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March 2018

Thursday, March 8th

November 2017

Monday, November 13th
Friday, November 10th
Wednesday, November 8th
Monday, November 6th

September 2017

Thursday, September 28th
Tuesday, September 19th
  • Philosophy Welcome Gathering
    • Welcome Allison and Claire, new professors to the department, enjoy delicious B & L pizza/snacks with faculty & majors. Hope you can come!
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304

May 2017

Sunday, May 28th
  • The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)
    • Screening and Discussion with Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor David Davies
    • 3:30 pm, Weitz Center for Creativity - Cinema (WCC161)
Thursday, May 25th
Tuesday, May 16th
Thursday, May 11th
Tuesday, May 2nd

April 2017

Tuesday, April 25th
Thursday, April 20th
Tuesday, April 18th
Thursday, April 13th
Tuesday, April 11th
Thursday, April 6th
Tuesday, April 4th

March 2017

Wednesday, March 29th
Tuesday, March 7th

February 2017

Tuesday, February 28th
Friday, February 24th
  • Philosophy Majors Bowling Event
    • Philosophy faculty and majors enjoy a get together of bowling at Jesse James Lanes. For info, contact Laura Soter (
    • 5:45 pm
Thursday, February 23rd
Tuesday, February 21st

November 2016

Tuesday, November 8th

October 2016

Tuesday, October 25th
Thursday, October 6th
  • Annual Philosophy Gathering
    • Meet Philosophy faculty, majors and friends - enjoy good conversation, and eat tamales and other delectables.
    • 5:00 pm, Mai Fete Island (Rain location - Leighton#305 or if island's still closed due to flooding)

June 2016

Friday, June 10th

May 2016

Thursday, May 12th
Tuesday, May 10th
Thursday, May 5th
Wednesday, May 4th
  • New Majors Picnic/Walk
    • Meet in front of Rec Center @ 5pm. For faculty, majors & newly declared majors - walk the arb, enjoy Tandem bagels, salad & other treats!
    • 5:00 pm, Rec Center
Tuesday, May 3rd

April 2016

Thursday, April 28th
Wednesday, April 27th
Tuesday, April 26th
Tuesday, April 19th
Thursday, April 14th
Tuesday, April 12th
Thursday, April 7th
Tuesday, April 5th

March 2016

Tuesday, March 8th

February 2016

Saturday, February 27th
Friday, February 19th
Thursday, February 18th
  • Medical Ethics Conference
    • Come discuss a real ethics case with a real doctor. We provide the case. You provide the answers.
    • 6:00 pm, Leighton 304
Wednesday, February 17th
Wednesday, February 3rd

January 2016

Tuesday, January 12th

October 2015

Thursday, October 29th
Tuesday, October 27th
Thursday, October 15th

September 2015

Wednesday, September 30th

June 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd

May 2015

Wednesday, May 20th
Monday, May 18th
Tuesday, May 12th
Thursday, May 7th

April 2015

Thursday, April 23rd
Tuesday, April 21st
Monday, April 20th
Thursday, April 16th
Tuesday, April 14th
Thursday, April 9th
Tuesday, April 7th
Wednesday, April 1st

February 2015

Thursday, February 26th
Monday, February 9th
  • Phil Majors and Faculty Bowling Night
    • Philosophy majors and faculty are getting "bowled" over at Jesse James lanes. Meet at 5:45pm in front of Sayles Hill.
    • 6:00 pm, Meet in front of Sayles Hill at 5:45pm

October 2014

Thursday, October 16th

September 2014

Tuesday, September 23rd
  • Philosophy Ice Cream Social
    • Philosophy faculty, majors & students interested in Philosophy meet. Come & hear about upcoming classes.
    • 5:00 pm, Leighton #305

May 2014

Thursday, May 29th
Sunday, May 25th
Thursday, May 22nd
Tuesday, May 20th
Monday, May 19th
Tuesday, May 13th
Tuesday, May 6th

