Colloquia for Spring 2015 Semester:

Wednesday, Thursday, January 7-8, 2015, Seminar with Verite Harte, Departments of Philosophy and Classics, Yale University. "Plato's Philebus on the Value of Idle Pleasure."

Thursday, January 20, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114.  Sasa Stankovic, Philosophy Department, University of Prince Edwards Island, "Leibniz's Conception of Freedom."

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room, 114. Eric Brown, Philosophy Department, Washington University (St. Louis), "Eudaimonia in Plato's Republic"

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Fernando Muniz, Universidade Federal Flumeinense, Brazil, "Performance and Elenchus in Plato's Ion"

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, David Funder, Department of Psychology, UC Riverside, Title TBA

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Melanie Mitchell, Department of Computer Science, Portland State University, Title TBA

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Jason Golz, Department of Philosophy, Westminster College, Title TBA

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Anne O'Byrne, Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook University (presented in conjunction with theCollege of Arts & Letters programming Commemorating 70 Years: The Liberation of Auschwitz and the End of World War II Remembered)

Friday, April 10, 2015, Time and Location TBA, Dr. Susan Bredlau, Department of Philosophy, Emory University.  Title TBA. This presentation will be the Keynote Address for the NAU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April 10 &11.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, William Irvine, Department of Philosophy, Wright State University.  Title TBA

Friday-Sunday, May 29th-May 31st, Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy (organized by Dr. Julie Piering, Northern Arizona University).  Stay tuned to this site for updates, but line up includes Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas, Austin) and Jonathan Scott Lee (Colorado College).

Colloquia for Fall 2014 Semester:

Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 3:45-5:00pm, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114.  Julie Piering, Richard Wood Professor for the Teaching of Philosophy, Philosophy Department, NAU.  "Fail Better: Moral Striving and Human Frailty".  
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3:45-5:00pm.  Liberal Arts, Room 114.  Mary Louise Gill, David Benedict Professor of Classics and Philosophy, Brown University, "Two Versions of Hylomorphism in Aristotle's Metaphysics"
Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 3:45-5:00pm.  Jeffrey Epstein, California State University, Fullerton, "Democratic Hospitality, Cosmopolitanism, And the Impossible Foreign-Citizen."

Colloquia for Spring 2014 Semester:

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 3:45-5:00 p.m., NAU, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Presenter: Chris Turner, Philosophy PhD. student (ABD)at DePaul University in Chicago, "Aristotle's Ideal Polis and Political Exclusion"
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:45-5:00 p.m., NAU, Babbitt Academic Annex Building, Room 112, Presenter: Dennis Rusche, Professor Emeritus, NAU Philosophy Department  "A Deweyan Response to the Proposal to Entertain Ratzinger’s Criticism of Social Theory"
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3:45-5:00 p.m., NAU, Liberal Arts Building, Room 114, Presenter: Shannon Hoff, Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto "Hegel and the Possibility of Intercultural Criticism Culture"
Thursday, January 23, 2014 LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm, Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, Public Policy Leadership, University of Mississippi. "A Culture of Justice"

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Colloquia for Fall 2013 Semester:

Thursday, December 12th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00pm., Dr. Mark Budolfson, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, and alumnus, NAU Philosophy Department, "Should the United States Make Unilateral Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions?"

Thursday, December 5th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00pm., Dr. Russ Pryba, Department of Philosophy, Northern Arizona University, "Perceiving Meanings: The Cultural Embodiment of Aesthetic Value"
Thursday, November 21st, LA 114, 3:45-5:00pm., Dr. Jona Vance, Department of Philosophy, Northern Arizona University, "Epistemically Appropriate Cognitive Penetration and the Tribunal of Experience
Thursday, October 24th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm., Dr. Jason Matteson, Department of Philosophy, Northern Arizona University.  "Environmental Martyrdom"
Thursday, October 17th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm., Professor Erin McKenna, Department of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University. "Pets, People, and Pragmatism"
Thursday, September 26th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm., Robert Frodeman, Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas. "An Introduction to Field Philosophy"
Thursday, September 19th, LA 136, 3:45-5:00 pm., Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "A Philosophy of Light and Space: James Turrell’s Roden Crater Art Project"

