Colloquia, Conferences & Workshops

Paul Lee (founder of the Homeless Garden Project) and Daniel Guevara, Department Chair.

The campus community and interested public are welcome at all Philosophy Department sponsored colloquia, conferences and workshops. 

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Winter 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

  • May 3: Ori Simchen, University of British Columbia
  • May 10: Gene Witmer, University of Florida

Winter 2018

  • Jan 18: Ram Neta, North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Feb 15: Ed Casey, Stony Brook University

Fall 2017

  • Jonathan Cohen, UC San Diego: Many Molyneux Questions
  • Nov 30: Linda Kealey, UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate

Spring 2017

Winter 2017

  • Susanna Schellenberg, Rutgers: Perceptual Consciousness as a Mental Activity
  • Audun Dahl, UC Santa Cruz (Psychology): The Empirical Reality of Moral Reasoning

Fall 2016

  • David Landy, San Francisco State University: Explanation and Personal Identity in the Appendix to Hume's Treatise

Spring 2016

  • Gayle Salamon, Princeton University: Gender Essentialism and Eidetic Inquiry
  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University: Implicit Moral Attitudes
  • Paul Lee : The Greeks had a word for it: thumos
  • Jonathan Ellis: UC Santa Cruz: Motivated Reasoning, Heavy and Light

Winter 2016

  • Noa Latham, University of Calgary: Meditation and Self-Control

Fall 2015

  • Imogen Dickie, University of Toronto: Proper Names: Transition to the End Game
  • Casey O'Callaghan, Washington University in St. Louis: The Multisensory Character of Perception


Spring 2015

  • Samantha Matherne, UC Santa Cruz: Ernst Cassirer's Philosophy of Physics
  • Shelley Wilcox, San Francisco State: Immigration Justice in Nonideal Circumstances

Winter 2015

  • Eric Schwitzgebel, UC Riverside: The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors
  • Paul Roth, UC Santa Cruz: Reviving Philosophy of History
  • Abe Stone, UC Santa Cruz: Why Does Space Have More than One Dimension?
  • Rebecca KuklaGeorgetown: The Sedimentation of Bias in Medical Institutions
  • Fabrizzio McManus Guerrero, Unversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico: Neuro-Biological Explanations of Sexual Orientation and Their Counter-explanations 
  • Felipe De Brigard, Duke: The Explanatory Indispensability of Memory Traces


Spring 2014

  • Ned Block, NYU: Conscious, Preconscious, Unconscious
  • Mikkel Willum Johansen, University of Copenhagen: Material and Social Conditions for the Development of Mathematics

Winter 2014

  • Becko Copenhaver, Lewis & Clark College: Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision

Fall 2013

  • Otávio Bueno, University of Miami: Seeing with a Microscope
  • Seth Yalcin, UC Berkeley: Epistemic Modality De Re
  • Ric Otte, UC Santa Cruz: Skeptical Theism and the Problem of Evil
  • Kyle Robertson, UC Santa Cruz: Humility as Virtue


Spring 2013

  • Jorge Hankamer, UC Santa Cruz: Definiteness (in Danish) How the morphology of Definiteness interacts with the Syntax and Semantics of Nominal Phrases
  • Carlos Sanchez, SJSU: A truth that matters: Alain Badiou after Ortega y Gasset
  • Neil Sinhababu, National University of Singapore: Desire's Explanations

Winter 2013

  • Jonathan Kaplan, Oregon State University: Turning Social Categories into Biological Realities: 'Race' made biological
  • Daniel Guevara, UC Santa Cruz: Has Traditional Ethical Theory Been Made Defunct by Kahneman and Tversky's Prospect Theory 

Fall 2012

  • Rasmus Winther, UC Santa Cruz: "Free to Universalize or Bound by Culture? Philosophy in a Multicultural Context" Conference
  • Roger White, MIT: "What's so Bad about Bootstrapping?"
  • Scott Gilbert, Biology, Swarthmore College: "We are all lichens: How symbiosis research has reconstituted a new realm of individuality"


Spring 2012

  • Maeve Cooke, University College Dublin, Ireland: Social Freedom
  • Warren Sack, Digital Arts & New Media, UCSC: Narrative Intelligence
  • Abe Stone, UC Santa Cruz: Workshop in Phenomenology

Winter 2012

  • Daniel Guevara (Philosophy, UC Santa Cruz), Claudio Campagna (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz), Ronnie Lipschutz (Politics, UC Santa Cruz), Daniel Press (Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz): Conservation in No Man's Land

Fall 2011

  • Daniel Guevara, UC Santa Cruz: Kant Conference


Spring 2011

  • Colin Koopman, University of Oregon: Pleasure and Parrhesia in Foucault's Self-Transformative Ethics
  • Paul Horwich, NYU: Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy
  • Hans Sluga, UC Berkeley: From Normative Theory to Diagnostic Practice
  • Kevin Cahill, University of Bergen, Norway: Some Reflections on the Dreyfus-McDowell Debate
  • Jose Ruiz, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain: On Two Types of Evidence of Something Necessary
  • Eugen Zelnack, Catholic University, Ruzomberok, Slovakia: Who Should Characterize the Nature of History?

Winter 2011

  • John MacFarlane, UC Berkeley: A Puzzle About Modal Necessity 


Spring 2010

  • Justin Tiwald, San Francisco State University: The Confucian Stance on the Practice of Rights-Claiming
  • Sally Sedgwick, University of Illinois at Chicago: Reason and History: Kant versus Hegel
  • Peter Hylton, University of Illinois at Chicago: Ideas of a Logically Perfect Language in Analytic Philosophy
  • Thomas Ricketts, University of Pittsburgh: Inference, Semantics, and Formal Rigor in Frege
  • Adam Sennet, University of California, Davis: Defining Unarticulated Constituents
  • Krista Lawlor, Stanford University: Assurance as Action: Themes from Austin and a suggestion from Wittgenstein's "On Certainty"

Winter 2010

  • Elaine Landry, University of California, Davis: Recollection in Plato's "Meno": Method, Myth or Necessary Hypothesis?
  • David Carr, Emory University: On the Concept of Experience

Fall 2009

  • Doug Hutchinson, University of Toronto: Socrates in prison, again: a second 'Second Apology' in P.Köln205
  • Alyssa Ney, University of Rochester: Mass, Charge, and the Rest
  • Ásta Kristjana Sveinsdóttir, San Francisco State University: Human Kinds as Conferred Kinds
  • Kirk Sanders, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: Further reflections on Socrates' trial (and guilt), with special reference to Xenophon as a source