review and raise criticisms or questions about the work. The author …

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NYU-Columbia Graduate Conference in Philosophy, Keynote: Laurie Paul
NYU-Columbia Graduate Conference in Philosophy, Keynote: Laurie Paul @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 13 all-day
The graduate students and faculty of the Columbia and NYU Philosophy Departments invite graduate submissions in any area of philosophy for a conference to be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at New York University. Submission Guidelines Please send submission as attachments in .doc or .pdf format to columbianyu.philgradconference@gmail.com by February 3rd, 2018 (Notification by February 17th, 2019). Papers must meet the following requirements: All papers must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, suitable for a presentation of 30-40 minutes to a general philosophical audience. Submit papers with a separate cover sheet in .doc or .pdf format that includes the following information: name, home institution, contact details, area …

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Philosophy of Language Workshop 6:30 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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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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Mind and Language Seminar 4:00 pm
Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our topic for Spring 2018 will be Formal Frameworks for Semantics and Pragmatics. We’ll be investigating a range of questions in semantics and/or pragmatics which involve or are relevant to the choice between different kinds of overall structure for theories in these areas. In most sessions, the members of the seminar will receive a week in advance, copies of recent work, or work in progress from a thinker at another university. After reading this work, students discuss it with one of the instructors on the day before the colloquium. Then at the Tuesday colloquium, the instructors give a summary review and raise criticisms or questions about the work. The author …

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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
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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Work-in-Progress Workshop: Truthmaker Semantics 2:30 pm
Work-in-Progress Workshop: Truthmaker Semantics @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 19 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm
14.30 – 15.30: Kit Fine: A Truthmaker Semantics for Conditional Imperatives 15.30 – 15.45: Coffee Break 15.45 – 16.45: Friederike Moltmann: Underspecification of Attitudes and Truthmaker Semantics 16.45-17.00: Coffee Break 17.00 – 18.00: Federico Faroldi: Truthmaker Semantics for Justification Logics – Open Problems (joint work with Tudor Protopopescu) 18.00-18.15: Coffee Break 18.15 – 19.15: Cian Dorr: Truthmaking in the Object Language   Abstracts K. Fine: A Truthmaker Semantics for Conditional Imperatives I provide a truth-maker semantics for conditional imperatives and indicate how it might be extended to other conditional constructions.   F. Moltmann: Underspecification of Attitudes and Truthmaker Semantics It has been argued that the satisfaction conditions of a desire can …

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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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Philosophy of Language Workshop 6:30 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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Elizabeth Miller (Brown) 4:30 pm
Elizabeth Miller (Brown) @ NYU, rm 110
Apr 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Presented by Metro Area Philosophers of Science
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Mind and Language Seminar 4:00 pm
Mind and Language Seminar @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Our topic for Spring 2018 will be Formal Frameworks for Semantics and Pragmatics. We’ll be investigating a range of questions in semantics and/or pragmatics which involve or are relevant to the choice between different kinds of overall structure for theories in these areas. In most sessions, the members of the seminar will receive a week in advance, copies of recent work, or work in progress from a thinker at another university. After reading this work, students discuss it with one of the instructors on the day before the colloquium. Then at the Tuesday colloquium, the instructors give a summary review and raise criticisms or questions about the work. The author …

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Mind, Attention, & World Themes in Indian and Buddhist Philosophical Theory
Mind, Attention, & World Themes in Indian and Buddhist Philosophical Theory @ NYU Events Space 2nd Floor
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
The philosophical traditions of India offer contemporary researchers an unparalleled and mostly untapped resource for fresh thinking about attention, its relations to mind and world. From Nyāya manas-theory to the extensive Buddhist theories about attention’s relationship with consciousness, and from precise taxonomies of the varieties of attention to discussions about the norms governing attention, epistemic, moral, and practical, the wealth and sophistication of Indian analysis is astounding. Our workshop will look at the ways in which Indian, including Buddhist, philosophical theory can enrich contemporary discussion, and there will be presentations by a world-class panel of speakers. We hope too that this workshop will serve as a catalyst to Indian philosophical …

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Michael Huemer (UC Boulder) 3:30 pm
Michael Huemer (UC Boulder) @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Apr 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Title and abstract forthcoming. Reception to follow.
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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Philosophy of Language Workshop 6:30 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We’re a community of philosophers of language centered in New York City. We have a meeting each week at which a speaker presents a piece of their own work relating to the philosophy of language. 28 January Luca Incurvati (ILLC/Amsterdam) 4 February Dan Hoek (NYU) 11 February Peter Klecha (Swarthmore) 25 February Ginger Schultheis (NYU/Chicago) and David Boylan (Rutgers) 4 March Chris Tancredi (Keio University, Tokyo) 11 March TBD 25 March Yael Sharvit (UCLA) 1 April Thony Gillies (Rutgers) 8 April Yale Weiss (CUNY) 15 April Friederike Moltmann (CNRS) 22 April Amir Anvari (Institut Jean Nicod, ENS) 29 April David Balcarras (MIT) 6 May Nadine Theiler (ILLC, Amsterdam) 13 May …

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