Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

Previous Colloquia

Below is a list of lectures held previously.
Please see our schedule of upcoming lectures if you would like information about those.

27 September 2014Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street Conference Honoring Jaegwon KimScheduled lectures: Allan Gibbard (9:00 a.m.), Brian McLaughlin (10:30 a.m.), Alyssa Ney (1:30 p.m.), and Sydney Shoemaker (3:00 p.m.) Closing remarks at 4:30 p.m. Title TBA
26 September 2014Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street Conference Honoring Jaegwon KimScheduled lectures: Louise Antony (2:00 p.m.) and Ned Block (3:30 p.m.) Reception and buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Title TBA
21 March 2014Building for Environmental Research and Teaching 015, 85 Waterman Street Julia DriverWashington University in St. LouisReception to follow in Corliss-Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street Hume on Appraisability and Moral Agency
17 March 2014Salomon 001, 79 Waterman Street. Martha NussbaumUniversity of ChicagoLecture is from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Injustice and the Dubious Value of AngerPublic Lecture
14 March 2014Building for Environmental Research and Teaching 015, 85 Waterman Street Selim BerkerHarvard UniversityReception to follow in Corliss-Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street Graphic Coherence
1 March 2014Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street William IrvineWright State UniversitySeminar is from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. A light breakfast will be available on site at 9:30. The Case for 'Intellectual Tithing' Ethical Inquiry series
28 February 2014Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street William IrvineWright State UniversityLecture is from 4:00-6:00 PM. Reception to follow on-site. Old Wine in New Bottles: How to Practice Stoicism in the 21st CenturyEthical Inquiry series
21 February 2014Building for Environmental Research and Teaching 015, 85 Waterman Street Amie ThomassonUniversity of MiamiReception to follow in Corliss-Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street Modal Normativism: The Basic Idea
8 February 2014Petteruti Lounge, Robert '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street Susan WolfUniversity of North Carolina Chapel HillSeminar is from 10 a.m. to noon, with a light breakfast available on site at 9:30. Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good LifeEthical Inquiry series
7 February 2014Smith Buonanno 201 Susan WolfUniversity of North Carolina Chapel HillLecture is from 4:00-6:00 PM. Reception to follow in Corliss Brackett lounge and seminar room. Love and Revolution: Why Love Makes the World Go RoundEthical Inquiry series
2 November 2013Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201, 95 Cushing St. Cassie MogilnerWharton School, University of PennsylvaniaSeminar is from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. A light breakfast will be available in the first-floor lobby at 9:30. Happiness, and the Role of TimeEthical Inquiry series
1 November 2013Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201, 95 Cushing St. Cassie MogilnerWharton School, University of PennsylvaniaLecture is from 4:00-6:00 PM. Reception to follow in first-floor lobby. It's Time for HappinessEthical Inquiry series
25 October 2013Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall Nature and Freedom in KantConference runs from Oct. 25-27 and is sponsored by Brown, UPenn, the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the Goethe Institut, and the German Consulate General, Boston. See conference website for speaker list. A Conference in Honor of Paul Guyer
5 October 2013Petteruti Lounge, Robert Center, 75 Waterman St. Jay WallaceUC BerkeleyLecture is from 10:00 AM to noon. Light breakfast available on site at 9:30. Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of RegretEthical Inquiry series
4 October 2013Petteruti Lounge, Robert Center, 75 Waterman St. Jay WallaceUC BerkeleyLecture is from 4:00-6:00 PM. Reception to follow on-site. A Secular Doctrine of Original Sin?Ethical Inquiry series
13 September 2013Salomon 203 Niko KolodnyUC Berkeley Justifying the State
15 April 2013 Paul GuyerBrown University5:30-7:00 p.m., Pembroke Hall 305. Reception to follow. Cosponsored by the Humanities Initiative, Department of Philosophy, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities. Understanding Ourselves: Philosophy and the HumanitiesThe Jonathan Nelson Professorship in the Humanities Inaugural Address
13 April 2013 Gabriel Richardson LearUniversity of Chicago10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Crystal Room (Alumnae Hall). Breakfast available at 9:30. Aristotle on Happiness, Tragedy, and the Complete LifeEthical Inquiry Series
12 April 2013 Gabriel Richardson LearUniversity of Chicago4:00-6:00 p.m., Crystal Room (Alumnae Hall). Reception to follow. Plato on Pretending to Live WellEthical Inquiry Series
5 April 2013 Stephen YabloMassachusetts Institute of Technology Implication and Evidence
19 March 2013 Martha NussbaumUniversity of Chicago5:00-7:00 p.m., Salomon 001. Sponsored by The Humanities Initiative, Philosophy Department, The Cogut Center, The Program for Ethical Inquiry, and the Political Philosophy Workshop. Religious Pluralism and Socratic Self-Examination: Countering Cultures of Fear
28 February 2013 Daniel GilbertHarvard University4:00-6:00 p.m., List 120. Reception to follow at Faculty Club. Happiness: What Your Mother Didn't Tell YouEthical Inquiry Series
16 February 2013 Michael PuettProfessor of Chinese History, Harvard University10:00AM, Petteruti Lounge, Robert Center, 75 Waterman St.
