NYC Area Philosophy Calendar

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Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will 6:00 pm
Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will @ Cornelia Street Cafe
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm
It is a generally accepted principle of Buddhist philosophy that it denies the ultimate reality of the self as an autonomously existing entity. Yet the philosopher Rick Repetti, who is also a seasoned practitioner and instructor of meditation and yoga, argues that the Buddhist view of meditation is in fact a method of cultivating mental freedom, and that such cultivation simultaneously increases free will. Join Dr. Repetti as he takes us on a journey into the Buddhist perspective in order to dissolve the apparent tension of free will for selves that do not exist. Wednesday, February 1 at 6pm. This event is part of the Philosophy Series at The Cornelia …

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Frédéric Lordon: The Affect of Politics (Thinking our Times with Spinoza) 6:00 pm
Frédéric Lordon: The Affect of Politics (Thinking our Times with Spinoza) @ Orozco Room, rm A712
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research in welcoming Frédéric Lordon, as he presents his talk “The Affect of Politics (Thinking our Times with Spinoza).” The idea that emotions matter in politics is a common place. Nonetheless, it could be immediately objected that despite the prevalence of emotions, we should not discard the fact that politics is above all, if not “essentially”, a matter of ideas, values, principles or rational argumentation. The concept of “affect” in Spinoza’s philosophy overcomes this tedious antinomy insofar as it gives the most general characterization of the effect produced by one thing on another. If affects are the real engine of …

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Who Wrote the Trisvabhāvanirdeśa? Matthew T. Kapstein 5:30 pm
Who Wrote the Trisvabhāvanirdeśa? Matthew T. Kapstein @ Room 101
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY Welcomes: MATTHEW T. KAPSTEIN (University of Chicago; École Practique des Hautes Études, Paris) With responses from: JAY GARFIELD (Smith College; Harvard Divinity School) Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled: “Who Wrote the Trisvabhāvanirdeśa? Reflections on an Enigmatic Text and Its Place in the History of Buddhist Philosophy“ In recent decades, scholars of Buddhist philosophy have frequently treated the Trisvabhāvanirdeśa, or “Teaching of the Three Natures,” attributed to Vasubandhu, as an authentic and authoritative representation of that celebrated thinker’s mature work within the Yogācāra tradition. However, serious questions may be posed concerning the status and authority of the Trisvabhāvanirdeśa within Yogācāra, its true authorship, and …

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Nabina Liebow – But Where Are You Really From? Responding to Racial Microaggressions 6:00 pm
Nabina Liebow – But Where Are You Really From? Responding to Racial Microaggressions @ Wolff Conference Room, D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nabina Liebow, PhD Georgetown University, gives a lecture entitled:  “But Where Are You Really From?” Responding to Racial Microaggressions Liebow will argue that the particular structure of racial microaggressions makes the potential social cost of confronting microaggressors high for microagressees; this is part of what makes patterns of racial microaggressions difficult to disrupt. This difficulty helps make racial microaggressions effective tools for sustaining racial oppression.
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Philosophy of Language Workshop 7:00 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
January 30 Daniel Harris (Hunter College, CUNY) February 6 Lucas Champollion (NYU) February 13 Ben Holguín (NYU) February 20 No Workshop February 27 Sophia Dandelet (Berkeley) March 6 Ginger Schultheis (MIT) March 13 No Workshop March 20 Julia Zakkou (Hamburg) March 27 Paolo Bonardi (Geneva) April 3 David Plunkett (Dartmouth) April 10 Kate Ritchie (City College, CUNY) April 17 Una Stojnic (NYU/Columbia) April 24 Elmar Unnsteinsson (UC Dublin/Iceland) May 1 David Boylan (MIT) May 8 Karen Lewis (Barnard/Columbia)
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CUNY Colloquium 4:15 pm
CUNY Colloquium @ CUNY, rm 9204/5
Feb 8 @ 4:15 pm
Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday at 4:15 P.M in GC rooms 9204/9205, except as otherwise noted. February 8th Andrei Marmor (Cornell) “Two Rights of Free Speech” February 15th: No Colloquium (CUNY Monday Schedule) February 22nd Justin Garson (CUNY Hunter College) “What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter” March 1st • Marx Wartofsky Memorial Panel Carol Gould, Moderator (CUNY Hunter College | Graduate Center) Gregg Horowitz (Pratt) — “Art and Cognitive Praxis” Michael Howard (UMaine) — “Labor, Power, and Social Practice” Philip Kitcher (Columbia) — “Historical Epistemology” Sheldon Krimsky (Tufts) — “Bioethical Dilemmas” March 8th Desmond Hogan (Princeton) “Dogmatism and Criticism in Kant’s Antinomy of Pure Reason” March 15th Elise …

