Department Events

Upcoming Events

2019 Apr 23

Lecture: Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) "Adorno, Aesthetic Negativity, and the Problem of Idealism"

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) Adorno, Aesthetic Negativity, and the Problem of Idealism

For more information about the talk, please visit the Center for European Studies website at: https://ces.fas.harvard.edu/events/2019/04/hold-adornos-aesthetic-theory-7

Sponsored by The Colloquium for Intellectual History, The Department of Philosophy, The...

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Past Events

2018 Oct 24

Harvard Logic Colloquium: Sam Buss (UCSD) "Bounded Arithmetic, Expanders, and Monotone Propositional Proofs"

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Logic Center, Room 420, 2 Arrow Street
This talk discusses a new combinatorial proof of the existence of expander graphs, which can be carried out in the bounded arithmetic theory VNC1 corresponding to alternating linear time. As an application, we prove that the monotone propositional sequent calculus polynomially simulates the full propositional sequent calculus. Prior to this, only a quasipolynomial simulation was known. Joint work with Valentine Kabanets, Antonina Kolokolova, and Michal Koucky.
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 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 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"