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  • Speaker Series Archive
    Bi-Co Philosophy Department Colloquium

    Thursday, October 24, 2013
    Victor Caston, Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies, University of Michigan
    "Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations, and Dreams: Was he a Direct Realist?"

    Annual Altherr Symposium

    Saturday, November 2, 2013
    Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University
    "Decolonizing Western Political Philosophy"

    Distinguished Visitor Series

    Friday, February 7, 2014
    Juliet Floyd, Professor of Philosophy at Boston University
    "Wittgenstein, Turing and 'Common Sense'"

    Distinguished Visitor Series

    Friday, February 28, 2014
    Kateri Carmola, Director, Carmola Consulting, LLC
    "Rolling Around in Complex Environments: What do Private Security Contractors and Philosophy Have in Common?"

    Distinguished Visitor Series

    Friday, April 11, 2014
    Barry Stroud, Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
    "Perceptual Knowledge and the Primacy of Judgment"

    Annual Speaker Series: Bi-Co Philosophy Department Colloquium

    Thursday, September 20, 2012
    Professor Paul Franks, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University
    “How is Truth Possible? Back to Kant, Today and the Day Before Yesterday”

    Third Annual Haverford Philosophy Conference

    Friday, October 5, 2012
    Student Presentations
    Topic: “What do they all have in common?”

    Distinguished Visitor Series

    Friday, October 26, 2012
    David Charles, Professor of Philosophy, Oriel College, Oxford, England
    “Did Aristotle Avoid the Mind/Body Problem?”

    Annual Altherr Symposium

    Saturday, November 17, 2012
    Miranda Fricker, University of Sheffield, U.K.
    “Epistemic Justice as a Condition of Political Freedom?”

    Distinguished Visitor Series

    Friday, April 5, 2013
    Eckart Forser, Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
    and Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Humboldt University in Berlin
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Roland Altherr Memorial Symposium in Philosophy

Roland Altherr was a philosophy major of the class of 1981 who died of a brain hemorrhage in the fall of his senior year. In his memory, Roland's family and friends have created a generous fund that has allowed the Philosophy Department to acquire important volumes and series in philosophy for the library. The fund also supports the annual Roland Altherr Memorial Symposium in Philosophy. Each year, the senior philosophy majors choose a philosopher to invite to campus. In preparation for the symposium visit, the senior majors and philosophy department faculty read and discuss select works of the invited speaker prior to his or her arrival. Once on campus, the Altherr speaker delivers a public lecture and the next day meets with the philosophy seniors in an intimate seminar format. Each year the seminar allows senior majors a unique and rewarding opportunity to engage a prominent philosopher in depth on various philosophical issues.

  • Past Symposia
    • November 2, 2013
      Charles Mills (John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University)
      "Decolonizing Western Political Philosophy"
    • November 17, 2012
      Miranda Fricker, Professor of Philosophy, The University of Sheffield, U.K.
      'Epistemic Justice as a Condition of Political Freedom?'
    • October 29, 2011
      Hubert Dreyfus, Professor of Philosophy in the Graduate School at University of California, Berkeley
      'Rationality and Emodied Coping: McDowell's Myth of the Pervasiveness of the Mental.'
    • November 6, 2010
      Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon
      'The Unity of Virtue'
    • November 7, 2009
      Jay Bernstein (University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research)
      'Rape: Towards a Moral Ontology of the Body'
    • November 15, 2008
      John McDowell
      'I Do What Happens'
    • November 3, 2007
      Julia Annas (Regents Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona)
      'The Unity of Virtue'
    • February 3, 2007
      Linda Alcoff (Laura J. and Douglas Meredith Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse, University of Syracuse)
      Visible Identities
    • November 12, 2005
      Myles Burnyeat
      "Justice Writ Large and Small: Social and Personal Harmony in Republic IV"
    • November 13, 2004
      Roger Ames
      "Making This Life Significant: Taking Creativity Seriously"
    • October 23, 2003
      Robert B. Pippin
      "Hegel's Practical Realism: Rational Agency as Ethical Life"
    • November 7, 2002
      Arthur C. Danto
      "Beauty and the Definition of Art"
    • March 21, 2001
      Judith Butler
      "Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?"
    • September 23, 2000
      Richard J. Bernstein
      "Radical Evil: Arendt and Kant"
    • November 13, 1999
      Stanley Cavell
      "Night and Day Heidegger and Thoreau."
    • November 7, 1998
      Susan Wolf
      "Meaningful Lives in a Meaningless World."
    • November 8, 1997
      Alexander Nehamas
      "A Reason for Socrates’ Face: Nietzsche on ‘The Problem of Socrates’."
    • November 9, 1996
      Martha C. Nussbaum
      "Emotions as Judgments of Value."
    • April 21, 1996
      John Searle
      "The Construction of Social Reality."
    • March 25, 1995
      Richard Rorty
      "Religious Faith, Intellectual Responsibility and Romance."
    • April 16, 1994
      Sara Ruddick
      "Injustice in Families: Assault and Domination."
    • March 27, 1993
      Amélie Rorty, Bernard Williams, Ashok Gangadean, Lucius Outlaw
      "What Is Philosophy?"