Colloquium Series

First Philosophy Colloquium for 2011-12: Danial Garber gave a talk titled "Divine Laws, Divine Decrees, and the Order of Nature."

Each semester, the Philosophy Department sponsors a series of lectures by philosophers from colleges and universities around the country. Check back here for more updates as the semester continues.



Thursday, April 24, 2014
David Wong,  Professor of Philosophy Duke University

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona, Professor of Philosophy Arizona State University

Wednesday,  February 26, 2014
Eric Schliesser, Philosophy Department at University of Ghent, Belgium

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Robert Audi, Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame 2013-14 Henry West Speaker.


Thursday,  March 14, 2013

2013 Henry West Speaker -David Kaplan, Professor of Philosophy UCLA

Thursday, December 6, 2013

 Shannon Vallor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University

Thursday, April 25, 2012

Scott Pratt, Professor of Philosophy University of Oregon


Justin JeffreyThursday, October 20, 2011
Justin Jeffrey, Professor of Philosophy University of St. Thomas will give a talk titled "Normative Transference." Justin Jeffrey earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with a concentration in metaethics. His research interests are primarily in metaethics and epistemology and the intersection of the two.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Daniel Garber, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University will present a talk titled
"Divine Laws,Divine Decrees, and the Order of Nature" Car 06 4:40.  He will explore the relation between God and the laws of nature in a number of key figures of the 17th century.


The Annual Henry West Philosophy Colloquium
Tuesday, March 29 2011
Dale Jamieson, a professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy at New York University, will present a talk titled "The Invention of Practical Ethics" in 06a in Carnegie Hall at 4:45 pm. He will examine the history and beginning of practical ethics.

Thursday, September 16 2010
Dr. Tristram McPherson from the University of Minnesota Duluth presented a talk titled "Moral Attitudes for Expressivists: Solving the Specification Problem," in Carnegie 06 at 4:40 pm.


Tuesday, April 27 2010
The Annual Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky. John B. Davis Lecture Hall, 8:00pm. 
This year's speaker will be Michael Meaney. He is a professor at McGill University specializing in biological psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery who is primarily known for his research on stress, maternal care and gene expression.

Thursday, April 8 2010
Lecture by Prof. Adam Briggle. Old Main 4th Floor, 4:30pm.
Dr. Briggle is a professor at University of North Texas. His research interests include ethics of science and technology, enviromental studies, bioethics, and ethics and culture of new media.

Thursday, March 25 2010
Lecture by Prof. Harry Brighouse
Dr. Brighous is a professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include theoretical foundations of liberalism, the aims of education, reforms in education, the theory of justice, and more.

Thursday, March 4 2010
Prof. Emily Esch will present a talk titled "Making Sense of Our Selves" in Carnegie 06A at 4:30. 
Dr. Esch is a professor at College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University. Her teaching and research interests include philosophy of mind, epistemolgy, experimental philosophy, and philosophy of science.

Thursday, November 5 2009
Henry West presented a talk titled "Value Realism and Moral Constructivism" in Carniegie 06 at 4:30. 

Thursday, October 1 2009
Katherine Brading presented a talk titled “Epistemic Structural Realism and Poincaré's Philosophy of Science” at 11:30 AM in Carnegie 06.


The Annual Henry West Philosophy Colloquium 
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Howard Zinn, historian, playwright, and social activist, will present a lecture entitled "The Holy Wars" at 5:00 PM in the Hill Ballroom (Kagin Commons). He will examine the Revolutionary War,  the Civil War, and World War II in trying to answer the question "Is there such a thing as a just war?"

Thursday, February 12, 2009
University of Minnesota Professor Valerie Tiberius will present a talk entitled "Wisdom and Work" at 4:40 PM in Old Main 111.

Minnesota Philosophical Society 2008 Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Keynote Presentation: "Philosophers, Readers, Writers" by Eugene Garver, Regents Professor of Philosophy, of St. John's University.

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Buffalo State College Professor Julian C. Cole will present a lecture entitled "Mathematics: Plentiful Province or Dependent Dominion?" 4:30 PM, Old Main 111. All are welcome.


Thursday, September 20, 2007 
Rutgers University Professor Stephen Stich will give a presentation entitled "Experimental Philosophy & the Persistence of Moral Disagreement." 4:30 PM, Canegie 06. All are welcome.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Duke University Professor Allen Buchanan will present a lecture entitled "Human Nature & Enhancement." 4:30 PM, Carnegie 06. All are welcome.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Trinity College Professor James Hughes will present the 2007-08 Jardetzky lecture entitled "Manimals, Cyborgs, and Gattaca: the Biopolitics of Human Enhancement Technologies." 8:00 PM, John B. Davis Lecture Hall. All are welcome.


Monday, February 11, 2008
Boston University Professor of Philosophy and Law David Lyons will give a lecture entitled "Race and the Rule of Law" at 4:30 PM, John B. Davis Lecture Hall. All are welcome.

Monday, February 18, 2008
College of William & Mary Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus Alan Fuchs will give a lecture entitled "Mill's One Very Simple Pirinciple of Liberty" at 4:30 PM in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 6, 2008 
Macalester's own Professor of Philosophy, Karen Warren, will give a presentation titled "Why does Traditional Philosophy need Feminism?" at 4:30 PM in the John B. Davis lecture Hall. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Daniel Dennett, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, will give the 2007-08 Jardetzky lecture entitled "Darwin, Reason, and Creativity." 8:00 PM, John B. Davis Lecture Hall. All are welcome.