FALL 2014 READING GROUPS

PHILOSOPHY OF RACE AND GENDER:

Contact:

 Shane J. George

Area:

 Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy

Readings: 

 Ann Cudd's Analyzing Oppression

Planned Future Readings: 

 Paula Rothenberg's White Privilege
 
9/1/14 - Part 1, whiteness: the power of Invisibility
 9/8/14 - beginning of Part 2, whiteness: the power of the past ch 1-5
 9/15/14 - remainder of Part 2, whiteness: the power of the past ch 6 & 7
 9/22/14 - Part 3, whiteness: the power of privilege
 9/29/14 - Part 4, whiteness: the power of resistance 
 
 Projected Schedule:
 Cherrie Morgana and Gloria Anzuldua's The Bridge Called Me Back 
 Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris' Presumed Incompetent 
 Kimberle Crenshaw's Intersectionality (forthcoming)

When:

 6 pm - Monday, August 25 (Informational meeting)
 Readings will begin at 6 pm - Monday, September 1

Where:

 City Campus Union, west side near the coffee shop


SUMMER 2014 READING GROUPS

METAETHICS:

Contact:

 Adam R. Thompson

Area:

 Metaethics:  Moral Psychology w/ focus on Emotions and related M & E

Readings: 

 Can Animals Be Moral? - Mark Rowlands (CABM)
 Emotional Insight:  The Epistemic Role of Emotional Experience - Michael Brady (EI) 

When:

 Wednesday, 4 - 5 pm

Where:

 The Coffee House (unless otherwise stated)
 More information here


AGENCY AND RESPONSIBILITY: AUTONOMY, MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, & FREE WILL:

Contact:

 Adam R. Thompson

Area:

 Agency and Responsibility: Autonomy, Moral Responsibility, & Free Will

Readings: 

 Personal Autonomy: New Essays on Personal Autonomy and Its Role in Contemporary Moral Philosophy - James Stacey Taylor (PA) 
 ? (probably something dealing w/ the metaphysics and such of free will and moral responsibility)?

When:

 Thursday, 5 - 6 pm

Where:

 Adam's House (Please see here for more information)


SPRING 2014 READING GROUPS

NONE AT THIS TIME


FALL 2013 READING GROUPS

ETHICS:

Contact:

 Aaron Elliott

Area:

 Ethics

Readings: 

 October 30:  We will be having a discussion of the paper that John Brunero will be presenting, "Cognitivism about Practical Rationality."

When:

 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Where:

 1038 Oldfather Hall


Contact:

 Aaron Elliott

Area:

 Ethics

Readings: 

 September 17:  David Copp (UC-Davis) - Rationality and Moral Authority

 September 24:  Justin Clarke-Doane (Birmingham & Monash) - Justification and Explanation in Mathematics and Ethics

 October 1:  Elizabeth Harman (Princeton) - The Irrelevance of Moral Uncertainty

 October 8:  Knut Olav Skarsaune (NYU) - How to Be a Moral Platonist

 Schedule to be revised to include papers from visiting speakers.

When:

 Every Tuesday beginning on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm and continuing through December

Where:

 1038 Oldfather Hall


PHILOSOPHY OF RACE, FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY:

Contact:

 Clare LaFrance

Area:

 Philosophy of Race, Feminist Philosophy

Reading Description: 

 Carlos Medina's The Epistemology of Resistance:  Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations; 
 Charles Mills' Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race; 
 Laura Briggs' Somebody's Children:  The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption

When:

 Every Tuesday beginning on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Where:

 City Campus Student Union by the Coffee Shop


MORAL PSYCHOLOGY:

Contact:

Allison Fritz

Area:

Moral Psychology

Reading Description: 

Sabine Roeser's Moral Emotions and Intuitions, 2011 (ME)

When:

Mondays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Beginning on September 9, 2013
and going through December 9, 2013

Where:

Common Room (1038 Oldfather)

Readings:

September 9:  ME Preface & Chapter 1

September 16:  ME Chapter 2

September 23:  ME Chapter 3

September 30:  ME Chapter 4

October 7:  ME Chapter 5

All readings after the October 7th meeting date will be announced in the reading group.


 

SUMMER 2013 READING GROUP FOR GENDER STUDIES AND RACE STUDIES


BELOW IS A SUMMARY. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND A SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

Contact:

Clare LaFrance

Area:

Gender Studies and Race Studies

Reading Description:

Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"; Carlos Medina's "The Epistemology of Resistance: Gender and Racial Oppression, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations"

When:

Begins on Monday, June 10, 2013, 5:00 pm

Where:

The Coffee House

Contact:

Shane George

Area:

Metaphysics

Reading Description:

The metaphysics reading group will be reading Boris Kment's paper "De Re Modality and De Re Chance" and Takashi Yagisawa's paper "Deflationary Existence" in preparation for the Necessity Conference.  All are invited to attend.

