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Philosophy Colloquium Series 2012-13


September 28: “Nietzsche’s Naturalism”, Prof. Richard Schacht, Philosophy Department, University of Illinois, 4 p.m., Weisz Room, The Maples

November 8:  “Ordinary Virtue,” Prof. Susan Stark, Philosophy Department, Bates College, 4 p.m., place TBA

November  15:  TBA

Spring 2013

March 18: “Mammals and Music among Others: Crossmodal Perception and Musical Expressiveness,” Prof. William P. Seeley, Philosophy Department, Bates College; 3:30 p.m., DPC 107; co-sponsored with the Philosophy Club.

April 18: Philosophy Visiting Scholar, Prof. Thomas Pogge, Director of Global Justice Program and Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University.  “Poverty, Inequality, and Regulatory Capture,” 12:30 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union; “Tracking Poverty,” 4 p.m., Bangor Room, Memorial Union

The Colloquium Series is made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series.



Philosophy Colloquium Series 2011-12

Fall 2011

October 27: Jason Read, “Transindividuality: A Concept for Critical Theory,” 4 p.m., The Maples

November 3: Jill Gordon, “Eros and Homecoming in Plato’s Phaedo,” 4 p.m., The Maples

December 1: John Russon, “Beyond the Limits of Perception”4:00 p.m.,Deering Hall, Room 113

Spring 2012

March 15th, Drew Leder (visiting scholar),’Is Modern Medicine “Too Materialistic”?,’ 4-5:30 p.m., Little Hall 140

March 29th, Ned Beach, “Logical Lapses versus Deliberate Circularity: Two Perspectives on Hegel’s Logic,” 4-5:30 p.m., Weiss Room,  The Maples


2010-11 Philosophy Colloquium Series


October 28:
”Double Effect and Its Critics: When and Why is Killing Wrong?”
Prof. David Cummisky, Philosophy Department, Bates College

November 11:
”Reassessing Hegel on Art and Agency: Kara Walker’s “Insurrection” and the Sensible Situation”
Prof. Lydia Moland, Philosophy Department, Colby College

December 2:
”The Difficult of Naming: On The Way to Language with Martin Heidegger”
Nico Jenkins, Ph.D. Candidate, The European Graduate School


March 17, 4:30 pm, Weiss Room, The Maples
Thomas Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
“College Beyond the Gates: Teaching Philosophy to  Second Graders”

March 24, 4:00 pm, Weiss Room, The Maples
Robert Tredwell, Former Professor and Chairperson, UM Philosophy Department
“The Indiscernibility of Chickadees and the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles”

March 29: Two events co-sponsored with the Canadian-American Center:
Shelia Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and World Leader on Global Climate Change and Human Rights, Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, and the UN Champion of the Earth Award
1) Seminar for Undergrad and Grad Students, Wells Room #2, 2:00-3:15 pm
2) “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century,” Collins Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm

April 14, 4:00 pm, Weiss Room, The Maples
Nancy Bauer, Chair and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
“Sexual Objects”

April 21, 4:00 pm  Philosophy Visiting Scholar, Weiss Room, The Maples
Catherine Belling, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
”Paranoia and Policy: Reading Popular Fiction as Bioethics”

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with accommodations should  contact Margaret Forbes at 581-3866.


2009-10 Philosophy Colloquium Series


October 15
Daniel Dennett, Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University, author of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
“Darwin’s ‘Strange Inversion of Reasoning’”
Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as part of a Celebration of Darwin
4:00 p.m., Hauck Auditorium

November 5
David Swanson, author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, in a conversation on activism and philosophy
4:00 p.m., Levinson Room, The Maples

November 12
Patricia Fagan, Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Windsor
“‘He Saw the Cities and He Knew the Minds of Many Men’: Landscape and Character in Plato’s Laws and Homer’s Odyssey”

November 19
Arnold Berleant, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Long Island University
“Spinoza: Religious or Philosophical Heretic?”
4:00 p.m., Levinson Room, The Maples
co-sponsored wtih Judaic Studies


February 11
James Behuniak, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colby College
“Creativity and Creation in Early Daoism’
4:00 p.m., Levinson Room, The Maples

One more event, TBA

The Philosophy Colloquium Series is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series.

2008-09 Philosophy Colloquium Series


November 20, 2008:
“O’l Ben Franklin, The Pragmatist?”
Shane Ralston, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Maine
Levinson Room, The Maples

December 4, 2008:

“Language: Who/What Has It? (And Were Aristotle and Descartes Right?”
Robert B. Louden
University of Southern Maine

Levinson Room, The Maples, 4 p.m.


February 12, 2009
Dan Cohen
Colby College

March 19, 2009
Dennis Patterson
Rutgers University Law School
“The New Global Trading Order: The Evolving State and the Future of Trade”

April 2, 2009
Alfonso Lingis
Penn State University

2007-08 Philosophy Colloquium Series


October 4, 2007
“Moral Pluralism, Skillful Means, and Environmental Ethics”
William Edelglass
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Colby College

November 1, 2007
“Four Perspectives on Abortion Ethics”
Donald Marquis
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

December 6, 2007
“Aristotle’s Theory of Value (or Lack Thereof)”
William Clare Roberts
Faculty Lecturer, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, McGill University


January 31, 2008
“Nietzsche, Music, Truth, Value and Life”
Richard Schacht
Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at

February 21, 2008
“The Invisibility of Painting”
John Sallis
Frederick J. Adelman Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Boston College

Late March, 2008
“Space and Phenomenology”
Edward Casey
Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University

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