Colloquia for Spring 2013 Semester:

Monday, April 22nd, LA 216, 3:45-5:00 pm. Stephen Biggs, Department of Philosophy, Iowa State University. "Philosophy by Abduction"
Thursday, April 11th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm. Andrea Houchard, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "Philosophy in the Public Interest"
Thursday, March 7th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm. Greg Kirk, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "The Imperative to Change: The Demanding Initiation into the Socratic Way of Life"

Colloquia for Fall 2012 Semester:

Thursday, November 15th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm. David Sherry, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "When is Touching Appropriate?"
Thursday, October 18th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm. Adam Buben, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "Neither Irrationalist nor Apologist: Revisiting Faith and Reason in Kierkegaard"
Thursday, October 4th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm. Dennis Rushe, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "Reflections on Earth:Objectification, Self-Portraiture, and Self-Consciousness"
Thursday, September 20th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm.  Dennis Rushe, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "The Interpretive Mode of Knowing"

Colloquia for Spring 2012 Semester:

Thursday, February 16th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00 pm.  Amy Coplan, Department of Philosophy, NAU, California State Univeristy, Fullerton. "Monitoring Movie Mood"

Fall 2011 Semester:

Thursday, September 8th, LA 114, 3:45-5:00pm. Dennis Rusche, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "The Heuristic or Method of Discovery: An Outline of Its Basic Concepts and Principles"

Thursday, September 29th, LA 136, 4:00-6:00pmCynthia Willett, Philosophy Department, Emory University, Julie Willett, History Department, Texas Tech University. “Going to Bed White and Waking up Arab: On Xenophobia, Affect Theories of Laughter and Fear, and the Social Contagion of the Comic Stage"

Thursday, November 3rd, Cline Library Auditorium, 4:00-5:30pm.  Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago, "Not for Profit: Why Global Citizenship Needs the Humanities". This talk is part of the Provost's Fall 2011 Speaker Series, and is sponsored by the Richard Wood Professorship for the Teaching of Philosophy, the College of Arts & Letters, Center for International Education, and the Department of Philosophy. 
Thursday, November 10th, Liberal Arts, Room 201, 3:45-5:00pmCANCELED DUE TO ILLNESSMark Wheeler , Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, San Diego State University. "Aristotle's Real Definition of Truth".  

 Abstract: Assertoric truth and falsehood define the ultimate purpose of, and the potential for, philosophical inquiry. Pace Long, their chief value, for Aristotle, is theoretical and not practical. Contrary to Crivelli, De Rijk, Modrak and others, Aristotle’s real definition of assertoric truth and falsehood is presented in Metaphysics Epsilon 2-4 and Theta 10, and it is ancestrally related to the common philosophical definition presented in Metaphysics Book Gamma. Aristotle’s definition ramifies the common philosophical conception in terms of his philosophical system, and serves as an example of how philosophical inquiry starts with a so-called “nominal definition” and ends with a so-called “real definition."

Thursday, November 17th, Liberal Arts, Room 114, 3:45-5:00pm. Jeff Downard, Professor, Department of Philosophy, NAU. "Building a Moral Theory: starting with the phenomenon".  

 Abstract: John Stuart Mill argues that the only evidence we can use in moral theorizing is empirical evidence about what we desire.  On the basis of such observations, he tries to show that the principle of utility is the primary principle of morality. Immanuel Kant maintains that ethics must start from a priori grounds that pertain to the moral worth of actions done from duty.  On the basis of these starting points, he tries to show that the primary principle of morality must have the form of a categorical imperative and the end of humanity.  In this presentation, I draw on Charles Sanders Peirce’s phenomenology as a basis for evaluating the competing claims about where we should start in building a moral theory.