When:

Wednesday, March 13, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Where:

1038 Oldfather Hall

Contact:

Shane George

Area:

Metaphysics

Reading Description:

Heather Demarest's paper "Fundamental Chance."  Excerpt:

David Albert (2000) and Barry Loewer (2004) have developed a bold and surprising new theory of how chances in the special sciences relate to fundamental physics. They give this theory a Humean interpretation, attempting to reduce all chances---even the ones in physics---to the actual distribution of categorical properties in spacetime. In this paper, I argue that their account succumbs to some powerful objections. I go on to argue for my own anti-Humean interpretation of the theory. My account posits  metaphysically fundamental, irreducible chance. I show how fundamental chance gives rise to metaphysical, inherited chance. With this machinery in place, I outline how conditional chance and a conservation principle recover all of the epistemic facts we should expect from a complete theory of chance.

When:

Wednesday, March 6, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Where:

1038 Oldfather Hall

SPRING 2013 READING GROUP FOR MORAL PSYCHOLOGY -- PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Contact:

Aaron Elliott

Area:

Ethics/Metaethics

Reading Description:

Selected articles, some from visiting speakers

Main Text:

PDFs available at our Google Group

When:

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Where:

1038 Oldfather Hall

Readings:

September 11:  This week we will be reading a paper from the upcoming Madison Metaethics Workshop:  Relax?  Don't Do It!  Why Moral Realism Won't Come Cheap by Sarah McGrath

September 18:  We will be reading "Irreducibly Normative Properties" by Chris Heathwood (CU Boulder), from the Madison Metaethics Workshop.

October 9:  Lecture 1 from Scanlon's forthcoming book Being Realistic about Reasons (file available from our google group)

In Ethics Reading Group next week we will be discussing two metaphysics papers by Gideon Rosen.  These papers are ones that he has offered us as background readings for his upcoming presentation, "Morality and Modality."  As always, the reading group welcomes anyone to attend.  The papers are available on our google groups page. https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!forum/unl-ethics-reading-group

October 16:  Two metaphysics papers by Giddeon Rosen (to be announced, files will be available from google group)

October 23:  Rosen's presentation paper

October 29 and on:  Selections from Scanlon's book, to be announced.

There may be an interlude where we read for Cohen's presentation in the end of November.


http://pages.wustl.edu/jdriver/research

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/unl-ethics-reading-group

 

Contact:

Adam R. Thompson

Area:

Moral Psychology

General Topic:

Philosophy of Emotions

Main Texts:

Morality and the Emotions - Carla Bagnoli (ed.) - 2011 - O.U.P. (referred to below as M.E.)

Gut Reactions:  A Perceptual Theory of Emotion - Jesse Prinz - 2004 - O.U.P. (referred to below as G.R.)

Spring Semester:

Thinking about Feeling - Robert C. Solomon (ed.) - 2004 - O.U.P. (referred to below as T.F.)

Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion - Peter Goldie (ed.) - 2012 - O.U.P.

Possibly other titles

When:

Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Fall 2012 Semester)

Where:

Typically in the Common Room (1038 Oldfather)

Sometimes at the Coffee House (1324 P Street)

We will basically be treating this somewhat like a seminar on the philosophy of emotion in that we will attempt to make use of readings related to the main reading.  Also, contact Adam (adamross@unlserve.unl.edu) about PDF files for some readings.

Readings:

June 13:

(a) Peter Goldie, "Introduction", Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion — 2010

(b) Patricia Greenspan, "Craving the Right: Emotions and Moral Reason", Morality and the Emotions (Bagnoli) — 2011

July 11:

(a) Carla Bagnoli — "Emotions and the Categorical Authority of Moral Reason" — M.E. (Bagnoli) — 2011

(b) Jesse Prinz and Shaun Nichols "Moral Emotions" — The Moral Psychology Handbook (Doris (ed.)) — 2010

July 18:

(a) Edward Harcourt — "Self-Love and Practical Rationality" — M.E. (Bagnoli) — 2011

(b) Aaron Ben-Ze'ev — "The Nature and Morality of Romantic Compromises — M.E. (Bagnoli) — 2011

July 25:

(a) Christine Tappolet — "Emotion, Motivation and Action: The Case of Fear" — Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion (Goldie) — 2010

(b) Bennett Helm — "Emotions and Motivation: Reconsidering a Jamesian Account" — Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion (Goldie) — 2010

August 1:

(a) Christine Tappolet — "Values and Emotions: Neo-Sentimentalism's Prospects" — M.E. (Bagnoli) — 2011

(b) Michael S. Brody — "Emotions, Perceptions, and Reasons" — M.E. (Bagnoli) — 2011

September 24:

