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2019-2020 Colloquium Schedule

2018-2019 Colloquium Schedule

2017-2018 Colloquium Schedule

2016-2017 Colloquium Schedule

2015-2016 Colloquium Schedule

2014-2015 Colloquium Schedule

2013-2014 Colloquium Schedule

2012-2013 Colloquium Schedule

2011-2012 Colloquium Schedule

2010-2011 Colloquium Schedule

2009-2010 Colloquium Schedule

2008-2009 Colloquium Schedule

2007-2008 Colloquium Schedule

2006-2007 Colloquium Schedule

2005-2006 Colloquium Schedule

2022-2023 Colloquium

Autumn Semester 2022

Friday, September 16th, 2022
Professor Eric Schwitzgebel, University of California, Riverside
"Does Studying Ethics Make People More Ethical?"

Friday, September 30th, 2022
Professor Paolo Mancosu, UC Berkeley
"How Many Points are in a Line Segment? From Grosseteste to Numerosities"

Friday, October 7th, 2022
Professor Antonia Peacocke, Stanford University
"Imagination and Underdetermination"

Friday, October 28th, 2022
Professor R. Jay Wallace, UC Berkeley
"The Relational Right and the Good"

Friday, November 18th, 2022
Professor Matti Eklund, Uppsala University
"Alternative Concepts, Ardour and Elusive Questions"


Spring Semester 2023


Friday, March 31st, 2023
Professor Robert Williams, University of Leeds
"Persisting Groups and Social Roles that Fit"

Friday, April 7th, 2023
Professor Peter Railton, University of Michigan
"Climate Change and Quality of Life"

Friday, April 14th, 2023
Professor Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA
“No Inertia in Consciousness”   

May 5th-6th, 2023
MAP Conference: Injustice and its Emotions


Autumn Semester 2021

Friday, October 8th , 2021
Professor Ram Neta, North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“Opinions, Modes of Presentation, and Aggregation"

Friday, October 22nd , 2021
Professor Graham Priest, City University of New York
"Applied Mathematics"

Friday, October 29th , 2021
Professor Angela Potochnik, University of Cincinnati
“It’s All Relevant”

Friday, November 19 th , 2021
Professor Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania
“A Metaphysical Mapping Problem for Race Theorists and Human Population Geneticists"

Friday, December 3rd . 2021
Professor Georgi Gardiner, University of Tennessee Knoxville
"Trauma’s Trilemma: On Self-Deception, Distraction, and Self-Respect"

Spring Semseter 2022

Friday, January 21st, 2022
Professor Elisabeth Camp, Rutgers University
“From Point of View to Perspective”

Friday, January 28th, 2022
Professor Stephen Yablo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“It’s About Time”

Friday, March 4th, 2022
Professor C. Thi Nguyen, University of Utah
“Value Capture”

Friday, March 25th, 2022
CEHV Professor Miranda Fricker, University of Sheffield

Friday, April 1st, 2022
Professor Elliot Paul, Queen's University
“Cartesian Inference”

Friday, April 8th, 2022
Professor Charles Siewert, Rice University
“The Issue of Cognitive Experience”

Friday, April 15th, 2022
Professor James Messina, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Transcendental Realism and Kant’s “Argument from Spinozism"


2020-21 Colloquium


Spring Semester 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021
Professor Julie Walsh, Wellesley College
“All About Eve: Malebranche on Women”

Friday, February 12, 2021
Professor David Chalmers, New York University
“Sentience and Moral Status”

Friday, February 26, 2021
Professor Adam Pautz, Brown University
“The Significance Argument for the Irreducibility of Consciousness”

Friday, March 26, 2021
Professor Chike Jeffers, Dalhousie University
“Du Bois’ Theory of the Talented Tenth: Critical Evaluations and Re-evaluations”

Friday, April 16, 2021
Professor Jennifer Morton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Resisting Pessimism Traps: The Limits of Epistemic Resilience”

Autumn Semester 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020
Professor Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Georgetown University
"On Material Security"

Friday, November 6, 2020
Professor Gillian Russell, Australian Catholic University
"Social Spheres"

2019-20 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020
Professor Brie Gertler, University of Virginia
"Rational Agency and the Struggle to Believe What Your Reasons Dictate"

Friday, March 20, 2020 (POSTPONED)
Professor Ram Neta, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Rationality, Success, and Luck"

Friday, April 3, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Professor Jonathan Dancy, University of Texas at Austin

Friday, April 17, 2020 (POSTPONED)
Professor Pamela Hieronymi, University of California- Los Angeles

Autumn Semester 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019
Professor Neil Tennant, The Ohio State University
"Constructive Logic and the Rationals"

Friday, September 20, 2019
Professor Douglas Jesseph, University of South Florida
"The Role of God in Hobbes's Philosophy"

Friday, October 4, 2019
Professor Oystein Linnebo, University of Oslo
"Abstraction and Grounding"

Friday, November 8, 2019
Professor Miriam Schoenfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Dilating and Contracting Arbitrarily"

Friday, December 6, 2019
Professor Ralph Wedgewood, University of Southern California
"The Rational Angel"

2018-19 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Talk: Cody Gilmore
“Delegation and the Logic of Location”

