Philosophy

Colloquium

The Philosophy Colloquium

 

The philosophy colloquium is the place where members of the Philosophy faculty, members of other departments, students, and invited speakers from other academic institutions meet to share and discuss works in progress.

Coming Up:

Friday September 26

in Mackinac Hall BL-L110 at 3:00PM

David Danks

(Carnegie Mellon University)

Will be giving a talk entitled:

Goals, Learning, and Ontology

Abstract: Goals, interests, and preferences are clearly relevant for reasoning and decision making. In this talk, I will argue that our goals have a much wider influence, both normatively and descriptively. First, I will examine the role of goals in learning. A standard view in both philosophy and cognitive science is that learning yields approximately veridical representations of the world, and our goals enter only when we use those representations for reasoning and decision-making. In contrast, I will present both empirical evidence and normative arguments that our goals --- more precisely, our beliefs about the challenges that we will likely face in the future --- matter for how and what we learn about the world. Learning is not simply a matter of mirroring the world in our representations, but is intimately tied to our goals and purposes. Second, I will examine the influence of goals on ontology. Our best sciences are frequently held to be a key way to learn about the world's higher-level ontology and structure. I will argue that which scientific theory is “best” depends in part on our goals or purposes, and so our best accounts of the (higher-level) ontology of the world are goal-dependent in deep ways. In particular, it is possible to have a certain type of ontological pluralism. Time permitting, I will further present two scientific case studies in which this pluralism actually arises.

 

All colloquia will be on Fridays in Mackinac Hall (MAK) BLL-110 from 3:00-4:30 pm (unless otherwise noted)


Contact Professor Andrew Spear (spearaATgvsu.edu) with any questions.

 

 

Fall 2014 Schedule (pdf)

 

Winter 2014 Schedule

 

January 24

 

The Persistence of Agency Through Social Institutions and Caring for Future Generations

 Elizabeth Victor (GVSU Philosophy)

 

 

January 31

 

Robustness of Cosmological Simulations

Emre Keskin (GVSU Philosophy)

 

 

Thursday

February 13

 

Hauenstein Center American Conversation Lecture,

7:00 PM Loosemore Auditorium (Downtown Campus):

Structural Conditions for Civility  

Deborah Mower (Youngstown State University)

February 14

 

Ritual as Cognitive Scripts for Moral Perception

Deborah Mower  (Youngstown State University)

 

 

March 14

Heidegger & Mereology

Tyler Klaskow (GVSU Philosophy)

 

March

21 & 22

2nd Annual Calvin-GVSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (Location: Kennedy Hall of Engineering Rooms 324/330 on GVSU’s Downtown Campus)

March 21 at (Time TBA) Keynote: The Incarnation and the Multiverse

Tim O’Connor (Indiana University)

March 22 at (Times TBA) Student Presentations

March 28

Skepticism, Realism, and Transactional Pragmatism

Frank Ryan (Kent State University)

April 4

Seneca’s Theoretically Practical Modes of Living

Peter Anderson (GVSU Classics)

April 11

The Actual Absolute and the Ideal Community of Inquirers: Peirce and Royce 100 Years Later   

Kelly Parker and Dwayne Tunstall (GVSU Philosophy)

 

Fall 2013 Schedule

 

September 20

 

 

Relativism without the Fancy Intensions

Gillian Russell (Washington University in St. Louis)

 

September 27

 

Atomic Poetry and the Philosophy of Lucretius

Gwen Gruber (GVSU Classics)

 

 

October 11

 

Topic: Metaphysics, Title: TBA
Wesley Cray (GVSU Philosophy)

 

October 18

 

Special Event in Honor of GVSU Philosophy Distinguished Alumnus Craig Reynolds, Associate Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Michigan.

