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Departmental Colloquia as well as talks Philosophy Workshop Series from previous semesters are listed below.


WINTER 2014

Fri. Feb 7 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Joseph Carew, McGill University
The Metaphysical Threat of Silence: Reconsidering Hegel's Idealism.

Fri. Feb 14 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Eliot Michaelson, McGill University
Two Puzzles About Vagueness and Quantification.

Fri. Feb 21

Time: 3 p.m.
Prof. Charles Taylor, McGill University
Beyond G.H. Mead: the primacy of the dialogical
Arts 160

Fri. Feb 28 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Noah Moss Brender, McGill University
Phenomenology as Philosophy of Nature: Merleau-Ponty, Embodied Cognition, and Dynamic Systems Theory

Mon. March 17

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Jonathan Cohen, University of California, San Diego
Perceptual integration, modularity, and cognitive penetration

Fri. March 21

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Agnes Gellen Callard, University of Chicago
Aspiration

Fri. March 28

Time: 3:30 p.m.
James Porter, University of California at Irvine
Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche on Epicurus

Fri. April 4 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Marie-Anne Casselot-Legros, McGill University
Trouble in the Air: Heidegger and Irigaray on Dwelling.

Fri. April 11 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Tim Juvshik, McGill University

Mon. April 14

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Roger Scruton, Visiting Professor at Oxford University and the University of St Andrews
Arts Council Room, ARTS 160

Fri. April 18 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Ray Aldred, McGill University

FALL 2013

Fri. Sept 13

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Robert Hopkins, NYU
The Real Challenge to Photography (as Communicative Representational Art)

Fri. Sept 27

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Georgina Born, Oxford
Relationship Ontologies and Social Forms in Digital Music

Fri. Oct 11 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Daniel Wilson, University of Auckland
Kant and Artistic Appreciation

Fri. Oct 18

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt
A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement

Fri. Oct 24

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Jeff Speaks, University of Notre Dame 
The metaphysics of phenomenal character

Fri. Nov 8 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Muhammad Velji, McGill University
Merleau-Ponty, Schizophrenia and the Pathology of Feminine Space

Fri. Nov 15 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 4 p.m.
Oran Magal, McGill University
Teratological Investigations: What's in a mathematical monster?

Fri. Nov 22

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Mauro Rossi, UQAM
Wellbeing, Preference Satisfaction, and Interpersonal Utaily Comparisons

Fri. Nov 29

Bruno Whittle, Yale
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Incompleteness and the Limits of Mathematical Knowledge

Fri. Dec 6 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Melanie Coughlin, McGill University
Feuerbach and the History of Nihilism

SUMMER 2013

August 21-23, 2013

Normativity in Perception Conference

This is an invitation to all students, postdocs and faculty members  to an international conference on Normativity in Perception being held at McGill University from 21-23 August, 2013.  This conference combines analytical, phenomenological, and psychopathological perspectives to address the question of the nature of norms in perceptual experience.  The conference will feature several prominent international philosophers working within or at the intersections of these disciplines. Please see the attached schedule for titles and times.

normativity_conference_2013_schedule.doc

Monday, June 10, 2013

Launch of The Video Art of Sylvia Safdie by Eric Lewis

5 – 7 p.m.
Sala Rossa
4848 St-Laurent
Montreal, QC

Friday, May 17

Launch of Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005)– La bibliothèque d’un philosophe

l’Auditorium du Centre d’archives de Montréal de BAnQ,
535, avenue Viger Est

6 p.m. (conference)

7 p.m. (launch)

RSVP by Wed. May 15 via email: rsvp [at] banq.qc.ca.

November 2012 - August 2013

Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005) – La bibliothèque d'un philosophe Exhibition
From November 13, 2012 to August 25, 2013
Grande Bibliothèque
Main exhibition hall, Level M
475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est
Montréal
Free admission Tuesdays through Fridays, from 12 noon to 9 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The exhibition is a BAnQ production.

Winter 2013

Friday, March 22

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
John MacFarlane, UC Berkeley
Title: "Objective and Subjective Oughts."

