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Graduate Initiatives

Graduate Climate Survey

Every year, we issue a graduate student survey in order to track climate issues in the department. One important issue that has been identified was the way men and women were interacting when discussing/debating philosophical topics. In order to help make these dynamics more positive, and to give our graduate students experience in presenting papers, we began a symposia initiative (see below).

Graduate Student Symposia

As part of the initiative to create a constructive and inclusive environment with diverse perspectives, and to expose the graduate students to the wide range of work their colleagues are producing, the Diversity Committee has been hosting a series of graduate student symposia in which graduate students present their work to one another.

This is an opportunity for graduate students to practice presenting short papers, develop conference-appropriate questions and responses, and get feedback on works-in-progress. The symposia is organized as typical panel style presentations: 20 minutes for each talk, 10 minutes for individual Q&A after each talk, and a longer discussion period after all three talks have been presented. 

Current Symposia, 2022-2023

OCTOBER 18, 2022

Alex Vrabely, Beyond Belief: Norms, Social Roles, and Synchronic Intrapersonal Disagreement

Darien Santmyer, A Conceptual Argument Against Motivational Internalism

Jashiel Resto Quiñones, Incompatibility, Incomparability, and Mutual Exclusivity: Speculations on Perfect Being Theology



Past Symposia

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Samantha Seybold: Holdin' Out for a Hero(ine): Zootopia, Moana, and Disney's Reconstructed Postfeminist Princess.

Stephen Setman: Self-Control and its Motivational Basis.

Gillian Lee: The Intrinsic Probability of a Demon.

OCTOBER 3, 2018

Vince Jacobson: Fregean Non-Descriptivism about Names.

Perry Hendricks: Counterfactual Consensual Gratuitous Evil: A New Obstacle for Arguments from Evil.


November 17, 2017

Jim Elliot: A Better Route for Defining 'Religion' in a Multicultural World

Max Spears: Technological Topologies: The Techno-Space of Existence

Melanie Swan: Philosophy of Time and Philosophy of Physics in Quantum Gravity


October 17, 2017

Lacey Davidson: Activism and the Armchair: Why Philosophers Need Not Stay Out of Politics

Vince Jacobson: Another Impossible Standard: A Reply to Crisp's Defense of Internalism

Daniel Linford: Towards a Computational Model of Dogmatism in a Scientific Community


APRIL 5, 2017

Josh Folk: Was Leibniz a Hobbesian about Practical Reasons and Moral Obligation?

Stephen Setman: Intersubjective Inadequacy: Models of Communication and Experience in Habermas and Adorno

Reyes Espinoza: Making the Case for an Ethics of Tragic Uncertainty


March 8, 2017

Alex Gillham: The Value and Role of Knowledge in Epicurus' Good Life

Dan Linford: Quiet Dogmatism and Information Propagation in Scientific Communities

David Coss: Is Hume an Idealist?


February 2, 2017

Jim Elliott: It's Complicated: The Relationship between Faith and Intellectual Humility

Emily Plymesser: Guilt: A Product of Care and Contracts

Taylor Sutton - Malerogation: When Duty Requires the Morally Bad


October 26, 2016

Elaine Blum: Queer Epistemology

Brandon Rdzak: Who's Afraid of Modal Collapse?:A Defense of Spinoza's Necessitarianism

Alex Gillham: The Limits of Pleasure in Epicurus


March 26, 2016

Mallory Parker: Nichols' Challenge and the Dark Side of Reactive Attitudes: A Naturalistic Critique of Reactive Attitudes

Tiffany Montoya: Finding Consistency Between Social Ontology and Political Arrangements: A Critique of the Neoliberal Concept of Human

Brandon Rdzak: The Principle of Sufficient Reason: Some Modal Consideration