About the Departmental Colloquia ("Brown Bag Lectures")

These talks are informal presentations of works-in-progress, usually followed by a substantial discussion period. Interested guests from other departments or institutions are welcome to attend unless otherwise noted. Graduate students and undergraduates are also welcome, although the presentations are not ordinarily prepared with a student audience in mind. Unless otherwise noted, talks are held in the Philosophy Department seminar room, Rome Hall 569.  Sessions officially break up after one hour, although the room will usually be available for those who wish to continue the discussion. For more information, see our FAQ below.
 

2016 - 2017 Presentation

 
Spetember 30, 2016
Dr. Frederick Kellogg, The George Washington University
"The Snake and the Roundabout: Ethical Particularism and the Patterns of Normative Induction"
 
October 14, 2016 (2:30pm)
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
"The Principles of Animal Research Ethics"
 
November 18, 2016 (2:30pm)
Dr. Michael Sigrist, The George Washington University
"Cool versus Anxious Deliberators: Comparing Models of Deliberation in Watson, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger"
 
December 2, 2016
Dr. Avery Archer, The George Washington University
"Do or Do Not, There is No Withholding: An argument Against the Existence of Practical Withholding"
 
 

Past Presentations

April 22, 2016
Dr. Gail Weiss, The George Washington University
“The Shame of Shamelessness”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Weiss at gweiss@gwu.edu.
 
April 8, 2016
Dr. R. Paul Churchill, The George Washington University
“Are Western Ethical Theories too WEIRD to Be Universal?”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Churchill at rpchurch@gwu.edu.
 
March 11, 2016
Dr. Vanessa Wills, The George Washington University
“Marx, Bentham, and The Possibility of Distributive Justice”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Wills at vcwills@gwu.edu.
 
February 12, 2016
Fred Kellogg, The George Washington University
“Vagueness and Convergence of Meaning in the Borderline Case: The Social Dimension of Similarity in Logical Induction”
 
November 6, 2015
Dr. Michèle Friend, The George Washington University
“Accounting Methods for Cultural Sustainability”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Friend at michele@gwu.edu.
 
October 30, 2015
Michael Sigrist, The George Washington University
“Heidegger’s Ethics: The Real Meaning of Fundamental Ontology”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Sigrist at msigrist@gwu.edu.
 
October 2, 2015
Christopher Venner, The George Washington University
“Everything’s the Same Here, Just A Little Worse – Depression in Kristeva, Heidegger, and Goran Dukic’s Wristcutters: A Love Story”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Venner at cvenner@gwu.edu.
 
September 18, 2015
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
“Nonmaleficence and Negative Constraints”
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. DeGrazia at ddd@gwu.edu.
 
 
May 1, 2015
David Benatar, University of Cape Town
“The Meaninglessness - and the Meanings - of Life”April 24, 2015
 
April 24, 2015
Peter Andes, The George Washington University
“Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Public Morality”

April 17, 2015
Dr. Josh Miller, The George Washington University
“Reprobation as Shared Inquiry: Teaching the Liberal Arts in Prison”

March 27, 2015
Fred Kellogg, The George Washington University
“Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Legal Logic”

February 20, 2015
Dr. R. Paul Churchill and Sarah Holmes, The George Washington University
“Honor Killing”

February 27, 2015
Nathifa Green, American University
“Just Looking: Reflections on Artful, Harmful, and Artless Satire”

January 23, 2015
Natalia Washington, Purdue University
“Who’s Responsible for This?: Moral Responsibility, Externalism, and Knowledge about Implicit Bias”

January 16, 2015
Michael Sigrist, The George Washington University
"Husserl and Heidegger on Original Temporality"

December 12, 2014
Bertha Alvarez Manninen, Arizona State University
"A Philosophical Analysis of the Phenomenology of Child Abuse"

November 21, 2014
Dr. Laura Papish, The George Washington University
"Egoism and Hedonism in Kant's Theory of Non-Moral Motivation"

November 14, 2014
Luvell Anderson, University of Memphis
“Notorius Thugs”

October 31, 2014
David Miguel Gray, Colgate University
"Cognitive Phenomenology and the Ascription of Thought"

October 24, 2014
Dr. Eric Saidel, The George Washington University
"Telosemantic Problems With Introspection"

October 10, 2014
Victoria Costa, The College of William and Mary
"Republican Liberty and Border Controls"

April 4, 2014
Dr. Andrea Pedeferri, The George Washington University
"Is it Original Only Once?"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Pedeferri at apedef@gwu.edu.
 
