Events 2015-2016

The Moral Psychology of Contempt Workshop

April 29th, 2016 (All day) - April 30th, 2016 (All day)
Corliss Bracket, 45 Prospect Street, Room 106

Co-sponsored by Ethical Inquiry, the Moral Psychology of Contempt Workshop will take place on April 29th and 30th from 9:15AM to 5:15PM in room 106 of Corliss-Brackett, 45 Prospect Street.

The workshop will bring together both philosophers and psychologists from Brown's faculty, as well as prominent philosophers and psychologists from other institutions to discuss research on the topic of the moral psychology of contempt. The status and function of contempt as a moral emotion has emerged as a pressing question in both contemporary ethics and descriptive moral psychology.  This workshop features presentations and commentaries from Kate Abramson, Indiana University; Felicia Nimue Ackerman, Brown University; Nomy Arpaly, Brown University; Macalester Bell, Bryn Mawr College; Zac Cogley, Northern Michigan University; Bertram Malle, Brown University; Michelle Mason, University of Minnesota and Brown University; Ira Roseman, Rutgers University and David Sussman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This event is pre-read.  So please email Emma Kirby at emma_kirby@brown.edu for access to papers.

David Sussman and Felicia Nimue Ackerman have swapped places on the schedule.  Please see the updated schedule below.

Click here for a schedule of the Workshop

Ethical Inquiry: Antti Kauppinen

April 22nd, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street, Crystal Room

Ethical Inquiry Lecture

Antti Kauppinen, Academy of Finland

"Rationality and the Past: How Life Stories Matter for Well Being"

 

Seminar Topic for April 23, 10AM to 12PM

"Rationality as Government by Reason"

Colloquium: Katja Vogt

April 8th, 2016 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
85 Waterman St, BERT, Rm 015

Please join the Philosophy Department for the colloquium lecture "The Guise of the Good in Aristotle" presented by Professor Katja Vogt of Columbia University.

Physics and Philosophy: Elizabeth Miller, Yale University

March 24th, 2016 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
MacMillan Hall, Room 117

Join us for the Physics and Philosophy lecture "All Flash and No Substance? On the Ontology of the GRW Theory" presented by Elizabeth Miller, Yale University.

A reception will be held in the lobby after the lecture.

Martha Nussbaum Lecture

March 7th, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Salomon Hall, Room 001

Listen to the lecture here.

Please join the Philosophy Department for "Disgust or Equality?  The Struggle over Sexual Orientation Law Outside the US" presented by Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago.

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She has taught at Harvard and Oxford Universities, and from 1984 to 1995 at Brown.

Ethical Inquiry: Thomas Hurka

March 4th, 2016 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Stephen Roberts '62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street, Petteruti Hall

Ethical Inquiry Lecture

Thomas Hurka, University of Toronto, Canada                                                            "The Best Things in Life"

Ethical Inquiry: Gwen Bradford

February 26th, 2016 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting Street, Crystal Room

Ethical Inquiry Lecture

Gwen Bradford, Rice University, Texas
Will be presenting on the topic of Achievement

Colloquium: Susanna Rinard

February 5th, 2016 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Smith-Buonnano, 95 Cushing Street, Room 106*

Please join the Philosophy Department for the colloquium lecture, "A Defense of Pure Pragmatism about Reasons for Belief" presented by Professor Susanna Rinard of Harvard University.

 

*Location is subject to last minute change.  Please check back on the day of the lecture, February 5th.

Physics as Metaphysics - Roderich Tumulka, Rutgers University

November 20th, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Building for Environmental Research and Technology (BERT), Room 015

Join us for the last lecture in Physics as Metaphysics entitled "The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics" featuring Roderich Tumulka of Rutgers University.  A reception will follow in the Corliss Bracket lounge, 45 Prospect St.


Abstract:

Most quantum physicists have long thought that questions about what really happens in a quantum experiment, that is, questions about reality---or the ontology, or the metaphysics---are meaningless or misguided. They thought that a good physicist, in order to avoid mistakes, should restrict herself to operational statements such as: "If we set up an experiment of the kind X, then the outcome will be Y." As I will elucidate, this positivistic attitude has not been helpful. On the contrary, attempts to devise a "realist" theory of quantum mechanics with a clear ontology, such as those of Bohm or Ghirardi-Rimini-Weber, have not only succeeded but have turned out to be superior to orthodox quantum mechanics in many ways. I will explain which ontology for quantum mechanics is suggested by these theories, and how having a clear ontology is relevant, if not essential, for doing physics---even for the math of proving theorems about quantum mechanics. Knowledge of advanced math will not be necessary for understanding this talk

Physics as Metaphysics - David Albert

November 13th, 2015 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Building for Environmental Research and Technology (BERT), Room 015

Join the Philosophy Department's Physics as Metaphysics presentation "On the Emergence of Space and Time" with David Albert, Columbia and comments by Ned Hall, Harvard.

Physics as Metaphysics Workshop

November 13th, 2015 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Corliss Bracket, 45 Prospect Street, Room 106

Please join the Philosophy department for the Physics as Metaphysics Workshop featuring "How to be a Rationalist" presented by Shamik Dasgupta (Princeton) with comments from Brad Skow (MIT) at 10:30AM and "The Structure of Spacetime: A New Approach to the Spacetime Ontology Debate" presented by Jill North (Rutgers) with comments from Jim Binkoski (Dartmouth) at 1:00PM.

A welcome breakfast and light lunch will be served.

If you plan on attending please RSVP to Professor Nina Emery at Nina_Emery@brown.edu.

10th Annual Mark L. Shapiro Graduate Philosophy Conference

November 6th, 2015 1:00 pm - November 7th, 2015 6:00 pm
Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Room 305

Brown Philosophy graduate students will host the 10th Annual Mark L. Shapiro Graduate Philosophy Conference November 6th from 1PM to 6PM and November 7th from 9AM to 6PM. Students from the U.S. and abroad will convene to discuss a variety of topics. Keynote speakers will be Jamie Dreier (Brown, November 6) and Joshua Knobe (Yale, November 7).

Physics as Metaphysics Lecture: David Kaiser

October 23rd, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
85 Waterman Street, Room 015

Please join the Philosophy Department for the lecture "Testing Bell's Inequality with Astrophysical Observations," presented by Professor David Kaiser of MIT. A reception will be held afterwards in the Corliss Brackett lounge, 45 Prospect Street. This lecture is part of the Physics as Metaphysics lecture series, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Humanities Initiative Research and Teaching fund, the Program for Science and Technologies Studies, and the Department of Physics.

Colloquium: Karen Bennett

September 25th, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
85 Waterman Street, Room 015

Please join the Philosophy Department for the colloquium lecture "In Defense of the Nonfundamental," presented by Professor Karen Bennett of Cornell University. A reception will follow in the Philosophy Department lounge, 45 Prospect Street.

Abstract:
I argue for two main claims: first, that there in fact are nonfundamental entities, and second, that some of them are among the proper subject matter of metaphysics.  Addressing this last point requires saying something about what metaphysics is or is supposed to be; I'll do this at the end of the talk.