Lectures & Events
Upcoming lectures & events
Dr. Mariana Larison is a researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET), where she is currently working on the phenomenology of the institution. She is the author of numerous works on the philosophical thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This presentation will be delivered in English, but the question and answer period may take place in French or Spanish, with English translation.
Dr. Hille Paakkunainen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University. She works in metaethics, epistemology, and philosophy of action.
Dr. Cristina Bicchieri is the S.J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, is Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is Professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School. Her intellectual affinities lie at the border between philosophy, game theory, and psychology. This is a co-presentation with the Social Justice Centre.
Dr. Owen Ware is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. His areas of specialization include Kant and 19th Century Philosophy, with a focus on German Idealism.
Neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics is one of the most theoretically well-developed approaches to virtue currently on offer. This lecture explores challenges presented by genome editing to the dominant conception of neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism and its conception of human goods and virtues. Dr. Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma.
Recent lectures & events
• Martin O'Neill, senior lecturer in political philosophy at the University of York
• Christine Sypnowich, professor and department head in the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University
• Nicholas Vrousalis, assistant professor in political philosophy at Leiden University
• Peter Dietsch, professor in the Department of Philosophy at Université de Montréal
• Pablo Gilabert, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia
• Louis-Philippe Hodgson, associate professor of philosophy at York University
• Dominique Leydet, professor in the Department of Philosophy at Université du Québec à Montréal
• Katharina Nieswandt, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia
• Ben Laurence, lecturer in human rights at the University of Chicago
• François Claveau, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Applied Ethics at Université de Sherbrooke
• Samuel Arnold, associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University
The Concordia Graduate Philosophy Students' Association is pleased to feature a talk by Dr. Ásta as one of our Liberating the Future keynote addresses. “Categories We Live By” skates across continental and analytic traditions to present a systematic theory of social construction. Borrowing from philosophy of language and feminist political philosophy, Ásta shores up a formidable defense of a popular form of critical theory (the 'debunking' project). From within her theoretical stronghold, Ásta unfolds the connection between social structure and personal identity, eventually answering the paradoxical question: how can one make an empowering identification with a social category whose very presence is oppressive?
On the face of it, we hold people responsible for their opinions. For instance, we blame them (“How can you think this?!”) for what they think. Also, we address their beliefs directly, by arguing with them and offering reasons for thinking otherwise, and do not just encourage them to rethink some matter. This practice seems to presuppose that we have some sort of direct control over what we believe. However, on reflection it seems plain that we cannot control our beliefs in the way we control our actions: we cannot believe at will. In this talk, Christian Kietzmann will offer an account of how we enjoy active and direct discretion over what we believe.
The centrality of de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and her attention to gender oppression have over-shadowed her broader political vision. In Emancipatory Thinking, Elaine Stavro brings together her existential insights and materialist disposition that underpin her activism and help her navigate the dilemmas raised by revolutionary thinking in the post-war and post-'68 periods. Drawing from a range of work, including novels, autobiographical writings, philosophic essays, Stavro explains freedom as a movement requiring both personal and collective transformation. Applying de Beauvoir’s problematic of embodied and situated subjectivity to recent debates within gender, literary, sociological, cultural and political studies, Emancipatory Thinking provides a lens to explore the current political and theoretical landscape.
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Affiliated Lecture Series
Interuniversity Research Group in Political Philosophy (GRIPP) (Profs. Matthias Fritsch, Pablo Gilabert, Researchers)
Interuniversity Research Group in Normativity (GRIN) (Profs. Murray Clarke, Ulf Hlobil, Katharina Nieswandt, Researchers)
Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) (Profs. Pablo Gilabert, Katharina Nieswandt, Ulf Hlobil)