Department of Philosophy
Ross Hall, Room 122
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
The department of Philosophy at the University of Wyoming provides a series of speakers throughout the semester on a variety of topics. Speakers and dates are available of upcoming events as well as past events.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Dr. Jeff Clune, University of Wyoming Computer Science Department, will present "Why do brains evolve to be regular, modular, and hierarchical?" and "Does artificial intelligence have grandmother cells?" on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Dr. Adam Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and former UW Philosophy Graduate Student, will present "Blame and the Humean Theory of Motivation," on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Monday-Tuesday, November 16 & 17, 2015 - Veritas Forum
Dr. Sam Newlands, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University, will be presenting as part of the Veritas Forum.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Dr. David Shoemaker, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University, will present "Empathy, Psychopathy, and Responsibility" on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
However, there have been three major recent attacks on the thought that empathy is necessary for morality, namely, (a) we’re just too bad at it for it to be a condition for morality, (b) empathy is actually morally pernicious; and (c) the moral understanding allegedly delivered by empathy can be reached in numerous alternative ways. In this presentation, I will show how empathy really is essential for moral responsibility, and in so doing I will defend it from all three of these attacks.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Dr. Robin Hill, University of Wyoming presented "What is the Epistemology of Wayward Web Search?"
Abstract: The epistemology of web search should reveal something about search as a method of knowledge acquisition, or something about knowledge itself, or even something about the World-Wide Web. Search, treated as testimony, is an attempt to fill a knowledge gap surrounded by rich context. In a library or conversational setting, that context is readily available, but not when search executes only the method of pattern-matching on a search string.
Web search failures, in particular, are revealing, as results returned often show misdirection of some reference. When the result is true in spite of that, this search blunder resembles the Gettier problem, except that Gettier problems in human conversation are easily rectified. Informally, the transfer from web page to search engine severs the low of semantics.
Floridi's principles for knowledge give a platform for explanation. The erotetic model invoked requires that an item of information be expressible as a question, carrying all of the context, with a binary answer. Failing that requirement means that the further criteria of correctness and relevance are not achieved; hence the aleatorization of information cannot be resolved, raising the question whether knowledge can still be delivered.
Mon., September 29, 2014
Dr. Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver, presented "Plato's Epistemological Paradox and Plato's Epistemological Project"
Abstract: Plato’s primary epistemological project is to figure out what an object has to be like in order for it to be a possible object of knowledge while maintaining a high bar for what counts as knowledge. Maintaining that there are such objects serves as the bottom line for putting together his theory of what knowledge is and whether or not human beings can have any. Despite finding that these metaphysical considerations set up a paradoxical set of criteria for human knowledge. Plato rejects neither the assumptions nor attempts to resolve the paradox and proceeds to come up with the best theory of human knowledge that these assumptions allow.
Dr. David Boonin, University of Colorado-Boulder, presented "The Experience Machine: Debunking the Debunking Arguments"
Monday, November 17
Ph.D. Candidate, Joey Stenberg, University of Colorado - Boulder, will present "Happiness on Earth (kind of) as it is in Heaven: Aquinas on Imperfect Happiness," on Mon., November 17, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Friday, March 6
Dr. Edward Sherline, University of Wyoming, will present, "A Defense of the Balancing Model of Reasoning," on Fri., March 6, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Friday, April 10
John Poland, former UW Graduate Student, will present at 5:00 in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Friday, April 17 - Cancelled due to weather
Dr. Chris Heathwood, CU-Boulder, University of Colorado - Boulder, will present "Which Desires Are Relevant to Well-Being?" on Fri., April 17, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 118.
Wed., March 5, 2014
Kacey Brooke Warren, PhD Candidate at University of Colorado-Boulder, presented "Political Surrogacy and Relational Entitlements: A Critique of Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach”
Abstract: Martha Nussbaum offers a robust vision of justice in terms of capability that she contends is capable of handing the most difficult cases. In recent work, she suggests that her capabilities approach supports a range of accommodations to make voting accessible and feasible for citizens with cognitive disabilities, including surrogate voting in the instance of profound cognitive impairment. While I acknowledge that some will find Nussbaum's conclusion contentious, this paper starts from the assumption that she is correct and seeks determine whether and to what extent her capabilities approach can support this conclusion. I argue that it cannot, given that is rigidly individualist. My analysis reveals the relational nature of the entitlement and highlights the need for an approach to justice that moves beyond individual capabilities.
Dr. Sarah Conly, of Bowdoin College, presented "One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?"
Sponsor: Kaiser Ethics Endowment
Fri., October 25, 2013
Dr. John Christman, of Penn State University, presented "Oppression and the Conceptual Politics of Freedom"
Sponsor: Kaiser Ethics Endowment
Fri., October 18, 2013
Dr. Mitzi Lee, University of Colorado-Boulder, presented "Greed and Justice in Aristotle's Ethics"
Dr. Joe Ulatowski, University of Texas-El Paso, presented “Raider of the Lost Lecture: Or, How Anscombe May Have Trumped the Knobe Effect”
Sponsored by the Goode Family Excellence Fund in Humanities, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, and Gladys Crane Film Fund
Thursday, September 19
Friday, September 20
Dr. Amy Vidali of University of Colorado-Boulder, presented "Tipping the Pain Scale: Past and Present Narratives of Gastrointestinal Disorder and Distress”
Mon., April 8, 2013
Dr. Robin Hill, Coordinator of Instructional Computing and Adjunct Philosophy Professor
"What An Algorithm Is"
Sponsored by the Goode Family Excellence Fund in Humanities
Thurs., Feb 28th
Dr. Robert Pasnau of University of Colorado-Boulder, "Divisions of Epistemic Labor: Some Remarks on the History of Fideism and Esotericism"
Dr. Brian Catlos of University of Colorado-Boulder, ""According to Right and Reason...” the Conundrum of Religious Diversity and Secular Law in the Medieval Mediterranean.”