April 2014

Tuesday, April 29th
Thursday, April 24th
Saturday, April 19th
Tuesday, April 15th
Tuesday, April 1st
  • Philosophy Ice Cream Social
    • Interested in learning more about the Philosophy major,comps? Share the scoop from Philosophy faculty/majors with ice cream...! RSVP ssaari
    • 4:30 pm, Leighton #402 (Location change)

February 2014

Thursday, February 27th
Tuesday, February 25th
Friday, February 7th
Wednesday, February 5th

January 2014

Friday, January 31st
Thursday, January 30th
Friday, January 24th
  • Lunch with Philosophy candidate
    • Have lunch with Philosophy job candidate (courtesy of the Phil.Dept.). Contact ssaari@carleton if available. (could also meet 11:30 - 12:30)
    • 11:00 am
  • Dinner with Philosophy candidate
    • Dinner w/Philosophy job candidate (courtesy of Phil.Dept.). Contact ssaari if interested. Meet candidate at Alumni Guest House Library @ 6pm
    • 6:00 pm
Thursday, January 23rd
Tuesday, January 14th

November 2013

Tuesday, November 19th
Thursday, November 14th

October 2013

Friday, October 11th
Tuesday, October 8th

September 2013

Thursday, September 26th
  • Philosophy Interest Ice Cream Social
    • Ice cream social for Philosophy faculty, majors and students interested in learning more about the Philosophy major, comps... RSVP ssaari
    • 5:00 pm, Leighton #304

June 2013

Friday, June 14th

May 2013

Tuesday, May 14th
Monday, May 13th
  • PHIL Majors Picnic
    • Majors/faculty picnic - Come enjoy Hogan Brothers sandwiches, ice cream sundaes/floats; good conversation.
    • 4:30 pm, CHANGE: Rain Location - Leighton #303
Thursday, May 9th
Tuesday, May 7th

April 2013

Tuesday, April 30th
Thursday, April 25th
Thursday, April 18th
Tuesday, April 16th
Tuesday, April 9th

February 2013

Thursday, February 28th
Monday, February 25th
Thursday, February 7th

January 2013

Friday, January 25th
  • Lunch with Philosophy job candidate
    • PHIL majors to have lunch w/Philosophy job candidate - meet in PHIL lounge(Leigh#306)at noon. See Sandy for lunch ticket if not on meal plan
    • 12:00 pm, Meet in Phil lounge
Thursday, January 24th
  • Philosophy Job Candidate Talk
    • Philosophy Job Candidate talk will be on "Thomas Reid on the Power of Imagination and Its Nonexistent Objects"
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton #304
Tuesday, January 22nd
  • Philosophy Job Candidate Talk
    • Philosophy job candidate to give talk titled "How Plato Theorizes Emotion"
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton #402
  • Lunch with Philosophy job candidate
    • Philosophy Dept. provides lunch for you w/Philosophy job candidate. Meet in PHIL lounge(Leigh#306)at 1:00 PM. RSVP to Sandy!!! (ssaari)
    • 1:00 pm, Philosophy Lounge - Leighton #306
Friday, January 11th
  • Lunch with Philosophy job candidate
    • PHIL majors to have lunch w/Philosophy job candidate. See Sandy for lunch ticket if not on meal plan. Meet in PHIL lounge at noon.
    • 12:00 pm, Meet in Phil lounge
Thursday, January 10th
Tuesday, January 8th

November 2012

Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 1st

October 2012

Thursday, October 25th
Tuesday, October 23rd
  • Common time lunch
    • Discussion on Chronicle article - lunch provided by Paula Hart fund. For Philosophy majors.
    • 12:00 pm, Philosophy Lounge/Leighton #301

September 2012

Thursday, September 27th
Wednesday, September 12th

June 2012

Friday, June 8th

May 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd
Tuesday, May 15th
Monday, May 14th
  • Philosophy Majors picnic
    • Philosophy Dept. picnic FRONT PATIO of Leighton Hall (inclement weather - 3rd floor Phil Lounge).
    • 4:30 pm, Leighton - FRONT PATIO
Friday, May 11th
Thursday, May 10th
Tuesday, May 8th
Thursday, May 3rd
Tuesday, May 1st