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The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa – Souleymane Bachir Diagne 6:15 pm
The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa – Souleymane Bachir Diagne @ Common Room, Heyman Center
Feb 8 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa Souleymane Bachir Diagne, in discussion with Gary Wilder and Mamadou Diouf To RSVP, please click here. *Please note that this event will take place in Common Room, Heyman Center, on Columbia’s East Campus. For a map, please click here. Souleymane Bachir Diagne talks about his book, The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, recently translated into English, in a panel discussion with Gary Wilder and Mamadou Diouf. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a Professor of Philosophy and French and the Chair of the Department of French at Columbia University.  His areas of expertise include history of logic, history …

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Rutgers Climate Lecture-Prof. Nancy Bauer (Tufts) 3:00 pm
Rutgers Climate Lecture-Prof. Nancy Bauer (Tufts) @ Rutgers Philosophy Dept., 5th Floor
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rutgers Climate Lecture-Prof. Nancy Bauer (Tufts) Thursday 09 February 2017, 03:00pm – 05:00pm Location Rutgers Philosophy Department, 106 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Camisha Russell – I Just Want Children Like Me: Race as a Proxy in American Kinship. 6:00 pm
Camisha Russell – I Just Want Children Like Me: Race as a Proxy in American Kinship. @ Wolff Conference Room, D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In this talk, Professor Russell describes how notions of race have organized the American concept of kinship. She argues that this history of the association of race and kinship in the American imaginary allows race to serve as a proxy for kinship in the contemporary fertility clinic. Camisha Russell received her PhD in Philosophy from Penn State University in 2013. Her first book, The Assisted Reproduction of Race: Thinking Through Race as a Reproductive Technology, forthcoming with Indiana University Press, explores the role of race and racial identity in the ideas and practices surrounding assisted reproductive technologies. Her primary research and teaching interests are in Critical Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy, and …

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Women in Philosophy: Publishing, Jobs, & Fitting In 11:00 am
Women in Philosophy: Publishing, Jobs, & Fitting In @ CUNY Grad Center
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
SWIP-Analytic’s session, “Women in Philosophy: Publishing, Jobs, & Fitting In” will be a roundtable featuring Elise Crull (City College, CUNY), Una Stojnic (NYU), and Denise Vigani (Drew University). They will discuss work habits, publishing, and job searches, among other things. Elise Crull is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, City College, CUNY. She received a B.Sc in Physics from Calvin College, and holds an M.A. in Philosophy and Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. Among her primary interests is the historical and philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics (cf. her book, The ‘Einstein Paradox’: Debates on Nonlocality and Incompleteness in 1935, Cambridge University Press 2017, and an …

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How is Objectivity Possible? Max Kolbel (Barcelona) 12:30 pm
How is Objectivity Possible? Max Kolbel (Barcelona) @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 202
Feb 10 @ 12:30 pm
How is Objectivity Possible? Brown Bag Talk Max Kolbel (Barcelona) Friday, March 10, 12:30 p.m. 5 Washington Place, Room 202
Giden Rosen (Princeton University) Rage Against the Machine: Anger as a political emotion 4:00 pm
Giden Rosen (Princeton University) Rage Against the Machine: Anger as a political emotion @ Jurow Lecture Hall
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm
Rage Against the Machine: Anger as a political emotion The talk asks how we should respond to large scale social injustices like the pattern of police shootings to which the Black Lives Matter movement has called attention. The focus is on our moral and emotional responses: How should we feel when we take in this sort sprawling and uncoordinated pattern of injustice? Whom should we blame? How should we judge? The natural response to injustice recognized as such is anger (moral outrage). But anger is a form of blame. For deep reasons, it is hard to stay angry at someone when one is genuinely uncertain about whether he is morally …