Friday, February 15, 2019 – Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Philosophy and Psychology of Visual Space: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Friday, February 22, 2019
Mershon Center: Professor Sally Haslanger
Ideology, Cultural “Logics,” and Sites of Resistance”

Friday, March 1, 2019
Professor Julia Markovits, Cornell University
“Moral Worth and the (Partial) Relativism of Praise and Blame”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Society for Mathematical Logic and Foundational Studies talk: Angel Pinillos

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Philosophy of Psychology Workshop

Monday, March 18, 2019
The Emergence of Number: Lisa Benossi
“On Kant’s Conception of Pure Intuition: How Pure Intuitions are both Grounds of, and Dependent on, Empirical Intuitions”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
LLS: Professor Sean Walsh
“Modeling Contingently Existing Propositions (and Other Intensions)”

Friday, March 22-24, 2019
History of Powers Workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019
Professor John Bengson, University of Wisconsin
“The Many ways of Understanding Others”

Friday, March 29, 2019
Professor Christia Mercer, Columbia University
“Descartes’ Demons and Debts, or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy”

Friday, April 5, 2019
Professor Matthew McGrath, Rutgers University
“Neutrality in Epistemology”

Thursday, April 11, 2019
The Emergence of Number: Professor John Grinstead and Melissa Nieves-Rivera
“Integrating Numerical and Semantic Knowledge in the Exact Interpretation of Numeral Quantifiers”

Friday, April 12, 2019
Professor Justin Clarke-Doane, Columbia University
“Realism, Objectivity, and Evaluation”


Autumn Semester 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018
Professor Raff Donelson, Louisiana State University
"Moral Stability and Pragmatism”

Friday, September 14, 2018
Humanities Institute Presents: Professor Sebastian Roedl

Saturday, September 15, 2018
The Ohio Normativity Workshop

Friday, September 21, 2018
Professor Christopher Weaver, University of Illinois
“Design in Reduction: The Case of Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics”

Friday, October 5, 2018
Professor Derek Baker, Lingnan University
“Metaethical Contextualism and the Dispositional Theory of Value”

Friday, October 26, 2018
Professor Elliot Sober, University of Wisconsin
“Ockham’s Razor – When is the Simpler Theory Better?”

Friday, November 2, 2018
Integrating Philosophical and Economic Perspectives on Human Well-Being: A One Day Conference 

Friday November 16, 2018
Mershon Center: Professor Geoff Sayre-McCord 

2017-18 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Talk: Esa Diaz-Leon

Friday, January 26, 2018
Language or Logic Society: Michael Rescorla
"Reifying Representations”

Friday, February 2, 2018
Language or Logic Society: Thomas Hofweber
"Realism about what there is, but idealism about what is the case"

Friday, February 9, 2018
Professor Jennifer Nagel, University of Toronto
"Losing Knowledge by Thinking about Thinking"

Monday, February 26, 2018
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Talk: Professor Esa Diaz-Leon, University of Barcelona
Social Construction, Grounding, and Amelioration

Friday, March 2, 2018
Professor Robin Dembroff, Yale University
"Oppressive Categories”

Friday, March 30, 2018
Professor Jenann Ismael, University of Arizona
“Some Thoughts on Time, Totality, and Transcendence”

Friday, April 6, 2018
Grace Helton, Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University
"Skepticism & Solipsism"

Friday, April 13, 2018
Professor Philip Kitcher, Columbia University
“Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts"

Friday, April 27, 2018
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Talk: Prof. Dan Giberman, University of Texas-Arlington

Friday, May 4, 2018
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Talk: Prof.  Paul Audi, University of Rochester

Autumn Semester 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017
Professor Shelly Kagan, Yale University
“Death, Deprivation, and Rational Regret”

Friday, September 29, 2017
William Hammond Lecture: Stephen Metcalf
“Neoliberalism, Authoritarianism and American Authenticity.”

Friday, October 6, 2017
Professor Kevin Richardson, North Carolina State University
"Do the Laws of Semantics Lie?"

Friday, October 20, 2017
Midwest Seminar in Modern Philosophy

Friday, October 27, 2017
The Emergence of Number Colloquium: David Barner
"Symbolic Systems as Explanations of Perception"

Friday, October 27, 2017
Professor Shamik Dasgupta, UC Berkeley
"Realism and the Absence of Value"

Friday, November 3, 2017
Professor Brandon Hogan, Howard University
"A Hegelian Critique of Richard Rorty’s Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity"

Friday, November 17, 2017
The Emergence of Number Colloquium: Dirk Schlimm
"Numbers through numerals: On the constitutive role of external representations for advanced mathematical cognition"

Friday, December 1, 2017
Professor Luvell Anderson, University of Memphis
"Understanding Racial Realities"

Friday, December 8, 2017
Professor Richard Heck, Brown University
"Pornography and Accommodation"

2016-17 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017
Mershon Center Colloquium: 
Professor Tommie Shelby, Harvard University 
"Prisons of the Forgotten: King on Ghettos and Economic Justice"

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Humanities Institute Talk:
Professor Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago
"Hegel on the Political Significance of Collective Self-Deceit"

Friday, January 20, 2017
Professor Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago
"Hegel on Life as a Logical Concept"

Friday, January 27, 2017
Professor Neil Tennant, The Ohio State University
"Numerosity and Number"

Friday, January 27, 2017
Mind Group Talk:
Professor Timothy Fuller, Yonsei University 
"The Challenge to Race Eliminativism From Implicit Bias Research"

Friday, February 3, 2017
Professor Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto 
"Scientific Modelling and the Role of Unrealistic Assumptions"

Friday, February 24, 2017
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Presents:
Professor Dan Korman, University of Illinois
"Debunking Arguments in Metaethics and Metaphysics"

Saturday, February 25, 2017
ME Colloquium:
Chad Carmichael
"How do Solve the Puzzle of Dion and Theon without Losing your Head"

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Professor Robi Dembroff, Yale University

Friday, March 10, 2017
Logic or Language Colloquium:
Professor Agustin Rayo, MIT

Friday, March 24, 2017
Professor Amie Thomasson, University of Miami
"Two Approaches to Conceptual Choice"

Friday, March 31, 2017
SoMLaFS Colloquium:
Professor Richard Zach, University of Calgary
"The Decision Problem and Logical Metatheory"

Friday, April 7, 2017
Professor Alison Simmons, Harvard University 
"Descartes and the Modern Mind"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Center for Ethics and Human Values presents:
Professor Amartya Sen, Harvard University 
"What's Wrong with Inequality?"

Friday, April 21, 2017
The Emergence of Number Series:
Professor John Opfer, The Ohio State University 
"Representational Change and the Origins of Mathematical Thinking"

Friday, April 28, 2017
Consilience: The Student Organization of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences presents:
Professor Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh

Autumn Semester 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016
Professor Jada Strabbing, Fordham University
"Forgiveness and Reconciliation"

Friday, September 9, 2016
Professor Sarah Paul, University of Wisconsin Madison
Friday, October 7, 2016
Professor Neil Sinhababa, National University of Singapore
"From Moral Twin Earth to
Pleasure in Eden"
Friday, November 18, 2016
Professor Daniel Greco, Yale University 
"Fragmented Belief and Knowledge"
Friday, December 2, 2016
Professor Victor Caston, University of Michigan
"Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations, and Dreams: Is Aristotle a Direct Realist?”

2015-16 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Helene Landemore, Yale University
"Rousseau's Mistake: The Myth of Direct Democracy"

Monday, February 1, 2016
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Leif Wenar, King's College
"Blood Oil: Tyranny, Resources, and the Rules That Run the World"

Monday, February 12, 2016
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Melissa Lane, Princeton University
"The Democratic Ethics of Communicating Climate Change: Insights from Aristotle"

Monday, February 12, 2016
Professor Ryan Preston-Roedder, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
"Grief and Recovery"

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Humanities Institute and The Discovery Theme in Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health Presents:
Professor Julian Agyeman, Tufts University; Professor Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University
Compas Colloquium: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

Friday, February 19, 2016
Professor Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania
"Trendsetters and Social Change"

Saturday February 20, 2016
Social Metaphysics Workshop

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Veritas Forum Presents:
Professor Kevin Scharp, The Ohio State University; Professor William Lane Craig, Houston Baptist University 
"Is There Evidence for God? Atheist and Christian Professors Examine Faith, Facts, and Why It Matters"

Monday, March 7, 2016
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia
"Repairing the Carceral Polity"

Monday, March 21, 2016
Professor Thomas Polger, University of Cincinnati
"The Birds, and Bees, and Primates, Oh My! A Defense of the Sparse Theory of Multiple Realization"

Wednesday, March 23 - Thursday March 24, 2016
5th Annual Philosophy/Linguistics Workshop: Modality and Natural Language Metaphysics

Friday, April 1, 2016
Logic or Language Society Presents:
Professor Delia Graff Fara, Princeton University
"Descriptions are Predicates (and Adverbs of Quantification Float)"

Friday April 8 - Saturday April 9, 2016
Mershon Center Presents:
Risk and Security Conference

Friday, April 15, 2016
Professor Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford
“What if the Impossible Happened?”

Friday, April 22, 2016
Professor Marleen Rozemond, University of Toronto
“What if the Impossible Happened?”

Monday, April 25, 2016
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Presents:
Professor Sam Cowling, Denison University

Friday, April 29, 2016
Logic or Language Society Presents:
Professor Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University 

Autumn Semester 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015
Professor Declan Smithies, The Ohio State University
"The Irrationality of Epistemic Akrasia"

Friday, September 4, 2015
Professor Eileen Nutting, The University of Kansas
"Against Neo-Fregean Epistemology"

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Charles Mills, Northwestern University

Friday, September 25, 2015
Professor David Schmidtz, University of Arizona
"After Solipsism"

Monday, September 28, 2015
COMPAS Special Event Presents:
Gro Harlem Bruntland
“Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in 21st Century”

Thursday October 1 – Friday October 2, 2015
Fall COMPAS Conference
“Sustainability: What’s at Stake?”