Breakfast available on-site at 9:30AM.
Disjunctions, Substitutions, and Artifice: Why Ritual MattersEthical Inquiry series
15 February 2013 Michael PuettProfessor of Chinese History, Harvard University4:00PM, Petteruti Lounge, Robert Center, 75 Waterman St.
Reception to follow on-site.
Ritual and Human FlourishingEthical Inquiry series
25 January 2013 Rachel BarneyUniversity of Toronto Moral Motivation and Virtue as Craft
7 December 2012 David CharlesOriel College, Oxford4:00-6:00 p.m., Smith-Buonanno Hall Room 106 Practical TruthInaugural Mark L. Shapiro Lectures in Philosophy
5 December 2012 David CharlesOriel College, Oxford5:30-7:30 p.m., Smith-Buonanno Hall Room 106 Practical KnowledgeInaugural Mark L. Shapiro Lectures in Philosophy
30 November 2012 Elliot SoberUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Two Cornell Realisms -- Moral and Scientific
10 November 2012 7th Annual Shapiro Graduate Student Conference in PhilosophyBegins at 9:40 a.m. Keynote talk at 4:30 by Dana Nelkin, Professor of Philosophy, UC San Diego.
9 November 2012 7th Annual Shapiro Graduate Student Conference in PhilosophyBegins at 3 p.m.
2 November 2012 Julia MarkovitsMassachusetts Institute of Technology Kantian Internalism
19 October 2012 Alexander NehamasPrinceton Universitynoon - 2 p.m., Pembroke Hall 202 Only a Promise of HappinessMellon Workshop on Aesthetics and Morality
12 October 2012 Timothy Costelloe The College of William and Mary10 a.m.- noon, Pembroke Hall 202 Title TBAMellon Workshop on Aesthetics and Morality
10 October 2012 Paul GuyerBrown University4-6 p.m., Salomon 203 Monism and Pluralism in the History of AestheticsMellon Workshop on Aesthetics and Morality
21 September 2012 Jonathan SchafferRutgers University Monistic Structural Realism
7 September 2012 Robbie WilliamsUniversity of Leeds Decision Making Under Indeterminacy
20 April 2012 Crispin WrightNew York University and the University of Aberdeen Alethic Relativism and Faultless Disagreement
23 March 2012 Hilary KornblithUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst The Myth of Epistemic Agency
16 March 2012 Ofra MagidorOxford University The Myth of the De Se
12 November 2011 6th Annual Shapiro Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy
11 November 2011 6th Annual Shapiro Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy
6 November 2011 The Unity of Consciousness and Sensory IntegrationSmith-Buonanno Hall, beginning at 10:00am
Co-sponsored by the Network Centre for Research on the Senses
5 November 2011 The Unity of Consciousness and Sensory IntegrationSmith-Buonanno Hall, beginning at 9:15am
Co-sponsored by the Network Centre for Research on the Senses
3 November 2011 Agustín RayoMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyHeld at 6pm, in 119 Gerard House The Grandfather Paradox and Other EnigmasPhilosophy Department Undergraduate Group Lecture
