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Rational Illusions and Cross-Cultural Philosophy at the Eastern APA
At this year’s Eastern APA (01/04-01/07) in Baltimore, Raja Rosenhagen will be presenting twice. In his first talk, “Capitalizing on Illusory Experiences,” he argues not only that illusory experiences play a rational role, but also that their doing so is explicable without assuming that experience has content. In the second presentation, he engages in some cross-cultural philosophy. At the Annual Meeting of the Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion, in a presentation entitled “Sarvaga and Just Attention: Buddhist Elements in Murdochian Ethics,” he will suggest that there is significant overlap between Philosophy of Moral Perception as it appears in certain strands of Buddhist thought and the conception of Love as Just Attention developed by Iris Murdoch.
Teaching and Publications - Preston Stovall
Preston Stovall will be teaching two courses at St. Vincent College in the spring. He is currently teaching a course on Aristotelian virtue, Kantian autonomy, and cognitive behavioral therapy at the Allegheny County Jail, and he has recently published an essay “On the Role of the Public Intellectual in the United States” at the Heterodox Academy, and a review of Jim O’Shea’s Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason: An Introduction and Interpretation at Kantian Review. LEARN MORE >
Zeroing in on the Free Will Problem in Oxford
L. Kelson A. Law will argue against two answers to the question, "What about causal determinism can explain privation of responsibility?" at the 20th Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference, November 11-13. He will be joining keynote speakers Ned Block (NYU), Shelly Kagan (Yale), and Barbara Sattler (St Andrews).
History of Philosophy of Science Conference
Alison Springle will present a poster titled "the role of phenomenal character in determining scientifically useful sensory categories" at the Philosophy of Science Conference to be held November 3-5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Josh Eisenthal will also give a talk titled "Mechanics without Mechanisms: Hertz's Principles of Mechanics." His session ("Physics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries") got mentioned as 'one to watch' on the OUP blog. LEARN MORE >
Perceptual Experience and Empirical Reason
Perceptual Experience and Empirical Reason Conference will be held October 21-23, 2016. For further information and registration, please go to pittperception2016.net. LEARN MORE >
Inferentialism and Radical Context Sensitivity
​Thomas J. Breed will be presenting his paper "Inferentialism and Radical Context Sensitivity" at a conference on inferentialism that will be held in Prague from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2016. He will be joining Robert Brandom, Jaroslav Peregrin, and a number of other prominent philosophers of language for an extended discussion of topics addressed in Peregrin's recent book Inferentialism: Why Rules Matter​​.
Celebrating Leibniz
Dr. Nicholas Rescher will give the opening remarks at an exhibit to be held in Hillman Library on November 18, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. LEARN MORE >
Mark Wilson Inaugural Lecture
Mark Wilson will give his Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in 2700 Posvar Hall. A Wine and Cheese Reception will follow the lecture in Room 2500 Posvar Hall.
Adverbial Relationalism and Naive Realism
Thomas Breed will be presenting his paper "Adverbial Relationalism" at the BPPA Masterclass on Naïve Realism at the University of Warwick on the 8th of October. He will be joining Mark Kalderon (UCL) and Craig French (University of Nottingham), who are the keynotes for this conference.
Love and Justice in London
Raja Rosenhagen presented his paper “What Union? How to Maintain it Justly? A Murdochian (Presentationalist) Intervention” as part of the panel “Can Union Views of Love Do Justice to Just Love?” at the 2016 Joint European Philosophy Conference (August 25-27) at the Regent’s University in London.
50 Most Influential Living Philosophers
Brandom and McDowell on a listicle (no cute cats). LEARN MORE >
Kant and Hegel at Tübingen
Maximilian Tegtmeyer is co-organizing an international graduate workshop “Models of human and divine intellect in Kant and Hegel: Intersections between Transcendental Philosophy and Rational Theology” which will take place from the 16th to 18th of February 2017 at the University of Tübingen, Germany. It is funded by the University of Tübingen Excellence Initiative “Zukunftskonzept”. LEARN MORE >
Kant on Skepticism
Chuck Goldhaber will be presenting his paper entitled “Does Kant try to refute Humean scepticism?" at the 2016 Pittsburgh Area Philosophy Colloquium on September 10th. LEARN MORE >
Perception and Qualia
Alison Springle will be presenting "Doing Away with the Descriptive Dogma of Perception" (poster) at the meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Austin this June, and ""Making Qualia Legit: The Role of Phenomenology in Determining Scientifically Useful Sensory Categories" at the meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology in St. Andrews this August!
Alessandra Buccella Presentation
Alessandra will be presenting a paper titled “A new look at the intentionality of phenomenology” at the University of North Carolina-Asheville (June 2-4). The conference is called “Pragmatism and the Brain”.

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