Friday, October 9, 2015
Value Colloquium Series Presents:
Professor David Enoch, Hebrew University
"The Normative (In)significance of Hypothetical Consent"

Friday, October 16, 2015
Miscellaneous Metaphysics Colloquium Series Presents:
Professor Wesley Cray, Grand Valley State University
"A Return to Musical Idealism"

Monday, October 19, 2015
The Center for Ethics and Human Values' COMPAS Program and the Ohio State Political Theory Workshop present:
Professor Elisabeth Ellis, University of Otago
"Democratic Justice and Environmental Policy"

Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ninth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

Friday, October 30, 2015
Professor Kit Fine, New York University
"Truthmaker Semantics for Imperative Logic"

Monday, November 2, 2015
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Avery White, The Ohio State University
"Overconsumption as an Adaptive Preference"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Philosophy of Religion Group Presents:
Professor Einar Bøhn, University of Agder

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Nature, Morality, and Law in the Anthropocene

Friday, November 6, 2015
M&E Colloquium Presents:
Professor Einar Bøhn, University of Agder
"Indefinitely Descending Ground"

Monday, November 9, 2015
Mind Group Presents:
Andrew Moon, Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University
"Evolutionary Moral Debunking Arguments: Lessons from Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism"

Friday, November 13, 2015
Value Colloquium Series Presents:
Professor David Plunkett, Dartmouth College
“Law, Morality, and Everything Else: General Jurisprudence as a Branch of Metanormative Theory”

Monday, November 16, 2015
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Ishan Ashutosh, Indiana University-Bloomington
"Regimenting Migrants: Post-colonial Nationalism and the South Asian Diaspora"

Friday, November 20, 2015
Professor Hallie Liberto, University of Connecticut
"Coercion, Deception, and Sexual Consent"

Friday, December 4, 2015
Career Roundtable

Friday, December 11, 2015
M&E Colloquium Presents:
Professor Brendan Gillon, McGill University
"The Development of Logic in Early Classical India"

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2014-15 Colloquium

Spring Semester 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents:
Professor John Broome, University of Oxford
"Climate Change: Life and Death"
"Normativity in Reasoning"

Monday, March 2, 2015
Mind Group Presents:
Professor Zoe Drayson, University of Pittsburgh
“Direct Realism and the Predictive Mind”

Friday, March 6, 2015
Philosophy of Religion Group Presents:
Professor Michael Rea, University of Notre Dame
“Hiddenness and Transcendence”

Monday, March 9, 2015
LLS Presents:
Filippo Casati, University of St. Andrews
“Three Meinongs Plus One”

Thursday, March 12, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015
4th Annual Philosophy/Linguistics Workshop: No Ifs Ands or Buts

Friday, March 27, 2015
Professor Jamie Tappenden, University of Michigan
 "Styles of Mathematical Explanation. Why do Elliptic Functions Have Two Periods?"

Monday, March 30, 2015
The Society for the History of Modern Philosophy Presents:
Professor Zvi Biener, University of Cincinnati
"Newton's a priorism about space and its rejection"

Monday, April 6, 2015
Value Colloquium Series Presents:
Professor Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, UK
“Emotion, Perception and the Self in Moral Epistemology"

Monday, April 13, 2015
Language or Logic Colloquium Series Presents:
Professor Stephen Yablo, The Ohio State University
"Ifs, Ands, and Buts: A Truthmaker Semantics for (Some) Indicative Conditionals"

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents:
Professor Elizabeth Barnes, University of Virginia
“Hermeneutical Injustice and Disability Pride"

Friday, April 17, 2015
Professor Elizabeth Barnes, University of Virginia
"Realism and Social Structure"

Friday, April 24, 2015
The Graduate Philosophy of Religion Group Presents:
Professor David Manley, University of Michigan
"Fine-Tuning and Confirmation Theory: Some Complications"

Monday, April 27, 2015
Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents:
Professor Michael Lynch, University of Connecticut
“Who Wants to Know?” Privacy and Autonomy in the Age of Big Data

Autumn Semster 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014
The Society for the History of Modern Philosophy Presents:
Professor Tad Schmaltz, University of Michigan
“Descartes's Critique of Scholastic Teleology”

Friday, September 5, 2014
Professor Don Baxter, University of Connecticut
“Assent in Sextus and Hume”

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Mershon Center Presents:
Professor Eldar Shafir

Friday, September 19, 2014
CEHV Presents:
Professor Matthew Smith, University of Leeds
“Reliance on Evil”

Friday, September 26, 2014
Professor Abe Roth, OSU
“Intention, Expectation, and Promissory Obligation”

Friday, October 17, 2014
Professor Connie Rosati, University of Arizona
“Welfare and Rational Fit”

Friday, October 24, 2014
LLS Presents:
Professor Wilfried Sieg, Carnegie Mellon
“What is the Concept of Computation?”

Monday, October 27, 2014
The Melton Center Presents:
Professor Yitzhak Melamed, Johns Hopkins
“Spinoza’s Mereology”

Friday, November 7, 2014
Professor Mitzi Lee, University of Colorado-Boulder
"Aristotle on the Ultimate Good, or, on Why Aristotle is not an Ethical Egoist"

Friday, November 14, 2014
Professor Mark Schroeder, University of Southern California
“The Unity of Reasons”

Friday, November 21, 2014
Professor John Campbell, University of California-Berkeley
“Imaginative Understanding and Mental Causation”

Friday, December 5, 2014
Professor Derk Pereboom, Cornell University
“Responsibility without Desert”

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2013-2014 Colloquium


Spring Semster 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014
Professor Dean Zimmerman, Rutgers University
"Substance Dualism and Some Varieties of Property Dualism"

Monday, January 13, 2014
Dr. Andrew Shtulman
"Conceptual and Epistemic Obstacles to Understanding Science"

Thursday, January 16, 2014
LLS Presents:
Professor Paula Quinon, Lunds University
"Is the Church-Turing Thesis a Carnapian Explication?"

