Past Events

  • 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.

  • 2015 Apr 30

    MBB Event--Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Science of Language



    Yenching Auditorium

    The Mind, Brain, & Behavior Graduate Student Steering Committee presents an interdisciplinary conversation between Jesse Snedeker (Harvard Psychology), Gennaro Chierchia (Harvard Linguistics), Gina Kuperberg (Tufts Psychology), and Meredith Rowe (Harvard Graduate School of Education) on the subject of the science of language.

    Moderator: Alfonso Caramazza (Harvard Psychology)

  • 2015 Apr 23

    Harvard Review of Philosophy Annual Lecture



    Emerson 210

    Derek Parfit (All Souls College, Oxford) "Can We Avoid the Repugnant Conclusion?: On the Ethics of Population and Lexical Superiority"

    More than thirty years ago, in Reasons and Persons, Parfit sketched out his mere addition paradox, which involved a seemingly repugnant conclusion: that compared with the existence of many people who would all have some very high quality of life, there could be some much larger number of people whose existence would be better, even though these people would all have lives that were barely worth living. This Thursday, Parfit...

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  • 2015 Apr 18

    2015 Harvard-MIT Graduate Conference in Philosophy

    (All day)



    Keynote Speaker: Robert Stalnaker, Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    We invite submissions from graduate students for a conference hosted by the Philosophy Departments at Harvard University and MIT to be held on April 18th, 2015 at Harvard University.  Papers from all areas of philosophy are welcome, and we especially encourage authors from underrepresented groups in philosophy to submit.

    The deadline for submission of papers is January 16th...

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