Lecture Series: 2009-2010 Events
New North 204
"Constituting Normative Worlds" Colloquium
Alisa Carse, Rebecca Kukla, Mark Lance, Maggie Little, Coleen Macnamara, Lynne Tirrell, and Jeremy Wanderer
Professor Tirrell is in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This event was the keynote address of the colloquium, "Constituting Normative Worlds," April 9-10, 2010.
The development of the positive psychology raises numerous questions about the normative, or ethical, dimensions of the pursuit of happiness. yet so far these questions have received relatively little attention, and that mostly from skeptics who doubt that the pursuit of happiness is an important or even legitimate enterprise. In this talk, Daniel Haybron, Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University, examines what the normative issues are in this realm and argues that the pursuit of happiness is indeed a legitimate and important endeavor, contra recent criticisms by Aristotelian and other skeptics. Yet it is also subject to strong, nonobvious normative constraints that Benthamite advocates cannot easily accommodate.
New North 204
"Unconscious Fantasy and the Unity of the Soul"
Educated at Yale University, Cambridge University and Rockefeller University, Jonathan Lear is the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Before joining the University, Lear was the Kingman Brewster Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge.
Michael Williams is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University. He has been the recipient of an NEH Fellowship and has had held visiting positions at several universities, including the Universities of Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and MIT. His main areas of interest are epistemology, philosophy of language and the history of modern philosophy. He is the author of Groundless Belief, Unnatural Doubts, and Problems of Knowledge.
- Professor Henry Richardson elected to lead HDCA
- Professor Nancy Sherman participates in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's Discussion
- Professor Henninger's translation of Amerini's "Aquinas" Released
- Professor Nancy Sherman Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship
- Georgetown Graduate Matthew Rellihan Receives Tenure at Seattle University
- Mar 21, All day: Graduate Admissions Open House
- Mar 28, 3pm-5pm: Lecture Series: Mary Domski
- Apr 25, All day: Symposium: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism