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Lectures, Workshops & Webinars

The Phenomenology of Love with Alexandra Gustafson - Mar 24, 2022

The Forgotten Phenomenology of Love with Alexandra Gustafson

When? March 24th @4pm
Where? Zoom (meeting ID 873 2282 1699)

Abstract: In this talk, I'll propose we start using love’s phenomenology as a test of the explanatory power of our current best views on love: as they are, can they account for this forgotten feature? As the first application of this procedure, I'll analyze a group of views I call relationship-directed attitude views. These argue that love is—at least partially—constituted by an attitude toward a relationship (such as judging it to be valuable). I'll argue, however, that the phenomenology of love can’t be successfully explained in terms of any relationship-directed attitude. This should prompt philosophers of love to think not only about the plausibility of describing love in relational terms, but also about the theoretical promise of love’s phenomenology.
 
All welcome.
 

 

The Perils of Naivety in Moral Epistemology: Ethical Intuitionism and Cross-Cultural Disagreement with Martin Dimitrov - Mar 18, 2022

The Perils of Naivety in Moral Epistemology: Ethical Intuitionism and Cross-Cultural Disagreement with Martin Dimitrov

When? March 18, 2022 @5pm
Where? Zoom (meeting ID 860 7466 6079)

Abstract: Ethical intuitionism is a view in moral epistemology according to which the basic moral principles are self-evidently true. Ethical intuitionists like W. D. Ross and Robert Audi generate numerous deontological principles using this approach. I will argue that there is higher-order evidence about some of these supposedly self-evident moral propositions serves as a defeater for their self-evidence. Specifically, the fact that there is cross-cultural disagreement about some of the moral propositions we appraise as self-evident is evidence that the origin of these intuitions is epistemically untrustworthy. Since the moral philosophers who defend these claims often only support them through intuition, these claims are unjustified, and instead must be supported by argument.

All welcome.
 
 

 

Between Persuasion and Coercion: Protest as Holding Accountable with Henry Krahn - Mar 15, 2022

Between Persuasion and Coercion: Protest as Holding Accountable with Henry Krahn

When? March 15 @ 5pm
Where? Zoom (Meeting ID 822 1201 3026)
 

Abstract: In the face of injustice, we often protest. Citizens chant slogans, march down highways, chain themselves to construction equipment, and sail into nuclear testing sites. But sometimes protest goes too far—rather than persuading others, protestors use force to coerce them. Where do we draw the line? Is the use of force in protest ever justified? This problem, I suggest, is analogous with another. When others act badly, we often hold them accountable. And being held accountable is often an unpleasant experience. Nobody likes to be scolded or criticized. But how does holding others accountable work? When I scold you, do you change my behaviour just because I hate being scolded? It seems not. I don't want you to change because you hate being scolded. Rather, I want you to change because you see that what you did was wrong. So my suggestion is that, in holding others accountable, our force is often communicative. If that's the case, it seems we can say something similar about protest: forceful protest need not be coercive because force itself is sometimes communicative. One place to draw a line, then, is between coercive protest and forceful protest as a form of holding others accountable.
 
All welcome.
 
 

 

Substantive Human Rights, Priority of Duties, and African Communalism with Polycarp Ikuenobe - Feb 18, 2022

Substantive Human Rights, Priority of Duties, and African Communalism with Kent State University's Polycarp Ikuenobe

When? February 18th 2022 at 4 p.m.
Where? Zoom (meeting ID 848 7280 6457)

 

Abstract: "I argue for a plausible African idea and practice of substantive individual rights based on a communal system of the moral correlativity of rights and duties. This system specifies, (a) the priority of self-regarding and other-regarding duties, and, (b) the reciprocity of duties. These duties, which are a means of promoting general welfare and enhancing substantive rights and dignity, include perfect duties of non-interference that are engendered by rights. Communalism also emphasizes imperfect duties that do not necessarily correlate to rights, including supererogatory duties that are beyond the call of duty, and prima facie duties that can be overridden by different moral considerations. The ideas of priority and reciprocity of duties are exemplified in the social-communal nature of humans as implicated in African normative conception of 'personhood'. 'Personhood' involves an earned status that derives from, (a) human metaphysical capacities and, (b) social-moral recognition based on how properly these capacities are used in agency for moral excellence, by performing relevant duties."

