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2012-13 Speakers | Back to Current

Sept. 14 Michael Tye (University of Texas), "Pain and the Appearance/Reality Distinction"

Oct. 5 Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia), "Photography, Plugged and Unplugged"

Nov. 2 Elizabeth Goodnick (University of Oklahoma), "The Role of the Natural History of Religion in Hume’s Critique of Religious Belief"

Nov. 16 Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University), "Contextualizing Epistemic Oppression"

2011-12 Speakers | Back to Current

September 14, 16 Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland - College Park), The Twelfth Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Music, Humor, and Ethics. “Immoral Jokes” and “Popular Song as Moral Microcosm”.

Dec. 2 Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore), "Desire, Action, and Pleasure" Abstract.

Feb. 23 John Danner (chairman, Native American Communications), Distinguished Alumnus of the philosophy department, will present the T. W. Adams Distinguished Lecture, "Thanksgiving for Everyone… Everyday, Everywhere."

Mar. 9 Brian Leftow (Oxford University), "Tempting God." Abstract.

Apr. 20 Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College), "On Silencing and Sincerity." Abstract.

2010-11 Speakers | Back to top

Oct. 8 Ann Cudd (University of Kansas), "Truly Humanitarian Intervention." Abstract

Nov. 19 Michael Ferejohn (Duke University), "Socrates and the Sophists: Plato's Adversaries on the Nature of Justice." Abstract

Dec. 10 Lindsay Craig (OU), "The Developmental Synthesis in Evolutionary Biology: Reconciliation and Explanation." Abstract

Jan. 10 Adam Cureton (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill), "Solidarity and Social Moral Rules." Abstract

Jan. 14 Evan Williams (Rutgers University), "Compensation for Risk." Abstract

Jan. 17 Emily McRae (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "The Passionate Life: A Buddhist Perspective." Abstract

Jan. 21 Erica Holberg (University of Chicago), "Kant on Pleasure and the Good Life."

Feb. 25 Lee Hester (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), "Native American Philosophy: Themes and Problems." FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) alumni speaker. Abstract

Apr. 1 Jeff Speaks (Notre Dame), "The Reduction of Phenomenal Character." Abstract

Apr. 9 Graduate Philosophy Conference, with papers by Matthew Braddock (Duke), Brian Cutter (Texas), Eric Yang (UC-Santa Barbara), Matt Clemens (Connecticut) and Jerry Green (Texas). The keynote lecture, "Open-mindedness and Normative Contingency," was given by Prof. Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota).

Apr. 30 In-House Epistemology Conference, with papers by Mary Gwin, Kelly Morris, Wayne Riggs, Josh Rollins, and Shyam Patwardhan.

2009-10 Speakers | Back to top

September 21, 23, 25 Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin - Madison), The Eleventh Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Philosophical Reflections on Darwin's Theory. “Darwin and Intelligent Design," “Did Darwin Write The Origin Backwards?” and “Darwin and Group Selection.” Slides from Lecture 1 | Slides from Lecture 2

October 22 Henry Rosemont (St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Brown University), On the Non-Finality of Physical Death in Classical Confucianism." Abstract

November 6 Qiong Wang (University of Oklahoma), "Family Relationships and Familial Obligations." Abstract

November 13 Sandra Lapointe (Kansas State University), "Bolzano on Logical Consequence 1: Ableitbarkeit," and Douglas Patterson (Kansas State University), "Meaning, Communication and Knowledge by Testimony." Lapointe abstract Patterson abstract

February 12 Brian Chance (University of Oklahoma), “Sensibilism, Psychologism, and Kant's Debt to Hume." Abstract

February 26 Scott Jones (Pastor, Cathedral of Hope, Oklahoma City),"Personal Identity: A Real World Problem, Not Just an Academic Issue." Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week. Abstract

March 26 Charles Mills(Northwestern University), "De-Racializing Rawls." Abstract

April 23 John Martin Fischer (University of California - Riverside), "Indeterminism and Control: An Approach to the Problem of Luck." Abstract Full text (.doc)

May 7 Sarah Buss (University of Michigan), "The Value of Humanity." Abstract

2008-09 Speakers | Back to top

September 26 Amie Thomasson (University of Miami), "Ontology Made Easy." Abstract

November 14 Stewart Cohen (Arizona State University), "Defeasible Reasoning and Easy Knowledge." Abstract

January 30 Sally Haslanger (MIT), "The Social as Natural and the Natural as Social: The Ordinariness of Social Construction." Abstract

February 20 Robert Thompson (Point Loma University), "Constitution and the Emergent God." Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week. Abstract

April 2 Nicholas Wolterstorff (University of Virginia),"Why Justice Matters." Abstract Thursday, April 2, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 112 Dale Hall.

