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Austin & Hempel Speaker Series

About the Austin & Hempel Lectures:

The Austin & Hempel Visiting Speakers series was originally conceived and (anonymously) funded by the late David Braybrooke (1924-2013). He chose to name the fund after two very influential mid-20th-century philosophers, Carl Hempel (1905-1997) and J.L. Austin (1911-1960).

Hempel was a German philosopher and adjunct member of the Vienna Circle before WWII, who later taught in the USA. He was famous for practicing "Analytical Philosophy" (or "logical empiricism", as he called it), especially in the philosophy of science and philosophy of language. Austin, who taught as a professor at the University of Oxford after WWII, was famous for refining "Ordinary Language Philosophy", and for witty papers on ethics and philosophy of language. Together they represented for Braybrooke, the best of the new work in "Anglo-Austrian" (sometimes also labelled "ANglo-American") philosophy that distinguished contemporary philosophy from philosophy done in the spirit of the nineteeth and earlier centuries.

The original mandate of the Austin and Hempel series was to support four visiting speakers annually, preferably including one with interests in Feminist Philosophy and one with interests in Political Philosophy.

Many distinguished guests have lectured at Dalhousie since the inauguration of the series in 1990; and it continues to be a highlight of the Philosophy Department calendar.

2017 LECTURES

Dr. Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University
Wednesday, June 14th
Title: "Contentment with Imperfection"
Date: Thursday, June 15th
itle: "Motivating Practical Hope"

Previous Lectures

Lectures (2011 - 2016)

Dr. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThursday, March 17, 2016 "Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique?"
Friday, March 18, 2016 " Social Practices and Epistemic Critique?

Dr. Tom Regan, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion, North Carolina State University
Thursday, November 29, 2012  "'Empty Cages': An introduction to animal rights"
Friday, November 30, 2012 "G.E. Moore: the Myth and the Man"

Dr. John Cottingham
University of Reading
Thursday, October 20, 2011 "Integrity and Human Flourishing"
Friday, October 21, 2011 "Descartes and "consciousness"; human thoughts and animal passions

Dr. Jan Zwicky
University of Victoria
Thursday, March 10, 2011 "Auden as Philosopher: How Poets Think"
Friday, March 11, 2011 "Why is Diotima a Woman?"

                

Lectures (2006 - 2010)

Dr. Susan James
Birkbeck, University of London
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 "Narrative as the Means to Freedom, Cultivating a Co-operative Way of Life"
Friday, Nov 13, 2009 "When does Truth Matter: The Politics of Spinoza's Philosophy"

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson
University of Michigan
Sept 17, 2009 "What is Egalitarianism?"
(7:30 pm MacMechan Room, Killam Library)
Sept 18, 2009 
"Expanding the Egalitarian Toolbox"
(3:30 pm, Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue)

Dr. David Copp
Department of Philosophy, University of Florida
Feb 12, 2009 "The Politics of Reasonable Disagreement: Rawls' Defense of Liberalism"
Feb 13, 2009 "Toward a Teleological Theory of Normativity"

Dr. Alan Hájek
Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University
April 3, 2008 "Most Counterfactuals are False"
(7:30pm, Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue)
April 4, 2008 "Arrows and Haloes: Probabilities of Conditionals and Desire as Belief"
(3:30pm, Room 1130, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue)

Dr. Robert Audi
Departments of Management and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Oct. 11, 2007: "Intuition, Inference, and Moral Obligation"
(7:30pm, Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue)
Oct. 12, 2007: "Skepticism About the A Priori: Self-evidence, Defeasibility, and Cogito Propositions"
(3:30pm, Room 1130, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue)

Dr. Alasdair Urquhart
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
May 17, 2007: “P=?NP-Some Recent Thoughts.”
(7:30pm, Potter Auditorium, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Bldg, 6100 University Avenue)
May 18, 2007: The Place of Logic in Philosophy and of Philosophy in Logic.”
(3:30pm, Room 1130, Marion McCain Bldg (aka the FASS bldg), 6135 University Avenue)

Dr. Ray Jennings
Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
Oct 19, 2006: "Language as Biology"
( 8:00-9:30pm, CIBC Auditorium in the Computer Science Bldg )
Oct 20, 2006:"Knowledge and Understanding"
(3:30pm-5:30pm, Scotia Bank Auditorium, McCain Bldg a.k.a FASS Bldg)

Dr. Gary Watson
Department of Philosophy, University of California Riverside
Oct 5, 2006: (Thursday): "Standing in Judgement"
(7:30-9:30pm) Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Bldg, 6135 University Avenue).
Oct 6, 2006: (Friday): "Acceptance and Self-Acceptance"
(3:30pm-5:30pm, Room 1130, Marion McCain Bldg a.k.a FASS Bldg).

Dr. Barry Stroud
Department of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley
March 30, 2006(Thursday) "Dissatisfactions with Subjectivism: Values and Modality". (8:00-9:30pm, Scotia Bank Auditorium, Marion McCain Bldg, 6135 University Avenue).
March 31 2006: "Metaphysics and Necessities of Thought" .             