Friday, January 24, 2014
Pragmatics/Linquistics Talk Presents:
Professor Robert Stainaker, MIT

Monday, January 27, 2014
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Eric Macgilvray, OSU
"Market in Pettit's Republicanism" 

Monday, February 3, 2014
Consilience Project Presents:
Professor Anthony Chemero, University of Cincinnati
"The End of the Debate Over Extended Cognition"

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
M & E Colloquium Presents:
Professor Peter Hanks, University of Minnesota
"Propositional Content and Types of Speech Acts"

Friday, February 7, 2014
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Toby Reiner, Dickinson College
"Meaning as Purpose: Shared Understandings and Interpretive Methods in Michael Walzer's Conception of Justice"

Friday, February 7, 2014
Professor Gabriel Greenberg, UCLA
"Reference and Prediction in Pictorial Representation"

Friday, February 14, 2014
Pragmatics/Linguistics Talk Presents:
Professor Maria Aloni, University of Amsterdam
"On Epistemic and Deontic Free Choice (joint work with Michael Franke)"

Friday, February 21, 2014
Professor Hannah Ginsborg, University of California
"The Significance of Signposts: A Challenge to ‘Quietism’ about Meaning"

Monday, February 24, 2014
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Joel Wainwright, OSU
“Reading Capital with Being and Time

Friday, February 28, 2014
Graduate Colloquium Presents:
John Hurst, OSU
"The Irrationality of Emotional Recalcitrance"

Monday, March 3, 2014
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Dr. Dana Howard, OSU
"On Reasonable Hope"

Monday, March 3, 2014
M & E Colloquium Presents:
Professor Jeff Speaks, University of Notre Dame
"Is Phenomenal Character Out There in the World?"

Monday, March 17, 2014
LLS Presents:
Professor John Burgess, Princeton University
"Modality and Mentality"

Friday, March 21, 2014
Professor Gabriel Uzquiano, USC
"Propositions and Modality"

Friday, March 28, 2014
Professor Sarah Moss, University of Michgan
"On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Epistemic Modals"

Monday, March 31, 2013
LLS Presents:
Professor Eileen Nutting, University of Kansas
“Hilbert’s Geometry and Mathematical Truth"

Friday, April 4, 2014
Spring COMPAS Conference

Monday, April 7, 2014
Political Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Loren Goldman, Ohio University
“Rorty, Kant, and Prophetic History"

Monday, April 14, 2014
CEHV Presents:
Professor Richard Freeman, Harvard University

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CEHV Presents:
Professor Thomas Pogge, Princeton University
"The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice and Efficiency in Global Health"

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Mini Conference: Free Will in Early Modern Philosophy

Autumn Semester 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013
Professor Stewart Shapiro, OSU
"An Aristotelian Continuum"

Friday, September 6, 2013
Professor Brian Weatherson, University of Michigan
"Running Risks Morally"

Friday, September 13, 2013
CEHV Presents:
Professor Graham Hubbs, University of Idaho
"Transparency, Corruption, and Democratic Institutions"

Friday, September 20, 2013
CEHV Presents:
Professor Gerald Gaus, University of Arizona
"Public Reason Liberalism and its Unfortunate Insulation Claim"

Monday, October 4, 2013
CEHV Presents:
Professor Cass Sunstein, Harvard University
"Deciding by Default"

Frdiay, October 11, 2013
Professor Robert Pasnau, University of Colorado
"Ideas as Objects of Perception: Where Did That Mistake Come From?"

Monday, October 14, 2013
CEHV Presents:
Professor Bill Gardner, OSU
"The Capability Model of Child Well-Being and Child Policy"

Friday, October 25, 2013
Mershon Center Presents:
Professor Douglas MacLean, University of North Carolina-Chapill Hill
"Some Reflections on the Value of Pain and Suffering"

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
LLS Presents:
Professor Roy Cook, University of Minnesota
"Frege's Definition of Cardinal Number"

Friday, November 22, 2013
Professor Peter Railton, University of Michigan
"Aesthetic Value as a Tertiary Property"

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2012-2013 Colloquium Schedule


Spring Semester 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Cognitive Science Presents:
Dr. Andrew Shtulman
"Conceptual and Epistemic Obstacles to Understanding Science"

Friday, February 8, 2013
Politcal Theory Workshop Presents:
Professor Kevin Vallier, BGSU
"In Defense of Unacceptable Reasons: Why Intelligibility Is All Political Liberals Need"

Friday, February 22, 2013
LLS Presents:
Professor Grahman Priest, University of Melbourne & CUNY
"Much Ado About Nothing"

Monday, February 25, 2013
Mershon Center Presents:
Professor Rae Langton, MIT
“Can We Fight Speech with Speech? Generic Speech as a Case Study"

Thursday, March 21-Friday, March, 22, 2013
The Philosophy and Linquistics Departments Co-host "Workshop on Reference"

