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Events: Roland Altherr Memorial Symposium in Philosophy

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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.

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr speaker Charles Mills in conversation with philosophy minor Alex Smith '15

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr lecture reception.

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr lecture reception.

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr lecture reception.

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr lecture reception.

2013 Altherr Memorial Symposium

Altherr lecture reception.

2012 Altherr Memorial Symposium


Altherr speaker Miranda Fricker with 2012-2013 senior philosophy majors

Altherr speaker Miranda Fricker with 2012-2013 senior philosophy majors


Altherr lecture reception

Altherr lecture reception

Miranda Fricker

Altherr speaker Miranda Fricker in post-lecture discussion with Haverford philosophy majors


Altherr lecture reception

Altherr lecture reception


Previous Memorial Symposia

March 27, 1993
Amélie Rorty, Bernard Williams, Ashok Gangadean, Lucius Outlaw
"What Is Philosophy?"

April 16, 1994
Sara Ruddick
"Injustice in Families: Assault and Domination."

March 25, 1995
Richard Rorty
"Religious Faith, Intellectual Responsibility and Romance."

April 21, 1996
John Searle
"The Construction of Social Reality."

November 9, 1996
Martha C. Nussbaum
"Emotions as Judgments of Value."

November 8, 1997
Alexander Nehamas
"A Reason for Socrates’ Face: Nietzsche on ‘The Problem of Socrates’."

November 7, 1998
Susan Wolf
"Meaningful Lives in a Meaningless World."

November 13, 1999
Stanley Cavell
"Night and Day
Heidegger and Thoreau."

September 23, 2000
Richard J. Bernstein
"Radical Evil: Arendt and Kant"

March 21, 2001
Judith Butler
"Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?"

November 7, 2002
Arthur C. Danto
"Beauty and the Definition of Art"

October 23, 2003
Robert B. Pippin
"Hegel's Practical Realism: Rational Agency as Ethical Life"

November 13, 2004
Roger Ames
"Making This Life Significant: Taking Creativity Seriously"

November 12, 2005
Myles Burnyeat
"Justice Writ Large and Small: Social and Personal Harmony in Republic IV"

February 3, 2007
Linda Alcoff (Laura J. and Douglas Meredith Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse, University of Syracuse)
Visible Identities

November 3, 2007
Julia Annas (Regents Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona)
'The Unity of Virtue'

November 15, 2008
John McDowell
'I Do What Happens'

November 7, 2009
Jay Bernstein (University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, New School for Social Research)
'Rape: Towards a Moral Ontology of the Body'

November 6, 2010
Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon
'The Unity of Virtue'

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 17, 2012
Miranda Fricker, Professor of Philosophy, The University of Sheffield, U.K.
'Epistemic Justice as a Condition of Political Freedom?'

November 2, 2013
Charles Mills (John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University)
"Decolonizing Western Political Philosophy"