Department Events

Upcoming Events

2018 Oct 19

Autumn Patricia Ahn: "Documentation as Poetic-Witness"

7:30am to 9:30am

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211

Autumn Patricia Ahn "Documentation as Poetic-Witness": a workshop

In this workshop, we will use listening and writing as a form of complex “secondary” poetry. “Secondary” in this case, meaning a peripheral consciousness. Using rapid association, this technique allows the senses to take precedent to the consciousness. Akin to the “automatic writing” practices developed by the Surrealist & Dada-ist art movements of the early 20th century, also recognized and employed by early psychologist philosophers such as William James and writers such as Gertrude...

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2018 Oct 19

Autumn Patricia Ahn: "Documentation as Poetic-Witness"

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211

Autumn Patricia Ahn "Documentation as Poetic-Witness": a workshop

In this workshop, we will use listening and writing as a form of complex “secondary” poetry. “Secondary” in this case, meaning a peripheral consciousness. Using rapid association, this technique allows the senses to take precedent to the consciousness. Akin to the “automatic writing” practices developed by the Surrealist & Dada-ist art movements of the early 20th century, also recognized and employed by early psychologist philosophers such as William James and writers such as Gertrude...

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2018 Nov 09

Celebrating the Life and Work of Stanley Cavell: Memorial Church Tribute

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Memorial Church, Harvard University

Seating begins at 4:00pm with the event starting at 4:15pm.

A reception will follow in Robbins Library of Philosophy, Emerson Hall 211.

Note: those attending the Memorial Church Tribute might also be interested in the all-day conference devoted to Stanley Cavell's life and work, which will take place on Saturday,...

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Past Events

2018 Sep 28

Belonging: The Challenges of Reentry

1:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Barker Center, Thompson Room

Conference purpose: The purpose of this conference is to learn more about the experiences of returning citizens navigating society after being incarcerated, by creating a conversation where philosophers, activists, and members of affected communities discuss mass incarceration and the challenges of offender reentry.

This conference will be live-streamed. Details will be available on our Facebook page at:...

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2018 Apr 12

Harvard Logic Colloquium: Boris Zilber (Oxford)

4:00pm

Location: 

Logic Center, Room 420, 2 Arrow Street

Boris Zilber (Oxford): Between Model Theory and Physics

There are several important issues in physics which model theory have potential to help with. First of all, there is the issue of adequate language and formalism, and closely related to this there is a more specific problem of giving rigorous meanings to limits and integrals used by physicists. I will present a variation of ‘positive model theory’ which addresses these issues and discuss some progress in defining...

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2018 Apr 06

Advising Fortnight: Alumni/ae Panel

3:00pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211

Considering a philosophy concentration or already a concentrator?

Please come hear and ask questions of our alumni/ae concentrators.

Refreshments from Mike's Pastries will be served.

Open to all Harvard students.

2018 Mar 22

Harvard Logic Colloquium: Donald Martin (UCLA)

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Logic Center, Room 420, 2 Arrow Street

Donald Martin (UCLA): Cantor's Grundlagen

Cantor’s early (1883) Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannigfaltigkeitslehre is badly organized and has
important errors and omissions. Nevertheless it is rich in content, and its concepts are in some ways
superior to Cantor’s later ones.

I will mainly concentrate on a few aspects of Grundlagen: (1) what might be called Cantor’s quasiaxiomatic,
iterative account of ordinal numbers; (2) the role that something like a Replacement Axiom
plays in this account; (3) the...

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2018 Mar 08

CANCELLED (due to weather): Louis deRosset (University of Vermont) "Skepticism about Grounding"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Emerson Hall 305
The Department of Philosophy regrets that the scheduled colloquium lecture by Louis deRosset (University of Vermont) has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. Professor deRosset's lecture will be part of our fall 2018 colloquium series and will be delivered on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Read more about CANCELLED (due to weather): Louis deRosset (University of Vermont) "Skepticism about Grounding"
2018 Mar 05

Harvard Review of Philosophy Annual Lecture: Dale Jamieson (NYU)

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Emerson 305
Dale Jamieson (NYU) will present the annual Harvard Review of Philosophy Lecture on Monday, March 5th in Emerson Hall Room 305. A reception in Robbins Library will follow.

Abstract:  It is now widely accepted that humans and non-humans are continuous with respect to sentience and other properties that may be regarded as sufficient for moral concern. To suppose otherwise is sometimes derided as requiring Homo Sapiens to have a moral immaculate conception that is scarcely believable. Yet, the idea that agency appeared in Homo Sapiens by... Read more about Harvard Review of Philosophy Annual Lecture: Dale Jamieson (NYU)
2018 Mar 02

Ethics of Belief Workshop

Fri - Sat, Mar 2 to Mar 3, 9:00am - 6:00pm

Location: 

Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Professors Selim Berker and Susanna Rinard invite you to attend a workshop on the "Ethics of Belief" on March 2nd and 3rd. Speakers will include:

  • Stewart Cohen
  • Richard Foley
  • Pamela Hieronymi
  • Jim Joyce
  • Miriam McCormick
  • Conor McHugh
  • Kate Nolfi
  • Susanna Rinard

The workshop is free and open to all. Talks are not pre-read.

In addition to the speakers, commentators-at-large will include: Melissa Barry, Rima Basu, John Bengson, Andrew Chignell...

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2018 Feb 01

How to Write a Philosophy Paper

5:00pm

Location: 

Emerson 210
Undergraduates are invited to join Department Writing Fellow Javier Caride for a presentation on "How to Write a Philosophy Paper."
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