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NYC Wittgenstein Workshop 4:00 pm
NYC Wittgenstein Workshop @ New School, room 1106
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 Here is the detailed schedule for the Wittgenstein Workshop this spring. Please notice that Tobias’ workshop date has changed from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3 due to a schedule conflict with the department Town Hall. All of the workshops will he held from 4-6pm at 6 E 16th St, Manhattan. Feb. 10: “Trust as Mutual Recognition,”                Ch. 5 from Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury               Jay Bernstein, New School for Social Research               room D1106 Mar. 3:  “The interdependence of normalcy and exclusion”               …

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Philosophy of Language Workshop 7:00 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
January 30 Daniel Harris (Hunter College, CUNY) February 6 Lucas Champollion (NYU) February 13 Ben Holguín (NYU) February 20 No Workshop February 27 Sophia Dandelet (Berkeley) March 6 Ginger Schultheis (MIT) March 13 No Workshop March 20 Julia Zakkou (Hamburg) March 27 Paolo Bonardi (Geneva) April 3 David Plunkett (Dartmouth) April 10 Kate Ritchie (City College, CUNY) April 17 Una Stojnic (NYU/Columbia) April 24 Elmar Unnsteinsson (UC Dublin/Iceland) May 1 David Boylan (MIT) May 8 Karen Lewis (Barnard/Columbia)
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Susan Wolf, UNC-Mesthene Lecuture 3:00 pm
Susan Wolf, UNC-Mesthene Lecuture @ Rutgers Philosophy Dept., 5th Floor
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Prof. Susan Wolf, UNC-Mesthene Lecuture Thursday 16 February 2017, 03:00pm – 05:00pm Location The Rutgers Department of Philosophy, 5th Floor, 106 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Andrea Pitts – Carceral Medicine and Prison Abolition: Trust and Truth-telling in Correctional Healthcare 6:00 pm
Andrea Pitts – Carceral Medicine and Prison Abolition: Trust and Truth-telling in Correctional Healthcare @ Wolff Conference Room, D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Andrea  Pitts, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, gives a lecture entitled: “Carceral Medicine and Prison Abolition: Trust and Truth-telling in Correctional Healthcare” The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that the privation of healthcare for incarcerated persons would constitute a violation of the Eighth Amendment. While that ruling, in effect, mandated a standard of care for incarcerated persons, the institutional means through which healthcare is provided in federal, state, and private detention facilities have been neither uniform nor without their share of problems. A number of human rights organizations and prisoner advocacy groups have documented patterns of neglect and malpractice within the nation’s …

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Rethinking Philosophy’s Past 1300 – 1800
Rethinking Philosophy’s Past 1300 – 1800 @ Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room
Feb 17 – Feb 18 all-day
Rethinking Philosophy’s Past, 1300-1800: The Philosophy Department and Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invite you to “Rethinking Philosophy’s Past, 1300-1800” (February 17-18). Distinguished historians will share recent scholarship on women and other understudied figures in the history of philosophy to encourage more accurate accounts of philosophy’s past and more inclusive teaching. Sessions rethink standard stories and offer practical ideas about to incorporate understudied figures in our philosophy courses, both historical and non-historical. http://philosophy.columbia.edu/events/events/events/conferences   CHEDULE Workshop day 1: Friday, February 17, 2017 Time Topic Speakers 2:00 – 2:20 Welcome and Introduction Christia Mercer (Philosophy, Columbia) Session 1: Creating the Modern Self: Medieval Women on Authority, Will and Self-knowledge …

