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Past Meetings

2010s

 

 

 

 

 2010

February

Derrida for Beginners

Professor Carrol Clarkson (English, UCT)

March

The Ethics of the Oppressed: Lessons from Uncle Toms' Children

Professor Tommie Shelby (Harvard University)

April

Evolution and Emergence: A Paradigm-Shift for Theology?

Dr. Augustine Shutte (Formerly Philosophy, UCT)

May

On being responsible for our mental life

Dr. Jeremy  Wanderer (Philosophy, UCT)

July

The Political Power of Sexual Preferences

Mr. Nathaniel Coleman (PhD student, Philosophy, University of Michigan, USA)

August

Ethics, Economics and the Future: Back to Hobbes and Locke

Professor Peter Collins (Salford University, UK)

September

Moral convergence and gender equality

Dr Andres Luco (Philosophy, UCT)

October

Using big words to explain little words: Philosophy of language at the interface of metaethics and semantics

Dr Matthew Chrisman(University of Edinburgh)

 

 

2011

 

 

February

Character, Talent, and "Epistemic Irresponsibility"

Professor Judith Baker (York University, Canada)

March

Should kidney sales be legal?

Jessica Du Toit (Philosophy, UCT)

April

How we Need the concept of Need to Help us to Help

Dr Soran Reader (Durham University, UK)

May

The Case Against Rights-Based Judicial Review

Dr Patrick Lenta (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban)

July

Disagreement

Professor Bernhard Weiss (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Hume on Miracles

Dr Greg Fried      (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Moral Decision-Making in real time: Dennett's Evolutionary Ethics

Professor Peter Collins

October

Who am I? What am I?

Jessica Lerm (Philosophy, UCT)

November

The Case for Decriminalizing Blackmail

Professor David Boonin

 

 

2012

 

 

February

Is it Rational to Trust?"

Dr Jeremy Wanderer (Philosophy, UCT)

March

The Apology of Socrates: an argument for the examined life

Dr Laurence Bloom (Philosophy, UCT)

April

The Career of Philosophy: How an unlikely esoteric subject came to have a powerful influence on the Rise of Civilization

Dr Kenneth Hughes (UCT)

May

The Philosophy of Time Travel

Dr Jack Ritchie (UCT)

August

Socratic Irony

Dr Dylan Futter (WITS)

August

Exploiting vulnerable people in biomedical research

Prof Marcel Verweij (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

September

Thinking about Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the tricentenary of his birth

Prof Peter Collins (formerly Salford University, UK)

 

 

2013

 

 

February

A Heap of Trouble: the Sorites Paradox

Mr Kyle Blumberg (Philosophy, UCT)

March

Philosophy, Happiness and the Meaning of Life

Professor John Cottingham (Philosophy, University of Reading)

April

Empathy and Fellow Feeling

Professor Lawrence Blum (Philosophy, University of Massachusetts - Boston, USA)

May

Can we empathize with fictional characters?

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

July

Can a dog really be a human's (best) friend?

Jessica du Toit (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Nietzsche and Genealogy: Drawing Morals from History
 

Dr George Hull  (Philosophy, UCT)
 

September

Death and the Meaningfulness of Life

Dr Dean Chapman(Philosophy, UCT)
 

October

Disagreement and Relativism

Professor Bernhard Weiss(Philosophy, UCT)

 

 

2014

 

 

February

The Ethics of Leadership

Dr Tom Angier (Philosophy, UCT)

March

Freedom of belief and access to information

Professor Mark Leon (Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand)

April

How Cricket Can Make You Bad

 Professor Simon Beck (Philosophy, UWC)

May

The excuse of ignorance in the age of information

Ms Anna Hartford (Philosophy, UCT)

July

The Price of Life

Professor Jonathan Wolff (Philosophy, University College London, UK)

August

Race: A Philosophical Introduction

Professor Charles Mills (Philosophy, Northwestern University, USA)

September

Courage in the Face of Death

Dr Dylan Futter (Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand)

October

Blasphemy Against God

Mr Richmond Kwesi (Philosophy, UCT)

 

 

2015 

 

February

The value of caring relationships

Dr Moises Vaca (Philosophy, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)

March

God and Mathematics

Dr Greg Fried (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Quantum Oddities, Realism and the Philosophy of Science

Dr Jack Ritchie (Philosophy, UCT)

May

God and Utilitarianism

Dr Tom Angier (Philosophy, UCT)

July

Reasoning Backwards: Thinking about the "First Principles" of Thought

Dr Laurence Bloom (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Climate change denialism and epistemic over-caution

Dr Richard Flockemann (Philosophy, Rhodes)

September

Race, Gender, and Identity Politics

Mr Jacques Rousseau (UCT)

October

Henry Sidgwick and the limits of utilitarian moral philosophy

Dr Kenneth Hughes (UCT)

 

 

 

 

2016

February

How the social world is built and why it matters

Dr Brian Epstein (Philosophy, Tufts University, USA)

March

Linguistic Injustice and Its Remedies

Dr George Hull (Philosophy, UCT)

April The Benfits of Judicial Corporal Punishment Professor Patrick Lenta (Philosophy, UKZN)
May Reflections on the Definition of Death Professor David DeGrazia (Philosophy, George Washington University)
July Art, Science and Understanding Professor Catherine Elgin(Philosophy, Harvard University, USA)
August What is African Philosophy? Professor Bruce Janz (Philosophy, University of Central Florida, USA)
September I Heard that Lonely Whistle Blow Professor Carl Elliott (Bioethics & Philosophy, University of Minnesota, USA)

 

 

2017

 

March

Understanding Thomas More's Utopia: Christian Humanism, and the Challenge of Philosophy in the Renaissance

Dr Kenneth Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

April

Honour as a Masculine Ethic: Philosophical implications of an evolutionary theory of agonistic norms Dr Daniel Demetriou (Philosophy, University of Minnesota-Morris, USA)

May

What your language says about you Dr Ryan Nefdt (Philosophy, UCT)

June

Effective Animal Advocacy Mr Andrew Fisher (Philosophy, UCT)

August

What the Tortoise said to Kripke Dr Romina Padro (Graduate Center, City University of New York)

September

Justice in Transitional Context Professor Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

October

Is it wrong to clone humans? Professor Gregory Pence (University of Alabama, Birmingham)