“The Anthropological ‘Idea’: The (De)construction of Nature Between Schelling’s First Outline (1799) and his Freedom Essay (1809)”
Abstract: Schelling’s First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature (1799) as a text wrestles with thinking about …
“Should Kant have Thought that Logic Was Complete Since Aristotle?”
Abstract: In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant asserts that “Since the time of Aristotle, [logic]….has been unable to take a single step forward, and therefore …..
“The Problem with Plato’s Myth of Er”
Abstract: Is the Myth of Er a fitting close to Plato’s Republic? What philosophical work, if any, does it perform?
“Making One Out of Many: Misrecognition and the Identity of Social Groups” Abstract: According to critical social theorists like Habermas and Honneth, the identity of individuals and social groups….
October 16: Fall Recess – No Speaker
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“Trade offs and the right to health”
The right to health has been described as an ‘incompletely theorized right’.
“Reasoning By Precedent” Abstract: When common-law judges decide cases, they often have to take binding precedent into account …..
“Aristotle on Wittiness: verbally abusing one’s friends in the right way” Abstract: Aristotle claims, in his Nicomachean Ethics, that in addition to being, for example, just and courageous, and temperate, the virtuous person will also be witty……
“Julia Kristeva on Nihilism and Faith: Our Late Modern Impasse” Abstract: In his provocatively titled book, Barbarism, Michel Henry asserts that we are currently experiencing a radical reshaping of the world….
Barry Allen “Making Relativism True” Abstract: I find the concept of artifact indispensable to the theory of knowledge. The artifact is the unit of knowledge, the primary, original instance, where knowledge first begins to exist……