2018-2019 Tamara Horowitz Memorial Lecture
The Pitt Philosophy Department is happy to announce that the Tamara Horowitz Memorial Lecture of the academic year 2018-19 will be given by Professor Ann E. Cudd of Boston University. The lecture will take place on October 19, 2018. Professor Cudd, a former student of Tamara Horowitz, received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. She has been Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University since 2015. Professor Cudd’s philosophical interests include social and political philosophy, philosophy of economics, philosophy of social science, decision theory, and feminist theory.
Inference, Cognition, and Perception
Thomas J. Breed will be presenting his paper "Reasoning with One's Eyes Open" at the Catholic University of America's graduate conference on cognition, which will be held in Washington D.C. on the 6th and 7th of April. He will be joining Alva Noë (UC Berkeley) and Jonathan Buttaci (CUA), who are the keynotes for the conference.
Truth and Fixed-Point Structures
Stephen Mackereth has settled an open problem about fixed-point theories of truth (e.g., Kripke’s theory of truth). A “fixed point” (of the jump function) is, roughly, a possible interpretation for the truth-predicate. He has characterized the possible structures that the set of fixed points of a self-referential first-order language may have, for the strong Kleene and van Fraassen supervaluationist logics. He has also obtained a limitative result for the weak Kleene logic. The work is forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Philosophical Logic celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Gupta & Belnap’s The Revision Theory of Truth.
Vivian Feldblyum Presentations
Vivian Feldblyum will be presenting papers at three upcoming conferences. First, she will present “Aristotle on Thumos and Phantasia” at the Pennsylvania Circle of Ancient Philosophy Annual Conference on March 24th at Penn State University. Second, she will present “Aristotle on Kindness, Pity, and Natural Friendship” on April 13th at the conference “Empathy, Sympathy, and Compassion: The Dynamics of Other-Oriented Emotions” here at the University of Pittsburgh. Finally, she will present "Feyerabend and Aristotle: A Return to Common Sense” on May 18th at the 2018 Conference on Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Enactivism and Indeterminacy
Alessandra Buccella will present a poster titled “Enactivism and Indeterminacy” at the conference “Enactivism: Theory and Performance” at the University of Memphis on March 15-17. The conference will feature many important theorists in enactivism and embodied cognitive science, such as Dan Hutto, Erik Myin, Shaun Gallagher, and Tony Chemero.
Inferentialism and Radical Contextualism in Portugal
Thomas J. Breed will be presenting his paper "Inferentialism in Context" at the University of Porto's Mind Language and Action Group's second graduate conference. He will be joining Charles Travis (University of Porto/KCL), Martina Nida-Rümelin (University of Fribourg), and Anna Ciaunica (University of Porto/UCL), as well as a host of other graduate presenters for the three day conference, which runs from the 21st-23rd March. LEARN MORE >
Charles Golhaber Presentations
Charles Goldhaber will be presenting his paper "The humors in Hume's skepticism" at two upcoming conferences: Disorder: A Graduate Student conference at Temple University, April 7, and University of Toronto Graduate Conference, PsyPhi: Philosophy Meets Psychology, May 7–8. LEARN MORE >
Alison Springle updates
Alison has a paper with Rick Grush, "Agency, perception, space, and subjectivity" forthcoming in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. She will also be presenting her paper “On What Else Perceptual Representation Could Be” at the SSPP (Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology) in San Antonio TX in March.
Recipe for an unmoving heart/mind
At this year's Eastern APA meeting in Savannah, GA, Gus Law will present his interpretation of Gaozi's terse and mysterious maxim, cited in Mengzi 2A2, for maintaining one's peace of mind.
Reasons and Modals
Adam Marushak will be presenting his paper "Reasons and Modals" at the New York Philosophy of Language Workshop on Monday Nov. 13th. LEARN MORE >
Rescher Prize for Systemic Philosophy
Ruth Millikan will receive the 2017 Nicholas Rescher Prize for Systematic Philosophy on Friday, October 13, 2017 in 2500/2501 Posvar Hall. She will give a public lecture titled "Biosematic Functions of some Non-naming Words" at 2:00 p.m., followed by a public reception at 3:15 p.m. A guided tour of the Philosophy Archives will follow at 4:00 p.m. in the Hillman Library, Special Collections, Third Floor.
Humanities Center Conference
The University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center will hold a workshop on Tommie Shelby's "Dark Ghettos": Injustice, Dissent, and Reform on October 26, 2017 (All day) to October 27, 2017 (All day) in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. LEARN MORE >
Goldhaber to present at Central APA
Charles Goldhaber will present his paper ""Melancholy," "spleen" and other "humours" in the conclusion to the Treatise’s first book" at the 2018 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, February 21–24. LEARN MORE >
Alison Springle Presentation
Alison Springle (with Rick Grush) will be presenting a paper at the Spacial Experience conference in September. LEARN MORE >
Congratulations to Justin Humphreys!
Justin's paper "Disjunctivism and the Stream of Consciousness" has been selected as the winner of APA's 2018 William James Prize for the best paper in the area of American philosophy accepted for inclusion in the Eastern Division program. Congratulations on this honor!