November 28: Sam Segal

Please join us for the Practical Philosophy Workshop on Monday, November 28th.

Sam Segal (University of Chicago) will be presenting a paper titled: The Priority Problem in Joint Practical Deliberation.”

We will meet from 6:00-8:00 in Cobb Hall, Room 202. The workshop is read-ahead, and the paper can be found under the “downloads” section on our website.

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November 14: Greg Brown

Please join us for the Practical Philosophy Workshop on Monday, November 14th.

Greg Brown (University of Chicago) will be presenting a paper titled: Human Nature and Reasons for Action.”

We will meet from 6:00-8:00 in Cobb Hall, Room 202. The workshop is read-ahead, and the paper can be found under the “downloads” section on our website.

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October 24: Dan Zahavi

Please join us for a joint meeting of the Practical Philosophy Workshop and the German Philosophy Workshop on Monday, October 24th.

Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen) will be presenting a paper titled: Observation, Interaction Communication: The Role of the Second Person.”

We will meet from 6:00-8:00 in Cobb Hall, Room 202. The workshop is NOT read-ahead. A meal will be provided following the talk.

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POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 5TH – October 17th: Regina Rini

Please join us for the Practical Philosophy Workshop on Monday, October 17th.

Reginia Rini (York University) will be presenting a paper, Title TBD.

We will meet from 6:00-8:00 in Cobb Hall, Room 202. The workshop is read-ahead. The paper will be available shortly under “downloads.”

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May 30: Laurenz Ramsauer

Please join us for our final meeting of the Practical Philosophy Workshop for the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, May 30th.

Laurenz Ramsauer (University of Chicago) will be presenting his paper Reflection in Moral Knowledge.

As usual, we will meet from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401.  The workshop is read-ahead. The paper is available under ‘downloads’.

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May 23: David Haunschmid

Please join us for the Practical Philosophy workshop on Monday, May 23rd.

David Haunschmid (University of Chicago) will be presenting his paper On the Paradox of the Law.

We will meet from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401.  The workshop is read-ahead. The paper is available under ‘downloads’.

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May 16: Chike Jeffers

Please join us at the Practical Philosophy workshop on Monday, May 16th.

Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University) will be presenting his paper Du Bois’ Darkwater and the Power of Religious Language and Imagery.

We will meet from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401.  The workshop is read-ahead. The paper is available under ‘downloads’.

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May 9: Sarah Buss

Please join us at the Practical Philosophy workshop on Monday, May 9th.

Sarah Buss (University of Michigan) will be presenting her paper “The Impossibility of Reconciling Constitutivist Accounts of Practical Reasons with the Unity of Human Agency”.

We will meet from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401.  The workshop is read-ahead. The paper will be available soon under ‘downloads’.

Abstract:

We are capable of a sort of double consciousness:  we can regard something as appealing, worth doing, desirable, etc., even as we also occupy a point of view from which we call this appearance into question; we can experience our circumstances as calling for a certain response, even as we believe that we lack sufficient reason to respond this way.  I argue that constitutivist accounts of practical reason cannot do justice to this possibility.  On these accounts, the point of view we occupy insofar as we aim to determine what we have reason to do (the “deliberative point of view”) and the point of view we occupy insofar as we are the subject of pro- and con-attitudes are inaccessible to each other; what is at stake for us insofar as we are wondering what we have reason to do is not what is at stake for us insofar as we are wondering whether things are as they normatively seem, given our attitudes.  In the paper’s second half, I link this problem to skepticism about whether the capacity to reason is really a practical, end-setting, capacity.

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April 18: Nandi Theunissen

Please join us at the Practical Philosophy workshop on Monday, April 18th.

We will meet from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401.  

Nandi Theunissen (University of Pittsburgh) will be presenting her paper “The New Mooreans”.

Abstract:
I address a basic question in value theory about the relationship between being good and being good for someone. Is something (A) good because it is good for someone, or (B) good for someone because it is good? A group of theorists whom I will call the New Mooreans—Joseph Raz, Susan Wolf, and Thomas Nagel—defend B: good has priority over good for. I contend that their arguments are insufficient to secure B: it is false that when something is non-instrumentally good for someone it is so because it is good simpliciter. I conclude by locating a deep point of disagreement between the New Mooreans and their opponents. For the New Mooreans, value affects us as a mere symptom of being good, while for their opponents, value is crucially and essentially affecting. Without settling the question of the better theory of value, I suggest that new Mooreans are under pressure to explain the claim of values on our cognitive and practical attention. If the suggestion stands, they must do more to make a real advance over G. E. Moore.

The workshop is read-ahead.

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April 4: Amy Levine

Please join us on Monday, April 4 for our second meeting of the Practical Philosophy Workshop.

As usual, the meeting will be from 10:30-12:20 in the Social Sciences Research Building Room 401. There will be no zoom option for this presentation.

Amy Levine (Uchicago) will be presenting her paper “Skepticism, Deliberation, and Anxiety”.

The workshop is read-ahead and a handout is also available under ‘downloads’.

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