Philosophy Events

The Department of Philosophy regularly host Departmental Colloquia as well as the Philosophy Workshop Series. Both series take place in Room 927 of the Leacock Building at McGill University. For other philosophy events at McGill and in Montreal, see Other Philosophy Events.


FALL 2018


Friday, November 9 – Interdisciplinary Speaker Series

Time and Location: 3:30p.m., Leacock 927
Dr. Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor, McGill University
Place and Architectural Space


Monday, October 15 – Panel discussion: Women in Early Modern Philosophy

Time and Location: 2:30p.m. - 4:30p.m., Leacock 638
Guest speakers include:
Martina Reuter, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: “Elisabeth of Bohemia on Free Will”
Patricia Sheridan, University of Guelph: “Catharine Trotter Cockburn on Virtue and Agency”
Marguerite Deslauriers, McGill University: “Lucrezia Marinella on Tyranny”


Friday, September 7– Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30p.m., Leacock 927
Douglas Hedley, Cambridge University
Cudworth and the Romantic philosophers on the chain of being


WINTER 2018


Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7 – Conference in Honor of Storrs McCall

Time and Location: April 6 at 3:00 p.m., April 7 at 1:00pm; Leacock 927
Guest speakers include:
Anil Gupta, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Hallett, McGill University
Achille Varzi, Columbia University
James Brown, University of Toronto


Thursday, March 22 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:00 p.m., Leacock 927
Philip Kitcher, Columbia University
Progress in the sciences and in the arts


Thursday, February 15 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 6:00 p.m., Leacock 927
Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin, Madison
When is the simpler theory better?


FALL 2017


Friday, December 1 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Anouk Barberousse, Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne)
Formalism, mathematical interpretation, and physical theories


Thursday, November 2 – History and Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk Series

Time and Location: 12:00 p.m., Leacock 927
François Claveau, Département de philosophie et d'éthique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke
Central Banks as Experts: What Can Social Epistemology Say?


Friday, October 27 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Danielle Allen, Harvard University
Difference without domination


Thursday, October 19 – History and Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk Series

Time and Location: 12:00 p.m., Leacock 927
Christophe Malaterre, Département de philosophie, Université du Québec à Montréal
Shades of Life


Thursday, October 5 – History and Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk Series

Time and Location: 12:00 p.m., Leacock 927
Molly Kao, Département de philosophie, Université de Montréal
Discovery and Justification: Refining the Context Distinction


Friday, October 2 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Jacqueline Broad, Monash University
Dignity, Cartesian Metaphysics, and Women’s Rights, 1650-1750


Friday, September 22 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 2:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto
Pragmatism and Evaluation of Ethical Beliefs


Thursday, September 21 – History and Philosophy of Science Lunchtime Talk Series

Time and Location: 12:00 p.m., Leacock 927
Faith Wallis, Dept. of History and Classical Studies/Dept. of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
Medicine's Academic Turn in the 12th Century: the case of Master Bartholomaeus of Salerno


Monday, September 11 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Calvin Normore, UCLA and McGill
The Power of Freedom


Friday, September 8 – History and Philosophy of Science Talk

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Prof. Sorin Bangu, University of Bergen, Norway
Reductionism, Constructionism and Explanation. The Case of Superconductivity


WINTER 2017


Friday, March 31 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield
Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Political Manipulation


Friday, March 31 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 1 p.m., New Chancellor Day Hall 202
Susan Jaack. University of Miami
Justice, Truth and Proof


Friday, March 17 – Montreal Philosophy of Science Network Speaker Series

Time and Location: 9:30 a.m., Leacock 927
Peter Galison, Harvard University
On the objectivity of science


Thursday, February 2 – Montreal Philosophy of Science Network Speaker Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Martin Carrier, Bielefeld University
Agnotological Challenges: How to Capture the Production of Ignorance


Friday, January 27 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
David Hyder, University of Ottawa
Kant and Einstein on the Causal Order of Time


Friday, January 20 - Interdisciplinary Speaker Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Prof. Michael Makkai
Meta-Mathematics in Bourbaki's Structuralism


Friday, January 13 - McGill Philosophy Workshop Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
G. Anthony Bruno
Genealogy and Jurisprudence in Fichte's Genetic Deduction of the Categories


Friday, January 6 – Colloquium Series

Time and Location: 3:30 p.m., Leacock 927
Daniel Stoljar, Australian National University
The reflexive theory of consciousness


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