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UCD Philosophy Department Colloquium Series 

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The UCD Philosophy Department holds a colloquium series, the Honi Haber Memorial Lecture Series, each fall and spring semester. The lectures are free and open to the public and speakers range from our department faculty to philosophers from around the world. The lecture series is a great way to learn about current research and to get to know the philosophical interests of our faculty and students, as most lectures are followed up by discussion. Philosophy students also have exclusive access to the DVD recordings of past department lectures.

The Philosophy Department's Speaker Series is supported by contributions from friends and alumni of the UCD Philosophy Department. The Department is most grateful.​

 **All lectures will be held in the Honi Haber Library in Plaza, Room M108-A (unless noted otherwise)​**

Fall 2013 Lecture Series

  • ​"American Philosophy Before Pragmatism: Emerson and Thoreau"
    September 26, Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm
    by Russell Goodman (University of New Mexico) and James Reid (Metropolitan State University of Denver) and Rick Furtak (Colorado College)
  • "The Situation of Epistemology in Plato's Theaetetus"
    October 15, Tuesday 3:30pm-5:00pm
    by Robert Metcalf (UCD Associate Professor of Philosophy)
  • "Cases of Solution: Badiou and Deleuze on Multiple Being"
    October 29, Tuesday 3:30pm-4:45pm
    by Becky Vartabedian (Regis College, UCD alumna)
  • "'The Natural History of Religion' in Hume's Critique of Religious Belief"
    November 14, Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm
    by Liz Goodnick (Metro State University Professor of Philosophy)

Previous Lectures

Spring 2013
  • February 12: Raphael Sassower, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, "Digital Technology in a Postmodern World."
  • February 28: Candice Shelby, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Denver, "Addiction:  An Irreducible Reality."  
  • March 15: Front Range Ancient Philosophy Group; Naomi Reshotko, University of Denver; Shane Ewegen, Stonehill College; Sonja Tanner, University of Colorado- Colorado Springs.
  • April 3: HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE, Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York, Vice President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, "The Future of Whiteness."
  • May 6: Bill Lewis, Assoc. Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Skidmore College, "Law, State, and Revolution."
Fall 2012
  • September 5: Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Associate Professor of Philosophy, San José State University, "Immigrant Narratives and Phenomenology."
  • September 24: Helen Daly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College, "Drawing a Line in the Sand: How to Reason With Vague Terms."
  • October 3: Dr. Roberto Frega, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - Paris, “The Charms of Reconstruction: Pragmatism as a neglected tradition in social philosophy”  [This talk aims to inscribe pragmatism within the tradition of social philosophy to promote a new understanding of pragmatism as deserving equal footing with critical theory and political liberalism].
  • October 8: Campus Talk by Dr. Roberto Frega: "The normative creature: rethinking ethics and politics in a time of change & crisis," presented by University of Colorado Denver Department of Philosophy and the Office of Student Life.

Spring 2012

  • January 25: Ivan Mayerhofer, Colorado College Department of Philosophy, "Contradictions and Paradoxes in K​nowledge and Wisdom Traditions."​​
  • January 30: “The Reversible Flesh of Women and Nonhuman Animals: Thinking Connection and Difference in Feminist and Decolonial Ethics”
  • February 1: “Uchronic History: Michèle Le Doeuff on Reclamation”   
  • February 13: "Ethics of Emotion in Health Care” 
  • March 12: Noëlle McAfee, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, “The Cosmopolitan Address.”
  • April 30: HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE, Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico- Albuquerque, "From Scientific Socialism to Socialist Science: Naturdialektik Then and Now."

Fall 2011

  • September 20: Chad Kautzer, Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy, "Hegel and Egypt: From Orientalism to Recognition."
  • October 18: Mark Bauer, Visiting Assistant Professor, UCD Department of Philosophy, “Decoupling Teleosemantics and Selection.”
  • November 14: Beth Tropman, Assistant Professor, CSU Department of Philosophy, “Moral Realism and the Epistemological Objection.”
Spring 2011
  • February 16: David Hildebrand, UCD Philosophy Department, "Pragmatic Objectivity."
  • March 14: Kelly Oliver, W. Alton Jones, Chair of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, "Women as Weapons of Modern Warfare?”
  • March 30: HONI HABER MEMORIAL LECTURE, Albert Borgmann, University of Montana, “Who Am I Really? Personal Identity in the Age of the Internet.”
  • April 20: Ashby Butnor, Metro State University, Department of Philosophy, "Obstacles to Ethical Know-How: Feminism versus Confucianism." 
Fall 2010
Film Series
  • September 21: Rashomon [epistemology, relativism]
  • September 28: Gattaca [ethics, broadly speaking]
  • October 5: Being John Malkovich [personal identity]
  • October 12: Run Lola Run [freedom, determinism]
  • October 19: Fight Club [freedom, existentialism]
  • October 26: Dogville [ethics, virtue]
  • November 2: Clockwork Orange [ethics, utilitarianism]
  • November 9: The Seventh Seal [ethics, meaning, religion]
  • November 16: Ordet [faith, religion]
  • November 30: La Voie lacte [faith, reason]
  • December 7: Teorema [the meaning of life]

Archive: A list of talks from 2005 - Spring 2010 is here.