EXRE Colloquium

Jun 24

Robert Hopkins (NYU) The Birth of an Icon

Gianfranco Soldati Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium
The Birth of an Icon
Pictures are semantically structured, but how? And how does that structure relate to their spatial structure? One answer to these questions is offered by the Parts Principle: where a picture P depicts some object or scene O, every spatial part of P depicts some spatial …

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May 22

EXRE Colloquium: Julien Bugnon – Welfare Subjectivity and The Unifying Power of Consciousness (ONLINE)

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

I present an argument based on the unifying power of consciousness in favour of what Bradford (2022) has termed “the View”: the view that consciousness is necessary for being a welfare subject. Welfare subjects are bearers of welfare goods and bads: things that affect the well-being or welfare of these …

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May 8

EXRE Colloquium: Claire Field – The Value of Incoherence

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

I argue that level-incoherence has distinctive epistemic value in a specific set of epistemic environments: those in which it is easy to acquire justified false beliefs about normative requirements of epistemic rationality. I argue that in these environments level-incoherence is the rationally dominant strategy. Nevertheless, the idea that level-incoherence is …

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May 1

EXRE Colloquium: Bruno Cortesi – On the Supposed Metaphysical Neutrality of the Phenomenological Approach (ONLINE)

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

My talk will be about phenomenology understood as a discipline, an enterprise or an inquiry in philosophy, rather than as a movement in the history of philosophy: as the title suggests, it will be about the (so-called) phenomenological approach and not – or not just – about the (so-called) phenomenological …

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Apr 24

EXRE Colloquium: Anthony Taylor – Usurping Official Power

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

Public officials—such as legislators, judges, and law enforcement officers—sometimes make mistakes. The question that this paper focusses on is whether the individuals who make these mistakes, by virtue of occupying their official role, sometimes possess a right against interference or harm that a private individual who made the same kind …

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Apr 17

EXRE Colloquium: Mario Schärli – Kant on Merely Possible Objects (ONLINE)

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

It is commonly held that Kant’s account of existence foreshadows Frege’s, Russell’s, and Quine’s disdain for non-existent objects. This interpretation has consequences for the interpretation of Kant’s modal metaphysics because it excludes attributing an ontology of merely possible objects (possibilia) to Kant. Consequently, it has become standard in the literature …

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Apr 10

EXRE Colloquium: Vera Hoffmann-Kolss – Degrees of Causation

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

There is a growing consensus that causation can come in degrees. For instance, if two companies both emit effluents into a river, the degree to which they should be held responsible for the resulting damage depends on the degree to which they causally contributed to it. In general, if an …

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Mar 20

EXRE Colloquium: Léna Mudry – Suspension of Jugment, Inquiry and High Stakes

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract:

Suspension of judgement is often closely associated with inquiry (Friedman 2017, 2019; Fritz 2020; Lord 2021).  Interestingly these philosophers have also provided an inquiry-based explanation of high stakes cases. In a nutshell, a belief that P is justified only if one ought not to inquire further. Due to insufficient attention …

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Mar 13

EXRE Colloquium: Miloud Belkoniene – Moral Intuitionism: Between Reasons and Inclinations

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract : This paper examines moral intuitionism as formulated by Tropman. In Tropman’s view, moral intuitionism is best construed as the claim that some moral beliefs can be justified without being based on reasons. While this construal of the view has several advantages, it raises an important question: how can a …

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Mar 6

EXRE Colloquium: Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette – Two Problems with Bullshitting

Elisa Bezençon Time: 17:15 - 19:00 EXRE Colloquium

Abstract: Bullshitting is prima facie wrong, and sometimes blameless. Harry Frankfurt’s famous account, according to which to bullshit is to manifest indifference to truth, fails to explain the wrongness of bullshitting and impliess that it is always blameworthy, or at least inexcusable. We should instead follow Cohen and Wreen and …

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