March 7, 2014
Brandon Hogan, Howard University
 
January 17, 2014
Fred Kellogg, The George Washington University
"The Social Dimensions of Legal Uncertainty: Reconciling Law and Science in the Formative Years of Pragmatism"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Kellogg at kellogg@email.arizona.edu.
 
November 22, 2013
Cameron Bassiri, The George Washington University
 
November 8, 2013
Dimiter Kirilov, The George Washington University
"Representation by the Bootstraps"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Kirilov at dimiter.i.kirilov@gmail.com.
 
October 18, 2013
Christopher Venner, The George Washington University
 
May 3, 2013
Dr. Abubaker Tallue, Visiting Researcher from Libya
 
April 19, 2013
Dr. Andrea Pedeferri, The George Washington University
 
April 5, 2013
Dimiter Kirilov, The George Washington University
 
March 29, 2013
Ernest Wolf-Gazo, American University in Cairo
Dr. Wolf-Gazo presented on the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, which he witnessed first-hand.
 
March 28, 2013
Dr. Michèle Friend, The George Washington University
"Using a Paraconsistent Formal Theory of Logic Metaphorically"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Friend at michele@gwu.edu
 
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:15 pm
Dr. Mark Ralkowski, The George Washington University
"Heidegger’s Platonic Critique of Modernity"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Ralkowski at mralkow@gwu.edu.
 
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:15 pm
Dr. Jason Fisette, The George Washington University
"The Moral Analogy of Natural Principles: Berkeley and Hume on Secondary Qualities in a Corpuscular Age"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Fisette at jfisette@gwu.edu.
 
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12:15 pm
Dr. Eric Saidel, The George Washington University
"Through the Looking Glass, and what we (don't) find there"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Saidel at saidel@gwu.edu.

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 12:15 pm
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
"On The Ethics OF American Handgun Ownership"

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 11:00 am
Dr. Richard Reeves, Director of DPM
"Why Liberals Hold the Moral High Ground"
For a copy of the paper, please contact Dr. Reeves at rreeves@gwu.edu.

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:45pm
Michael Sigrist, The George Washington University
"Objections to a Naive Theory of Temporal Perception"

Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:15pm
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
"What is Suffering and What Sorts of Beings Can Suffer?"

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:15pm
Anthony Friend, Canadian Bureau of Statistics
"System of Accounts for Global Entropy Production, (SAGE-P) and the ‘Integration Problem’ of the Natural and Social Sciences"

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:15pm
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
"Moral Enhancement, Freedom, and What We Should Value in Moral Behavior"

Friday, December 2, 2011 - 12:15pm
Dr. Andrea Pedeferri, The George Washington University

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 12:15pm
Michael Sigrist, The George Washington University
"Narrativity, Aspect and Selfhood: Death as the Further Fact of Personal Identity"

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 12:15pm
Peter Caws, The George Washington University
"Transforming Human Nature"

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:15pm
Jorn Sonderholm, The George Washington University
"Cullity, affluence and logic"

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:30pm
Dr. David DeGrazia, The George Washington University
"Bearing Children with Disadvantage"

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 12:30pm
Anjana Jacob, The George Washington University
"Multiplicity in Experience and the Nature of Relations"

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 12:30pm
Peter Caws, The George Washington University
"The Paradox of the Universe"

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 12:30pm
Jorn Sonderholm, The George Washington University
"Positive duties to minimize global poverty: where do they end?"