April 2012

Thursday, April 26th
Tuesday, April 24th
Monday, April 23rd
Thursday, April 19th
Tuesday, April 17th
Friday, April 13th
  • Convocation: Kwame Anthony Appiah
    • One of America's leading public intellectuals examines what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, April 12th
Tuesday, April 10th
Thursday, April 5th
Wednesday, April 4th
Tuesday, April 3rd

January 2012

Sunday, January 8th
  • Philosophy Job Candidate Talk
    • "The Irrational Part of the Soul: Reflections on Spirit, Appetite and Tragedy (see webpage for more details)
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton #402

September 2011

Thursday, September 29th
  • Philosophy Majors Get Together
    • A pizza get together for Philosophy Majors to celebrate the beginning of the new term with the Philosophy faculty and fellow majors. Come join the festivities in Sayles Hill Lounge from 6 - 7:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 29th.
    • 6:00 pm, Sayles Hill Lounge

June 2011

Friday, June 10th
  • Philosophy Reception for Seniors, Families and Faculty
    • Friday, June 10, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Philosophy Facultry department reception for graduates, and their families on the day before Commencement, front yard (south lawn) of Leighton Hall. Rain location is Leighton Hall main floor
    • 2:30 pm, Leighton front lawn

May 2011

Thursday, May 26th
Wednesday, May 25th
Tuesday, May 24th
  • "In Defense of Gay Marriage" - talk by Philosophy Cowling Visiting Professor Russ Shafer-Landau
    • 2011 Cowling Visiting Professor Russ Shafer-Landau will give a talk entitled "In Defense of Gay Marriage". Shafer-Landau is Department Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Arizona. Professor Shafer-Landau's research focuses primarily on issues in metaethics. He is the organizer of the Annual Metaethics Workshop, held each fall in Madison, and is editor of the series Oxford Studies in Metaethics.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Friday, May 20th
  • Philosophy Senior Dinner
    • The Philosophy faculty is hosting and celebrating the Philosophy seniors at a dinner in Headley House.
    • 5:30 pm, Headley House
Thursday, May 19th
Wednesday, May 18th
Tuesday, May 17th
  • "Problems for Moral Relativism" - talk by Philosophy Cowling Visiting Professor Russ Shafer-Landau
    • 2011 Cowling Visiting Professor Russ Shafer-Landau will give a talk entitled "Problems for Moral Relativism". Shafer-Landau is Department Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Arizona. Professor Shafer-Landau's research focuses primarily on issues in metaethics. PIZZA served. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: NOW IN LEIGH 305
    • 12:00 pm, LEIGHTON 305
Thursday, May 12th
Monday, May 9th
  • Philosophy Majors Picnic
    • Come join the fun and share in the camaraderie of your fellow Philosophy majors. A sub sandwich, chips, beverage and chips will be provided! RSVP required please.
    • 5:30 pm, Leighton front patio
Thursday, May 5th
Tuesday, May 3rd

April 2011

Thursday, April 28th
Tuesday, April 26th
Thursday, April 21st
Tuesday, April 19th
Thursday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 13th

February 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd
Wednesday, February 9th

January 2011

Thursday, January 27th

November 2010

Thursday, November 11th
Tuesday, November 9th

October 2010

Monday, October 25th
  • Author Jordan Flaherty & Poet Sunni Patterson to talk
    • Jordan Flaherty is a nationally known journalist, author and community organizer based in New Orleans. He will be giving a talk entitled "Community and Resistance on the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Katrina to the BP Drilling Disaster", followed by a brief book signing and reception. Jordan is the author of "Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six". Copies of his book will be available at the event and in the Carleton Bookstore. Artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove. She will be joining Jordan to share her voice in the Gulf Coast talk.
    • 4:30 pm, Boliou #104
Sunday, October 24th
  • "Stories of the Storm"
    • Carleton students, past and present, share their stories about Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the flooding of New Orleans, and the devastation and recovery of the Gulf Coast.
    • 7:30 pm, Severance Great Hall
Thursday, October 21st
  • Colloquium: Jason Decker and Daniel Groll
    • 4:30 pm, Leighton 303
  • Coming Back: New Orleans Five Years After Katrina.
    • Carleton Alumni Tracie Washington (POSC '85), Lizzie Shephard (PSYCH/ENTS '06) and Noel Henderson-James (HIST '00) will share their experiences and insights on the recovery and future of New Orleans. Tracie Washington is Director of the Louisiana Justice Institute; Lizzie Shephard works for the Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Noel Henderson-James worked for several years for the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership.
    • 5:00 pm, Boliou 104

