Colloquia, Conferences & Workshops

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

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