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Fri Mar 24, 2017

Lunchtime talk: Rebecca Chan


Location: 220 Malloy Hall

The Problem of Self-Transformation


From the standpoint of self-interest, is it rational for me to prefer to become someone who is radically different from my current self rather than someone who feels connected to who I currently am? Should my answer to this question depend on value considerations associated with the potential ways my life might go? These questions—which constitute what I call the problem of self-transformation—are the focus of my paper. In attempting to answer these questions, I hope to show (i) that value considerations underdetermine what preferences agents ought to have in decisions involving self-transformation, (ii) that considerations grounded in the will of an agent are needed to determine rational preferences in these decisions, and (iii) that there is a distinction between who agents are practically and who they are metaphysically with the former being what matters for self-interest.…

Colloquium: Alison Simmons (Harvard)


Location: 129 DeBartolo

Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy at Harvard will present a lecture on "Descartes and the Modern Mind" at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24 in DeBartolo Hall 129. A reception will follow in the second floor lounge in Malloy Hall. 

Thu Mar 30, 2017

Fri Mar 31, 2017

Lunchtime Talk: Nevin Climenhaga


Location: 220 Malloy

"Infallibilism without Skepticism?"


I argue that key tenets of Timothy Williamson's "knowledge-first" epistemology are inconsistent with Williamson's anti-skepticism. More specifically, I argue that Williamson's thesis that whatever we know is part of our evidence implies that we cannot gain knowledge through ampliative inference, and his thesis that knowledge is a mental state implies that we cannot have knowledge of the future. Williamson must thus either give up these theses or embrace a moderate skepticism about what we can know.…