Friday, March 22, 2013
Professor Robin Jeshion, University of Southern California
"The Uniformity and Syntactic Arguments for Predicativism about Proper Names"

Friday, March 29, 2013
Mershon Center Presents:
Professor Elizabeth Anderson, University of Michigan
“The Social Epistemology of Morality: Learning from the History of Slave Emancipation”

Friday, April 5, 2013
Professor Rachel Barney, University of Toronto
“Moral Motivation and Practical Reason in Ancient Philosophy”

Friday, April 12, 2013
Porfessor James Woodward, University of Pittsburgh
"Causation: Interactions Between Philosophical Theories and Psychological Research"

Autumn Semester 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012
Professor Erin Kelly, Tufts University
"Desert and Fairness in Distributive Justice"

Friday, September 7, 2012
Professor Roger White, MIT
"Disrespecting the Evidence"

Friday, September 14, 2012
Mershon Center Presents: Professor Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan
“Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation”

Friday, September 21, 2012
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values presents:
Professor Selim Berker, Harvard University
"Epistemic Teleology and the Separateness of Propositions"

Friday, October 5, 2012
Professor Patricia Blanchette, University of Notre Dame
“Models and Consistency in Geometry and Logic”

Friday, October 19, 2012
Mershon Center presents: Professor Charles Griswold, Boston University
"Liberty and Compulsory Civil Religion in Rousseau's Social Contract, and Adam Smith's Alternative"

Friday, October 28, 2012
Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents:
Professor David Shoemaker, Tulan University
"The Stony Metaphysical Heart of Animalism"

Sunday, October 28, 2012-Monday, October 29, 2012
Spinoza Mini-Conference, organized by Professor Tamar Rudavsky
Participants: Steven Nadler, Jacob Adler, Michael LeBuffet

Friday, November 11, 2012
LLS Presents:
Professor Janice Dowell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Flexible Contextualism about Deontic Modals"

Friday, November 2, 2012
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents:
Professors David Sobel & Janice Dowell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Advice for the Non-analytic Naturalist"

Friday, Novermber 9, 2012
Professor John MacFarlane, Univeristy of California, Berkeley
"Objective and Subjective Oughts"

Friday, November 16, 2012 -  Sunday, November 18, 2012
Moral Psychology Mini-Conference, organized by Professor Timothy Schroeder
Please see the conference schedule here.

Friday, December 7, 2012
Professor Richard Holton, MIT
"Intention as a Model for Belief"

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2011-2012 Colloquium Schedule


Spring Quarter 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012
Professor Bob Batterman, Unversity of Pittsburgh
"The Tyranny of Scales"

Friday, April 6, 2012
Matt McCall, OSU (Graduate Colloquium)
"Saving the Simplicity of Mirachles: Al-Ghazali and the Principle of Divine Parsimony"

Friday, April 13, 2012
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents
Macalester Bell, Columbia University
"What's So Special about Resentment? Hard Feelings and Divalue Pluralism"

Friday, April 20, 2012
Jessica Wilson, University of Toronto
" No Work for a Theory of Grounding"

Monday, April 23, 2012
The Value Theory Series presits: Professor Jonathan Way, University of Southampton"
"Reasons as Premises of Good Reasoning"

Friday, April 27, 2012
The Consilience Project Presents: Thomas Nadelhoffer, Dickinson College
"Pure Retributivism and the Problem of Psychopathy"

Friday, May 11, 2012
Timmothy Fuller, OSU (Graduate Colloquium)
"Non-individualistic Scientific Inference: Extended Scientific Minds and Population-level Theory Change"

Friday, May 18, 2012
The Consilience Project Presents: Peter Langland-Hassan, University of Cincinnati
"The Contents of Inner Speech"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
LLS Presents: Geoffrey Hellman, University of Minnesota
"Nominalism in Mathematics Revisited

Friday, May 25, 2012
Danny Pearlberg, OSU (Graduate Colloquium)
"Reasons, Causes, and the Extended Mind Hypothesis"

Friday, June 15, 2012
Wesley Cray, OSU (Graduate Colloquium)
"Some Ideas about Ideas and the Idea Idea"

Winter Quarter 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012
Professor Chris Pincock, University of Missouri
"Explanation and Difference-Making"

Friday, January 13, 2012
Professor Alyssa Ney, University of Rochester
"Neo-positivist Metaphysics"

Friday, January 20, 2012
Professor Douglas Kutach, Brown University
“The Asymmetry of Influence”

Friday, January 27, 2012
Dr. Joel Velasco, California Institute of Technologies
"The Consequences of Tree-Thinking: A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Species Problem"

Thursday, February 23-24, 2012
Philosophy/Linquistics joint workshop: "Something About Vagueness"
For more information please see schedules and details

Friday, March 2, 2012
Professor Antonia LoLordo, University of Virginia
"Three Problems in Locke's Substance-Mode Ontology"

Friday, March 9, 2012
Professor David Christensen, Brown University
"Epistemic Modesty Defended"
347 University Hall, 3:30 p.m. 