April 3 Nicholas Wolterstorff (University of Virginia), "What Makes Generosity Sometimes Unjust?" Abstract

May 8 Amy Coplan (Cal State - Fullerton), "Movies and Mood." Abstract

2007-08 Speakers | Back to top

September 14 Andrew Roche (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), “Transcendental Idealism.”

September 28 Christopher Shields (Oxford University), “The Priority of Soul in Aristotle.”

October 1, 3, 5 Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University), The Tenth Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Moral Animals. “Animal Nature and the Good,” “That short but imperious word ought: Human Nature and the Right,” and “Human Beings and the Other Animals.” Click here for an abstract of the lectures in pdf format.

October 12 Anna Christina Ribeiro (Texas Tech University), "Aesthetic Attributions: The Case of Poetry." Abstract

February 1 Steve Ellis (OU Philosophy) and Scott Greene (OU Geography), "Climate Change as an Externality: Why DON'T We Stop Ourselves from Doing This, Anyway?" In conjunction with the Focus the Nation initiative on climate change.

February 22 Stephen Brown (Briar Cliff University), “From Ethical Naturalism to Ethical Skepticism: A Philosopher’s Development.” Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

March 14 Terry Horgan (University of Arizona). "Transglobal Evidentialism-Reliabilism." Abstract

March 28 Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern). "Assertion and the Acceptance of Testimony."

April 11 Catherine Elgin (Harvard University). "Models as Fictions. Abstract

April 12 Catherine Elgin (Harvard University), "Skepticism Aside" (.pdf). Keynote Address for the 13th Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

2006-07 Speakers | Back to top

September 22 Steve Ellis (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), “The Many and the One: Sen and Hausman on Preferences.”

October 20 John Doris (Washington University-St. Louis), “How to Build a Person.”

October 27 Bernard Linsky (University of Alberta), “The Second Edition of Principia Mathematica: Manuscripts and Letters in the Bertrand Russell Archives.”

November 3 Wayne Riggs (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), “Knowledge Undermining Luck: Safety or Control?”

November 10 Brian Weatherson (Cornell University), “The Bayesian and the Dogmatist.”

November 17 Jesse Butler (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), “On Knowing What it is Like: Self-Constitutive Knowledge of Our Own Conscience States.”

January 19 Joshua Blander (University of California-Los Angeles), “Scotus’s Account of Formal Identity and Distinction.”

January 23 Neal Judisch, (University of Oklahoma), “Conservation, Determinism and the Problem of Evil.”

January 25 E.J. Coffman (University of Notre Dame), "How Seriously Can God Deliberate?"

February 9 Graeme Hunter (University of Ottawa), “Discordant Harmonies: A Fault Line in Leibnizian Cosmology.”

February 23 Christopher Herrera (Montclair State University), “Can Virtue be Taught (in Ethics Classes)?” Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

March 2 Robert Stainton (University of Western Ontario), “Pragmatic Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study in Philosophy and the Empirical.”

April 13 Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Moral Obligations and Social Commands."

April 14 Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Moral Psychology and the Unity of Virtue.” Keynote Address for the Twelfth Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

April 28-29 “Why Formal Epistemology?” an international workshop. Speakers: Luc Bovens (London School of Economics and Political Science); David Chalmers (Australian National University); Branden Fitelson (University of California-Berkeley); Alan Hajek (Australian National University); Jonathan Kwanvig (Baylor University); Adam Morton (University of Alberta, Edmonton); Scott Sturgeon, (University of London); Paul Weirich (University of Missouri).

2005-06 | Back to top

September 16 Elijah Millgram (University of Utah), "Deflating Deflationism."