Friday April 12

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Michael Ferejohn, Duke University
Title: "Causal Definitions and the Unity of Substance in Metaphysics Z".

Fall 2012

Friday, September 21

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Jennifer Nagel
Title: Disagreement and Variation in Epistemic Intuition

Friday, October 5

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Fanny Söderbäck
Title: Art, Politics, and the Public Sphere

Friday, October 19

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Daniel Weinstock 
Title: The Ethical Bases of Linguistic Pluralism

Friday, November 23

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Daniel Halliday
Title: Should Liberals be Committed to Institutions? How the Requirements of Justice might be Collective rather than Indirect

Winter 2012

 Friday, February 10

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Yves Bouchard (Université de Sherbrooke)
Title: Epistemic Contexts and Indexicalized Knowledge

Friday, March 9

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Günther Zöller (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich)
Title: ‘Homo homini civis. The Modernity of Classical German Political Philosophy’

Friday, March 23

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Christine Tappolet (Université de Montréal)
Title: Alethic Pluralism: What Prospect?

Friday, April 13

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Garrett Cullity (University of Adelaide)
Title: "Loving the Bad"

Fall 2011

 Monday, September 19

Time: 3:00, LEA 927
David Sedley  (Cambridge University)
Title: The First Greek Atheists.

Friday, September 23

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Catriona Mackenzie  (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Title: Embodied Agents, Narrative Selves.

Friday, November 18

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia)
Title: Meaning and Contingency, Or, How Scientific Philosophy Became Analytic Philosophy

 Winter 2011

 January 21

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Devin Henry (Western Ontario)
Title: Optimality and Teleology in Ancient Greek Science

February 11

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Andrew Kania (Trinity University)
Title: Sounds and Silence: On the Nature of Music

March 11

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Lisa Downing (OSU)
Title: Locke’s Metaphysics and Newtonian Metaphysics

March 18

Time:3:30, LEA 927

Tamar Gendler (Yale)

Title: Giving Notice: Attention, Perception and Bias

April 1

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Linda Martín Alcoff (Hunter College/CUNY)
Title: To be or not to be post-racial: a realist approach to social identities


Fall 2010

September 24

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Daniel Conway (Texas A&M)
Title:Life After the Death of God

October 15

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Stavroula Glezakos (Wake Forest)
Title: Meaning Well

October 22

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Graham Priest (Melbourne, St. Andrews/Arche, CUNY Graduate Centre)
Title: Mathematical Pluralism

November 12

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Iddo Landau (Haifa)
Title:Should Marital Relations be Non-Hierarchical?

November 15 *MONDAY

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Timothy Williamson (Oxford)
Title: Evidence of Evidence


Winter 2010

January 15

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Stephen Yablo (MIT)
Title:Pretense, Presuppostition and Assertive Content

January 22

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Daryn Lahoux (Queens)
Title: Truth, Coherence, Realism, and why they Matter to the Historian of Science

February 5

Time:3:30, LEA 927
Ann Cudd (Kansas)
Title:Wanting Freedom

March 5

Time:3:30 - 5:30 LEA 927
Martha Bolton (Rutgers)
Title:Locke and Leibniz on Substances and Moral Subjects

March 26

Time:3:30 - 5:30pm LEA927
John Drummond (Fordham)
Title:Having the Right Attitudes

April 9

Time:3:30 - 5:30pm LEA927
Erin Eaker (Maryland, College Park)
Title:What is the philosophical significance of the Kripkean necessary a posteriori?


