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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

  • Protesting vs Social Distancing

    In the current day, a need for social protest and the need for social distancing can quickly come into complex ethical tension. Philosopher and bioethicist Travis Rieder discusses. @ Johns Hopkins University

  • Demarginalizing Philosophy Since 1400

    Philosopher Lisa Shapiro has been awarded a $2 million grant for a 7-year project aimed at recovering and promoting in the history of philosophy philosophical works by individuals from marginalized groups in the period 1400 through 1940. @ Daily Nous

  • Philosophy By Postcard

    To celebrate what would have been philosopher Iris Murdoch's 100th birthday, people were invited to send a postcard (posthumously) addressed to Murdoch asking a philosophical question. The questions were then distributed to 100 philosophers to answer. @ Philosopher's Zone

  • The Case Against Criminality Algorithms

    Ethicists and AI researchers make the case against the development of algorithms that aim to predict the likelihood that an individual will commit a criminal act based on variables like crime statistics and facial scans. @ Unite.AI

  • Epic Games vs Philosophy

    Epic Games (Fortnite, Unreal Engine) is partnering with the Department of Philosophy at Moscow State University. Of the planned 3-year collaboration, Epic says: "philosophy is much closer to game development than most may think, and games themselves can be a perfect instrument to explore philosophical thoughts." @ Daily Nous

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