Lectures (2001 - 2005)

Dr. Terence Diffey
Department of Philosophy, University of Sussex, UK
October 20, 2005: "The Aesthetic Conception of Art" (7:00-9:00pm, Computer Science Bldg, CIBC Room 127)
October 21, 2005: "Experiencing Nature and Experiencing Art" (3:30pm-5:00pm, Ondaatje Hall, Auditorium 2, Marion McCain Bldg).

Dr. Joan C. Tronto
Department of Political Science, Hunter College, New York
March 3, 2005: “Is Peace Keeping Care Work?” (Computer Science Bldg, Room: CIBC 127)
March 4, 2005: “Democratic Caring” (Marion McCain Bldg, Room 1130)

Dr. Richard Creath
Philosophy Department and School of Life Sciences,  Arizona State University
December 9, 2004: ”The Construction of Reason: Kant, Carnap, Kuhn and Beyond “
December 10 2004: “Turning Point: Quine's Indeterminacy of Translation at Middle Age”

Dr. Catherine Wilson, FRSC
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
November 13, 2003: “The Aim and Structure of a Moral Theory”
November 14, 2003: “Interpreting Descartes' Sixth Meditation”

Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
October 16, 2003: “Evolution, Sex and Bias In Science: What is Female Orgasm For?”
October 17, 2003: “Objectivity: An Anatomy”
Dr. Lloyd's visit was co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, the History of Science and Technology programme (University of King's College), and Women's Studies.

Dr. Paul Griffiths
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
September 12, 2003: “Conceptual Analysis And The History of Science”
September 11, 2003: “What is Innateness?”

Dr. Ann Cudd Kansas University
September 19, 2002: "Oppression: A Framework for Analysis"
September 20, 2003: "Material Forces of Oppression: Violence and Deprivation"

Dr. Robert Brandom
Department of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
April 11, 2002:  “Reason, Expression, and the Philosophic Enterprise”
April 12, 2002: “Modality, Normativity, and Intentionality”

Dr. Gerald Cohen, All Souls College, Oxford University
March 10, 2001: “Facts and Principles”
(In collaboration with the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University and with Contemporary Studies, University of King's College)
March 10, 2001: “Freedom and Money”
(In collaboration with the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University and with Contemporary Studies, University of King's College)

Lectures (1996 - 2000)

Margaret Walker, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University
April 9, 2000: “Resentment and Assurance”

Dr. Sydney Shoemaker, Cornell University
September 23, 1999: "Colour Inversion Revisited"
September 24, 1999: "Realization & Mental Causation"

Dr. Claudia Card, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
April 9, 1999: “Nietzsche's Genealogy of Evil”
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)
April 8, 1999: “Women, Evil, and Gray Zones”
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Ruth Millikan, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut
November 6, 1998: “Abilities”
November 5, 1998: “The Language Thought Partnership”

Dr. Brian Barry, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
October 23, 1998: “A Theory of Group Rights”
(Cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University)
October 22, 1998: “The Trouble with Culture: A Critique of Cultural Politics”
(Cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University)

Dr. Paul Boghossian, Department of Philosophy, New York University
September 25, 1998: “Reasons and the A Priori”
September 24, 1998: “Relativism: The Very Idea”  

Dr. Dan Garber, University of Chicago
April 16, 1998: "Making Science Safe for Society in the Early 17th Century"
(In collaboration with the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's)
April 17, 1998: "Theolohy Naturalized: Spinoza on God and His Modes"
(In collaboration with the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's)

Dr. Charles Mills, University of Illinois at Chicago
November 13, 1997: “Philosophy & Race"
(Cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University)
November 14, 1997: ”White Right: The Idea of a 'Herrenvolk Ethics'" 
(Cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University)

Dr. Linda Alcoff, Syracuse University
September 26, 1997: "Identity Politics Revisited"
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)
September 27, 1997: "Immanent Truth" (CSWIP panel)
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Hilary Kornblith, University of Vermont
September 11, 1997: "Distrusting Reason"
September 12, 1997: Knowledge in Humans and Other Animals"

Dr. Shelley Kagan, Department of Philosophy, Yale University
May 9, 1997: “Equality and Desert”
May 8, 1997: “The Evils of Death”

Dr. Michael Ruse, University of Guelph
February 14, 1997: "Some of my Best Friends are Reductionists - but would I want my Sister to Marry One?" (with response by Richard Lewontin)
(In cooperation with the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's and the Biochemistry Department at Dalhousie University)

Dr. Richard Lewontin, Harvard University
February 13, 1997: "What can we learn about Human Beings from the Human Genome Project?" (with response by Michael Ruse)
(In cooperation with the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's and the Biochemistry Department at Dalhousie University)

Dr. Virginia Held, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York
November 15, 1996: “Liberalism and the Ethics of Care”
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)
November 14, 1996: “Media Culture and Democracy”
(Cosponsored by the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Susan Haack, University of Miami
September 12, 1996: "Science as Social? - Yes & No"
September 13, 1996: "As for that Phrase 'Studying in a literary Spirit'..."

