The department will host a regular work in progress seminar in which faculty and graduate students present cutting edge research. This seminar is separate from our colloquium series where visitors come to present their work. The seminar is organized by Nader Shoaibi, Nicolás García Mills, and Bailey Szustak. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact any of the organizers. Feel free to contact the organizers about any other questions/concerns. All presentations will be held in the department seminar room, UH1431, unless otherwise indicated. Here is our lineup for this semester:

Spring 2018

  • Justin Shaddock (Williams College), "Kant's Idealism and his Hylomorphism”, 1/19, 4-5:30pm
  • Maria Mejia, "Duties of Respect and Duties of Love in Kant”, 1/24, 12:30-2:00pm
  • Bill D'Alessandro, “Is It Bad to Prefer Attractive Partners?”, 2/16, 4-5:30pm
  • Brandon Kidd, "Is Special Relativity a problem for presentism?"
    3/2, 4-5:30pm
  • Nader Shoaibi, ''Logic and the Aim of Truth", 4/06, 4-5:30pm
  • Deborah Haar, 4/20, 4-5:30pm


Fall 2017

  • Zac Harmon, "Hume's Aesthetic Morality", 9/25, 4-5:30pm
  • Reza Hadisi, "Kant on the Primacy of Epistemic Reasons", 10/6, 12:30-2pm
  • Michael Hurwitz, "The Assurance View of Testimonial Justification", 10/17, 12:30-2pm
  • Emily Lacy, "The Aim of Art Criticism", 11/13, 4-5:30pm
  • Francesco Pesci, "Thick Concepts, Reductionism, and Antireductionism", 11/27, 4-5:30pm


2016 - 2017

  • Anthony Laden, "The value of sustainability and the sustainability of value", 10/14
  • Helga Varden (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), "Kant on Sex. Reconsidered.", 11/04
  • Marcia Villanueva Lozano (UNAM), "Dehumanization and Personal Identity: A Philosophical Account for Dehumanization in Medicine", 11/18
  • Nicolás García Mills, "Hegel's Naturalism: Self-Consciousness as Desire Itself", 12/2
  • Areins Pelayo, "Sensible Qualities and the Nature of Explanation in Leibniz", 2/21
  • Samuel Fleischacker, ""Dismembering the Human Character": Adam Ferguson's View of Political Corruption", 2/28
  • John Dougherty (UCSD), "Identities of indiscernibles", 3/14
  • Kyoungmin Cho, "Kant on Radical Evil", 4/4
  • Deborah Haar, "Making sense of determinism and Humean chance", 4/11

2015 - 2016

  •  Michael Hurwitz, "Conflict between moral obligations to conflict with our epistemic obligations”, 11/11
  • Tim Murphy, “Justifying a Future with Humans in It”, 11/24  
  • Janella Baxter, “Making New Things Happen: Biology as Technology”, 01/20
  • Mahrad Almotahari, "Some thoughts about the variability of quantifier meanings”, 01/27
  • Claus Langbehn, Title and abstract TBA, 02/10
  • Bill D’Alessandro, “Mathematical Grounding”, 03/09
  • Zsofia Zvolenszky (SASPRO/Eötvös Loránd University), “A Common Problem for Possible-worlds analyses of Deontic and Fictional Discourse”, 04/27

2014 - 2015

  • Marya Schechtman, "Loving Eyes of My Own: Value, Particularity, and Love," 1/26
  • Will Small, "Can Intellectualism Account For Mastery?” 2/2
  • Michael Hurwitz, "Testimony and Interpersonal Trust”, 2/9
  • Saja Parvizian, TBD, 4/20
  • Joseph Gottlieb, “Egocentric Quasi-Adverbialism’,  4/27