Graduate Initiatives

Graduate Climate Survey

Last January we once again issued our graduate student survey in order to track climate issues in the department. One important issue that was identified had to do with the way men and women were interacting when discussing philosophical issues. In order to help make these dynamics more positive ones, as well as in order 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 an inclusive, cooperative and constructive environment, and to get the graduate students working together, the Diversity Committee has been hosting a series of graduate student symposia in which graduate students present their work to one another.

Current Symposia, 2016-2017

This is an opportunity for us to practice presenting short papers, develop conference-appropriate questions and responses, and get feedback on our work. The symposia will be 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. 

All 2016-2017 symposia will be from 5:30-7:00pm, Location TBD.

April 5

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


Past Symposia

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

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