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Ethics Cafe: Reparations


November 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Reparations have been debated for decades as a form of compensation for systemic racism, historical trauma, and racialized violence. At this Ethics Café, we will discuss the ethical issues raised by the question of reparations for Black descendants of enslaved people in the US. In particular, we will ask how we, as a society, cope with and understand the racial injustices of the past. 

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Colloquium Talk: Robert Smithson


November 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

In the hope of providing a fully explanatory, monistic metaphysics, philosophers have recently defended two versions of idealism: microidealism and cosmic idealism. But neither view seems to provide a genuine explanatory advantage over materialism. Instead, I will consider the prospects of macroidealism: the view that physical truths metaphysically depend on truths about the phenomenal experiences of macroscopic subjects.

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Food and Talk 2020


Oct 29, 2020 - 6:00 pm-October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

“A Philosophical Forum on Racial Justice” Dr. Tom Auxter and Dr. Arina Pismenny discuss the roots and the current manifestations of systemic racism exacerbated by the pandemic, reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement, and ways to combat racism in our own backyards. The event is open to all undergraduates, and will take place over […]

Southeastern Epistemology Conference


Oct 23, 2020 - 8:30 am-October 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Philosophers from across the Southeastern United States will be coming together for a two-day virtual epistemology conference, organized by Dr. Rodrigo Borges. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register in advance by contacting dept@phil.ufl.edu.

Colloquium Talk: Louise Antony


September 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Jerry Fodor argued that concept acquisition can neither be a psychological nor “rational-causal” process, but must be a “brute-causal” process. But this gives rise to the notorious Doorknob Problem: it makes a mystery of why experience with things would be a way of acquiring concepts of them at all. Resolving this problem requires recognizing a third type of causal process.

ETHICS CAFE on: Wealth Inequality


Apr 15, 2020 - 7:00 pm-April 15, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

NOTE: This event was cancelled due to the pandemic. 7:00-8:30 in The Thomas Center (302 NE 6th Ave) Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

ETHICS CAFE on: Reparations


Apr 7, 2020 - 8:00 am-April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

NOTE: This event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

ETHICS CAFE on: Gender Violence


Mar 17, 2020 - 3:00 pm-March 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.    

Distributive Justice and Autonomous Vehicles


Feb 21, 2020 - 4:00 pm-February 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Dr. Nick Evans (UMass-Lowell) Research into the ethics of autonomous vehicles focuses, almost exclusively, on whether decisions by individual cars conform to, reflect, or promote certain values. Less discussed is whether, or how, autonomous vehicles ought to be developed and deployed from the perspective of distributive justice. Here, I argue that autonomous vehicles—as an object of […]

ETHICS CAFE on: Free Speech on Campus


Feb 4, 2020 - 3:00 pm-February 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

Wrestle with hard questions in a friendly, civil setting. No previous training is necessary. Ethics Cafes is organized by UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere.

Philosophy in the News

  • Zhuangzi, First Philosopher of Disability

    Was this ancient Taoist the first philosopher of disability? Zhuangzi pushed back against the idea that “normal” is good and difference is bad 2,500 years ago. @ New York Times

  • The Edifying Effect of Philosophy

    Do college philosophy courses affect the real-world choices of the students who take them? Yup. A first-of-its kind controlled study (not based in self-report) purports to shows us how. Takeaway: Even a single week's lesson can have a notable impact. @ Daily Nous

  • Philosophy of Technology for $1.5 Million

    The Philosophy department of McGill University receives a $2 million (CAD) donation to establish an endowed chair in philsoophy of technology. @ Daily Nous

  • Good Science Is Woke Science

    Awareness of our biases is essential to good science, because ideological, social and political values always influence. Such values can light the way fo science or lead into darkness. @ Scientific American

  • On Inhumanity

    Our capacity to do terrible things to each other seems boundless. But we'd find it a lot more difficult without recourse to a common conceptual trick: dehumanisation. Stripping others of their humanity is an essential step in the process of treating them like monsters — but how exactly do we do it? What stops us from doing it routinely? And if the category of "human" is a social construct — able to be granted or removed at will — what does that mean for the notion of human rights? @ Philosopher's Zone

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