Fall 2009

September 2, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 11:00, LEA 927
Shiloh Whitney, McGill
Title: A New Expression of the Third Dimension: How Perspective Drawing Illustrates the Institution of Visual Space Perception

September 18

Time: 3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
Stewart Cohen (Arizona)
Title: Epistemic Justification

September 25

Time: 3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
Richard Heck (Brown)
Title: Against Deflationism

September 28 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 2 - 4pm, LEA 927
Bruno Guindon, McGill
Title: Two Faces of Normativity

October 1

Time: 4:00 - 5:00, LEA 927
Michael Meyer (ULB)
Title: Art and Beauty: Towards a New Esthetics beyond Kant and Hegel

October 2

Time: 3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
Michael Zimmerman (N.C. State Greensboro)
Title:Responsibility, Reaction, and Value
co-sponsored by GRIN

October 5, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 1:30, LEA 927
Oran Magal, McGill
Title: Another Look at the 'Paradox of Analysis' and the Content of Mathematics

October 26

Time: Monday - 3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
John Broome (Oxford)
Title:The Ethics of Climate Change
co-sponsored by GRIN

October 29, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 11:00, LEA 927
Brian Redekopp, McGill
Title: Husserl and Davidson on the Singularity of the World

November 2, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 1:30, LEA 927
Michael Blome-Tillmann, McGill
Title: Presuppositions and the Semantics of Definite Descriptions

November 13

Time:3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
Karen Nielson (Western Ontario)
Title:Aristotle and Epictetus: On what is up to us

November 20

Time:3:30 - 5:30, LEA 927
Robert Wisnovsky (McGill)
Title: Avicennian Ontology in the Islamic East (Mashriq) in the 12th Century CE: A Sketch

November 25, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 11am, LEA 927
Anna Ezekiel, McGill
Title: Nietzsche’s critique of the “Christian” conception of the subject

December 7, 2009 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 1:30, LEA 927
David Chabot, McGill
Title: Epistemic Invariantism and Assertion: A Pragmatic Solution to the Contextualist Challenge


Winter 2009

Friday, April 24

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Pierre Destree, Louvin
Title: "Justice, happiness, and poetry in Plato's Republic"

Wednesday, April 15 *** note special day ***

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Tim Bayne, Oxford
Title: The reach of phenomenality

Monday, March 30 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 12:00, LEA 927
Anna Ezekiel, McGill
Title: Nietzsche's Attempt at a Philosophy of Affirmation:
Getting from language as trope to Romantic and Christian themes in Nietzsche's conception of the self

Friday, March 27

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Jim Higgenbotham, USC
Title: Reflexive Thoughts and Normal Forms

Monday, March 23

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Dirk Schlimm, McGill
Title: On the creative role of axiomatics

Friday, March 20

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Jacob Levy , McGill
Title: Constitutionalism without social contractarianism

Monday, March 16 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 12:00, LEA 927
Olivier Mathieu, McGill
Title: Artistic and Aesthetic Interests

Friday, March 13 *****CANCELLED*****

Time: cancelled
Alan Code, Rutgers
Title: Substances versus Accidental Unities in Aristotle's Metaphysics

Monday, March 9 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 12:00, LEA 927
Emily Carson, McGill
Title: Kant on Arithmetic and the Conditions of Experience

Friday, March 6

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Dean Moyar, Johns Hopkins
Title: Hegel and Agent-Relative Reasons

Friday, Feb. 13

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Shaun Gallagher, Central Florida
Title: Two problems of intersubjectivity

Friday, Jan. 9

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Ken Westphal, Kent


Fall 2008

Friday, Sept. 26

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Nick Zangwill, Durham
Title: Music, Metaphor, and Privacy

Friday, Oct. 3

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Karen Jones, Melbourne
Title: Intellectual self-trust

Friday, Oct. 10

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Rae Langton, MIT
Title: 'Esteem in the Economy of Objectification'
co-sponsored with MCRTW

Friday, Oct. 24

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Victor Caston, Michigan

Friday, Oct. 31

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
David Copp, Florida

Friday, Nov. 14

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Crispin Wright, NYU/ St. Andrews

Friday , Nov. 21

Time: 3:30, LEA 927
Christine Thomas, Dartmouth


Winter 2008

Monday, April 14 -- CANCELLED!!

