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Please check our website regularly as we are finalizing our schedule of events for Fall 2017.

Spring 2016 Lectures and Events

Putting Social Epistemology of Science Into Practice - Professor Helen Longino           

The role of background assumptions in determining the evidential relevance of observational data to hypotheses seems to put claims for scientific objectivity in jeopardy.  What I call strong social epistemology argues that this so-called underdetermination problem is best addressed by bringing the social interactions within science into the orbit of epistemology.  The talk will develop this argument and suggest how the epistemological norms of social epistemology can be deployed in environmental science.

Prof. Longino is the Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. 

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 6:30pm in the Alumni Hall of Randolph Hall


The Anthropocene: Love it or Leave it - Professor Dale Jamieson           

This is a special colloquium in honor of Ned Hettinger’s retirement – a talk by Prof. Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at New York University The Anthropocene: Love it or Leave it on Tuesday, 3/15/2016 in the EHHP Alumni Center

Prof. Jamieson is a prolific author whose most recent academic works are Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed--and What It Means For Our Future (Oxford, 2014) and Love in the Anthropocene (OR, 2015), a collection of short stories & essays written with the novelist, Bonnie Nadzam.


From Subjective Physicalism to Pansychism - Professor Robert J. Howell           

According to Subjective Physicalism, the world is completely made of physical stuff, but certain parts of the world can only be fully understood by subjects who instantiate certain physical states.  One challenge for this approach to the mind/body problem is that subjective physicalism might collapse into a form of panpsychism, according to which consciousness is everywhere, even in sticks, stones, and electrons.

Dr. Robert J. Howell is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University.

Thursday, February 25th at 3:15 pm in Addlestone Library, Room 227