 

 

Wednesday October 23

To Really Learn, Should I Quit Studying and Take a Test? The Role of Trying to Remember in Establishing New Knowledge  

Tom Carr (Michigan State University Psychology)

Co-sponsored meeting with GVSU Psychology Department, ROOM TBA

 

November 1

 

Topic: Accelerationsim, Title: TBA

Steven Shaviro (Wayne State English)

Note: 4:30pm in Kennedy Hall of Engineering Rooms 324/330 on GVSU’s downtown campus.

Co-sponsored with GVSU College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office for Public Culture, and GVSU School of Communications

 

November 15

Does Autonomy have an Authenticity Component?

Jeffrey Byrnes (GVSU Philosophy)

November 22

The History of Philosophy vs. The History of Ideas

David Vessey (GVSU Philosophy)

 
 
 

Winter 2013 Schedule

January 18

 

Teaching Practice on the Chinese Traditional Culture for Foreigners

Xiaohua Wang

(Zhejiang Gongshang University & Visiting Scholar at GVSU)

January 25

Are Atheists Normal? Reflections on the Cognitive Science of Religion

Kelly Clark

(Kaufman Interfaith Institute & GVSU Philosophy)

   

 

February 8

 

Pediatric Assent versus Adult Consent

Eric Chwang

(University of Colorado at Boulder)

February 15

No One Freely Causes Harm

Debra Nails

(Michigan State University)

   

March 22

TBA

Charles Hogg

(GVSU Philosophy

April 12

TBA

Lambert Zuidervaart
(Institute for Christian Studies of Toronto)

 


Fall 2012 Schedule

 

October 4---6

Society for Ethics Across The Curriculum 14th Annual Conference hosted at GVSU (Downtown)

 

 

October 5

 

Picturing Human Life

Michael Slote

(University of Miami)

 

 

October 12

 

Humility: From Sacred Virtue to Secular Vice?

David McNaughton

(Florida State University)

 

October 26

 

Intentionality and Indexicality: Content Internalism and Husserl’s Logical Investigations

Andrew Spear

(Grand Valley State University)

 

 

November 9

 

Vainglory (full title TBA)

Rebecca DeYoung

 (Calvin College)

 

November 16

TBA

Yuhu Yu

(Xiamen University)

 

November 30

Contextualizing Exploitation

Hallie Liberto

(University of Connecticut)

 

December 7

Ethics, the Theory-Action Gap, and the Promise of Activist Pedagogy

Lisa Kretz

(Grand Valley State University)

 


Winter 2012 Schedule

 

 

 February 3

 

 

Nietzsche and Blanchot on the Eternal Return of Finitude

Matt Sanderson

(West Shore Community College)

 

 

 

February 10

 

Co-Sponsored with GVSU East Asian Studies

Interpreting Lao Zi’s view on Dao through a close reading of the line 'It goes everywhere yet is never in peril’ in chapter 25 of Dao De Jing

Li Ruohui

(Fudan University)

 

 

 

March 16

 

Analytic Moral Functionalism and its Permutation Problem

Michael Byron

(Kent State)

 

 

March 23

 

TBA

Cristina Lafont

(Northwestern University)

 

 

March 30

 

Robust Flickers of Freedom

Michael Robinson

(GVSU Philosophy)

 

 

April 13

 

Talking Virtue Without Character: A Response to Empirical Challenges to Virtue Ethics

Brian Robinson

(GVSU Philosophy)

 

 

 

 

Fall 2011 Calendar

 

 

 

September 15

 

 


The Lost Art of Democratic Debate? A Panel Discussion

(GVSU Professors Charles Pazdernik, John Uglietta, Kathleen Underwood, and Darren Walhof)

 

 

 

Thursday September 22

 

GVSU Fall Arts Celebration Distinguished Lecture:

Justice: What’s the Right thing to Do?

Michael Sandel (Harvard)

Time & Location: 7pm on the 2nd floor of the Eberhard Center GVSU Downtown Campus

 

October 14

 

What is Sellars’ Theory of We-Intentions?

