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Philosophy Club

Friday, 20 November 2015
5:00 pm

Lobby of the Eastman Building
(outside where you get the school IDs)

Topic: Voltaire v. Leibniz

For more information, contact the Philosophy Club President, Sophie Song, at, or take note of the Facebook group:

Wednesday 25 February 2016
3:30 pm
Liberal Arts A205

Jon Tresan
(University of Rochester)

“Communal Motivational Internalism is the Real Deal: a Defense”

Motivational internalists say, roughly, that there’s no moral thinking without moral caring. For example, an internalist might say that one cannot genuinely think that one ought to do something without being motivated to do it. If true, internalism seems to reveal something profoundly interesting about the nature of moral thinking. However, most philosophers now reject it as false because of apparent counterexamples: people who seem to have moral views but be totally unmoved by them (e.g., some psychopaths). This paper defends a fall-back position, which concedes that individuals can indeed be totally unmoved by their moral thoughts, but insists that their moral thinking is necessarily parasitic on the moral thinking of those who are moved. I defend two claims about this fall-back position. First, it is far more plausible than standard versions of internalism. Second, what it reveals about the nature of moral thinking is just as profoundly interesting as what those standard versions would reveal if they were true.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 10 March 2016
Time: TBA
Room: TBA

Title: TBA

Adam Rosen-Carole

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 1 April 2016
Louise Slaughter Hall 2230-2240

7th RIT Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Keynote Speaker:

Charles Scott
(Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and
Research Professor of Philosophy,
Venderbilt University, and
Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University)

Call for papers:

  • Any topic in philosophy.
  • Max 3000 words.
  • Due: 1 February 2016.
  • Decisions made: 1 March 2016.
  • Submissions & inquiries to:
    Dr. Colin Mathers,

Wednesday 4 May 2016
Time and place: TBA

José Medina

Title: TBA

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Silvia Benso, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: 1118 College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (585) 475-4116