Autumn Quarter 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011
Professor David Chalmers, NYU and Australian National University"
"Inferentialism and Two-Dimensionalism"

Friday, October 21, 2011
OSU Center for Cognitive Science presents Professor Randy Gallistel, Rutgers University
"Memory and the Computational Brain"

Friday, October 28, 2011
OSU Center for Cognitive Science presents Professor Michael Arbib, University of Southern California

Thursday, November 10-12, 2011
Mershon Center is hosting a conference, Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazālī
Conference webpage

Friday, December 2, 2011
Professor Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley
"Social Equality and the Value of Democracy"

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2010-2011 Colloquium Schedule


Spring Quarter 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011
Mershon Center Presents
Professor Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University

Friday, April 8, 2011
Professor Tyler Burge, University of California, Los Angeles
"Origins of Perception"

Friday, April 15, 2011
Professor Melissa Barry, Williams College
"The Motivation of Irrational Action."

Friday, April 29, 2011
The Consilience Project Presents
Professor Dan Kelly, Purdue University
"Moral Disgust and the Yuck Factor: A Case Study in Selective Debunking."

Thursday, May 12, 2011
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents
Professor Jonathan Haidt, University of Virginia
“The Rationalist Delusion in Moral Psychology, Public Policy, and (New) Atheism”

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Professor Jonathan Weinberg, Indiana University
“Intuitions, Inferences, and the Inevitability of Experimental Philosophy”

Friday, May 20, 2011
Professor Michael Della Rocca, Yale University
"Explaining Reference."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
LLS Presents: Professor Philip Ehrlich, Ohio University-Athens
“A Re-examination of Zeno’s Paradox of Extension”

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Professor Declan Smithies and Jeremy Weiss, OSU
"Affective Phenomenology and Reasons for Action"

Winter Quarter 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011
Professor Jim Pryor, New York University
"Frege's Problem and Computer Science"

Friday, January 28, 2011
Professor Gideon Rosen, Princeton University
"Modality and Morality"

Friday, February 18, 2011
Mershon Center Presents
Professor Geoffrey Brennan
Australian National University/University of North Carolina/Duke University

Monday, February 21, 2011
Professor Sarah Stroud, McGill University
"Partiality and Plural Agency"

Friday, March 4, 2011
Professor Andrew Janiak, Duke University
"Three Concepts of Cause in Newton's Thought"

Monday, March 7, 2011
Professor Michael Bratman, Stanford University
"Why Be Means-end Coherent?"

Thursday, March 10, 2011
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents
Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Psychology)
Nansook Park, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Psychology)

"What Makes Life Worth Living: Lessons from Positive Psychology"

Friday, March 11, 2011
The Consilience Project Presents
Professor Shaun Nichols, University of Arizona

Autumn Quarter 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
LLS Presents: Professor Alan Hajek, Australian National University
"A Plea for the Improbable"

Friday, September 24, 2010
Professor Ted Sider, NYU
"The Metaphysics of Fundamentality"

Friday, October 1, 2010
Professor David Enoch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Being Responsible, Taking Responsibility, and Penumbral Agency"

Friday, November 5, 2010
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents
Professor David Pizarro, Cornell University
"Bringing Character Back: A Person-Centered Approach to Moral Judgement"

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2009-2010 Colloquium Schedule

Spring Quarter 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010
Professor Desmond Hogan, Princeton University
"Kant and the Character of Mathematical Inference"

Friday, April 30, 2010
Professor Thomas Kelly, Princeton University
"Following the Argument Where it Leads:
Reflections on an Intellectual Ideal"

Friday, May 14, 2010
Professor Carolina Sartorio, University of Arizona
"Forking Paths: Rethinking Dual Control"

Friday, May 28, 2010
Professor John Rudisill, College of Wooster
Michael Von Ansback Young, (Completing JD at OSU)
"Against Public Reason in Rawls"

Winter Quarter 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
LLS Presents Professor Alan Hajek, Australian National University
"A Plea for the Improbable"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values Presents
Professor David Benatar, University of Cape Town, South Africa
"The Limits of Reproductive Freedom"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
LLS Presents Professor Carl Posy, Hebrew University
"On the Finite: Some Lessons from Kant"

Autumn Quarter 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009
Professor Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
"How Analytic Philosophy Has Failed Cognitive Science"

Friday, October 30, 2009
Professor Diana Raffman, University of Toronto
"Psychological Hysteresis and the Sorites Paradox"

Friday, November 13, 2009
Professor Sharon Street, NYU
"Coming to Terms with Contingency: Humean Constructivism about Practical Reason"

Friday, December 4, 2009
Professor Alex Byrne, MIT
"Silent Soliloquy and Thought Insertion"

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2008-2009 Colloquium Schedule

Spring Quarter 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009
Professor Christopher Pincock, Prudue University
"Abstract Representations and Confirmation"

Friday, April 24, 2009
Professor Sarah Buss, University Michigan

Friday, May 9, 2009
Professor Jeff King, Rutgers University
"Questions of Unity"

Thursday, May 28, 2009
LLS Presents Professor Igal Kvart, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Probabilistic Knowledge and Soft Skepticism"

Winter Quarter 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009
Professor Piers Turner, University of North Carolina
"Jurisdiction, Justification, and Mill's Anti-paternalism"

February 12, 2009
Professor Nick Zangwill, Durham University, England
"Musical Experience and Private Language"

March 4, 2009
Professor Nick Zangwill, Durham University, England
"Aesthetic Formalism"

