Highlights From Past Events and News
The Sage School of Philosophy has organized numerous events, hosted many visiting speakers, engaged in countless lively discussions, and ushered graduates into successful careers. Here are a few highlights from recent years.
To see a full list of previous visiting speakers, click here.
German Philosophy and the Ethics of Belief: A Conference in Honor of Allen W. WoodOctober 31 - November 2, 2014
In tribute to Professor Wood and his 28 years of teaching at Cornell.
Workshop on the Ethics of Belief
November 15 - 16, 2014Agenda and speakers
Norman Kretzmann Undergraduate Philosophy Lecture:
April 25, 2014: Shelly Kagan, Yale University
"What is Ill-Being When Well-Being is Enjoying the Good?"
November 9-10, 2013. Held at the Physical Sciences Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
September 20-21, 2013. Held at the Nevin Center, Cornell Plantations, Ithaca, NY.Cornell Chronicle article: "Conference Celebrates Ancient Philosophy, Fine and Irwin"
Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto)
Hille Paakkunainen (Syracuse University)What is Normative Authority?
Gunnar Björnsson (University of Gothenburg)Manipulated by Manipulation Arguments?
John Hawthorne (Magdalen College)The Epistemology of Disagreement
Julia Markovits (MIT)Humanity as an End in Itself
Hugh Benson (University of Oklahoma)Ancient Philosophy Speaker
Alan Hajek (Australian National University)Staying Regular
John Hawthorne (Magdalen College)The Epistemology of Coin FlippingKnowledge, Stakes, and Practical Adequacy 2/8/13
Laurent Cesalli (Cornell University)Intentionality as similitude. The case of Anton Marty (and some medievals)
Hugh Benson (University of Oklahoma)Ancient Philosophy Speaker
Deborah Black, Philosophy and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of TorontoVarieties of Consciousness in Classical Arabic Philosophy
Robert Wisnovsky, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
UNYWEMP12/6 - 12/7/12Details
CU Workshop in LinguisticsDetails
Frank Griffel, Islamic Studies and International and Area Studies, Department of Religious Studies,Yale University "...and the killing of someone who upholds these convictions is obligatory!" Religious Law and the Assumed Disappearance of Philosophy in IslamPDF
David Charles, Oxford University"Aristotle: Practical Knowledge and Practical Truth"Ancient Philosophy Speaker: 10/12/12
Jessica Wilson, The University of Toronto"No Work for a Theory of Grounding"Sponsored by the Becker Fund: Graduate Student Visiting Philosopher Series: 5/11/12
Wang Jisi, Peking University:"On The Long Term Prospects of the China-U.S. Relationship in Light of China's Rise"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China: 4/30/12
John Hawthorne, Oxford University"Embedding Epistemic Modals"Visiting Scholar Lecture: 4/26/12
Wang Shaoguang, Chinese University of Hong Kong:"On Inequality and Governance in China"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China: 4/16/12
William Fitzpatrick, The University of Rochester"Debunking Evolutionary Debunking of Ethical Realism"Discussion Club:4/13/12
Robert Pasnau, University of Colorado"Knowledge over Time"Visiting Philosopher: 4/9/12
Michael Gill, University of Arizona"Non-consequentialist Thinking and Humean Sentimentalism"Graduate Student Visiting Philosopher Series: 4/6/12
Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania"Kant, Autonomy, and Modernity"Kretzmann Undergraduate Visiting Philosopher: 3/30/12
Rosemary Foot, Oxford University:"On China's Role in the International Human Right Regime"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China: 3/26/12
Lisa Shapiro, Simon Fraser University:Graduate Student Visiting Philosopher Series: 3/16/12
Selim Berker, Harvard University"Epistemic Teleology and the Separateness of Propositions"Discussion Club: 3/9/12
Iakovos Vasiliou, The Graduate Center, CUNY:Ancient Philosophy Speaker: 3/2/12
Joseph Chan, University of Hong Kong:"On Human Rights and Democracy from a Neo-Confucian Perspective"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China: 3/5/12
Justin Lin, Chief Economist, World Bank:"On China's Economic Ascent and its Global Consequences"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China: 2/20/12
Rusty Jones, Harvard University "Wisdom and Happiness in the Euthydemus"Ancient Philosophy Speaker: 2/10/12
Paul Boghossian, New York University:"Relavitism About the Normative"Kretzmann Undergraduate Visiting Philosopher: 2/3/12
Zoltan Szabo, Yale University:Impure ModalsDiscussion Club: 11/11/11
Agustin Rayo, MIT: The Construction of Logical SpaceGraduate Student Visiting Philosopher Series: 10/21/11
Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University: The Moral Psychic Reality of War Sponsored by the Program on Ethics and Public Life: 10/12/11
Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University: Accountability for Emotions: Aristotle, the Stoics, and KantDiscussion Club: 10/14/11
Legacy of Kant Conference III: The Fate of Kant after 1945: 9/16/11 - 9/17/11Speakers Included:Peter Gilgen, Cornell UniversityPeter Hohendahl, Cornell UniversityCristina Lafont, Northwestern UniversityRichard Miller, Cornell UniversityEric Watkins, University of California, San DiegoGregory Lambert, Syracuse UniversityJeffrey Librett, University of OregonMichelle Kosch, Cornell University
Deliberation, Improvisation, and the Moral Life: A Conference Honoring the Work of Barbara Herman - 9/9/11 - 9/11/11Speakers Included:Allen Wood, Indiana UniversityJoseph Raz, Columbia University & Oxford UniversityMarcia Baron, Indiana UniversitySeana Shiffrin, UCLARae Langton, MITPeter Railton, University of Michigan
Event Highlight: Life Raft Debate
Imagine that after an apocalyptic event; a group of five professors from Classics, Philosophy, Theater, Film & Dance, English, and finally Physics plead for the last remaining seat on the last remaining life raft. They argue why their discipline should be chosen to live on and contribute towards the creation of a new society. This lively, thought-provoking debate occurred February 22, 2011. Read the article or watch the video.
Alumni Highlight: Alumnus Jeffrey Gentleman ('94) Journalist
After receiving his B.A. in Philosophy from the Sage School, Gettleman pursued a Master of Philosophy at Oxford University. He now is the East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times. Read some of his articles.
Gettleman speaks about South Sudan, Independence, and Oil in an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. Watch the video.
Gettleman reporting From Mogadishu on NPR. Read the article.
Chignell Article One of Best of 2010 in Philosophy
Professor Andrew Chignell's article, "Real Repugnance and Belief About Things-in-Themselves: A Problem and Kant's Three Solutions", has been selected by The Philosopher's Annual as one of the ten best articles published in philosophy in 2010.