Lucy Allais, Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy (UC San Diego) will present a talk entitled "Kant's Racism" 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.
The Harvard Review of Philosophy is pleased to welcome Professor David Chalmers of New York University on Tuesday, April 11th. Chalmers, an esteemed philosopher know for his work in the philosophy of mind and in the allied areas of philosophy and cognitive science, is the author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory, editor of several collections of essays, and the co-director of PhilPapers.
David Sedley, Emeritus Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge will speak to the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop on "Xenocrates and the Invention of Platonism"
This workshop aims to investigate the rise and implications of seemingly teleological laws and principles of nature from the 17th century to the modern day.
It is a familiar story that natural teleology played an important role in Ancient and Medieval philosophy. Things were held to strive towards their natural place in the universe: Fire rises in order to reach the heavens, rocks fall in order to reach the center of the earth. Such explanatory appeals to ends, purposes, final causation and the general order of nature were largely contested with the birth of the mechanical philosophy...