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Department of Philosophy
Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College
101 No. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

fax: 610-526-7479

Departmental Events

Philosophy End of Year Party

Philosophy Department Colloquia 2015-16

For more information please call: 610-526-5332; or e-mail

Helen Steward
"Touching Experience" 

Helen Steward received her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1992. She was a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford for many years, before moving to the University of Leeds, where she is Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action, in 2007. She is the author of The Ontology of Mind (Oxford: OUP, 1997) and A Metaphysics for Freedom (Oxford: OUP, 2012), as well as many papers on free will, agency, mental causation and ontology of mind.

Oct 1, 4:30 pm
Location: Bryn Mawr College, Thomas Hall room 110

Oct 2, 10:30-1pm. Lunch will be served.
Location: Haverford, Whitehead Campus Center room 205



Michael Krausz Symposium

Past Philosophy Department Colloquia



Thursday, October 29, 2014

Karen Detlefsen, University of Pennsylvania
"The Plays of Margaret Cavandish: Genre, Method and Women in the
History of Philosophy"

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christopher Peacocke
"The Perception of Relational Properties and Their Aesthetic Significance"

March 26 and 27, 2015

Yang Xiao, Kenyon College
"Virtue, Ethics as Political Philosophy:  The Structure of Ethical Theory
in early Chinese Philosophy"



Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25

Victor Caston, University of Michigan
"Aristotle on Issusions, Hallucinations, and dreams: Was he a
Direct Realist?"

Thursday, November 14

John Gibson, University of Louisville
"Interpretation, Meaning and Relativism"

Wednesday, February 26

Lisa Tessman, Binghamton University
"Intuitions and Reflective Equilibrium in Feminist Ethics"

Monday, April 28

Fiona Macpherson, University of Glasgow
"On the Perception of Color"



Thursday, September 20, Friday, September 21

Paul Franks, Yale University
"How is Truth Possible? Back to Kant, Today and the Day Before Yesterday"

Wednesday, November 7

Eugene Garver, Saint John's University, Minnesota
"Aristotle's Deliberation and Ours"


Wednesday, September 21

Joel Yurdin,, Haverford College
"Putting Perception in its Place in the Theaetetus"

Wednesday, November 2

Kok-Chor Tan, University of Pennsylvania
"The Idea of Toleration"

Wednesday, November 30

Peg O'Connor, Gustavus Adolphus College
"On the Rocks is a Form of Life: Wittgenstein and Addiction"

Wednesday, January 25
Michael Gillespie, Duke University
"The Theological-Political Origins of Religious Toleration"


Thursday, February 23, & Friday February 24

Mary Wiseman, The Graduate Ctr of the City University of New York
"Chinese Aesthetics: Subversive Strategies"


Wednesday, April 4

Margaret Pabst Battin, University of Utah

"What Were You Thinking When You Were Thinking About Sex and
(and Reproduction)? A New Look at Contraception"


Wednesday, September 22

Peter Baumann, Swarthmore College
"Persons, Dignity and Respect”


Annual Joint Speaker Event

Thursday, October 28@ Haverford College
Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
"Social Construction and Social Critique: Debunking Myths "

Friday, October 29 @ Bryn Mawr College

*Philosophy Seminar/Discussion led by Sally Haslanger
"Ideology, Generics and Common Ground"

*(this session is limited to Philosophy faculty, majors and minors at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford)

Thursday, November 18

Andrew Brook, Carleton Univ, and Visiting Professor At Bryn Mawr College
"The Ethics Enshrined in U.S. Environmental Legislation

Wednesday, February 9

Diane Perpich, Clemson University
"Feminism and Multiculturalism Revisited:
French Feminism and the Ni Putes Ni Soumises Movement"

Wednesday, March 16

Sarah Clark Miller, University of Memphis
"Feminist Conceptions of Global Responsibility"

Wednesday, April 6

Alice Crary, The New School for Social Research, New York
"Dogs and Concepts"



