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Liberalism & Democracy Past, Present, Prospects @ John L. Tishman Auditorium, New School
Liberalism & Democracy Past, Present, Prospects @ John L. Tishman Auditorium, New School
Feb 8 all-day
Liberal democratic values seem embattled as never before in the United States, and around the world. The time is right for a serious and wide-ranging exploration of the prospects for liberal democracies in a context that acknowledges the historical and contemporary tensions between democracy and liberal values, both in theory and in practice. This conference convenes a varied group of scholars, journalists, policy expert and veteran public servants, we hope to stage a real meeting of the minds, not the usual partisan sniping that occurs at most academic events – and we are trying to be as inclusive as possible, by inviting thoughtful representatives from the left, right, and center. …

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4:00 pm Bioethics Colloquium: Hanna Pickard on The Puzzle of Addiction @ NYU, rm tba
Bioethics Colloquium: Hanna Pickard on The Puzzle of Addiction @ NYU, rm tba
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The orthodox conception of drug addiction is a neurobiological disease characterised by compulsive drug use despite negative consequences. But this conception depends on three core ideas that are rarely clarified: disease, compulsion, and negative consequences. Pickard argues that it is only when the significance of negative consequences is appreciated that the puzzle of addiction comes clearly into view; and she discusses some conceptual and empirical grounds supporting scepticism about the claim that addiction can be accurately characterised as a form of compulsion, and agnosticism about the claim that addiction is a neurobiological disease. Addiction is better characterized as involving drug choices that, while on the surface puzzling, can be explained …

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4:00 pm Logic, Probability, and Games Seminar @ Faculty House, Columbia U
Logic, Probability, and Games Seminar @ Faculty House, Columbia U
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm
The seminar is concerned with applying formal methods to fundamental issues, with an emphasis on probabilistic reasoning, decision theory and games. In this context “logic” is broadly interpreted as covering applications that involve formal representations. The topics of interest have been researched within a very broad spectrum of different disciplines, including philosophy (logic and epistemology), statistics, economics, and computer science. The seminar is intended to bring together scholars from different fields of research so as to illuminate problems of common interest from different perspectives. Throughout each academic year, meetings are regularly presented by the members of the seminar and distinguished guest speakers. details tba 02/08/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University 4:00 …

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4:30 pm German Idealism Workshop @ Columbia University, Philosophy rm 716
German Idealism Workshop @ Columbia University, Philosophy rm 716
Feb 8 @ 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