Department Events

Upcoming Events

2017 Apr 17

Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop: Lucy Allais (UC San Diego)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


Robbins Library, Emerson 211

Lucy Allais, Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy (UC San Diego) will present a talk to the History of Philosophy Workshop at Harvard University on April 17, 2017 from 4-5:30 in Robbins Library (Emerson 211). A reception in the library will follow.

2017 Apr 21

Book discussion with Professor Susanna Siegel



Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA

Please join Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard Susanna Siegel at the Harvard Book Store for a discussion of her new book The Rationality of Perception. This is event is being supported by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as part of their series "Ethics in Your World."

Past Events

2016 Dec 12

Emerson Hall Poetry Night



Robbins Library of Philosophy, Emerson Hall 211

Join your fellow philosopher-poets in Robbins Library for an evening of familiar and original readings.

Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. 


2016 Nov 03

Harvard Logic Colloquium: Theodore Slaman

4:00pm to 6:00pm


Logic Center, Room 420, 2 Arrow Street

Theodore A. Slaman (University of California Berkeley): Recursion Theory and Diophantine Approximation

Recursion Theory deals with the definability of sets, especially sets of natural numbers or equivalently
real numbers. Diophantine Approximation deals with the approximation of real numbers by rational
numbers, which can be viewed as a number theoretic form of definability. We will discuss connections
between these areas.

2016 Oct 21

Conference on Normative Ethics and Welfare Economics

Sat - Sun, Oct 21 to Oct 22, 8:15am - 5:00pm


Harvard Business School, Room 340 Chao Center

The conference will bring together economists and philosophers to discuss normative issues at the boundary of the two disciplines. Presentations and discussions will be of broad interest to scholars in the social sciences and the humanities. We invite faculty members and graduate students with research interests in this area, as well as undergraduates and other interested scholars, to join us. For more information visit

2016 Sep 21

Emerson Hall Poetry Night



Robbins Library, Emerson 211

For those who are unfamiliar with the series, we in the Philosophy Department host an informal open-mic night: people sign up for slots during which they can read their own poetry or any other poetry that they really enjoy (or, really, anything creative). The basic idea is to get together to affirm our collective humanity through worship of the expressive possibilities of the English language.

2016 Sep 20

Philosophy & Literature Reading Group

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Robbins Library, Emerson 211

The first meeting of the Philosophy and Literature Reading Group will take place on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:00-8:00 in Robbins Library.

We will be discussing pages 15 to 45 of Theodor Adorno's Minima Moralia.

2016 Apr 30

Celebration of the Philosophy and Teaching of T.M. Scanlon

12:30pm to 7:00pm


Austin Hall North

Please join us for a celebration of the philosophy and teaching of Professor T. M. Scanlon on the occasion of his retirement from teaching.

With presentations by some of Tim's former students on their work.

Free and open to the public.

2016 Apr 22

Philosophy & Film Series: La Jetée



Tanner Room, Emerson 310

Please join us for a showing of Chris Marker's La Jetée (the inspiration for 12 Monkees) with philosophical reflection and discussion led by Professor Richard Moran.

2016 Apr 15

Law & Philosophy Colloquium

Sat - Sun, Apr 15 to Apr 16, 8:30am - 12:40pm


Lewis 214

Please join us for the Second Annual Harvard Graduate Law & Philosophy Colloquium, this Friday and Saturday in Lewis 214! The aim of this colloquium is to allow graduate students from all disciplines to present their work on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and philosophy, and to critically engage with both faculty and other graduate students in these areas. This year, we are excited to feature Professor Kamm as our keynote speaker, at noon on Friday.

2016 Apr 08

Conversation on Themes in the Work of Stanley Cavell

5:00pm to 7:00pm


Robbins Library, Emerson 211

Sandra Laugier (Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) will present from her paper ‘Voices as forms of life and Life Form’

Richard Moran (Philosophy, Harvard University) will present from his paper ‘Stanley Cavell on Recognition, Betrayal, and the Photographic Field of Expression’

Alice Crary (Philosophy, The New School for Social Research), will respond, followed by general discussion.   

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