Activities and Events in Philosophy
The student Philosophy Club hosts a variety of activities during the year, including talks by professional philosophers, chats over coffee and occasional social events with departmental faculty. The president of the club is Sebastian Srogl, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Stephen Puryear.
Lecture and Conference Series
The Department organizes and hosts a number of public lectures in philosophy and related fields in the Philosophy Colloquium Series, the Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series and the annual World Philosophy Day Lecture (on the third Thursday of November). These lectures are sometimes co-hosted by the Philosophy Club.
Every second September, the Department’s Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative (LACSI) organizes and hosts a conference on a topic within its areas of interest.
For more on the Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series and LACSI Conferences, click here.
Lectures and Events
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below are in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
Josh Armstrong (UCLA), “The Social Origins of the Human Language Faculty,” 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018, Withers Hall, Room 331 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Tom Regan Lecture: Carol J. Adams, an author of many books, will give the first Tom Regan Lecture at NC State on Friday, September 21, 2018. This event commemorates the work of Tom Regan, a celebrated advocate of animal rights who was on the philosophy faculty at NC State for over 34 years. The event is jointly sponsored by the NC State Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Culture and Animals Foundation. Further details will be posted here by August 1, 2018.
World Philosophy Day Lecture: Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut) will give NC State’s World Philosophy Day Lecture on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Further details will be posted here by September 15, 2018.
Robert B. Pippin (University of Chicago), “Idealism and Anti-Idealism in Modern European Thought,” 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019, room to be determined
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
Frederick Neuhouser (Barnard College, Columbia University), “Rousseau on the Nature of Social Inequality,” April 5, 2018
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 28, 2018
Gillian Russell (UNC at Chapel Hill), “Speech Acts and Speaking Up,” January 25, 2018 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
World Philosophy Day Lecture: Dale Jamieson (Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies and Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University), “Loving Nature,” November 16, 2017
Timothy Hinton (NC State), “The Socratic Constraint, Systematic Injustice, and the Return of Callicles,” October 26, 2017
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Higher-Order Cognition, September 22-23, 2017. Speakers: Kristin A. Andrews (York University, Toronto), Michael J. Beran (Georgia State University), Peter Carruthers (Maryland), Janet Metcalf (Columbia), Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto), Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California Riverside). For more information, click here.
J. David Velleman (New York University), “The Two Normativities,” March 23, 2017 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Jc Beall (University of Connecticut), “Logic From a Subclassical Point of View,” March 2, 2017 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 1, 2017
Agnes Callard (University of Chicago), “Self-Creation,” February 10, 2017
World Philosophy Day Lecture: Michael Strevens (New York University), “The Importance of Irrationality in Science,” November 17, 2016
Kevin Richardson (MIT), “Varieties of Grounding,” October 18, 2016
Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), “Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts,” October 13, 2016 (Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture)
Stephen C. Ferguson II (North Carolina A&T State University), "What's Epistemology Got To Do With It? The 'Death of Epistemology' in African American Studies,“ September 29, 2016
John W. Carroll (NC State), “Becoming Humean,” September 1, 2016
Daniel Nolan (Australian National University and National Humanities Center), “Why is it Bad to Be Ad Hoc?”, April 7, 2016
Robert C. Cummins (University of Illinois and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology), “Neuroscience, Psychology, Reduction and Functional Analysis,” March 3, 2016 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 2, 2016
Russell Powell (Boston University), “The Evolution of Moral Enhancement: A Deflationary Account,” February 22, 2016
Veljko Dubljevic (McGill University), “Practical and Theoretical Feasibility of Moral Enhancement Technologies,” February 1, 2016
Adam Feltz (Michigan Technical University), “Ethical, Informed Decision Making,” January 25, 2016
World Philosophy Day Lecture: Kenneth A. Taylor (Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show Philosophy Talk), “Religion and Gay Marriage: Why Democracy is Good for Religion even if Religion is Uncomfortable for Democracy,” November 19, 2015
Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis), “Undermining Promises,” October 22, 2015
Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Perception, September 25-26, 2015. Speakers: Berit Brogaard (Miami), Alex Byrne (MIT), Jonathan Cohen (UC San Diego), Mohan Matthen (Toronto), Harold Langsam (Virginia), and Michelle Montague (Texas). For more information, click here.
Marina F. Bykova (NC State), “Fichte’s Nationalist Rhetoric and the Humanistic Project of Bildung,” March 26, 2015
Kevin Richardson (MIT, participant in NC State’s Building Future Faculty Program), “A Pragmatist’s Guide to Grounds,” March 19, 2015
Jonathan Schaffer (Rutgers), “The Ground Between the Gaps,” March 5, 2015
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 4, 2015
Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, February 27-28, 2015. For more information, click here.
David Schmidtz (University of Arizona), “Society is Not a Race,” February 16, 2015 (Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture)
Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers), “The Skewed View From Here,” February 5, 2015 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Alexander Rosenberg (Duke University), “Making Mechanism Interesting,” November 13, 2014 (Logic and Cognitive Science Lecture Series)
Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “DuBois on Race and Dignity,” November 6, 2014
Barbara B. Levenbook (NC State), “Beyond Legislative Intent,” September 4, 2014
For a record of earlier lectures and events, please click here.