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Explanation and Modality: On Why The Swampman Is Still Worrisome to Teleosemanticists (Dongwoo Kim) 4:15 pm
Explanation and Modality: On Why The Swampman Is Still Worrisome to Teleosemanticists (Dongwoo Kim) @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Oct 7 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Many have thought that Davidson’s Swampman scenario offers a serious problem to teleosemantics. For it appears to be possible from the scenario that there are completely ahistorical creatures with beliefs, and this apparent possibility contradicts the theory. In a series of papers (2001, 2006, 2016), Papineau argues that the Swampman scenario is not even the start of an objection to teleosemantics as a scientific reduction of belief. It is against this claim that I want[...]
Logic and Metaphysics Workshop 4:15 pm
Logic and Metaphysics Workshop @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Oct 7 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
September 2 GC Closed NO MEETING September 9 Yael Sharvit, UCLA September 16  Ole Hjortland and Ben Martin, Bergen September 23 Alessandro Rossi, StAndrews September 30 GC Closed NO MEETING October 7 Dongwoo Kim, GC October 14 GC Closed NO MEETING October 21 Rohit Parikh, GC October 28 Barbara Montero, GC November 4 Sergei Aretmov, GC November 11 Martin Pleitz, Muenster November 18 November 25 December 2 Jessica Wilson, Toronto December 9 Mark Colyvan, Sydney[...]
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Positions in Patriarchy: Retooling the Metaphysics of Gender. Robin Dembroff (Yale) 4:00 pm
Positions in Patriarchy: Retooling the Metaphysics of Gender. Robin Dembroff (Yale) @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 5307
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Decades of feminist theory have approached the question ‘what is gender?’ with an eye to gender as a system — in particular, the system that creates and sustains patriarchy. Using this approach, feminists have proposed theories of gender focused on the social positions that persons occupy within a patriarchal system. However, these analyses almost uniformly assume a gender binary (men & women), and so look for corresponding, binary social positions. In this talk, I defend the importance of position-based[...]
Thinking Beyond the Annihilation of Nature: Conscientia and Schelling’s Ethics of Redemptive Epistemology. Bruce Matthews, Bard 6:00 pm
Thinking Beyond the Annihilation of Nature: Conscientia and Schelling’s Ethics of Redemptive Epistemology. Bruce Matthews, Bard @ Wolff Conference Room, D1106
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In 1804 Schelling diagnosed our impending “annihilation of nature” due to our conceptual detachment from and consequent economic exploitation of our natural world. His critique of Modernity’s Cartesian Idealisms, effected through his inversion of the Kantian categories, results in a philosophical project whose relevance to our ongoing climate crisis is difficult to overstate. Bruce Matthews Bard College/BHSEC, professor of philosophy, research in German Idealism and Romanticism, with a focus on life and thought of F.W.J.[...]
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The Buddha versus Popper: When to Live? Rohit Parikh 4:15 pm
The Buddha versus Popper: When to Live? Rohit Parikh @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Oct 21 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
We discuss two approaches to life: presentism and futurism. The first one, which we are identifying with the Buddha, is to live in the present and not to allow the future to hinder us from living in the ever present now. The second one, which we will identify with Karl Popper, is to think before we act, and act now for a better future. We will discuss various aspects of presentism and futurism, such as[...]
Objectivity and the Humanities – Prospects for a New Realism. Markus Gabriel 6:00 pm
Objectivity and the Humanities – Prospects for a New Realism. Markus Gabriel @ Deutsches Haus at NYU
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Over the last decades, the humanities have come under pressure from the scientific worldview. To many, it seems as if the humanities provide us at best with less-than-objective knowledge claims. Arguably, there are at least two overall reasons for this. On the one hand, the scientific worldview tends to associate objectivity with the kind of knowledge-acquisition, explanation, and justification characteristic of the natural sciences. On the other hand, the humanities themselves have contributed to the[...]
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Benacerraf’s Non-Problem. Barbara Gail Montero 4:15 pm
Benacerraf’s Non-Problem. Barbara Gail Montero @ CUNY Grad Center, 7314
Oct 28 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Research in philosophy of mathematics over roughly the past half century can be understood, to a large degree, as a series of responses to what is commonly known as the Benacerraf problem: Given the abstract nature of mathematical entities, how can we come to have mathematical knowledge? How are we, in Benacerraf’s words, “to bridge the chasm. . . between the entities that form the subject matter of mathematics and the human knower?” In this[...]
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