Department Events

Upcoming Events

2019 Mar 29

Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Harvard

(All day)

Call For Papers: Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference at Harvard

March 29-30
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Panel Respondents: Moira Weigel, Robert Reid-Pharr, and others (TBD)

The #MeToo movement has raised questions about the ethics of love, sex, and desire. Narrowly, it has raised questions about sexual consent and violation; broadly, it has raised questions about attraction, power, monogamy, adultery, sex work, and more. Thinkers and artists throughout history, from Plato and...

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2019 Apr 23

Lecture: Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) on Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) on Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

Sponsored by The Colloquium for Intellectual History, The Department of Philosophy, The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Center for Jewish Studies, and The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Past Events

2018 Dec 06

Practice Job Talk: Zoe Jenkin

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Tanner Room, Emerson 310
Philosophy department doctoral student Zoe Jenkin will be presenting.
2018 Dec 05

Practice Job Talk: Kate Vredenburgh

11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Tanner Room, Emerson 310
Philosophy department doctoral student Kate Vredenburgh will be presenting.
2018 Nov 29

Autumn Patricia Ahn: "Documentation as Poetic-Witness"

7:30am

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 Nov 28

Harvard Logic Colloquium: Charles Parsons "Kreisel and Gödel"

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Logic Center, Room 420, 2 Arrow Street
We present a narrative of Georg Kreisel’s relation to Kurt Gödel, based on their correspondence. What appears to have been their first contact was Kreisel’s application in 1955 for a year’s membership at the Institute for Advanced Study. This was granted and extended for a second year. Then Kreisel returned to his position at the University of Reading in England. But he began a wandering life, spending time at Reading, Stanford University, the University of... Read more about Harvard Logic Colloquium: Charles Parsons "Kreisel and Gödel"
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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