September 2010

Thursday, September 23rd

June 2010

Friday, June 11th
  • Philosophy Senior Reception
    • Reception for senior Philosophy student and their families to meet informally with Philosophy faculty. Rain Location - main level (2nd floor) of Leighton
    • 2:30 pm, South lawn of Leighton Hall [rain location: main (2nd floor) Leighton Hall

May 2010

Thursday, May 13th
Tuesday, May 11th

April 2010

Thursday, April 22nd
Thursday, April 15th

March 2010

Friday, March 5th

February 2010

Thursday, February 25th
  • Post- Katrina Symposium---New Orleans, Katrina, and the Road to Recovery: Three Perspectives
    • On Thursday, February 25 from 5-6:45 p.m. in Boliou 104, Carleton College, three speakers—Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University; John Bardes, '08 (history), teacher, Arthur Ashe Charter School, New Orleans; and Kimberly Smith, Associate Professor, Political Science and Environmental Studies, Carleton College— reflect on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the city's road to recovery. Michael Hemesath, professor of economics, and organizer of two post-Katrina Carleton service trips to the Gulf Coast, will be the moderator.
    • 5:00 pm, Boliou 104
Wednesday, February 17th
  • Dialogos--Tragedy and Contending Truths
    • Angela Curran, from philosophy, and Clara Hardy, from the Carleton Humanities Center seminar, "Contending Truths," present a symposium on the topic of "Tragedy and Contending Truths" on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4:30-6 in the Gould Library Athenaeum.Timothy Raylor from the Carleton English Department is the moderator.
    • 4:30 pm, Gould Library: Athenaeum
Monday, February 15th

January 2010

Tuesday, January 12th

November 2009

Sunday, November 8th
  • Philosophy Movie Night: WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater, 2002)
    • A screening and discussion of the film, WAKING LIFE (2002) hosted by the philosophy department in Leighton 304 Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Come see and discuss this interesting film that examines knowledge, skepticism and personal identity. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome!
    • 7:00 pm, Leighton 304
Tuesday, November 3rd

October 2009

Tuesday, October 13th
  • Philosophy Pizza Party!
    • Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13 to meet the Philosophy faculty and other Philosophy students! There will be pizza, beverages and dessert at this get together so we hope you can join the staff in the Alumni Guest House Library from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. to share in some good conversation and fun. Prime up for some Monty Python trivia questions!
    • 5:00 pm, Alumni Guest House Library

October 2008

Wednesday, October 1st

September 2008

Tuesday, September 30th
  • Call For Papers
    • Nineteenth Annual Truman State University Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference: November 8th, 2008. All undergraduate papers welcome. All papers should be no longer than 30 minutes reading time. Submissions must be postmarked no later than September 30th 2008. Papers should be sent to: Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Truman State University, 100 East Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501 (Attn: Dr. Ashcroft). Authors should include: name, address, title of paper, telephone number, email address, and institution on a seperate cover sheet. a hard copy of the paper prepared for blind review (including the title). website:
    • 12:00 pm