Event organized by the Association of Philosophy Students.

All students welcome.

Art Interpretation & Conversational Ethics with Andriy Bilenkyy - Jan 28, 2022

 Conversations with Friends? Art Interpretations and Conversational Ethics with Andriy Bilenkyy

 
When? January 28th 2022 at 2 p.m.
Where? Zoom (meeting ID 881 5064 2856)
 

"Philosophers of art commonly believe that a characteristic feature of works of art is that they warrant interpretation. But what fixes the proper object of interpretation, how do we adjudicate interpretative disagreements, and are our interpretative activities subject to any ethical constraints? In this talk, we will explore the relationship between these questions, focusing on intentionalism, the view that the proper object of art interpretation is fixed by the intention of the artist. I will discuss recent attempts to defend this view by appeals to the ethics of conversational interpretation. I will argue that, on the contrary, conversational ethics suggests that some important properties of works of art — their aboutness-properties — are fixed not by the intention of the artist but by the ongoing and revocable tacit agreement between the artist and the audience."

Event organized by the Association of Philosophy Students.

All students welcome.

Pārthasārathi and Gaṅgeśa on Absence in Retrospect with Jack Beaulieu - Jan 21, 2022

Pārthasārathi and Gaṅgeśa on Absence in Retrospect with Jack Beaulieu

When? January 21st 2022 at 5 p.m.
Where? Zoom (meeting ID 827 8808 8938)
 

"Cases of past absence (prāṅnâstitāsthala) involve agents noticing in retrospect that an object or property was absent, such as when one notices later that a colleague was not at a talk. Such cases pose substantive questions for the epistemology of absence: how is that we become aware that an object or property was previously absent, now that its absence is temporally and spatially distal? And in the process, do wegainknowledge that the object or property was absent? Or are we somehow recalling its absence, even though we did not take note of its absence at the time? We'll look at two competing views from the Sanskrit philosophical tradition about how agents learn of absence in retrospect: one from the 11th century Bhāṭṭa philosopher Pārthasārathi, and another from the 14th century Nyāya philosopher Gaṅgeśa, who raises a series of convincing objections to Pārthasārathi's view."

Event organized by the Association of Philosophy Students.

All students welcome.

Public Lecture by Sonia Sedivy for British Wittgenstein Society - June 1, 2021

Professor Sedivy gave a talk on "Wittgenstein, Plurality, and Context: Art as a Case Study" for the Twenty-Fifth British Wittgenstein Society Lecture Series on June 1, 2021.

Using Art as her example, Sedivy proposes that Wittgenstein’s later work suggests that we need to understand historically specific arts in their contexts and how this gives us just the outlook we need to understand art and art practices in their diversity.

The talk is accessible via the British Wittgenstein Society website here. Be sure to check it out.

 

b2B Career Night: Philosophy Careers in Bioethics – April 29, 2021

b2B Career Night: Philosophy Careers in Bioethics – Thursday, April 29th 6:00-7:30pm

The Department of Philosophy invites you to the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Philosophy Career Panel – Careers in Bioethics.Take this great opportunity to connect with Philosophy alumni now working in the field of medicine and bioethics. The event will engage participants through a moderated Q & A session to discover various career opportunities after graduation. We will be meeting on Zoom.
The panel will take place on Thursday, April 29 between 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
Please RSVP to eric.correia@utoronto.ca.

