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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.

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. Please see the conference page for the schedule and information about registration.

Recent Events

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 […]

‘A Coming Out of Ourselves’: Knowing Our Place in Racial Justice


November 14, 2019

Dr. Christopher Lebron (Johns Hopkins) Racial injustice has remained a stubborn feature of American society. One reason for its persistence is that everyday Americans fail to understand…… the problem of racial injustice as a lived experience. In his talk, Dr. Lebron will explore the uses of moral imagination to expand white Americans’ awareness of racial inequality […]

ETHICS CAFES: Talk About What’s On Your Mind


November 7, 2019

Topic: Free College 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

  • Ethics of Contact Tracing

    Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, discusses the ethical considerations of using digital technologies for public health surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic. @ Johns Hopkins University

  • The Humanities You Need Right Now

    With the 500th episode of the popular radio show Philosophy Talk approaching, program co-founder John Perry and current host Joshua Landy reflect on how philosophy, and the humanities broadly, can help during these turbulent times. @ Stanford University

  • Why We Really Need to Talk

    Political philosopher Elizabeth Anderson explains why we should spend more time discussing political ideas, even with those with whom we strongly disagree. @ Philosophy Bites

  • George Eliot and Spinoza

    Spinoza was the single most significant philosophical influence on novelist George Eliot's thinking, and she knew the /Ethics/ more intimately than anyone else in 19th-century England. @ Prospect Magazine

  • Avoiding the Corona of Fallacies

    With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a great deal of anxiety, we might come to think people are irrational, selfish or downright crazy. We see people showing up to public venues en masse or clearing supermarket shelves of toilet paper. Experts are often ignored. ... The answer for this kind of panicked flurry in reasoning may lie in a field of critical thinking called vice epistemology. @ The Conversation

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