Past Events

  • 2015 Nov 05

    Modern Democracy as Agnostic Egalitarianism



    Emerson 210

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)


    Far from merely a regime type, modern democracy is a set of interlocking and partly conflicting values and practices and yet behind all this complexity can be detected a general stance of amazing coherence. I can think of no better name for this stance than agnostic egalitarianism. This egalitarianism is agnostic in that it pleads a conscientious ignorance as to whether people are equal or unequal, in what respects, to what degree, and so on. Despite appearances, this egalitarianism...

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  • 2015 Nov 03

    Must China be Faulted for its Political System?



    CGIS South S020

    Ci Jiwei (University of Hong Kong)

    Abstract: One enduring legacy of the Cold War for China is a very common perception, at home and abroad, of its political system as morally inferior and hence in need of fundamental change. At the core of this perception is China’s supposed lack of democracy. This is viewed as an incorrigible deficiency of China’s political system with both domestic and international implications. The Chinese state registers this perception as an injury to its pride as an equal among the world’s political systems and, more...

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  • 2015 Oct 30

    Workshop on Plato's Phaedo

    Fri - Sat, Oct 30 to Oct 31, 9:30am - 5:15pm


    Tsai Auditorium and Emerson 310

    This two-day workshop brings together scholars from over 20 different colleges and universities.

    For a full session schedule please see the attached pdf.

    All sessions are open to the public.

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  • 2015 Oct 29

    Colloquium Lecture: Graham Priest (CUNY)

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Emerson Hall, 305

    Graham Priest (CUNY) "Objects that are not Objects"

    Abstract: When involved in projects concerning language and its limits, a number of philosophers (Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Frege) have been driven to the  conclusion that there are certain thing which appear to be both objects and not objects.  They have tried to avoid the contradiction by various strategies, such as the apparently desperate one of declaring some of their own assertions to be meaningless. However, a quite different strategy is to accept the contradictions involved. This...

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  • 2015 Oct 23

    Philosophy & Film Series: Memento



    Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

    Introduction by Ned Hall

    Join us for a screening of Christopher Nolan's film Memento and for conversation about the philosophical issues it raises.

    Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
     Harvard Yard

  • 2015 Oct 22

    Minorities and Philosophy Event



    Emerson 305

    Rachel Ann McKinney (MIT postdoc) "Discursive Antagonism, Communication, and the Value of Conversation"

    Reception to follow in Robbins Library (Emerson 211)

    Sponsored by MAP Harvard & MIT Philosophy Departments

  • 2015 Oct 03

    Generics Workshop at Harvard Philosophy Department

    Sat - Sun, Oct 3 to Oct 4, 10:30am - 12:00pm


    Emerson 310

    Workshop Program

    Saturday, October 3, 2015
    10:45 am – 11:45 am: Alex Anthony (Rutgers) – Taste and Genericity
    Commentator: Ravi Thakral (St Andrews)

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Matt Teichman (Chicago) – Genericity and Quantification
    Commentator: Joseph Milburn (Pittsburgh)


    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (Cambridge) – The Effect of Context on Generic and Quantificational Generalisations
    Commentator: John Collins (East Anglia)

    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: James Kirkpatrick (Oxford...

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  • 2015 Sep 04

    Department Open House for Freshmen and Sophomores

    2:00pm to 3:00pm


    Robbins Library, Emerson Hall
    Freshmen and sophomores are invited to attend this open house session so that they can learn more about the department from faculty and current concentrators.
  • 2015 May 07

    Minorities and Philosophy Event

    5:00pm to 7:00pm


    Emerson 305

    Myisha Cherry (University of Illinois at Chicago) "Black Rage and the Anger 'Police'"

    A philosophical look at Lauryn Hill, bell hooks, and Audre Lorde's account and defense of moral anger.

    Reception in Robbins Library following the talk.