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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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2017 Colloquium Presentations

November 17th, 2017
Francois Baylis, Dalhousie University
“Activism and the Hallowed Halls of Academia"

November 10th, 2017
Andrew Fenton, Dalhousie University
“Buddhism and animal research ethics: beyond abolitionism"

November 3rd, 2017
Panel Presentation: Tiffany Gordon, Chike Jeffers, Andrew Fenton, Sundar Sarukkai
“Opening Up Philosophy in Western Universities"

October 27th, 2017
Sundar Sarukkai, National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore
“Non-existent or 'merely' absent? The reality of mathematical entities"

October 20th, 2017
Steaphanie Kapusta, Dalhousie University
“Swamp Women and Inclusion: Social Kinds as Historical Kinds"

October 6th, 2017
Richmond Campbell, Dalhousie University
“Why Moral Triballism?"

September 29th, 2017
Robert Alan Paul, Dalhousie University
“Empiricisms and Realisms in Astronomy”

September 22nd, 2017
Christina Behme, Dalhousie University
“Did Descarte change his view on animal cognition?”

September 15th, 2017
TDP Brunet and MDM Malloy, Dalhousie University
“A Logic of the General Preposition”

September 8th, 2017
Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University
“Platonic Laws of Nature”

August 25th, 2017
Andrew Lopez, Dalhousie University
“Dignity and Decision: Toward a Rejection of the Politics of Personhood”

August 18th, 2017
Lynette Reid, Dalhousie University
“Antimicrobial Resistance and Social Inequality in Health”

August 11th, 2017
Chike Jeffers, Dalhousie University
“Politics in The Souls of Black Folk

July 28th, 2017
Elliot Sober, University of Wisconsin- Madison
“When is the Simpler Theory Better?”

July 21st, 2017
Michael Watkins, Auburn University
“A Heraclitan Defense of Colour Realism”

July 14th, 2017
Patrick Bondy, Brandon University
“Epistemic Rationality: Non-Instrumental, but Instrumentally Normative”

July 7th, 2017
Anthony Fernandez, Dalhousie University
Metaphysical Foundations of Feminist Phenomenology.”

June 23rd, 2017
Christina Behme, Brandon University
"Cognitive Precursors of Language: Do Animals have “what it takes”?”

June 9th, 2017
Stephanie Kapusta, Dalhousie University
"Concerning A Recent Controversial Article About Gender Transitions and Transracialism: Some Critical Ruminations”

June 2nd, 2017
Chhanda Chakraborti, West Bengal, India
"Approaching the Non-Physical Properties through Trope Theory”

May 19th, 2017
Nathan Brett, Dalhousie University
"Climate Change and Common-sense Morality”

May 12th, 2017
Erik Nelson, Dalhousie University
"What Frege asked Alex the Parrot”

May 5th, 2017
Anthony Fernandez, Tiffany Gordon, Letitia Meynell, and Sarah Wieten, Dalhousie University
"Developing good practices in Canadian Philosophy”

April 28th, 2017
Eve Roberts, Dalhousie University
"Novelty as an epistemic virtue for system-driven scientific research”

April 21st, 2017
John Barresi, Dalhousie University
"Why did van Gogh cut off his ear?”

April 7th, 2017
Sarah Wieten, Dalhousie University
"Changing Selves; Transformative Experiences and Decision-Making at The End of Life”

March 31st, 2017
Dr. Morey Williams
"A New Form of Natal Alienation: A Phenomenological Approach to Immigration Detention Practices Surrounding Latina Mothers and Their Children.”

March 24th, 2017
Andrew Kernohan, Dalhousie University
"Principles, Reasons, and Bounded Measures.”

March 17th, 2017
Tyler Hildebrand, Dalhousie University
"Title: Racial Profiling and the Problem of Induction.”

March 10th, 2017
Tyler D.P. Brunet, Dalhousie University
"A Logic of Mechanistic Chemistry.”

March 3rd, 2017
Jure Gantar, Fountain School of Performing Arts
"An Ethics of Laughter?"

February 10th, 2017
Todd Calder, Saint Mary's University
"Evil Isn't Necessarily Wrong"

January 27th, 2017
Kyle Johannsen, Saint Mary's University
"Animal Rights and the Problem of r-Strategists"

January 20th, 2017
Anthony Fernandez, Dalhousie University
"A Truly Genetic Phenomenology: On the Possibility of Transcendental Contingency"

January 13th, 2017
Jonathan Surovell, Texas State University
"Stance Empiricism and Epistemic Reason"