Fri., March 1
Dr. Laurie Finke from Kenyon College and Dr. Martin Shichtman from Eastern Michigan Unviersity will present "Singing and Dancing on the Edge of an Inferno: Youssef Chahine's Destiny"
Chelsea Haramia, University of Colorado-Boulder, Ph.D. candidate presented "The Axiology of Reacting"
Dr. Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver presented "Belief, Knowledge and Ignorance"
Tyler Burge, University of California-Los Angeles presented"Perception: Origins of Mind"
Richard Kraut, Northwestern University presented "Against Absolute Goodness"
Tyler Hildebrand, Colorado State University, M.A. candidate presented "Genuine Empirical Metaphysics"
Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presented "Good-for-nothings"
Ned Markosian, Western Washington University presented "A New Answer to the Special Composition Question"
Pablo Zavala, UW Graduate Student presented "Ideally Necessary Laws of Nature"
Candace Upton, University of Denver presented "One-Off Situations and Direct v.s. Indirect Virtue Ethical Theories"
Carlos Mellizo, University of Wyoming presented "Philosophy and Literature: On Literary Plots or Why Godot Never Shows Up"
Candice Shelby, University of Colorado-Denver presented "A Semanitc Approach to Understanding Addictive Thinking"
Dennis Whitcomb, Washington State University presented "Grounding and Omniscience"
Amandine Catala, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Colorado-Boulder presented "Beyond Political Legitimacy: Reframing the Normative Question of Secession"
Stephen Darwalll, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University presented "Bipolar Obligations"
Christian Lee, Graduate Student at the University of Colorado-Boulder presented "Intrinsic and Conditional Final Value"
Jan Zwicky, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria in Canada presented "Alcibiades' Love"
Juan Arnau of the University of Barcelona presented "Philosophy on Stage: Theatricality and Logic in Ancient India,"
Julia Driver, of Washington University in St. Louis presented "Defending Objective Consequentialism,"
Roy Sorensen, of Washington University in St. Louis presented "Veridical Idealizations"
Ian Harmon, UW Graduate Student in Philosophy presented "Specificity and Know How Attribution"
Phil Holt, UW Professor of Classics presented "The Trial of Socrates, in Context. or, Did Socrates Have it Coming?"
Franz-Peter Griesmaier, UW Professor of Philosophy presented "Induction and Modal Commitment"
Andrew Seremetis, UW Graduate Student presented "Can Funtionalism Accommodate Extended Cognition?"
Joe Mayes, UW Graduate Student presented "Intention and Permissibility: on the Highway to Hell?"
Thomas Metcalf, PhD Student at University of Colorado-Boulder presented "Synthetic Identificationism and the Normativity of Epistemic Justification"
Manuel Escamilla, Professor at the University of Granada-Spain presented "The City with Almost Perpendicular Streets: Mill & the Liberation of Women"
Matt McGrath, Professor at University of Missouri-Columbia presented "Knowledge and Reasons"
9/1/09 - Kaiser Ethics lecture
Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy & International Affairs of Yale University presented "Health Care Reform for the U.S. and the World's Poor" & "How to Understand Kant's Transcendental Idealism"
Carlos Mellizo presented "Mill on Religion: A New Look"
Robert Koons presented Click here to view his talk.
John Bengson presented "Intuition, Causation, and Explanation"
David Barnett presented "Counterfactual Entailment"
Nicholas D. Smith presented "Plato on the Power of Ignorance"
Steve Crowley presented "Intuition & Calibration"
David Sosa presented "Epistemic Luck"
Jason Hanna presented "Ulysses Contracts and the Significance of Consent"
Joe Ulatowski presented "Persisting Acts"
Jason Wyckoff presented "Can Gratitude Serve as a Basis for Political Obligation?"
May 13 - 17, 2008
Society for Exact Philosophy Conference
Beth Tropman, "Renewing Moral Intuitionism"
Mark van Roojen, "Moral Rationalism and Rational Amoralism"
Carlos Mellizo presented "Nature and the City or The Utility of Hunting"
Bob Hanna presented "Consciousness and Essential Embodiment"
Audrey King presented "Justice, Development, and Just Development: An Institutional Analysis of Development"
Christina Van Dyke presented "Ethical Vegetarianism: Feminist Obligation or Patriarchal Burden?"
"Billboards, Bombs and Shotgun Weddings: A Case for Content Relativism"
10/8/06, Kaiser Ethics Lecture
Stephen J. Macedo
"US Immigration Policy & Social Justice
"Sex and Commerce: Feminist Approaches "
"The Matrix as Metaphysics" and "Probability and Propositions."
"The Design Argument" and "Epiphenomenalism - Do's and Don'ts"
"Science, Society, and the Value of Good Philosophy"
"Norms of Rationality and Levels of Epistemic Sophistication"
"When Good People do BadThings"
"Francisco Sanchez of Tui (1550-1623) & the New Science"
"After Medieval Philosophy, What? An Essay on Periodization"
"How to See With Your Eyes Shut"
"Causal Considerations a Poverty"
"Why are the late Platonic Dialogues so Strange"
"Areas of Research: Philosophy of Language; Metaphysics; Metaethics"
"Diachronic Unity: The Ship of Theseus and Theseus the Man"
"Out of Control: On the Relation Between Being In Control of What We Do and Being Responsible For It"
"Hume and Institutional Theory"
"Thoreau's Environmental Ethics: 150 Years After Walden"
Department of Philosophy
Ross Hall, Room 122
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071