September 23 Ward Jones (Rhodes University, South Africa), "Explanation and Condemnation."

September 26, 28, 30 Linda Zagzebski (University of Oklahoma), The Romanell Lectures: " The Admirable Life and the Desirable Life," " The Desirable Life and the Ethics of Belief and Assertion," and "The Ethics of Belief and the Diversity of Religions."

October 24, 26, 28 Hilary Putnam (Harvard University), The Ninth Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: William James, John Dewey and the Future of Philosophy. "The Story of Pragmatism," "Some Reflections on the Story," and "Pragmatism and the Future of Philosophy."

November 18 David Schmidtz (University of Arizona), "Varieties of Over-Consumption," a lecture in the Knowing Nature series.

December 2 Agnieska Jaworska (Stanford University), "Autonomy, Hierarchy and Caring."

February 17 P.J. Ivanhoe (Boston College), "The Values of Spontaneity."

February 24 William Ferraiolo (Delta College), "Small Fish, Small Pond: A Community College Philosopher." Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

March 3 Neera Badhwar (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), “Happiness as the Highest Good.”

April 7 Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), “Art and the Divided Self."

April 8 Bernard Boxill (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), "DuBois and Douglass on the Sorrow Songs." Keynote Address for the Eleventh Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

April 14 Jonathan Dancy (University of Texas and University of Reading), "Reasons and Rationality."

April 21 Sherri Irvin (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Moral Self-Improvement."

April 28 Stuart Barnum (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Realized and Emergent Properties."

2004-05 | Back to top

September 17 Thomas Hill (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Kant and Humanitarian Interventions."

Sept. 27, 27, Oct. 1 Julia Annas (University of Arizona), The Eighth Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Virtue Ethics: The Real Thing. "Against Fragmentation of Character," "Being Virtuous and Doing the Right Thing," "Does Virtue Make You Happy? Should It?"

November 19 Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University), "Fear and Trauma in War."

January 28 Bryan Frances (University of Leeds), "How Are Existence and Time Related?"

January 31 Matthew Boyle (University of Pittsburgh), "Self-Deception as Failure of Self-Knowledge."

February 4 Matthew Weiner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), "Credibility and the Norms of Assertion."

February 11 Sherri Irvin (Carleton University), "Apprehension, Interpretation and the Artist's Sanction."

February 25 Kathleen Dougherty (Bowie State University), "Reflections on Teaching and Doing Philosophy." Alumna speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

April 8 Eric Mack (Tulane University), "Prerogatives, Restrictions, and Rights."

April 9 Eric Mack (Tulane University), "Lockean Provisos, Self-Ownership, and the Most Abject Proletarian." Keynote Address for the Tenth Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

2003-04 | Back to top

September 26 Branden Fitelson (University of California, Berkeley), "Logical Foundations of Evidential Support."

October 10 Julia Driver (Dartmouth College), "Dream Immorality."

November 7 Nicholas White (University of California, Irvine), "Aristotle's Wittgensteinian Criticism of Plato's Ethics."

November 14 Roderick Long (Auburn University), "Wittgenstein and Praxeology."

January 23 Amy Olberding (College of DuPage), "Slowing Death Down: The Ethical Significance of Formal Mourning in the Lunyu."

February 27 Barry Vaughan (Mesa Community College), "Mishaps of a Philosophical Journey." Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

April 9 Robert Solomon (University of Texas, Austin), "Nietzsche's Virtues."

April 10 Robert Solomon (University of Texas, Austin), Passivity and Passion," Keynote Address for the Ninth Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

April 23 Adam Morton, (O.U. Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Connecting Emotion and Thought, or How Sophistication Gets Around."

2002-03 | Back to top

September 13 Bruce Glymour (Kansas State University), "Adrift With Drift: The Real Reason the Propensity Interpretation of Fitness Fails."

Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 4 Bas van Fraassen (Princeton University) The Seventh Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Science as Representation: How Do Theories Relate to the Phenomena?"The Visible and Invisible World," "Weyl's Paradox and Carnap's Lost World," and "Structural Realism and the Phenomena."

November 8 Stephen Brown (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Virtue Ethics Naturalized: Bridging the Epistemological Gap."

December 13 Daniel Farnham (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "How We are Committed to Respecting Others."