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Victor Caston, Michigan
Title: TBA

Monday, April 14 -- McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time: 1 p.m., LEA 927
Jim McGilvray, McGill
Title: Chomsky's Anarchosyndacalism

Friday, April 11

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Martin Lin, Rutgers
Title: "The Power of Reason Over the Passions in Part 5 of Spinoza's Ethics."

Monday, April 7

Time: 4 p.m., LEA 927
Gunter Zoller
Title: Schopenhauer's Fairy Tale About Fichte. The Origin of 'The World As Will and Representation' in German Idealist Thought.

Friday, April 4

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Jerry Levinson, UMD College Park
Title: Jazz Vocal Interpretation: A Philosophical Analysis

Friday, March 28

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Katherine Dunlop, Brown University
Title: 'Geometry and the Generality of Signs in Berkeley’s Principles and New Theory of Vision.'

Monday, March 17 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30-2 p.m., LEA 927
Anna Carasthatis
Title: TBA

Friday, March 7

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Parimal Patil, Harvard University
Title: 'On why there is a history of Buddhist philosophy in India.'

Wednesday, March 5 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 10-11:30 a.m., LEA 927
Anna Ezekiel
Title: TBA

Monday, February 18 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30-2 p.m., LEA 927
Oran Magal
Title: TBA

Monday, January 28 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30-2 p.m., LEA 927
Don Beith
Title: Striving toward Objectivity: The Interpretive Subject as a “Text of Becoming” in Adorno’s Critical Philosophy


Fall 2007

Friday, November 30

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Sally Haslanger, MIT
Title: "Social Categories, Social Structure and Ideology Critique"

Tuesday, November 27 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30 p.m., LEA 927
Title: TBA

Friday, November 16

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Jason Read, University of Maine
Title: 'A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Production of Subjectivity'

Tuesday, November 13 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30 p.m., LEA 927
Rafael Najera
Title: TBA

Friday, October 26

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Jeff Speaks, Notre Dame
Title: 'Spectrum inversion without misrepresentation is impossible'

Tuesday, October 23 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30 p.m., LEA 927
Yvan Tetreault
Title: TBA

Friday, October 19

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Phil Dowe, Sydney HPS
Title: 'Time Travel and A-Theories of Time'

Friday, October 5

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Jeff Collins, Queen's University
Title: "Contextualizing Thomas Hobbes."

Tuesday, October 2 -- Graduate Student Colloquium -- CANCELLED!!

Time: 12:30 p.m., LEA 927
Don Beith
Title: TBA

Friday, September 28 -- CANCELLED!!

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
George Bealer, Yale University
Title: 'Impossibility as Contradiction'

Tuesday, September 18 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 12:30 p.m., LEA 927
Brian Redekopp
Title: Frege and Husserl on Existence

Friday, September 14

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Louis DeRosset, University of Vermont
Title: 'What is the Grounding Problem?'


Winter 2007

Friday, April 13

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
George Dreyfus, Williams College
Title: Intentionality in Indian Philosophy

Friday, March 30

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Paul Pietroski, University of Maryland
Title: Systematic Thought via Monadic Language

Friday, March 23

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Gabor Betegh, Central European University
Title: "Tale, Theology, and Teleology in the Phaedo."

Friday, March 16

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Brendan Gillon, McGill University
Title: The Development of Indian Logic in the Classical Period.

Wednesday, March 14 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 1:30 p.m., LEA 927
Julien Villeneuve
Title: The proper care of a lyre: Plotinus on our bodies.

CANCELLED!!! --- Friday, March 9

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Gabor Betegh, Central European University
Title: "Tale, Theology, and Teleology in the Phaedo."

CANCELLED!! --- Professor Betegh will also speak to the Montreal Interuniversity Workshop in the History of Philosophy at 11:30 the same day, in Thomson House, on the Derveni Papyrus.

Wednesday, Feb. 28 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

Time: 1:30 p.m., LEA 927
Olivier Mathieu
Title: "Art, Intentions, and Mobilization of Conventions."

