Colloquium Series: 2021-2022

Talks will be on Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Danielsen Room, Rabb 338, unless otherwise noted. Events are updated throughout the semester. Please check back often.

Fall 2021

October 29, 2021

Louise Antony is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professor Antony’s work has focused on the question of how mentality can be realized in a physical world; she has written extensively about mental causation, the nature of mental representation, and the relation between language and mind.  With Norbert Hornstein, she co-edited a volume of original essays, Chomsky and His Critics.  Professor Antony is also interested in naturalistic epistemology and is currently trying to develop a psychologically realistic account of empirical justification.  Professor Antony also works in feminist philosophy, particularly feminist epistemology.  She co-edited, with Charlotte Witt, A Mind of One’s Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity.  Recently, Professor Antony has become interested in the philosophy of religion.  She edited a collection of personal reflections by atheist philosophers, Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life. 

A Talk by Robin Dembroff

November 19, 2021

Robin Dembroff is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Yale University

​Professor Dembroff's primary areas of research are feminist and LGBTQ philosophy, which they approach primarily using tools from metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. Their research emphasizes relations between dynamic social processes and social classifications. They've written about these topics in scholarly journals, in a Supreme Court brief, and in popular media outlets.

They are currently writing a book about patriarchy as the process that puts "real men" on top.

Spring 2022

March 11, 2022

Professor Chalmers is University Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science and co-director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness at New York University He is also Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University and co-director of the PhilPapers Foundation. He is interested in the philosophy of mind (especially consciousness) and the foundations of cognitive science, as well the philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology, and many other areas.

April 1, 2022

Professor McSweeney is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. 

Her work is mainly in metaphysics, the philosophy of logic, and epistemology (mostly, epistemology of metaphysics and logic). It also sometimes touches on issues in the philosophy of science. More recently, she has also started working on the philosophy of mental illness/social/political/feminist philosophy.

 

April 8, 2022

Professor Kumar is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston University and the Mind & Morality Lab and the Moral Psychology Research Group

He writes about science and ethics, is interested in cognitive science, evolutionary theory, and how these fields reshape our understanding of individuals and societies. He teaches and speaks about topics in feminism, philosophy of race, and social justice.

April 29, 2022

Professor Matthes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College. His specialties include Ethics, politics, and aesthetics of cultural heritage, art, and environment. He recently wrote, Drawing the Line: What to Do with the Work of Immoral Artists from Museums to the Movies, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, November 2021