Events from 18 April, 2014

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  • 10th March, 2014 to 21st November, 2014

    Reseach Seminar Series 2014

    See the Philosophy Seminars Blog for details of what's coming up in the Department of Philosophy

  • 22nd April, 2014 to 24th April, 2014

    Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, 2014

    On behalf of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP), the University of Sydney will be hosting the 2014 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference (APPC) from the 22nd to the 24th of April. The conference is designed to bring together postgraduate philosophy students giving them the opportunity to present and discuss papers in all areas of philosophy.
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  • 8th May, 2014 to 9th May, 2014

    Rocks, Bones and Ruins: Evidence in Historical Science

    Historical science is sometimes carried out under poor epistemic conditions: there is a dearth of direct evidence for theories about the deep past, as the downstream effects of many past events are scattered and degraded. Some philosophers and scientists are sceptical about our ability to uncover facts about the deep past, and yet, in the face of epistemic deprivation, historical scientists produce (at least sometimes) well-supported theories and hypotheses. This suggests that philosophers have underestimated the ingenuity of historical scientists. By incorporating approaches and evidence from a wide variety of disciplines, taking surrogative approaches such as analogous reasoning and modelling, and by weaving complex, interdependent explanations, they extend our reach into the past. The aim of this workshop is to extend our models of historical confirmation by considering two broad questions: (1) How should we understand evidence in the historical sciences? (2) How should this affect our optimism or otherwise about scientists’ abilities to uncover historical facts?


  • 24th May, 2014
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Hang Up Philosophy: Kristie MIller & Dalia Nassar @ SWF

    Romeo famously proclaimed: "Hang up philosophy. Unless philosophy can make a Juliet!" What can philosophy make? And how does it contribute to contemporary life? Philosophers John Armstrong, Dalia Nassar and Kristie Miller discuss the meaning and significance of thinking for the sake of thinking with Joe Gelonesi, presenter ofThe Philosopher’s Zone on ABC RN.

  • 24th May, 2014
    11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

    Curiosity Lecture Series - On Defence of Evil: Luke Russell @ SWF

    Many of us use the word “evil” to describe wartime atrocities and serial killers, but is it naïve or misguided to believe that evil exists? Does evil belong in a supernatural realm, or is it simply part of morality? What is the difference between evil acts and simple wrongdoing, or between an evil person and a mere bad person? Is anyone really so morally corrupt and irredeemable that he or she deserves to be called evil? Luke Russell discusses.

  • 24th May, 2014
    1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

    Curiosity Lecture Series - On Love: David Braddon-Mitchell @ SWF

    Many people, philosophers and others, believe that somehow our strongest passions, the things and people we love, should be constrained by reason. In some cases, reason is presented as the enemy of passion. Yet since David Hume there have been philosophers who have said this goes the other way around. Reason can only be a slave to passion: it helps us get what we want, but what we want comes first. David Braddon-Mitchell is one of these philosophers. But we face a problem: surely not every whim is as important as every other. Something must constrain our passions, even if it isn’t reason. David tells us that it’s something like love. It’s love that tells us what is a whim and what isn’t. But what is love and how do we find out what we love?

  • 27th August, 2014 to 29th August, 2014

    Principles in Early Modern Thought Colloquium

    This colloquium forms part of Professor Peter Anstey’s ARC Future Fellowship project on ‘The nature and status of principles in early modern philosophy’. It is sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.