Colloquium & Special Lectures

About the Colloquia

The Department of Philosophy's colloquium series takes place every Friday afternoon. It is an eagerly anticipated forum where faculty and students have the opportunity to develop and present work and to engage in lively philosophical exchange. Each colloquium is attended by faculty, graduate students, as well as interested faculty from other departments and universities. Faculty will present in-progress papers,  and graduate students are encouraged to present their theses.

The colloquia are held every Friday beginning at 3:30 pm  in Room 1130 of the Marion McCain Building (unless otherwise indicated). During the first hour a paper is presented. In the second hour, questions and discussion take place. 

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2018 Colloquium Presentations

November 30th, 2018
Harry Critchley, Queen's University
"Epistemic Dead Zones in Carceral Space: Segregation Light and the Politics of Spatiality"

November 23rd, 2018
Aaron Novick, Dalhousie University
"Cuvieran Functionalism"

November 16th, 2018
Dr. Robert J. Stainton, Western University
"Do languages really exist?"

November 9th, 2018
John Barresi, Dalhousie University
"On Building a Person: Benchmarks for Robotic Personhood"

November 2nd, 2018
Erik Nelson, Dalhousie University
"The Grammar of Bird Cognition: Wittgenstein, Corvids, and Nonlinguistic Concepts"

October 12th, 2018
Scott Edgar, Saint Mary's University
"The function of history in Hermann Cohen's critique of knowledge"

October 5th, 2018
Donrich Thaldar, University of KwaZulu-Natal
"Surrogacy, ancestral spirits, and knowing one's origins"

September 21st, 2018
Derek Andrews, , Dalhousie University
"Felt Duties of Care and the Social Process of Personal Identity: Dementia and the Person Life View"

September 14th, 2018
Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University
"Engendering Animals"

September 7th, 2018
Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University
"In Defense of the Link Between Fundamental Properties and Fundamental Governing Laws"

August 24th, 2018
Liam Dempsey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"From the Inside: Private Experience within the Embodied Brain"

August 17th, 2018
Christina Behma, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
"Jester's Privilege: Masking political criticism with jokes"

August 10th, 2018
Carl Matheson, University of Manitoba
"Only the Best: On the relationship between the aesthetic properties of musical works and those of their performances."

July 27th, 2018
Stephanie Kapusta, Dalhousie University
"Transgender Rights: An Overview."

July 20th, 2018
Andrew Lopez, Dalhousie University
"What Should Sellarsians Say About Animal Personhood?"

July 6th, 2018
Gina Zavota, Kent State University
"Elemental: The Role of Fire in Heraclitus' Ontology of Flux"

June 29th, 2018
Andrew Lopez, Dalhousie University
"¿Mejorando la raza?: Identity and Partnership in the Latinx Community."

June 22nd, 2018
Chike Jeffers
"Race and Egaltarianism in Du Bois' Darkwater"

June 15th, 2018
Tom Vinci, Dalhousie University
"Transcendental Idealism and the Two Selves Problem in Kant."

June 8th, 2018
Philip Corkum, University of Alberta
"Context and Causal Explanation"

June 1th, 2018
Ford Doolittle, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
"Reductions and Selections in the Recent Philosophy of Biology"

May 25th, 2018
Lorraine Code, York University
"Who Do We Think We Are"

May 18th, 2018
Andrew Moon, Virginia Commonwealth University
"All Basing is Phenomenal Basing"

May 11th, 2018
Michael Hymers, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
"Wittgenstein on Noticing Aspects in Mathematics and Philosophy"

May 4th, 2018
Erik Nelson, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
"Violence Might Be Necessary: Mill, Langton, and Antifa."

April 27th, 2018
Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University
"A Dilemma for Divine Laws"

April 20th, 2018
Andrew Kernohan, Dalhousie University
"Decisions Under Moral Uncertainty"

April 13th, 2018
Harry Critchley, Queen's University
"Epistemic Injustice and Medical Neglect in Ontario Jails: The Case of Pregnant Women"

April 6th, 2018
Jason Holt, Acadia University
"Kinetic Beauty: A Layered View"

March 23rd, 2018
Dustin Olson, University of Regina
"Russell's Reflective Equilibrium"

March 16th, 2018
Pat Bondy, St. Mary's University
“The Epistemic Norm of Inference and Non-Epuistemic Reasons for Belief"

March 9th, 2018
Tom Vinci, Dalhousie University
“Max Planck on the Least Action Principle and the Case for Divine Reason in Physics"

March 2nd, 2018
Andrew Fenton and Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University
“Why Tommy and Kiko Deserve Habeas Corpus Relief"

February 16th, 2018
Andrew Inkpen, Dalhousie University
“Disease and the Microbiome: Can Naturalistic Theories Make Sense of Dysfunction?"

February 9th, 2018
Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University
“Best Systems: Metaphysical or Epistemological"

January 26th, 2018
Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University
“Imagining a Building Into Reality: Philosophical Adventures in Architecture"

January 19th, 2018
Duncan MacIntosh, Dalhousie University
“De-Weaponizing Incivility and Disinformation: Do We Need A (Virtual) Two-State Solution for America?"

January 12th, 2018
Francois Baylis, Novel Tech Ethics
“The Scientist as Honest Broker of Policy Options"