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Cognitive Science Speaker Series 1:00 pm
Cognitive Science Speaker Series @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 7102
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spring 2017, Fridays, 1-3 pm                          Room 7102, CUNY Graduate Center   February 17:  Frédérique de Vignemont Philosophy, Columbia University and Institut Jean Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) “Bodily Awareness:  Feeling or Knowing?”   February 24:  Sarah Allred Psychology, Rutgers University “How Memory and Perception Interact to Guide Behavior”   March 3:  William G. Lycan Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “In What Sense Is Desire a Propositional Attitude?”   March 10:  Benjamin Young Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno “The BioPhilosophy of Smell”   March 17:  Georges Rey Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park …

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A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss) 7:00 pm
A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss) @ Hageman Hall, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion presents:  A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss). 1.  Monday, February 20th, 7pm, Luke Barnes, an astrophysicist from the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and co-author of “A Fortunate Universe”, will give a general-audience talk on the scientific side of fine-tuning.  The talk will be at Hageman Hall, the large meeting room on the first floor of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (corner of College Ave. and Seminary Place, right in the middle of the College Ave. campus).  Luke is an engaging speaker and a respected scientist — this will be an excellent introduction to …

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A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss) 1:00 pm
A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss) @ Alexander Library, top floor
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion presents:  A Fine-Tuning Extravaganza (with Luke Barnes, Barry Loewer, Tim Maudlin, Hans Halvorson, and Alex Pruss). 1.  Monday, February 20th, 7pm, Luke Barnes, an astrophysicist from the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and co-author of “A Fortunate Universe”, will give a general-audience talk on the scientific side of fine-tuning.  The talk will be at Hageman Hall, the large meeting room on the first floor of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary (corner of College Ave. and Seminary Place, right in the middle of the College Ave. campus).  Luke is an engaging speaker and a respected scientist — this will be an excellent introduction to …

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CUNY Colloquium 4:15 pm
CUNY Colloquium @ CUNY, rm 9204/5
Feb 22 @ 4:15 pm
Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday at 4:15 P.M in GC rooms 9204/9205, except as otherwise noted. February 8th Andrei Marmor (Cornell) “Two Rights of Free Speech” February 15th: No Colloquium (CUNY Monday Schedule) February 22nd Justin Garson (CUNY Hunter College) “What Biological Functions Are and Why They Matter” March 1st • Marx Wartofsky Memorial Panel Carol Gould, Moderator (CUNY Hunter College | Graduate Center) Gregg Horowitz (Pratt) — “Art and Cognitive Praxis” Michael Howard (UMaine) — “Labor, Power, and Social Practice” Philip Kitcher (Columbia) — “Historical Epistemology” Sheldon Krimsky (Tufts) — “Bioethical Dilemmas” March 8th Desmond Hogan (Princeton) “Dogmatism and Criticism in Kant’s Antinomy of Pure Reason” March 15th Elise …

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Burning Issues in African Philosophy 7:00 pm
Burning Issues in African Philosophy @ Heyman Common Room
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Burning Issues in African Philosophy is curated by Drucilla Cornell and Souleymane Bachir Diagne and presented by the Insitute of African Studies at Columbia University. It includes six seminars with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Michael Monahan, Nkiru Nzegwu, Olufemi Taiwo, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, and Lewis Gordon. Date: September 28, 2016 – 7:00pm – April 19, 2017 – 9:00pm Location: Heyman Common Room Free and open to the public  |  ID required Burning Issues in African Philosophy builds off of the sophisticated work that has now become part of an international conversation on how African philosophy makes unique interventions into almost every important question of politics, ethics, aesthetics, ontology and epistemology. Indeed, …

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Civic Associations and the Democracy 7:30 pm
Civic Associations and the Democracy @ Setauket Neighborhood House
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
This week we turn our page to Henry George, a man educated by experience who set out to change world. The lasting question about which is better protectionism or free trade is a hotly debated idea. Is the answer fixed or fluid based on the dynamics. At root, the answer is provided by which will serve the citizen the best. No doubt, there is a lot to discuss, and looking forward to hearing your thoughts! From “Protection or Free Trade,” section titled, Protection and Wages Please read book pages 195 – 216. If you are interested in Henry George’s biography, please watch the video were his ideas on the single …

