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Last updated 17 October 2016

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Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

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Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club

Taking a philosophy course and want to know more about what this philosophy thing is about? Simply interested in philosophical discussion? Join us for informal conversation and student presentations. Our goal is to make philosophy inclusive and accessible to all levels of experience… newbies and seasoned philosophers alike.

Fridays 5:00–7:00
Eastman lounge

(in front of the ID office;
for any latecomers, if you cannot find us there,
go to the end of the hallway, turn right, and we’ll
be in the first room on the right)

Topic for 21 October:
Richard Rorty

If you wish to stay up to date with the club, here is our Facebook group:

17–18 October 2016

Conference on
“Plotinus and Neoplatonism:
Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance”


Friday 28 October 2016
Liberal Arts A205

Simon Blackburn
(University of North Carolina)

“Feelings and Judgments”

A number of authors (Parfit, Nussbaum) have downplayed the place of feelings in moral philosophy, or indeed extringuished their importance altogether. By assimilating feelings to sensations they exclude them from the field of reasons. However, not only the Scottish sentimentalists but writers such as Brentano and Ryle have taken a very different tack. In this paper I argue that Brentano and Ryle are right and diagnose the mistakes that Parfit and Nussbaum make. Feelings both give us reasons for actions, and themselves respond to reasons.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and
the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 10 November 2016
Golisano (Bldg 70) 1400

Alison Simmons
(Harvard University)

Alison Simmons

“Descartes: Old or New?”

Descartes’s Meditations is perhaps the greatest stealth operation in the history of European philosophy. It sets out to turn a 2,000 year Aristotelian tradition on its head. And it succeeds in changing the very concepts through which we think about ourselves and the world around us. But how? What is old and what is new? How does Descartes effect this transition? And what features of the Meditations have had a lasting impact?

Interpreters will be provided.

Thursday 23 February 2017
Room TBA

Benjamin Banda


Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Wednesday 1 March 2017
3:30 pm
Student Innovation Hall (USC, 87-1600)

Jill P. Gordon
(Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, Colby College)

“Myth, Memory, and Homecoming:
A Reading of Phaedo

Thursday 23 March 2017
Room TBA

Richard Dees
(University of Rochester)

Primum Non Nocere Mortuis:
Bioethics and the Interests of the Dead”

Despite the apparently paradoxical nature of the claim, I will defend the idea that we can harm the dead. Positing that the dead have interests both makes sense of our practices, and it accords with the ways that we create value in our lives. Moreover, I argue that the reasons we can harm the dead shed light on many issues in bioethics, including organ donation, posthumous reproduction, end-of-life decisions, and advance directives for dementia.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 20 April 2017
Room TBA

David B. Suits

Title: TBA

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 28 April 2017
Innovation Hall (Simone Center)

8th R.I.T. Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

More information and call for papers TBA.

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Silvia Benso, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: 1305 College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (585) 475-4116