Dr. Elliott Sober, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
July 19, 1996: “Phylogenetic Inertia”
(In cooperation with the Department of Biochemistry, Dalhousie University)
July 18, 1996: “Evolution and Optimality”
(In cooperation with the Department of Biochemistry, Dalhousie University)

Dr. Marilyn Frye, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University
March 1, 1996: “Postmodern Performatives: Revisiting Austin”
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)
February 29, 1996: “The necessity of differences:  Constructing a positive category of women”
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Langdon Winner, Rensselarer Polytech
January 25, 1996: "Living in Electronic Space: Political Theory in the Era of Global Networks"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University and the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's)
January 26, 1996: "From Autonomous Technique to Social Construction: Necessity & Choice in the Philosophy of Technology"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University and the Contemporary Studies Programme at King's)

Lectures (1991 - 1995)

Dr. Hilary Putnam, Cogan University Professor, Harvard University
October 20, 1995: “Wittgenstein & Philosophy of Mathematics”
October 19, 1995: “The Importance of Nonscientific Knowledge”

Dr. James Tully, McGill University
March 23, 1995: "The Quebec Referendum and the Future of Canada"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University)
March 24, 1995: "Problems of Cultural Recognition"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University)

Dr. Sandra Harding, Delaware University and UCLA
October 6, 1994: "Is Western Science and Ethno-Science? Feminist and Post-colonial Issues" 
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)
October 7, 1994: "Strong Objectivity: After the Neutrality Ideal"
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Daniel Dennett, Tufts University
September 29, 1994: "Some Confusions about Evolution"
September 30, 1994: "Consciousness of Time - and Time of Consciousness"

Dr. Naomi Scheman, University of Minnesota
February 10, 1994: "On Waking Up One Morning and Discovering We Are Them"
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme at Dalhousie University)
February 11, 1994: "Closets, margins, and Forms of Life"
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme at Dalhousie University"

Dr. Barbra Partee, University of Massachusetts Amherst
November 4, 1993: "Quantification in Natural Languages and Some Questions for Semantic Typology"
November 5, 1993: "Generalized context-Dependence in Quantified Structures"

Dr. Paul Horwich, MIT
October 14, 1993: "Is Time Travel Possible"
October 15, 1993: "What is it Like to be a Deflationary Theory of Meaning?"

Dr. Ian Hacking, University of Toronto
September 30, 1993: "Memoro-Politics: Trauma and the Soul" 
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University)
October 1, 1993: "Reasoning and Realism"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University) 

Dr. Jean Hampton, University of Arizona
September 22, 1993: "On Instrumental Rationality"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University)
September 22, 1993: "Why Expected Utility Theory isn't an Instrumental theory of Reason"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department at Dalhousie University) 

Dr. Ronald Giere, Department of Philosophy, Director, Center for Philosophy of Science
University of Minnesota
August 6, 1993: “Visual Models and Scientific Judgment”
August 5, 1993: “Undetermination, Relativism, and Perspectival Realism”

Dr. Susan Wolf, John Hopkins University 
July 8, 1993: "Freedom within Reason"
July 9, 1993: "The Moral of Moral Luck" 

Dr. Elizabeth Spelman, Department of Philosophy, Smith College
February 12, 1993: “Slavery and Tragedy”
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)
February 11, 1993: “Changing the Subject:  Studies in the Appropriation of Pain”
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Will Kymlicka, University of Ottawa
October 2, 1992: “Two Models of Pluralism and Tolerance”
October 1, 1992: “Moral Philosophy and Public Policy: The Case of New Reproductive Technologies” 

Dr. Stephen Stich, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
May 20, 1992: “Intentionality and Naturalism”
May 19, 1992: Moral Philosophy and Mental Representation”  

Dr. Helen Longino, Rice University
March 20, 1992: “Essential Tensions: Feminist Philosophical & Social Studies of Science”
March 19, 1992: Feminism & Science: Current Directions and Future Directions”

Dr. M. J. Cresswell, Victoria Wellington, NZ
November 22, 1991: "The Ontological Status of Matter in Aristotle"
November 23, 1991: "The Stuff of Belief"

Dr. Iris Young, University of Pittsburgh
October 3, 1991: "Gender and Seriality: Thinking of Women as a Collectivity"
October 4, 1991: "How Gender Upsets Paradigms of Justice" 

Dr. Richard Miller, Cornell University
August 8, 1991: "Moral Objectivity"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department of Dalhousie University)
August 8, 1991: "Justice and Social Freedom"
(In cooperation with the Political Science Department of Dalhousie University)

Dr. Gary Hatfield, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
June 10, 1991: “Representation and Environmental Context”
June 10, 1991: “Rorty and Modern Philosophy”

Dr. Linda Nicholson, State U. of NY
January 18, 1991: "Feminism, Postmodernism & Social Theory"
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)
January 19, 1991: "Reflections on Feminist Theory and Postmodernism"  
(In cooperation with the Women's Studies Programme of Dalhousie University)