Friday March 11, 2011 - 12:30pm
Ulrika Björk, Uppsala University/Penn State University
"Crisis, Politics and the Common World: Arendy and Husserl"

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 12:30pm
Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers School of Law
"Feel Like Making Babies? Mapping the Borders of the Right to Procreate in a Post-Coital World"

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:30pm
Fred Kellogg, The George Washington University
"Hobbes, Holmes, and Dewey: Pragmatism and the Problem of Order"

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 12:30pm
Dr. David DeGrazia (The George Washington University) will present a chapter from his forthcoming book.

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:30pm
Dr. Gail Weiss, The George Washington University
"Pride and Prejudice: Ambiguous Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Identities of Jewish Bodies"

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:30pm
Dr. Tad Zawidzki (The George Washington University) will present a chapter from his forthcoming book Mindshaping: Linchpin of the Human Socio-Cognitive Syndrome (MIT Press).
"The Role of Sophisticated Mindreading in Human Mindshaping"

Friday, April 30, 2010 - 12:30-2:00 pm [rescheduled]
Matthew Adler (Leon Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania) will present a chapter from his forthcoming book Well-Being and Equity: A Framework for Policy Analysis (Oxford, 2011). 
Access Well-Being and Equity: A Framework for Policy Analysis

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 1:00 pm
Dr. William Griffith "The Justification of Coercive Interrogation"
View the abstract.

Friday, April 9, 2010 - 2:00 pm
Dr. Zed Adams, New School for Social Research
"How to argue for color relativism"

Friday, March 5, 2010
Dr. Michèle Friend, The George Washington University
"A Pluralist Approach to Proof in Mathematics"

Friday, February 19, 2010
Dr. Jorn Sonderholm, The World Bank
"Base property exemplification in moral supervenience"

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 2:00pm
Dr. Tom Morris, The George Washington University
“No, Socrates: How Plato Wants us to Read the Discussion of the Guardians’ Nature and Nurture in the Republic”

Friday, November 20, 2009 - 3:30pm
Dr. George Wrisley, University of North Georgia
“Truth, Nonsense, and the Meaningfulness of Ostensive Gestures”

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 3:30pm
Dr. Andrea PedeferriThe George Washington University
"Why do we Call Second Order Logic 'Logic'"?

Friday, November 6, 2009 - 12:30pm
Dr. Lisa Käll, University of Uppsala, Sweden
"Expressive Space: Encountering Self and Other"

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 12:30pm
Dr. Tad ZawidzkiThe George Washington University
"Theory of Mind, Computational Tractability, and Mind Shaping"

Friday, September 11, 2009 - 12:30pm
Dr. Jeffrey Brand, The George Washington University
"Moral Constructivism and Empirical Debunking"

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 2:30pm
Dr. Jorn Sonderholm, The World Bank
"A Bad Argument Against Patient Rights for Life-Saving Medicines"


Department Colloquia FAQ

  • What are the Colloquia?

Every semester the Department sponsors a series of colloquia, also known as "brown-bag talks." These are informal presentations of works-in-progress, usually followed by a substantial discussion period.

  • Where and when do the Colloquia take place?

Colloquia are held in the Department seminar room, Rome Hall 569, on Fridays at 12:15pm during the fall and spring semesters, unless otherwise noted above. Attendees often bring their own lunch.

  • How long do they last?

Sessions officially break up after one hour, although the room will usually be available for those who wish to continue the discussion. Sessions rarely last more than ninety minutes.

  • Who may attend?

Interested guests from other departments or institutions are welcome to attend unless otherwise noted. Graduate students and undergraduates are also welcome, although the presentations are not ordinarily prepared with a student audience in mind.

  • Who may give a Colloquium presentation?

Current and former members of the Department, including part-time and adjunct faculty; faculty from other institutions around the world, in philosophy or other disciplines; doctoral students from other departments, in philosophy or other disciplines. If you would like to present a Colloquium, contact the Colloquium Coordinator, Andrea Pedeferri.