21 October 2011 Ned HallHarvard University Physical and Metaphysical Modality
14 October 2011 Mark SchroederUniversity of Southern California Is Semantics Formal?
16 September 2011 Susan WolfUniversity of North Carolina Good-for-nothings
22 April 2011 Gideon RosenPrinceton University Title TBA
15 April 2011 Adrian CussinsNational University of Columbia Title TBA
7 April 2011 Alex ByrneMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyTime: 6.30pm. Location TBA. Skepticism about the Internal WorldSponsored by the Departmental Undergraduate Group
18 March 2011 Scott SoamesUniversity of Southern California Title TBA
13 March 2011 Mark Shapiro ConferenceLocation: Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St. The Epistemology of Inference
12 March 2011 Mark Shapiro ConferenceLocation: Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St. The Epistemology of Inference
11 February 2011 Tom KellyPrinceton University Following the Argument Where It Leads
3 December 2010 Scott SturgeonWadham College, Oxford University4pm Title TBABlackwell-Brown Lecture
1 December 2010 Scott SturgeonWadham College, Oxford University4pm Title TBABlackwell-Brown Lecture
29 November 2010 Scott SturgeonWadham College, Oxford University4pm Title TBABlackwell-Brown Lecture
19 November 2010 John MacFarlaneUniversity of California at Berkeley Title TBA
22 October 2010 Tamar Szabo GendlerYale University Giving Notice: Attention, Perception and Bias
15 October 2010 Marian DavidUniversity of Notre Dame Trustworthy BelieversKeith Lehrer 50th Anniversary Lecture
24 September 2010 Derk PereboomCornell University Nonreductive Physicalism and Mental Compositional Properties
17 September 2010 Kieran SetiyaUniversity of Pittsburgh Knowing Right From Wrong
23 April 2010 Andy EganRutgers University Why Ethics is All About Me
16 April 2010 Ned BlockNew York UniversityPlease note that this lecture is at 4pm Perception: Rich or Sparse?Josiah Royce Lectures
14 April 2010 Ned BlockNew York UniversityPlease note that this lecture is at 4pm Attention and ConsciousnessJosiah Royce Lectures
9 April 2010 Ned BlockNew York UniversityPlease note that this lecture is at 4pm Attention and Mental PaintJosiah Royce Lectures
11 March 2010 Daniel DevereuxUniversity of VirginiaNote that this lecture is at 7.30pm Aristotle on the Form and Definition of a Human BeingBACAP Lecture
26 February 2010 Sharon StreetNew York University Title TBA
19 February 2010 Anthony AppiahPrinceton University The Life of Honor
5 February 2010 Matti EklundCornell University Carnap's Meta-ontology
4 December 2009 Jason StanleyRutgers University Ryle on Knowing How
16 October 2009 Ralph WedgwoodOxford University Instrumental Rationality
9 October 2009 James JoyceUniversity of Michigan Do Imprecise Beliefs Make Sense? The Challenge of Probabilistic Dilation
18 September 2009 Karen BennettCornell University Putting Things Together
1 May 2009 Philip PettitPrinceton University From Respect to Morality—and Law2009 Blackwell-Brown Lectures
30 April 2009 Philip PettitPrinceton University From Commitment to Respect2009 Blackwell-Brown Lectures
29 April 2009 Philip PettitPrinceton University From Communication to Commitment2009 Blackwell-Brown Lectures
17 April 2009 Crispin WrightNew York University Title TBA
3 April 2009 Lisa DowningOhio State University Locke contra Cartesian Ontology
13 March 2009 Roger WhiteMassachusetts Institute of Technology Title TBA
27 February 2009 Samuel SchefflerNew York University The Normativity of Tradition
26 February 2009 Sharon StreetNew York University Title TBA
20 February 2009 Alvin GoldmanRutgers University Toward a Synthesis of Reliabilism and Evidentialism
4 December 2008 Dimitri El MurrParis-Sorbonne University Title TBA
14 November 2008 Robert HowellSouthern Methodist University Necessitation, Deduction, and Consciousness
31 October 2008 Wolfgang MannColumbia University Title TBA
3 October 2008 Stephen DarwallYale University Title TBA
26 September 2008 Mark WilsonUniversity of Pittsburgh From the Bending of Beams to the Problem of Free Will
12 September 2008 Augstín RayoMassachusetts Institute of Technology An Account of Possibility
Salomon 203 Ted SiderCornell University Scientific Properties, and How Tools in Metaphysics Matter