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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 […]

Recent Events

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.

Avoiding the Regress Problem for Moral Uncertainty Principles


November 22, 2019

Michael Bukoski (FSU) People are often uncertain about what they morally ought to do, sometimes because they are uncertain about relevant moral facts or principles….… Moral uncertaintists argue that moral uncertainty of this sort makes a difference to what one morally ought to do; for example, perhaps someone who believes that raising and killing animals for […]

World Philosophy Day


November 21, 2019

The United Nations celebrates the “enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought.” World Philosophy Day 2019 is dedicated to “highlighting the importance of philosophy in different regional contexts — regional contributions to global debates on contemporary challenges that support social transformations — stimulating global collaboration to address major challenges such as migration, […]

Ethics Poster Fair!


November 18, 2019

Students participants in UF Intersections on Ethics in the Public Sphere will present posters reflecting their group research and analysis of the ethical dimensions of contemporary public issues. Poster topics will include gender equity, sustainability, food, immigration, race, education reform, and religious pluralism. Come to explore how we can tackle complex issues and learn more about the […]

Philosophy in the News

  • SCOTUS Decision Reflects Philosopher’s Amicus Brief

    The majority opinion in the Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of civil rights protections for LGBT employees uses reasoning that is reflective of an amicus brief submitted to the court which was co-authored by Yale philosopher Robin Dembroff and sogned by some 80 philosophers from across the country. @ Yale University

  • Montesquieu and Despotism

    Montesquieu was the 18th century French philosopher who introduced the term "despotism" into our political vocabulary. @ Philosopher's Zone

  • Fast Track Human Vaccine Trials

    Numerous philosophers along with many epidemiologists are among the signers of a letter to the NIH calling on the govt to make immediate preparations for human "challenge" trials of COVID-19 vaccines, i.e. trials where volunteers are deliberately exposed to the virus in order to test possible vaccines in controlled environments. There are obvious ethical issues involved in such trials, so the advocacy of ethicists is particularly important and relevant to any consideration of such actions. @ Daily Nous

  • Plato and the Cubic Earth

    For Plato, assigned to each of the (purported) five types of matter a particular geometric form. Earth was assigned the shape of a cube. And, well, it turns out he was really right about that (sort of). @ Phys.org

  • The Ethical Jerk

    A discussion with philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel on topics from his recent book, /A Theory of Jerks/. @ Philosophy Talk

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