Autumn Quarter 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008
LLS Presents Professor Martin Pleitz, Munster, Germany
"Metric Logic and Prior's Problem"

Friday, October 10, 2008
Professor Don Garrett, New York University
"Hume's Causal Sense"

Thursday, October 23, 2008 (4:30 p.m.)
LLS Presents Professor Marco Panza, University of Paris Seven
"The Twofold Role of Diagrams in Euclid's Plane Geometry"

Friday, October 24, 2008
Professor Kit Fine, New York University

Friday, November 14, 2008
Professor Susanna Siegel, Harvard University
"Cognitive Penetrability and Perceptual Justification"

Friday, December 5, 2008
Professor Valerie Tiberius, University of Minnesota
"Normative Epistemic Constructivism"

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2007-2008 Colloquium Schedule

Spring Quarter 2008

Friday, April 4, 2008
Professor Thomas Hofweber, University of North Carolina
"Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics".

Friday, April 11, 2008
Professor Saul Fisher
"Types and Tokens of Types"

Friday, April 25, 2008
Professor Martha Bolton, Rutgers University

Friday, May 2, 2008
Professor Robert Audi, Notre Dame
"Skepticism About the A Priori: Self-Evidence, Defeasibility, and Cogito Propositions"

Friday, May 9, 2008
Professor Elizabeth Harman, Princeton University
"Harming as Causing Harm: A Solution to the Non-Identity Problem"

Friday, May 23, 2008
Professor Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh
"The Neurological Arguments against the Massive Modularity Hypothesis"

Autumn Quarter 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007
Professor Cian Dorr, University of Pittsburgh
"De Re A Priori Knowledge"

Friday, October 19, 2007
Professor Daniel Stoljar, ANU/ Harvard Univeristy
"What is a Physical Property"

Friday, October 26, 2007
Professor Seana Shiffrin, UCLA
"Promising, Intimate Relationships, and Conventionalism"

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2006-2007 Colloquium Schedule

Spring Quarter 2007

April 27, 2007
Professor Robert Adams, Oxford University
"Conflict, Morality, and Democracy"

May 4, 2007
Professor Tommie Shelby, Harvard University
"Racism, Morality, and Social Criticism"

May 11, 2007
Professor Jeffrey King, University of Southern California
"The Nature and Structure of Content"

Winter Quarter 2007

January 19, 2007
Tad Schmaltz, Duke
"Descartes on the Extensions of Space and Time"

March 2, 2007
John Martin Fischer, UC Riverside
"Source Incompatibilism"

March 9, 2007
Kieran Setiya, Pittsburgh
"Believing at Will"

Autumn Quarter 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006
Professor Karen Bennett, Princeton University
"Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology"

Wednesday, October 25,2006
LLS Presents Professor John Skorupski University of St. Andrews
What is Normativity?

Friday, November 17, 2006
Professor Sally Haslanger, MIT

Friday, December 1, 2006
Professor Calvin Normore, UCLA
"Extended Bodies"

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2005-2006 Colloquium Schedule

Spring Quarter 2006

Friday, April 7, 2006
Gary Hatfield, University of Pennsylvania
"On Perceptual Constancy and Visual Space"

Monday, April 17, 2006
John Broome, University of Oxford
"Are the Requirements of Rationality Normative?"

Friday, May 5, 2006
Thomas Hurka, University of Toronto
"Asymmetries in Value"

Friday, May 12, 2006
John Hawthorne, Rutgers
"Singular Thought"

Winter Quarter 2006

Friday, January 6, 2006
Steven Gross
"Knowledge of Meaning, Conscious and Unconscious"

Monday, January 9, 2006
Stephan Hartmann, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Modeling in Philosophy of Science"

Friday, January 13, 2006
Wayne Wu, UC Berkeley
"Attention and Agency in the Causal Order"

Friday, January 21, 2006
Jonathan Weisberg, Rutgers University
"Debunking the Representation Theorem Argument for Probabilism"

Monday, January 23, 2006
Declan Smithies, NYU
"Consciousness, Attention, and Rational Intuition"

Monday, January 29, 2006
Christian Wuthrich, University of Pittsburgh
"Approaching the Planck Scale from a Generally Relativistic Point of View"

Friday, February 3, 2006
Michael Glanzberg, University of California at Davis
"Context and Unrestricted Quantification"

Autumn Quarter 2005

Friday, September 23, 2005
Demetra Sfendoni-Mentzou, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
"Locating the Real Behind the Theater of Representations: A Critique of B. van Fraassen's Constructive Empiricism"

Friday, October 14, 2005
Jason Stanley, Rutgers
"Knowledge, Action, and Interests"

Friday, November 4, 2005
Lisa Downing, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Superadding Thought to Matter"

Monday, November 7, 2005
Abe Roth, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Testimonial Warrant: Heard & Overheard"

Monday, November 14, 2005
Ben Caplan, University of Manitoba
"Sets and Sandwiches"

Friday, November 18, 2005
Tim Schroeder, University of Manitoba
"The Neuroscience of Moral Motivation (Or, What Makes Kantians Tic?)"

Friday, December 2, 2005
Richard Samuels, King's College, London
"What's Wrong with the Extended Mind?"

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