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Formalism and its Discontents, An Interdisciplinary Conference
Formalism and its Discontents, An Interdisciplinary Conference @ Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers
Feb 23 – Feb 24 all-day
With keynote presentations by: Caroline Levine Professor of English and David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities Cornell University Author of Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton University Press, 2015) Seth Brodsky Assistant Professor of Music and the Humanities University of Chicago Author of From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, forthcoming 2016) This interdisciplinary conference proposes to consider approaches to form that emphasize its materiality, affective dimensions, and political effectivity, as well as considerations of new directions for the humanities and the social sciences in which these notions of form might be central. Questions to be contemplated include: Do approaches such as affect …

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POProcks: Philosophy of Psychology Workshop 11:00 am
POProcks: Philosophy of Psychology Workshop @ CUNY Grad Center, Thesis rm
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This semester, Poprocks will be on Thursdays, 11-1, in the Thesis Room in the CUNY Graduate Center (365 5th Avenue). We will circulate drafts of the papers we are going to be discussing around a week in advance of each meeting. Here is a tentative schedule – though some dates later in the semester will be subject to change: February 9th – Jake Quilty-Dunn (CUNY) – “Attention and Encapsulation” February 23rd – Ryan Ogilvie (UMD) March 9th – Jorge Morales (Columbia) – “Introspection and Mental Strength” March 23rd – Julia Kolak (CUNY) April 6th – David Barack (Columbia) April 20th – Henry Shevlin (CUNY) May 4th – Joseph Bendaña (CUNY) …

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Climate Talk 3:00 pm
Climate Talk @ Rutgers Philosophy Dept., 5th Floor
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Climate Talk Thursday 23 February 2017, 03:00pm – 05:00pm Location Rutgers Philosophy Department, 106 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
Ben Abelson – Persons in Science Fiction 7:00 pm
Ben Abelson – Persons in Science Fiction @ Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
The new season of Brooklyn Public Philosophers is upon us! Ask a Philosopher is coming back in a big way, and we have some, dare I say, dope af talks lined up for the semester – Elvira Basevich on W.E.B. Du Bois and the metaphysics of race, Christia Mercer on women in the history of philosophy, Chris Lebron on the philosophy of Black Lives Matter. Coming up on February 23rd at 7:00 P.M., Ben Abelson (Mercy College) will be kicking things off with a talk on what science fiction can teach us about what it means to be a person (human or otherwise). Here’s more about the talk, in Dr. …

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Science, Value, and Pragmatism
Science, Value, and Pragmatism @ Columbia U.
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day
Science, Value, and Pragmatism Graduate Conference Organized By: Max Hayward, Robbie Kubala, Ignacio Quintana, and Professor Philip Kitcher “Pragmatists suppose that our epistemic projects, in scientific and normative domains alike, are motivated by and assessable in terms of the aims of inquiry.  Science, Value, and Pragmatism brings together philosophers whose work touches on the connections between these three topics”.
Cognitive Science Speaker Series 1:00 pm
Cognitive Science Speaker Series @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 7102
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spring 2017, Fridays, 1-3 pm                          Room 7102, CUNY Graduate Center   February 17:  Frédérique de Vignemont Philosophy, Columbia University and Institut Jean Nicod, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) “Bodily Awareness:  Feeling or Knowing?”   February 24:  Sarah Allred Psychology, Rutgers University “How Memory and Perception Interact to Guide Behavior”   March 3:  William G. Lycan Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “In What Sense Is Desire a Propositional Attitude?”   March 10:  Benjamin Young Philosophy, University of Nevada, Reno “The BioPhilosophy of Smell”   March 17:  Georges Rey Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park …

