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Ethics Cafe: Reparations


November 17 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

  • Q&A: Quantum and Albert

    Philosopher David Albert thinks there might be a “clear and straightforward” way of thinking about quantum phenomena.

  • When Is a Woolly Mammoth Not a Woolly Mammoth?

    If creatures just like tigers developed independently on some other planet, it is generally agreed that those wouldn't be tigers -- not the very same species. So, what if you went all Jurassic-Park on some woolly-mammoth DNA. Would the resulting creature count as member of a species that went extinct eons ago?

  • The Philosopher and the Lie Detector

    An incident, during office hours, with a philosopher's lie detector inspired this Yale student's debut novel.

  • Mugged By Reality

    Watching reality TV probably won't give you square eyes. But might it deform your character? With its parade of ghastly characters and displays of toxic behaviour (eagerly abetted by producers with an eye on the ratings), reality TV draws increasing concern from observers who fear that cast, producers and audiences alike could be participating in something morally reprehensible. (audio)

  • What Is It Like to Have a Sixth Sense?

    If you could add a novel sense beyond the normal five, what would you want it to be? (audio)

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