Our time together this year is drawing to a close. Unfortunately, next week will be the last week of Phi Org for the semester. Fortunately, we’ll have twice the philosophy for you next week.
On Tuesday, April 14th Andrew Winters will give a presentation entitled “Does Time Have a Direction?” in FAO 248 at 5:30 p.m.
Then, on Thursday, April 16th, we’ll have our annual symposium at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3708. This year’s topic is humor and wit. Drs. Joseph Anderson and Joshua Rayman will give presentations. This event will be catered, so bring your minds and your appetites.
In closing, I’d like to thank all of those who have participated in Phi Org this year. We’ve had some great meetings this year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your involvement. For those of you who are graduating this semester, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, philosophical or otherwise. And for those of you who will be here next year, keep an eye out for information about next year’s meetings and events. Sumaya, Austin, and I will spend the summer working on ensuring that next year is even better than this year.
Our next meeting will not be next Thursday; the next meeting will instead be on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. We’ll be meeting in FAO 248 (the main seminar room in the Philosophy Department) instead of in MSC. The Faculty Office Building is located behind the Social Science Building (SOC) and next to the Behavioral Sciences Building (BEH). Here is the campus map should you need additional help locating FAO and nearby parking.
At this meeting Kevin Fink will deliver a paper entitled “An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts.” Before getting into his paper Kevin will provide some introductory background information in order to make the paper accessible for those unfamiliar with Sellars or philosophical work on color. (For additional background information, you may wish to consult the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles on Wilfrid Sellars and color.) The abstract and text of the paper are available should you wish to consult them before or after the presentation.
Finally, the election for next year’s treasurer will take place at this meeting.
Here are the results of today’s election for the 2015-2016 officers:
President: Paul Clarke
Vice President: Sumaya Akhter
Dr. Joshua Rayman will continue as faculty advisor
The treasurer election has been postponed. It will now take place at our meeting on April 7th. The current candidates are Austin Atchoo and Janine DeBlasi.
This week’s meeting will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 2703. Dr. Douglas Jesseph will give a lecture entitled “Hobbes and the Limits of Reason.”
Also at this week’s meeting we will have elections for next year’s officers. Please let the current president know if you are interested in running. Currently there are no candidates for the treasurer position.
Next week we will not have a meeting on Thursday; next week’s meeting will instead be on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. The meeting won’t be in MSC. We’ll be meeting in FAO 248 (the main seminar room in the Philosophy Department). The Faculty Office Building is located behind the Social Science Building (SOC) and next to the Behavioral Sciences Building (BEH). Here is the campus map should you need additional help locating FAO and nearby parking.
At that meeting Kevin Fink will deliver a paper entitled “An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts” after providing some introductory background information. The abstract of the paper is here and the text of the paper is here should you wish to refer to them before the meeting.
This Tuesday, March 24th, there will be a bonus meeting in FAO 248 at 5:30 p.m. Areins Pelayo will run a workshop entitled “How to Write an Undergraduate Philosophy Paper.”
Our regular meeting this week is on Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3708. Dr. Richard Manning will give a talk entitled “Must I Believe the Truth, or What Makes Sense?”
We will hold elections for next year’s officers at our meeting next week. If you are interested in running for president, vice president, or treasurer, please contact the current president.
This week’s meeting is in MSC 2707 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19th.
Christine Wieseler will present a paper entitled “Epistemic Issues in Biomedical Ethics: Ignorance, Knowledge, and Disability.”
Thursday also marks the beginning of campaigning for those who want to run for office next year. If you are interested in running for president, vice president, or treasurer, please let the current president know at your earliest convenience.
This week Phi Org will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in FAO 248 (the seminar room in the philosophy department). There will not be a meeting this Thursday.
At this week’s meeting Zachary Purdue will present a paper entitled “Braver’s Reading of Origin of the Work of Art and the Role of Difficult Decisions in Disclosing Truth.”
Also, the Philosophy Graduate Student Organization conference is this Friday and Saturday. The program is here. It is free and open to the public.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3712.
Dr. Lee Braver will give a talk entitled “Heidegger on What There Is.”
Summary: What is the world made of? Is there any question philosophers have spent more time thinking about? And yet, is there any topic that philosophers have gotten more consistently wrong?
These three questions drive much of Martin Heidegger’s thought, and we will look at his answers to them. We’ll see what he thought the world actually consists of, why he believed that philosophy is by its very nature prone to getting it wrong and, if we have time, why you knew the right answer all along.
Dr. Braver is Associate Professor of Philosophy at USF. He is the author of four books: A Thing of This World: A History of Continental Anti-Realism (Northwestern, 2007), Heidegger’s Later Writings: A Reader’s Guide (Bloomsbury, 2009), Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger (MIT, 2012), and Heidegger: Thinking of Being (Wiley, 2014). He is also the editor of Division III of Being and Time: Heidegger’s Unanswered Question of Being (MIT, forthcoming).
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 2707.
Dr. Alex Levine will give a talk entitled “Human Nature after Darwin.”
Précis: Evolved species are moving targets, with no fixed essences. Every such species is simply a population, in which intra-species individual differences among organisms may or may not be less significant than inter-species differences with organisms of other, related species. The same must be true for our own species. This talk will subject the prized philosophical notion of “human nature” to critical scrutiny, in light of our evolutionary history.
Dr. Levine is Professor of Philosophy at USF. With Adriana Novoa he is the coauthor of From Man to Ape: Darwinism in Argentina, 1870-1920 (Chicago, 2010) and ¡Darwinistas! The Construction of Evolutionary Thought in Nineteenth Century Argentina (Brill, 2012).
Update: An audio recording of Dr. Levine’s lecture is available here.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, February 12 at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3712.
Dr. Martin Schönfeld will give a talk entitled “Green is the New Left—how climate change challenges the political economy and what this may ultimately mean for philosophy.”
Abstract: Civilization has crossed planetary boundaries into a zone of ecological overshoot. The first worldwide symptom of overshoot is climate change. The failure to rein in climate change spells global food insecurity. Being in overshoot means humankind needs to return to a safe operating space. But this is not happening; market forces have consistently thwarted legislative attempts at reducing emissions and shrinking footprints, a phenomenon of failing governance called “regulatory capture”. What does this crisis mean for civilization at this juncture in history? What does it mean for the design of our economic systems? And what does it imply, ultimately, for the methods and topics of western philosophy?
UPDATE: The slides accompanying Dr. Schönfeld’s talk are available here. Some of Dr. Schönfeld’s writings on climate philosophy and environmental ethics are available at his blog, The Blistered Orb.