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Sally Haslanger – Increasing Diversity by Thinking Differently? Reflections on Philosophical Method. 3:30 pm
Sally Haslanger – Increasing Diversity by Thinking Differently? Reflections on Philosophical Method. @ NYU Philosophy Dept.
Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm
Over the past decade or so there has been increasing awareness of the diversity problem in philosophy. Implicit bias, stereotype threat, and micromessaging are important factors that many are working to address. However, a more difficult issue is whether there are issues of philosophical content and method, either exemplified in pedagogy or research, that affects the inclusion of members of underrepresented groups. In this talk I will argue that some ways that philosophy is practiced as a discipline produce epistemic and evaluative biases, and if we want to increase diversity in the profession and to produce better work, we need to address this. “Increasing Diversity by Thinking Differently? Reflections on …

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“Kant on Taking Something to Heart” Wiebke Deimling (Clark University) 5:00 pm
“Kant on Taking Something to Heart” Wiebke Deimling (Clark University) @ Collins Hall - Philosophy Conference Room
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
German Philosophy Group “Kant on Taking Something to Heart” Wiebke Deimling (Clark University) Collins Hall – Philosophy Conference Room
Christopher Gowans (Fordham University) 5:30 pm
Christopher Gowans (Fordham University) @ Room 101
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
THE COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY Welcomes: February 2, 2017–Matthew T. Kapstein (Univ of Chicago & École pratique des hautes études) February 24, 2017: Christopher Gowans (Fordham University) March 31, 2017: Gary Ostertag (CUNY Graduate Center | Nassau Community College) May 5, 2017: Warren Frisina (Hofstra University)
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Should Parents be Allowed to Map the Genome of Their Fetus?: Ethical Reflections on the Future of Prenatal Testing 12:30 pm
Should Parents be Allowed to Map the Genome of Their Fetus?: Ethical Reflections on the Future of Prenatal Testing @ Kimmel Center Rm 405
Feb 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Prof. Vardit Ravitsky, Ph.D. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a new technology that allows genetic testing of a fetus with a simple maternal blood test, by isolating cell-free fetal DNA in the mother’s plasma. Introduced in 2011, it is now available globally, its cost is declining, and the number of conditions it can test for is increasing. Technically, this technology can be used to sequence the entire genome of a fetus early in the first trimester of pregnancy. Should this use of prenatal testing be banned? Limited? Offered? Encouraged? Covered by insurance? This talk will explore some ethical implications of this possibility. It will focus on reproductive autonomy and the …

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Descartes’s Ontological Argument – David McCarty, UI, Bloomington 4:15 pm
Descartes’s Ontological Argument – David McCarty, UI, Bloomington @ CUNY Grad Center, rm 3212
Feb 27 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Abstract: Both Descartes and Anselm subscribed to the classical notion of grades of being: that all things are organized into a hierarchy with places determined by the amount or extent to which a given thing exists. By embedding the order on grades of being into a Boolean-valued model, I give a straightforward formalization, over such models, of Descartes’s ontological argument from his Meditations. The formalization reflects elements of the interpretation history of the argument, and suggests responses to some standard objections lodged against it. No extensive background in Boolean-valued model theory is presupposed; needed technical matters will be introduced and explained as required. Happy New Year! The L&M Workshop will …