January 24 Sean Allen-Hermanson (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Are Bees Natural Zombies?"

January 31 Gareth Matthews (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Socratic Ignorance."

February 7 Bernard Reginster (Brown University), "What is the Will to Power?"

February 14 Anthony Flood (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Self-Governance in Aquinas: A Response to Schneewind's The invention of Autonomy."

February 28 Kevin Durand (Henderson State University), "Whitehead's Philosophy of Civilization: Ideas, Great Individuals, Education, and the Problem of Collective Action." Alumnus speaker for the Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

March 14 Maria Paleologou (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "Socrates' Use of Dunamis in the Early Dialogues."

April 4 William Wainwright (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), "Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the Religious Life," Keynote Address for the Eighth Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

2001-02 | Back to top

September 14 Daniel C. Russell (Wichita State University), "Plato and Seneca on Virtue as 'Likeness to God'."

September 21 Stephen Ellis (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "The Varieties of Instrumental Rationality."

October 5 Mark Bedau (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "A New Solution to the Problem of Emergence."

November 9 Hugh H. Benson (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "The Method of Hypothesis in the Meno."

November 16 Linda Zagzebski (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "The Search for the Source of Epistemic Good."

December 7 John Haldane (University of St. Andrews), "Common Sense, Metaphysics and Theism"

January 18 Douglas Kutach (OU Philosophy Department Colloquium), "The Entropy Theory of Counterfactuals."

February 22 Michael Silberstein (Elizabethtown College), "Raising Consciousness: The Emerging Soul in Science and Philosophy" in conjunction with the Annual FOCUS on Arts and Sciences Week.

March 8 Claire Horisk (University of Missouri, Columbia), "What Should Deflationism Be When It Grows Up?"

April 5 C.D.C. Reeve (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "The Erotic Socrates."

April 6 C.D.C. Reeve (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Leaving Calypso: A Philosopher's Odyssey." Keynote Address for the Seventh Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

April 19 Paul Weirich (University of Missouri, Columbia), "Economic Rationality."

2000-01 | Back to top

October 13 Christine Swanton (University of Auckland), "A Virtue Ethical Notion of Right Action."

October 20 Mark Bedau (Reed College), "Adaptationism, Contingency, and Meaning: Putting Your Model Where Your Mouth is."

October 23, 25, 27 Jerry Fodor (Rutgers University), The Sixth Series of The David Ross Boyd Lectures: What Concepts Are. "Why Concepts Matter," "What Concepts Are (Or, Anyhow, What They Aren't)," and "The End of (Conceptual) Analysis."

November 10 Christopher Morris (Bowling Green State University), "What is a State?"

February 9 Andrew Cohen (OU Philosophy Department Brownbag Series), "Semantic Meaning and Indirect Speech Reports."

February 23 Donald Viney (Department of Social Science, Pittsburg State University), "Jules Lequyer: The French Kierkkegaard and His Philosophical Fragments."

March 2 Reinaldo Elugardo (OU Philosophy Department Brownbag Series), "Semantic Meaning and Indirect Speech Reports."

April 7 Fred Miller (Bowling Green State University), "Aristotelian Autonomy."

April 8 Fred Miller (Bowling Green State University), "Aristotle and the Origin of Rights," Keynote Address for the Sixth Annual University of Oklahoma Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

April 20-21 Inaugural Lecture Symposium featuring Linda Zagzebski (Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, University of Oklahoma): Virtue Theory: Knowledge, Morality, and Religion. Linda Zagzebski, "The Uniqueness of Persons and the Existence of God," William Alston (Syracuse University), "Zagzebski's Divine Motivation Theory," Jorge Garcia (Boston College), "Virtues and Norms of Action," John Greco (Fordham University), "What is Knowledge? Zagzebski on Knowledge and Intellectual Virtue."

1999-2000 | Back to top

September 23 Scott Jones (OU Philosophy Department Brownbag Series), "An Introduction to Whitehead."

October 15 Emily Grosholz (Pennsylvania State University), "Analysis, History, and the Philosophy of Mathematics" (co-sponsored with the History of Science Department, the English Department, and the Botany and Microbiology Department).

