Internal Events

Internal Colloquia

Jamie Fritz
September 7, 2018: 3.30pm
347 University Hall

Christa Johnson
November 30, 2018: 3:30pm
347 University Hall

"Acknowledgement, Tragic-Remorse, and Thresholds for Constraints"

Abstract: Moderate deontologists hold that while it is wrong to kill an innocent person to save, say, five other individuals, it is indeed morally permissible to kill one if, say, millions of lives are at stake. A basic worry concerning the moderate’s position is whether the view boils down to mere philosophical wishful thinking. In permitting agents to ever kill an innocent, moderates require that agents treat persons as means, in opposition to traditional deontological motivations. Indeed, in allowing seemingly consequentialist considerations to outweigh deontological ones, the view simply collapses into a form of consequentialism This paper works to construct a moderate position that allows for thresholds while avoiding this collapse. I first show that there is conceptual room for a view that holds an agent can be constrained from an action even though there are instances in which an infringement of this constraint is permissible. This account of constraints appeals crucially to the moral emotions apt to accompany constraint infringements. I then go on to show how this view can be grounded in traditional deontological foundations with no concession to consequentialism. Respect for the dignity of persons, I argue, requires not only that we not treat others in certain ways, but also that we acknowledge the direct and indirect effects our actions and inactions have on all persons. This deontological motivation, in turn, leads to a moderate constraint on the actions of agents.

Giorgio Sbardolini
February 8, 2019: 3:30pm
347 University Hall

Graduate Student Workshop

The Graduate Student Workshop is a forum in which graduates students come together to present their work among their peers. GSW is open to all graduate students, as well as others' to the discretion of the speaker.

Every Second Monday, 6:00pm
353 University Hall

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

MAP is an inclusive group that considers issues pertaining to the status of minorities in philosophy. Philosophy faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate majors are welcome to attend.

Time: 3:30 Room: 347 University Hall
One Monday a Month

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer

Miscellaneous Metaphysics

Miscellaneous Metaphysics is a reading group that covers a wide range of metaphysical topics. Readings vary from meeting to meeting as selected by the members of the group.  
Every other Wednesday, 5:30p
Boston Stoker

Society for the History of Modern Philosophy (SHMP)

The Society for the History of Modern Philosophy organizes a number of events that facilitate learning about philosophy during the modern period. Currently there are three different groups associated with the society: 

1) Reading group: currently reading women philosophers from the early modern period
2) Workshop: venue for graduate students and faculty to present work on the history of modern philosophy
3) Latin reading group: focusing on philosophical latin from the 16th and 17th centuries

Scott Harkema

Society for Mathematical Logic and Foundational Studies (SMLFS)

The Society for Mathematical Logic and Foundational Studies seeks to create a forum for dialogue on the subject of Mathematical Logic and Foundations, and to collaborate with people from all disciplines interested in such matters. SMLFS is primarily a reading group, but also invites speakers annually. The group is open to all interested participants.

Every Other Thursday, 6:00p
353 University Hall

Matt Souba

Consilience: The CCBS Student Organization Reading Group

The CCBS Student Organization is an interdisciplinary reading group for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in scientific approaches to mental and physical phonomena.  Anyone interested in scientific cognition, mind, psychology, agency, etc. should feel encouraged to come! For more information, please visit CCBS Facebook page.