Colloquia for Fall 2015 Semester:
Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 3:45-5:00pm, NAU, 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".
Colloquia for Spring 2014 Semester:
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:
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
Colloquia for Fall 2012 Semester:
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, 4:00-6:00pm. Cynthia 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, 3:45-5:00pm. CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. Mark 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.