Ronald Loeffler (GVSU)

 

 

October 28

 

Jackson’s Dual Stipulation: The Incoherence of the Description of Mary

GVSU Philosophy Distinguished Alumni Noel Boyle

(Belmont University)

 

 

November 4

 

A Prior Puzzle About the A Priori

Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

 

 

November 11

 

 

 

Adorno’s ‘Culture Industry Reconsidered’ Reconsidered

Sarah McGrath (GVSU)

 

 

December 2

Advocacy and Listening in Feminist Ethics

Melissa Mosko (GVSU)

 

Winter 2011 Calendar

February 11
“Why Philosophy?: A Panel Discussion on the Nature, Uses and Relevance of Philosophy”
(GVSU Professors Stephen Rowe, Maria Cimitile and David Vessey)
 
February 18   
“Can a Bad Guy have Good Gongfu?—Gongfu and Ethics”
Peimin Ni (GVSU Philosophy)

February 25   
“Unequal Human Worth: a Philosophical Challenge from China (or Confucianism)”
Donald Munro (University of Michigan)
Co-sponsored with GVSU East Asian Studies Program.

March 18
“Existential Trust: Understanding Trust as an Existential Mood” Jeffrey Courtright (GVSU Philosophy)

March 25   TALK CANCELLED
“TBA”
Laura Arcila (GVSU Philosophy)

April 8   
"Nature, Self, and Artifice: the Somatic Arts and the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.”
Brian Bruya (Eastern Michigan University)
Co-sponsored with GVSU East Asian Studies Program.

April 15   
“The Perils of Persuasion: Logic, Agency and Pluralism”
Scott L. Pratt (University of Oregon)

April 22
Celebrating the Examined Life
A Recognition Symposium for Senior Philosophy Majors at GVSU
Friday April 22 at 3:00pm in Mackinac Hall BLL-110
 

Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia are in

BLL-110 Mackinac Hall, 3:00 - 4:30pm

 

Fall 2010 Calendar

 

 

September 10

 

 

“If a world with liberal education isn’t affordable, can we afford a world without it?” 

A panel discussion based on Martha Nussbaum’s “Education for Profit, Education for Freedom.”

(A LIB 100 Event)

 

October 1

 

Aaron Simmons (GVSU Philosophy)

“Do Embryos Have Interests?  Why Embryos Have Future Adult Lives But Still Are Not Harmed from Death."

 

October 15

 

Sarah McGrath (GVSU Philosophy)

“Public Freedom and Difference: Why Diversity Matters for Democracy”

 

October 22

 

Doug Kindschi (GVSU Mathematics & Philosophy)

“The Role of Mathematics in Philosophy: Plato to Russell (Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the Publication of Principia Mathematica, Volume I)

 

November 5

 

Danielle Lake (GVSU Philosophy & Liberal Studies), “Diversity and Sustainability: the Need for Integration”

(A LIB 100 Event)

 

November 12

 

Mathias Brochhausen (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science at Saarland University, Germany & Visiting Scholar at the University at Buffalo)

“The Relevance of Philosophy to Applied Ontology”

 

November 19

 

James Beebe (University at Buffalo)

“Recent Work in Experimental Epistemology”

 

 

 

Unless otherwise noted, all colloquia are in

BLL-110 Mackinac Hall, 3:00 - 4:30pm

 

Past Guest Speakers

 

James Campbell (University of Toledo)

Ted Cohen (University of Chicago)

Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame University)

Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern University)

Mylan Engel (Northern Illinois University)

Chris Gauker (University of Cincinnati)

Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)

David Hoekema (Calvin College)

Nick Huggett (University of Illinois, Chicago)

David Ingram (Loyola University, Chicago)

Dale Jamieson (New York University)

Mark Lance (Georgetown University)

Chris Latiolais (Kalamazoo College)

Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)

Christian Lotz  (Michigan State University)

Charles Mills (Northwestern University)

Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)

Jamie Tappenden (University of Michigan)

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