 

The Zoom Link is:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/87800990504

Meeting ID: 878 0099 0504

Passcode: 639653

 

Our Panelists:

James Anderson – Bioethicist, Sick Kids Hospital

Eric Mathison – CEO, Canmore Ethics (Health Ethics Consulting); Clinical Ethicist, Alberta Health Services

Victoria Shelep – Coordinator, Research Ethics, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

The panel will be moderated by Professor Andrew Franklin-Hall and Maja Soltysiak (Philosophy Course Union Bioethics Liaison).

 

We hope to see you there!

Socrates Project Students Present Their Research - Apr 28 & 30, 2021

Socrates Project Students Present Their Research

On April 28 & 30, Socrates Project students will be presenting some of the research they have been working on over the past year. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss their projects with them!
 
April 28:
 
1:00 - 1:20 "Colonial Ressentiment: Fanon’s appropriation of Nietzsche”, Syed Ali
1:20 - 1:40 Q&A
1:40 - 1:50 Break
 
2:40 - 3:00 "The Axiology of Panpsychism", Marybel Menzies
3:00 - 3:20 Q&A
 
Zoom information for April 28 talks:
 
Meeting ID: 880 6620 2219
Passcode: 825844
 
 
April 30:
 
1:50 - 2:10 "Autonomy, Disability, and Assisted Dying", Joel Persaud
2:10 - 2:30 Q&A
2:30 - 2:40 Break
 
2:40 - 3:00 "An Umbrella Definition of the Act of Shaming", Zachary Tsang
3:00 - 3:20 Q&A
 
Zoom information for April 30 talks:
 
Meeting ID: 862 5237 1593
Passcode: 596359  

 

Dr. Jessica Wilson participating in panel discussion - A Theory of Everything - Mar 23, 2021

Our own, Dr. Jessica Wilson will be a panelist at the event, "A Theory of Everything?" organized by LSE's Forum for Philosophy

Date: Mar 23, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 3:15pm

Photo Credit: A. M. Cassandre, ‘Bijoux Modernes‘

The biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. Is there an even more general theory that can make sense of all the sciences? The various scientific disciplines each have their own methods, theories, and practices. This is the case even when different sciences try to explain the same phenomena. Can we translate between these distinct disciplines? What does this even mean? Might all of science be reduced to physics one day? Panel to discuss reduction, emergence, and the unity of the sciences.

Speakers
Philip Ball
Science Writer and Editor, Nature
Vanessa Seifert
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol
Jessica Wilson
Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

For any queries, email events@lse.ac.uk

All Welcome.

 

Guest Lecture by Dr. Patricia Churchland (UCSD) - Mar 8, 2021

The Neurobiological Platform for Moral Behavior

Guest Lecture by Dr. Patricia Churchland (UCSD) - Mar 8, 2021

 
Mark your calendars! The Association of Philosophy Students is proudly hosting a talk by Dr. Patricia Churchland next week via Zoom. Dr. Churchland will be summarizing some of the main points of her recent book, Conscience: The Origin of Moral Intuition (2019, Norton Press).
Join us
Date: Monday, March 8th, 2021
Time: 12pm (EST)
Topic: The Neurobiological Platform for Moral Behavior
 
Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 816 9266 9131
Passcode: 971155

Publishing in Bioethics Webinar - Mar 25, 2021

Attention Biomedical Ethics Students: Want to get familiar with the publishing process?

Join Dr. Ariella Binik (McMaster University) and Dr. Angel Petropanagos (Impact Ethics) on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4-5pm for an informative webinar.

Email guerre2@mcmaster.ca to register.

 

 

 

 

Applying to Philosophy Grad School Workshop - Oct 22, 2020

Considering grad school in Philosophy at U of T?

If so, join us on Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 5:00-6:00pm for our annual Applying to Grad School workshop. Our panelists for this event are:

  • Prof. Amy Mullin, Director of Graduate Studies

  • Prof. Peter King, Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Andriy Bilenkyy, PhD Student

  • Jashan Mavi, MA Student

Please RSVP to eric.correia@utoronto.ca by Wednesday, Oct. 21st.

A Zoom link for the event will be sent to all student who RSVP.