November 19 James Joyce (University of Michigan), "The Lasting Lesson of Skepticism."

November 20 James Joyce (University of Michigan) General Discussion Session on Causal Decision Theory

February 3 Allen Buchanan (University of Arizona), "State-Breaking and Autonomy: Lessons from Yugoslavia and Kosovo"

February 3 Allen Buchanan (University of Arizona), a round-table discussion: "Genetic Interventions: Some Ethical Issues."

February 4 Allen Buchanan (University of Arizona), "Secession: The Ethics of State-Breaking." College of Arts and Sciences 2000 Kaleidoscope Lecturer.

February 4 Allen Buchanan (University of Arizona), "Ethical Challenges of the Genetic Revolution." College of Arts and Sciences 2000 Kaleidoscope Lecturer.

February 25 Doren Recker (Oklahoma State University): "Bones of Contention: Philosophy, Fossils and Evolution." Alumnus speaker for the Second Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

March 30 "What is Philosophy? Nature, Method, and Value," OU Philosophy Department Panel Discussion.

March 31 Kathleen Okruhlik (University of Western Ontario), "Science and Will to Believe."

April 1 Kathleen Okruhlik (University of Western Ontario), "Feminist Theory and the Philosophy of Science," Keynote Address, Fifth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (co-sponsored with the OU Philosophical Society and the OU Speakers' Bureau).

April 14 Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo), "Reason and Emotion."

1998-99 | Back to top

October 5, 7, 9 Jaegwon Kim (Brown University), The Fifth Series of The David Ross Boyd Lectures: Mind and Matter at the Century's Close. "The Mind-Body Debate in the 20th Century: A Retrospective," "Mental Causation and Consciousness: The Two (not just one) 'Worldknots'," and "Reduction and Reductive Explanation: What Must We Do to Solve the Mind-Body Problem?"

November 13 David Braybrooke (The University of Texas, Austin), "The Unhappy Career of Bentham's Master Idea."

February 5 John Etchemendy (Stanford University), "Heterogeneous Reasoning: Why a Picture can be Worth a Thousand Words."

February 25 "Aristotelian Magnanimity and Christian Humility," and interdisciplinary discussion between the Departments of Philosophy and Classics/Letters (OU Philosophy Department Brownbag Series).

March 5 Judith Little (State University of New York at Potsdam), "The Weird and Wonderful World of Philosophy." Alumna speaker for the First Annual FOCAS (Focus on the College of Arts and Sciences) Week.

April 9 Gareth B. Matthews (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Socratic Perplexity and the Nature of Philosophy."

April 10 Gareth B. Matthews (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Philosophy as a Rational Reconstruction of Childhood," Keynote Address, Fourth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (co-sponsored with the OU Philosophical Society and the OU Speakers' Bureau).

April 22 "Self and Identity," an interdisciplinary discussion between the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology (OU Philosophy Department Brownbag Series).

April 30 Fred Miller (Bowling Green University), "Aristotle's Theory of Political Justice."

1997-98 | Back to top

September 26 Edward Minar (The University of Arkansas), "The Existential Significance of Other Minds Skepticism: Cavell on Living One's Skepticism"

November 14 Robert Batterman (Ohio State University), "Universality, Unification, and Understanding"

February 24 Brian Leftow (Fordham University), "Evil, Good, and God"

February 27 Lynne Rudder Baker (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Unity Without Identity: A New Look at Material Constitution"

March 4 Linda Zagzebski (Loyola Marymount University), "Virtues of God and the Foundations of Ethics"

March 16 Jonathon Kvanvig (Texas A&M University), "Hell: Its Nature and Necessity”

April 3 Marilyn Friedman (Washington University), "Romantic Love and Personal Autonomy"

April 4 Marilyn Friedman (Washington University), "Battered Women, Autonomy, and Intervention," Keynote Address, 1998 Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

1996-97 | Back to top

September 30 Paul Hoyningen-Huene (University of Konstanz, Germany), "Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend" (co-sponsored with Dept of History of Science)

October 23, 24, 25 Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago) The Fourth Series of the David Ross Boyd Lectures: Emotions as Judgments of Value