Monday, September 21, 2009– Thomas Hall 224
Joint Event w/Physics Dept.
Dorothy Vernon Room, Haffner -- Dinner @ 5:00. - Presentation @ 6:00

Guy Blaylock -Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"The Many-Weirdnesses Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"


Thursday, October 1, 2009

David Wong,, Duke University
"Complexity and Simplicity in Aristotle and Early Chinese Philosophy"


Thursday, December 3, 2009

William Blattner, Georgetown University
"Transcendental Conscience"

Wednesday,  February 3

Catherine Elgin,, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Nature's handmaid, Art"


Wednesday, March 24

Monique Deveaux,  Williams College
"Reconciling Gender Equality with Cultural Group Rights"


The Philosophy Department Presents its First Annual Cauman Lecture

Lecture: Thursday, October 2, 2008 -- Thomas Hall 224
Discussion: Friday, October 3, 2008 – 10:00 a.m. – Rhoads Meeting Room

Professor Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University
"Because It Was He, Because It Was I:  The Good of Friendship"

Annual Joint Speaker Event
NOTE: two events, one on each campus

Michael Nylan, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture: Thursday, February 12 - 4:30 p.m. Haverford College

"Zhuangzi: Beliefs in Talking and Seeing"


Lecture: Friday, February 13 - 10:30 a.m. Bryn Mawr College

Henry Rosemont Jr., Brown University

"On 'Knowing' (zhi) Praxis-Guiding Discourse in the Confucian Analects"

Bryn Mawr College Campus Center 200
Discussion/Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.


Wednesday, March 18

Don Marquis, University of Kansa
"Four Perspectives on Abortion Ethics"

Wednesday, April 1

Margaret Little, Georgetown University
"Intimate Assistance: Re-Thinking Abortion in Law and Morality"


Wednesday, October 24

Michael McKenna, Florida State University

"Ultimacy and Sweet Jane


Wednesday, January 30

Richard M. Burian, Virginia Tech
"Biological Development, Epigenesis and Second Nature"

Annual Joint Speaker Event

Thursday, February 28, Lecture at Bryn Mawr College

Friday, February 29, Discussion at Haverford College

Gopal Sreenivasan, University of Toronto
"Should Virture Be Taught"


Wednesday, April 2

Sarah Banks, Durham University, United Kingdom
"An Eye for Facts and a Sense of Values: Social Work as a Moral Philosoph?"

-- co-sponsored with Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research


Wednesday, September 13

Richmond Campbell, Dalhousie University
"What is Moral Judgment?"

Wednesday, October 4

John Gibson, University of Louisville
"Interpretation, Fiction and Reality"

Annual Joint Speaker Event
NOTE: two events, one on each campus

Thursday, November 2 at Haverford
Friday, November 3 at Bryn Mawr 10:30 - 12:00

David Kolb, Bates College
"Darwin Rocks Hegel: Does Nature have a History?"

Thursday, November 16

John Caputo, Syracuse University
"Religion Without Religion"


Wednesday, January 31

Christoph Cox, Hampshire College
"From Music to Sound: Being and Time in the Sonic Arts"


Wednesday, March 21

Alison Wylie, Barnard College
"Standpoint Matters: What's Feminist about Gender Archaeology?"


Wednesday, April 11

John Gibson, University of Louisville
"Interpretation, Fiction and Reality"

Spring 2006

Annual Joint Speaker Event
NOTE: two events, one on each campus

Thursday, February 2, 4:30 at Bryn Mawr College

Thursday, February 3, 10:30 - 12:00 at Haverford College Gest Center

John Perry, Stanford University
"Who (and what) am I?"

Wednesday, March 1

Jerry Miller, Haverford College
"Speaking Race to Ethics"

Wednesday, April 5

Ruth Chang, Rutgers University
"Personal Reasons"

Wednesday, April 19

Marcia Eaton, University of Minnesota
"Good Fiction's Good Lession"