Past Events

  • 2014 Oct 04

    Islamic-Arabic Philosophy Workshop

    9:00am to 4:30pm


    Robbins Library, Emerson 211, Harvard University


    9:00 – 9:30: Coffee and Pastries

    9:30 – 10:45: Jon McGinnis (Missouri – St. Louis) “Mind the Gap: Avicenna’s New Argument against Actually Infinite Space and Its Reception”

    11:00 – 12:15:
    Kara Richardson (Syracuse) "Avicenna on Determinism and Human Freedom"

    12:30 – 1:30: Light Lunch in Robbins Library

    1:45 – 3:00: Emma Gannage (Georgetown) "Revisiting al-Kindi's...

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  • 2014 Oct 02

    Department Colloquium

    4:00pm to 6:00pm


    Emerson 305

    Christopher Shields (Notre Dame) "Fractured Goodness: an Academic Dispute"

    Reception in Robbins Library following the lecture

  • 2014 Oct 01

    MBB Distinguished Lecture



    Northwest Building, Room B-103

    Professor Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich) "Neuroeconomics as a Unifying Approach Towards Understanding the Human Mind and Individual Behavior"

    post-talk commentary by Drazen Prelec (MIT)

  • 2014 Sep 30

    MBB Distinguished Lecture



    Northwest Building, Room B-103

    Professor Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich) "The Neurobiology of Human Altruism"

    post-talk commentary by Professor Joshua Greene (Harvard)

  • 2014 Sep 24

    Harvard Logic Seminar

    4:30pm to 5:30pm


    Logic Center, Room 408, 2 Arrow Street

    Gil Sagi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) "What is a Fixed Term?"

    In standard model-theoretic semantics, logical terms are said to be fixed in the system while nonlogical terms remain variable. Much effort has been devoted to characterizing logical terms, those terms that should be fixed, but little has been said on their role in logical systems: on what fixing them precisely amounts to. My proposal is that when a term is considered logical in a system, what gets fixed is its intension rather than its extension. I provide a rigorous way of spelling out this idea. Further, I...

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  • 2014 Sep 19

    PhD Informational Meeting for Juniors and Seniors

    1:00pm to 2:00pm


    Bechtel Room, Emerson Hall 1st Floor

    This informational session is designed for upper-level students who may be considering an advanced degree in philosophy.

  • 2014 Sep 16

    Emerson Hall Poetry Night

    7:30pm to 9:30pm


    Robbins Library, Emerson 211

    Please join us for our regular reminder-and-celebration-of-our-humanity at the Emerson Hall Poetry Night!

    If you're a newcomer, the basic idea is this: people sign up for ten-minute slots during which they can read their own poetry or any other poetry that they really like (or really, anything creative that has poetic qualities).

    So, come to read or just to listen! And bring your significant other, friend, family members, etc. People from all departments are welcome. There will be drinks and snacks, good poetry and excellent company. We hope to see you there!


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  • 2014 Sep 12

    Philosophy Concentrators Welcome Party

    4:00pm to 5:30pm


    Bechtel Room, Emerson Hall 1st Floor

    We invite our concentrators to celebrate their return to campus and reconnect with their fellow concentrators at a party hosted by the Philosophy Department.