# "Emotions as Judgments of Value"
# "Emotion and Social Construction”
# "Music and Emotion"

October 24 Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago) "Feminist Critiques of Liberalism”

November 22 Phillip Cummins (University of Iowa), "Perceiving and Doing in Berkeley's Account of Substance"

March 21 David Armstrong (University of Sydney and Notre Dame University), "The Three Waves: The Main Objections to Materialism about the Mind"

May 5 Howard Wettstein (University of California, Riverside), "Later Wittgenstein and Direct Reference"

May 6 Howard Wettstein (University of California, Riverside), “Religion Naturalized”

1995-96 | Back to top

November 17 Jean Hampton (University of Arizona), "Punishment, Feminism, and Political Identity: A Case Study in the Expressive Nature of the Law"

December 8 Tibor Machan (Auburn University), "Liberty, Decency and Racial Justice"

January 12 Alan Ryan (Department of Politics, Princeton University), "Pragmatism, Patriotism and American Identity"

February 15 William Lycan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "What is 'The' Problem of Consciousness?"

February 16 William Lycan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Real Coherentism"

March 29 Colin Allen (Texas A&M University), "Why Be Conscious?"

April 9 Denise Meyerson (University of Cape Town, South Africa), "On Being Oneself"

April 10 Paul Taylor (University of Cape Town, South Africa), "Spontaneity and Meaning in Speech and Writing"

May 3 Russell Shafer-Landau (University of Kansas), "Ethical Intuitionism"

1994-95 | Back to top

September 23 Mike Koessel (Columbia University), "The Shortcomings of a Naturalist Liberalism: Defending a Perfectionist-Communitarian Reconciliation"

October 5, 6, 7 Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame), Third David Ross Boyd Lecture Series: Warrant and Christian Belief.

# "What's The Question?"
# "Warranted Christian Belief"
# "An Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism"

October 7 Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame), “Further Points about an Evolutionary Arguments Against Naturalism"

February 3 Alvin Goldman (University of Arizona), "Social Epistemology"

February 10 Yael Tamir (Tel Aviv University), "Are We All In It Together? Reflections on the Nature of Collective Guilt, Punishment and Rights"

April 7 Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin), "God and Motion: Causation Among the Cartesians"

1993-94 | Back to top

October 1 Leon Henkin (University of California, Berkeley), “Mathematical Experience”

October 19 Mikael Karlsson (The University of Iceland), "Ends, Causes and Grades of Agency"

October 22 Austen Clark, (The University of Tulsa), "Beliefs and Desires Incorporated"

January 27 Igal Kvart (Hebrew University), "Probabilistic Causation"

February 18 Wade Robison (Rochester Institute of Technology), "Descartes and Hume on Causal Relations"

March 26 Sandra Harding (University of Delaware), "After the Neutrality Ideal: Strong Objectivity" (co-sponsored with History of Science and Women's Studies)

March 25 Charles Taylor (McGill University), "The Politics of Recognition"

April 17 Holmes Rolston, III (Colorado State University), "Nature and Culture"

April 20 Mary Gregor (San Diego State University), "Natural Rights, Innate Rights, and Kant"

1992-93 | Back to top

October 23 Jean Kazez (Southern Methodist University), "Computationalism and the Causal Role of Content"

November 13 Doren Recker (Oklahoma State University), "Organisms, Machines and Encoded Genes: Guiding Metaphors in the Sciences"

November 20 David Schmidtz (Yale University), "Moral Dualisms"

February 25-28 Sixteenth Annual Workshop in Ancient Philosophy:

Speakers: Richard Patterson (Emory University); Gregory Scott (St. Mary's University); Daniel W. Graham (Brigham Young University); Nicholas D. Smith (Virginia Polytechnic Institute); Mark McPherran (University of Maine at Farmington); Kozi Asano (University of Texas); Anne Farrell (University of Texas); Howard J. Curzer (Texas Tech University); Michael J. White (Arizona State University); Paul Woodruff (University of Texas). Respondents: John Ferguson Heil, Greg Bayer, Glenn Rawson, Sylvia Berryman, Mark Gifford (University of Texas graduate students); Maria Paleologou, Barry Vaughan, Darian DeBolt, Judith Little, Randall Ridenour (University of Oklahoma graduate students). Session Chairs: Alexander P. D. Mourelatos (University of Texas); Hugh Benson, Ralph Doty, Reinaldo Elugardo, Ellen Greene, and Kenneth Merrill (University of Oklahoma).

