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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
Thursday, January 10th
Tuesday, January 8th
  • Philosophy Job Candidate Talk
    • Philosophy Candidate to give talk titled: The Irrational Part of the Soul: Reflections on Spirit, Appetite & Tragedy
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton #402

November 2012

Wednesday, November 7th
Thursday, November 1st

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Thursday, October 25th

September 2012

Thursday, September 27th

May 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd
Tuesday, May 15th
Friday, May 11th

April 2012

Monday, April 23rd
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
Tuesday, April 10th
Thursday, April 5th
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

May 2011

Thursday, May 26th
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
Thursday, May 19th
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

April 2011

Wednesday, April 13th

February 2011

Wednesday, February 23rd
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January 2011

Thursday, January 27th
Thursday, January 13th
Tuesday, January 11th

November 2010

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
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

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

November 2009

Tuesday, November 3rd

October 2008

Wednesday, October 1st

May 2008

Wednesday, May 7th
  • Second Stephen Stich Faculty Seminar
    • Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich from Rutgers University will be presenting a second faculty seminar on May 7th. The title of this seminar will be: "The Definition of Morality - How Recent Work Has Given New Importance to an Old Debate." Contact jtollefs@carleton.edu regarding suggested readings for the seminar.
    • 5:00 pm, Headly House (815 E. 2nd Street)
Thursday, May 1st
  • Stephen Stich Faculty Seminar
    • Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor Stephen Stich from Rutgers University will be giving the first of two faculty seminars on May 1st. The title of this seminar will be "The Debate Over the Use of Intuitions in Philosophy", focusing on the use of intuitions in epistemology. For information regarding readings for this seminar contact: jtollefs@carleton.edu.
    • 5:00 pm, Headly House (815 E. 2nd Street)

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

October 2007

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April 2007

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January 2007

Thursday, January 11th