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  • Emerson Hall Entrance

    Harvard Department of Philosophy

    Our department has a rich and distinguished history

  • Undergraduate student

    An Exciting Present

    Our undergraduate & graduate students benefit from close interaction with a distinguished faculty

  • Sean Kelly lecturing

    Outstanding and Engaging Faculty

    Our faculty members are both accomplished scholars and stimulating teachers

  • Doctoral student

    Become Part of Our Future

    At Harvard University's Department of Philosophy, you help shape who we will become

  • Emerson Hall Entrance

    Harvard Department of Philosophy

    Our department has a rich and distinguished history

  • Doctoral student

    An Exciting Present

    Our undergraduate & graduate students benefit from close interaction with a distinguished faculty

  • Susanna Siegel lecturing

    Outstanding and Engaging Faculty

    Our faculty members are both accomplished scholars and stimulating teachers

  • Doctoral student

    Become Part of Our Future

    At Harvard University's Department of Philosophy, you help shape who we will become

Upcoming Events

Jan 30

History of Philosophy Work-in-Progress Group: Colin Chamberlain (Temple)

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Tanner Room, Emerson 3rd Floor

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Colin Chamberlain (Temple University) will give a talk for the History of Philosophy Work-in-Progress Group on Friday, January 30 at 2PM in the Tanner Room.

Chamberlain is a recent graduate of the Department of Philosophy whose work focuses on the body problem in Descartes and Malebranche, as well as in contemporary philosophy.

Feb 04

Lunch in the Library

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson 211

We want to welcome back our undergraduate concentrators, graduate students, department visitors, and faculty with lunch in Robbins Library on Wednesday, February 4 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

Come and enjoy delicious food and informal conversation with members of the philosophy department! We look forward to seeing you!

Feb 05

Emerson Hall Poetry Night

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson 211

You are cordially invited to the post-winter-break session of the Emerson Hall Poetry Night, on Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 PM. As always, it will be in our beloved Robbins Library, on the second floor of Emerson Hall.

As before: come to read or just to listen; come with a significant other or a friend, etc.; come to drink wine and eat too much cheese after dinner without the usual social stigma. Also, please forward this to anyone who might be interested, regardless of which department they're affiliated with. See you all there!

Feb 10

Philosophy and Literature Reading Group

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson 211

The first Spring term meeting of the Philosophy and LIterature Reading Group will be held on Tuesday, February 10, from 6:00-8:00 PM in Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211.

We will be discussing chapter 4 ("Work" pp. 136-167) of Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition. Whether this is your first time or you have been a regular attendee, we look forward to seeing you!

Feb 26

Department Colloquium

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Emerson 305

Stephen Darwall  (Yale) "Commanding Reasons and 'Commands of Reason': Kant on Moral Obligation"

Reception in Robbins Library following the lecture

Sponsored by the M&P Workshop

Feb 28

Philosophy Alumni Event: Eric Kaplan

3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Emerson 210

Eric Kaplan, Harvard alumnus and current producer and writer for The Big Bang Theory, will share how his love of philosophy influenced his career path.  There will be an hour-long Q&A session with Mr. Kaplan following his presentation.

Mar 12

Department Colloquium

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Emerson 305

Sarah Moss (Michigan) "A Defense of Probabilistic Knowledge"

Reception in Robbins Library following the lecture

Mar 24

Cognitive Theory and the Arts Seminar

7:00pm

Location: 

Barker Center, Room 133

Sean Kelly (Harvard) "Techne, Technology, and Truth from Aristotle to Foucault"

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

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