April 1 Ernest Sosa (Brown University), "Ethical Relativism and Moral Objectivity"

April 1 Kathleen Wellman (Southern Methodist University), "Science and Social Issues in the Discourses of the Virtuosi of France"

April 2 Dennis Sepper (University of Dallas), "Imagining Descartes" (co-sponsored with the Department of History of Science)

1991-92 | Back to top

October 11 Mark Heller (Southern Methodist University), "Might Counterfactuals"

November 18 Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma), "Altruism vs. Self-Interest: Sometimes a False Dichotomy"

December 7 Colloquium on Gottlob Frege: Judith Little, "Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole: Frege's Critique of Kant in Die Grundlagen"
Lee Basham, "Frege's Night-Critter: Logic as a Changling"
Petra Kelley, "Dummett on Frege's Notion of Grasping Senses"
William Ferraiolo, "Indispensable Sense"

January 23 Mark Hulbert and Michael Silberstein, "Alchemical Connectionism"

January 31 Kihyeon Kim (University of Arizona), "Externalist Internalism"

February 7 Edward Stein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), "Evolution, Rationality, and Truth-Tropic Heuristics"

February 10 Scott Sturgeon (University of Arizona), "Justification and Content"

March 30 Nicholas Smith (Virginia Polytechnic Institute), "The Socratic Doctrine of 'Persuade or Obey'”

1990-91 | Back to top

September 14 Steven Sverdlik (Southern Methodist University), "Negligence and Responsibility"

October 29 Ronald de Sousa (University of Toronto), "Individual Natures"

November 9 Paul Churchland (University of California at San Diego), "Explanatory Understanding and Conceptual Revolutions: the View from the Neurons"

November 16 Adam Morton (University of Bristol; 1990-91 Sutton Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma), "The Disunity of the Moral"

November 30 Rig Hughes (University of South Carolina), "Absorption and Theatricality in the Theatre: Shklovsky, Fried, and Theatrical Aesthetics"

December 1 Rig Hughes (University of South Carolina), General Discussion Session on Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics

February 21 Adam Morton (University of Bristol; 1990-91 Sutton Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma), "The Expressive Powers of Languages"

March 22 Phillip D. Cummins (University of Iowa), "Hume on the Idea of Existence"

April 5 L. Wayne Sumner (University of Toronto), "Two Theories of the Good"

April 10, 11, 12 Joel Feinberg (University of Arizona), Second David Ross Boyd Lectures: In Defense of Moral Rights

# "The Bare Existence of Moral Rights,"
# "The Importance of Moral Rights,"
# "The Constitutional Relevance of Moral Rights"

April 19 Herbert Hochberg (University of Texas, Austin), "Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, and the Correspondence Theory of Truth"

1989-90 | Back to top

September 22 Larry Temkin (Rice University), "The Deep Intransitivity of Moral Values"

December 6 David Armstrong (Challis Professor, University of Sydney), "What Makes Induction Rational?"

December 7 David Armstrong (Challis Professor, University of Sydney), "Singular Causation and Laws of Nature"

December 11 John Wallace (University of Minnesota), "The New Theory of Reference"

February 5 Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin at Madison), "Let's Razor Ockham's Razor"

March 5 David Copp (University of California at Davis), "Reason and Needs"

March 23 Fred Dretske (Stanford University), "The Metaphysics of Freedom"

April 30 Indira Prasad (Patna University, India), "The Concept of Social Justice in Mahatma Gandhi"
Centennial Speaker Series in Cognitive Science

Co-sponsored by OU Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and the Honors Program

February 15 Gordon Bower (Stanford University), "Mental Models in Narrative Comprehension"

March 1 Marcel Just (Carnegie-Mellon University), "Visual Thinking and Intelligence"

March 22 Fred Dretske (Stanford University), "Psychological vs. Biological Explanations of Behavior"

April 5 Lynn Nadel (University of Arizona), "Maps in the Brain: The Hippocampus and Spatial Cognition"