Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
Please join Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy at Harvard Susanna Siegel at the Harvard Book Store for a discussion of her new book The Rationality of Perception. This is event is being supported by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as part of their series "Ethics in Your World."
Lucy Allais, Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy (UC San Diego) will present a talk entitled "Kant's Racism" to the History of Philosophy Workshop at Harvard University on April 17, 2017 from 4-5:30 in Robbins Library (Emerson 211). A reception in the library will follow.
The Harvard Review of Philosophy is pleased to welcome Professor David Chalmers of New York University on Tuesday, April 11th. Chalmers, an esteemed philosopher know for his work in the philosophy of mind and in the allied areas of philosophy and cognitive science, is the author of The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory, editor of several collections of essays, and the co-director of PhilPapers.
David Sedley, Emeritus Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge will speak to the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop on "Xenocrates and the Invention of Platonism"
This workshop aims to investigate the rise and implications of seemingly teleological laws and principles of nature from the 17th century to the modern day.
It is a familiar story that natural teleology played an important role in Ancient and Medieval philosophy. Things were held to strive towards their natural place in the universe: Fire rises in order to reach the heavens, rocks fall in order to reach the center of the earth. Such explanatory appeals to ends, purposes, final causation and the general order of nature were largely contested with the birth of the mechanical philosophy...
Peter Railton (Michigan): First Steps Toward an Epistemology of Intuition in Ethics
Abstract: Appeals to intuition and intuitions have figured in philosophy at least since Socrates, and in the intervening millennia intuition and intuitions have been put to use for a variety of philosophical purposes, especially, in order to escape worries about regress in perception, thought, and action. Today, the method of appealing to intuitions in thought experiments has become central to many areas of philosophy—though there has been some dissent over...
Theodore A. Slaman (University of California Berkeley): Recursion Theory and Diophantine Approximation
Recursion Theory deals with the definability of sets, especially sets of natural numbers or equivalently real numbers. Diophantine Approximation deals with the approximation of real numbers by rational numbers, which can be viewed as a number theoretic form of definability. We will discuss connections between these areas.
The conference will bring together economists and philosophers to discuss normative issues at the boundary of the two disciplines. Presentations and discussions will be of broad interest to scholars in the social sciences and the humanities. We invite faculty members and graduate students with research interests in this area, as well as undergraduates and other interested scholars, to join us. For more information visit www.hbs.edu/faculty/conferences/2016-newe
Joel Hamkins (City University of New York): Recent Advances in Set-theoretic Geology
Set-theoretic geology is the study of the set-theoretic universe V in the context of all its ground models and those of its forcing extensions. For example, a bedrock of the universe is a minimal ground model of it and the mantle is the intersection of all grounds. In this talk, I shall explain some recent advances, including especially the breakthrough result of Toshimichi Usuba, who proved the strong downward directed grounds hypothesis: for any set-indexed family of...
For those who are unfamiliar with the series, we in the Philosophy Department host an informal open-mic night: people sign up for slots during which they can read their own poetry or any other poetry that they really enjoy (or, really, anything creative). The basic idea is to get together to affirm our collective humanity through worship of the expressive possibilities of the English language. People read others' work and sometimes original poetry or translations; some people come just to listen; we have had readings in Old English (!), Latin, Spanish, French, Polish, and Dutch; sometimes...