Past Events

  • 2017 Apr 08

    Harvard/MIT Graduate Philosophy Conference

    (All day)


    Emerson Hall 305

    9.00am - 9.30am: Breakfast

    9.30am - 10.50am: Michelle M. Dyke ‘From Normative Disagreement o Normative Antirealism?’

    Commentator: Doug Kremm

    11.00am - 12.20pm: Jonah Nagashima ‘What Counts as Fundamental?’

    Commentator: David Balcarras

    12.20pm - 1.30pm: Lunch

    1.30pm - 2.50pm: Wes Siscoe ‘Sui Generis Linguistic Norms’

    Commentator: Samia Hesni

    3.00pm - 4.20pm: Max Lewis ‘The Goldilocks Dilemma for Pessimists about...

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  • 2017 Apr 01

    Teleology within Physics?: Optimization Principles from Leibniz to the Modern Day

    (All day)


    Robbins Library, Emerson 211

    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...

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  • 2017 Mar 31

    Philosophy Alumni Panel

    1:00pm to 2:30pm


    Robbins Library, Emerson 211

    As part of Advising Fortnight 2017, the Department of Philosophy welcomes students to a philosophy alumni panel on Friday, March 31st at 1PM in Robbins Library.

  • 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 10

    Colloquium Lecture: Peter Railton (Michigan)

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Emerson Hall 305

    Peter Railton (Michigan): First Steps Toward an Epistemology of Intuition in Ethics

    Abstract:  Appeals to intuition and intuitions have figured in philosophy at least since Socrates, and in the intervening millennia intuition and intuitions have been put to use for a variety of philosophical purposes, especially, in order to escape worries about regress in perception, thought, and action.  Today, the method of appealing to intuitions in thought experiments has become central to many areas of philosophy—though there has been some dissent over...

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  • 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

    Fri - Sat, 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

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