May 2008

Thursday, May 22nd
  • Michael Sterling's Comps Talk
    • Michael Sterling will present his comprehensive project entitled: "Swamping, Value, and the Centrality of Knowledge in Epistemology." The talk will be during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Tuesday, May 20th
  • Nik Olendzki's Comps Talk
    • Nik Olendzki will present his comprehensive project entitled: "Understanding Life and Death." This event will take place during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Thursday, May 15th
  • Terin Mayer's Comps Talk
    • Terin Mayer will present his comprehensive project entitled: "Needs and Reasons: Limitations in Habermas' Discourse Ethics." This event will take place during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Tuesday, May 13th
  • Bessie Schwartz's Comps Talk
    • Bessie Schwartz will present her comprehensive project entitled: "Human Evolution and Eco-phenomenology in Wilderness Theory: A Modern Defense in the Idea of Wilderness." This event will take place during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Thursday, May 8th
  • Jesse Saucedo's Comps Talk
    • Jesse Saucedo will present his comprehensive project entitled: "Personal Identity: Where Locke Got It Wrong and How To Make It Right." This event will take place during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Tuesday, May 6th
  • Rachel English's Comps Talk
    • Rachel English will present her comprehensive project entitled: "Towards a Philosophy of Personal Empowerment." This event will take place during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Thursday, May 1st
  • Anne Burmaster's Comps Talk
    • Anne Burmaster will present her comprehensive project entitled: "Reconciling Discourse Ethics with Plurality." The talk will be during common time in Leighton 304.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304

April 2008

Tuesday, April 29th
  • "Should We Trust Moral Intuition?"
    • The second public lecture given by Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich will be held on April 29th during common time in Leighton 304. A venerable view, still very much alive in contemporary debates, urges that our spontaneous moral judgments reflect a deep wisdom, except when the processes underlying those judgments are interfered with by morally problematic forces. However, much recent work suggests that we should have a very different view of our spontaneous moral judgments. This work indicates that there is no one psychological system underlying moral judgments. Rather, there is a hodgepodge of different systems that pull in different directions. Moreover, some of these systems were designed to perform cognitive functions that have little to do with morality. When they are co-opted to play a role in moral judgment they often reflect aspects of these other functions in unexpected and alarming ways. Far from being the sort of "elegant machines" imagined by both traditional philosophers and contemporary evolutionary psychologists, these mechanisms are kludges (a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem or difficulty). If the mechanisms underlying moral judgment are indeed a hodgepodge of kludges, it poses a major challenge to those who believe that the pronouncements of those systems should be relied upon.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
Tuesday, April 22nd
  • "Philosophy, Intuition and Culture: An Overview of a Research Program "
    • This is the first of two public talks given by Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich, presented from 12:00-1:00pm in Leighton 402. Philosophers use intuitions in a variety of ways in a variety of projects. For the last several years, Stich and his collaborators have been exploring the extent to which intuitions vary across cultural groups, and attempting to explain why that cultural variation exists. This talk is an overview of this work. The talk will (i) present some of their findings about the cultural variation in philosophically important intuitions, (ii) sketch some of their work aimed at explaining that variation, and (iii) explore the implications for a range of philosophical projects, if their findings are robust and their explanations are correct. Most of the work discussed will deal with the use of intuitions in epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of language. The relevance of this work to metaphysics will also be explored briefly.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 402
Tuesday, April 8th
  • Reception for Stephen Stitch
    • Come welcome Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich to Carleton. The reception will take place to introduce majors and faculty to Stephen Stich, our visiting professor for this Spring term. Refreshments will be served.
    • 5:00 pm, Philosophy Lounge

March 2008

Monday, March 10th
  • End of Term PARTY
    • Philosophy majors, come celebrate the end of term with the Philosophy Department. We will be gathering to celebrate the announcement of Anna Moltchanova's tenure and Jason Decker's appointment to a tenure track position in Philosophy of Mind/Language. Come rub elbows with all of your favorite professors and become better acquainted with fellow majors. But best of all come celebrate the end of winter term.
    • 5:00 pm, Sayles-Hill Lounge
Thursday, March 6th

February 2008

Thursday, February 21st
Thursday, February 7th

January 2008

Thursday, January 24th
Thursday, January 10th

October 2007

Saturday, October 20th

May 2007

Tuesday, May 22nd
Tuesday, May 1st

April 2007

Wednesday, April 25th
Thursday, April 19th
Tuesday, April 17th
Thursday, April 12th
Tuesday, April 10th
Tuesday, April 3rd

February 2007

Tuesday, February 13th
Thursday, February 8th
Tuesday, February 6th

January 2007

Thursday, January 11th