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Philosophy of Language Workshop 7:00 pm
Philosophy of Language Workshop @ NYU Philosophy Dept. rm 302
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
January 30 Daniel Harris (Hunter College, CUNY) February 6 Lucas Champollion (NYU) February 13 Ben Holguín (NYU) February 20 No Workshop February 27 Sophia Dandelet (Berkeley) March 6 Ginger Schultheis (MIT) March 13 No Workshop March 20 Julia Zakkou (Hamburg) March 27 Paolo Bonardi (Geneva) April 3 David Plunkett (Dartmouth) April 10 Kate Ritchie (City College, CUNY) April 17 Una Stojnic (NYU/Columbia) April 24 Elmar Unnsteinsson (UC Dublin/Iceland) May 1 David Boylan (MIT) May 8 Karen Lewis (Barnard/Columbia)
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“The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain” Matt Stanley 4:30 pm
“The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain” Matt Stanley @ NYU Philosophy Dept.
Feb 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Matt Stanley. (Author of Huxley’s Church and Maxwell’s Demon: from Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science, University of Chicago Press);  “The Uniformity of Natural Laws: A Historical Perspective from Victorian Britain” Presented by Metro Area Philosophers of Science
Epistemology & Ethics Workshop 5:30 pm
Epistemology & Ethics Workshop @ Fordham, Lincoln Center, 12th Floor Plaza View Room
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
The Epistemology and Ethics group is composed of faculty and graduate students at Fordham and other nearby universities.  Papers are read in advance, so the majority of the time is devoted to questions and discussion. Location: Plaza View Room, 12th Floor, Lowenstein Bldg., 113 West 60th Street.  If interested in attending, email dheney[at]fordham[dot]edu. Our 2016-17 schedule: September 20th  Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) October 18th  Tristram McPherson (Ohio State) November 1st  Kate Manne (Cornell) February 28th  Alex Worsnip (UNC Chapel Hill) March  21st  Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (Michigan) April 25th  Miranda Fricker (CUNY-GC) For the 2015-16 schedule and a list of our past speakers, see here.
Working Papers In Ethics and Moral Psychology 5:30 pm
Working Papers In Ethics and Moral Psychology @ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Anneberg 12-06
Feb 28 @ 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. http://icahn.mssm.edu/files/ISMMS/Assets/Education/Graduate/WorkingPapers_Flyer_September.pdf 9/27/2016: James Mahon, Lehman College …

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A listing of the (usually) free philosophy events, lectures and conferences in the New York City area. Support the calendar by leaving a tip, buying a t-shirt/ coffee mug/ sticker design as seen on the sidebar to the right, or buying me a beer if you are in NYC.

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There are more talks, especially on specific topics, some of which I choose not to add and others that I’ve just missed.  See the links to philosophy groups and departments below.

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Specific Philosophy related Groups [department links below]

New York Logic – provides a calendar of logic, mathematical logic and related talks and events.

Epistemology and Ethics Workshops at Fordham

The New York Philosophy of Language Workshop at NYU 

Metro Area Philosophy of Science (MAPS) [formerly: NY/NJ Philosophy of Science Group] https://www.facebook.com/groups/metroareaphilscience/

Formal Philosophy/ Logic Group @ Columbia

Cognitive Science Symposium @CUNY

Linguistics Colloquium @ CUNY

The Foucault Society

New York Society for Ethical Culture

Society for Women in Philosophy – Analytic Workshop Series

SWIPshop workshop for philosophy of gender, sex, and sexuality, feminist philosophy, feminist theory, feminism, and related topics.

Maison Française: Columbia, NYU

Deutsches Haus, NYU

Nietzsche Circle

The Social & Political Philosophy Working Group

Lacan Dot Com

Center for Law and Philosophy

New York German Idealism Workshop

Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy

Society for the Metaphysics of Science

Gotham Philosophical Society

Union Theological Seminary

NYU Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness

NYU Center for Bioethics

Kripke Center at CUNY

NYU New York Institute of Philosophy

Fordham Workshop in Social and Political Philosophy

Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

The Center for Science & Society, Columbia U

New York Circle

Brooklyn Public Philosophers


Philosophy Meetups

http://philosophy.meetup.com/cities/us/ny/new_york/

I have never attended a meetup, but it looks like a good time.


Philosophy Department Sites

http://philosophy.fas.nyu.edu/page/events NYU events

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Philosophy/Program-Events/Colloquium/ CUNY Events

http://philosophy.columbia.edu/events/colloquium-series Columbia Events

http://www.fordham.edu/info/20946/department_life Fordham Events (http://www.fordhamphilosophy.org/events/)

http://www.newschool.edu/nssr/philosophy/ New School for Social Research Events [See the linked pdf where it says, “View this semester’s departmental lecture series.”]

http://philosophy.rutgers.edu/events-335/department-calendar/year.listevents/ Rutgers Philosophy Dept. Events (old colloquia page)

http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/philosophy/events.html, http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/nyc/ (Stony Brook Manhattan)

http://www.slc.edu/news-events/events/index.html Sarah Lawrence College Events


If all else fails, try http://thoughtgallery.org/ or go to the beach.