Friday, Jan. 26

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Deborah Brown, University of Queensland
Title: Descartes: material falsity and the identity of ideas

Friday, Jan. 5

Time: 3 p.m., LEA 927
Alan Hajek, Australian National University
Title: Most Counterfactuals are False


Fall 2006

Friday, Nov. 24

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Whatever is, is in God”: Substance and Things in Spinoza's Metaphysics

Professor Nadler will also speak to the Montreal Interuniversity Workshop in the History of Philosophy at 12:30 p.m. the same day, in Thomson House 403, on "Arnauld's God."

Friday, Nov. 17

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Lisa Guenther, University of Auckland
"Nameless Singularity”: Levinas on Individuation and Singularity

Friday, Nov. 10

Time: 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Wlodek Rabinowicz, Lund University
Title: Modelling Parity

Thursday, Nov. 9

Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., LEA 927
Wlodek Rabinowicz, Lund University
Workshop: Pragmatic Arguments for Rationality Constraints

Contact the department at 6060 in advance of the workshop for a copy of the paper for discussion.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Time: 1:30 p.m., LEA 927
Robert DiSalle, University of Western Ontario
Title: Theory and Interpretation: Mathematical Structure in the Physical World
(A Seminar/Discussion)

Friday, Oct. 20

Time: 2:30 p.m., LEA 927
Robert DiSalle, University of Western Ontario
Title: The Synthetic A Priori and Empirical Science

Tuesday, Oct. 3 -- Graduate Student Colloquium

4:30 p.m., Thomson House, Room 403
Pierre Chetelat. Title: "Hegel's Philosophy of World History as Theodicy: On Evil and Freedom."

Abstract: My objective is to explore what Hegel means when he claims that his philosophy of history is theodicy. I demonstrate the inadequacy of what I refer to as the means/end interpretation: the view that the philosophy of history is theodicy because it shows that evil events are a necessary part of history's progression towards the final good. As Hegel himself claims, it is theodicy because it demonstrates that evil is overcome in history with the actualization of freedom. I make sense of this claim by examining how freedom for Hegel involves the capacity to transcend evil, i.e., to endure pain.

Friday, Sept. 29

Time: TBA, LEA 927
Thomas Flynn, Emory University.
Title: Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosopher of the Imaginary or Imaginary Philosopher?

Friday, Sept. 22

Time: 2:30, LEA 927
Ralph Wedgwood, Oxford University. Title: "Contextualism about Justified Belief"


Winter 2006

Monday, March 13

4 p.m., LEA 927
Adam Morton, University of Alberta. Title: "How to invent an -- epistemic -- virtue"

Monday, March 27

CANCELLLED
Casey O'Callaghan, Bates College. Title: "Constructing a theory of sounds"

Friday, March 31

4pm in LEA 927
Deborah Modrak, University of Rochester: Title: "Form and Function in Aristotle's Metaphysics"

March 31-April 2

Meeting of the Ontario Hegel Group.


Fall 2005

Friday, September 23

4pm in LEA 927
Antony Eagle, Oxford University: “Motivating fictionalism.” October 7
2:30pm in LEA 927
Iwao Hirose, Oxford University: "Reconsidering the value of equality".

Tuesday, October 11

4:30pm, LEA 808
Gary Hagberg, Bard College: "Wittgenstein, the 'Mysterious I', and Autobiographical Knowledge."

Friday, November 4

2:30pm in LEA 927
Ben Caplan, University of Manitoba: “Modality, Individuation, and the Ontology of Art.”

Tuesday, November 8

3pm at 688 Sherbrooke St. W., rm 1025
Dietmar Köveker, Université de Montréal: "Supremacy of philosophy over poetry? The Habermas-Derrida-debate on speech acts revisited"
(co-presented by the Department of German Studies and the Department of Italian Studies)

Thursday, November 17

4pm in ARTS 265
Elizabeth Ashford, St. Andrew's :"Doing Justice to Bentham: Rawls's separateness of persons objection to utilitarianism"

Friday, December 2

2:30pm in LEA927
Wayne Myrvold, University of Western Ontario: "Prediction versus Accommodation from a Bayesian Perspective".