 (a)  Paul Thagaard and Tracy Finn – “Conscience: What is Moral Intuition?” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

 (b)  Laurence Blum – “Empathy and Empirical Psychology: A Critique of Shaun Nichols’s Neo-Sentimentalism” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

October 1:

(a)  John Deigh – “Reactive Attitudes Revisted” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

(b)  Bennett W. Helm – “Responsibility and Dignity: Strawsonian Themes” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

October 8:

(a) Talbot Brewer – “On Alienated Emotions” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

(b)  Joshua Knobe and John Dorris – “Responsibility” – Moral Psychology Handbook (Dorris) – 2010

October 15:

(a) Angela M. Smith – “Guilty Thoughts” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

(b)  Jacqueline Taylor – “Moral Sentiment and the Sources of Moral Identity” – M.E. (Bagnoli) – 2011

October 22: Fall Break

October 29: (Start Reading: Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of Emotion – Jesse Prinz – 2004 – O.U.P.)

Introduction – Chapter 3 – G.R. (Prinz)

November 5:

Chapter 4 – Chapter 5 – G.R. (Prinz)

November 12:

Chapter 6 – Chapter 7 – G.R. (Prinz)

November 19:

Chapter 8 – Chapter 9 – G.R. (Prinz)

November 26:

Chapter 10 – Coda – G.R. (Prinz)

END OF SEMESTER


 

Contact: Preston Werner

Area:  Epistemology/Metaphilosophy

Reading Description:  Philosophy Without Intuitions by Herman Cappelen (Oxford)

When:  Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. (beginning May 31, 2012)

Where:  1038 Oldfather Hall



 

Contact: Clare LaFrance

Area:  Social and Political

Reading Description:  Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault

When:  Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Where:  The Coffee House, 1324 P Street

Readings: 

     June 7:  Part One

     June 14:  Part Two

     July 5:  Part Three - Docile bodies

     July 12:  Part Three - The means of correct training

     July 19:  Part Four - Panopticon


 

Contact: Aaron Elliott

Reading Description:  This week in ethics reading group we will be reading Jonathan Way's paper "Reasons as Premises of Good Reasoning."  Please see the abstract below.

When:  Our reading group will be meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th in the Common Room.

Abstract:  Many philosophers have been attracted to the view that normative reasons are premises of good reasoning - that for some consideration to be a normative reason to P is for is for it to be the premise of good reasoning towards P-ing.  However, while this reasoning view is indeed attractive, it faces a problem of accommodating outweighed pro tanto reasons.  In this paper, I argue that the standard solution to this problem is unsuccessful, and propose an alternative, which draws on the idea that good patters of reasoning can be defeasible.  I conclude by drawing out some implications of the resulting view for a popular form of reductionist realism about reasons, and for the debate over pragmatic reasons for beliefs and other attitudes. 

 


 

Contact: Aaron Elliott

Reading Description:  This week in ethics reading group we will be reading a paper that will be presented at this years Chambers Conference.  The paper is by Stephen Finlay and Justin Snedegar, and is titled "One Ought too Many."   An abstract of the paper is below.

When:  Our reading group will be meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10th in the Common Room.

ABSTRACT: Some philosophers hold that ‘ought’ is ambiguous between a sense expressing a propositional operator and a sense expressing a relation between an agent and an action. We defend the opposing view that ‘ought’ always expresses a propositional operator against Mark Schroeder’s recent objections that it cannot adequately accommodate an ambiguity in ‘ought’ sentences between evaluative and deliberative readings, predicting readings of sentences that are not actually available. We show how adopting an independently well-motivated contrastivist semantics for ‘ought’, according to which ‘ought’ is always relativized to a contrast set of relevant alternatives, enables us to explain the evaluative deliberative ambiguity and why the availability of these readings depends on sentential grammar.


 

Contact: Preston Werner

Reading Description:  Centered around the work of Niko Kolodny, in preparation for his upcoming visit.

When:  Our reading group will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th. I realize that this is a non-ideal time for some, however this time seemed to be the best compromise, given those I have spoken with.

For the reading group, we will be reading two of Kolodny's papers: "Scanlon's Investigation: The Relevance of Intent to Permissibility" and "Which Relationships Justify Partiality? General Considerations and Problem Cases".

There are two other Kolodny papers which may be of general interest. The first is his most famous paper, "Why Be Rational?" If I understand correctly, we will be reading this in Mark's seminar, which is why we opted not to read it for the reading group. The second is a paper he co-authored with John MacFarlane, called "Ifs and Oughts".  I know Jan recently taught a course on epistemic modals, which is what that paper discusses, so those of you that took the course may be interested.

All faculty and students are welcome and encouraged; hope to see you there!

Best,
Preston Werner

 


 

Contact: Christopher Gibilisco

Area: Metaphysics/Philosophy of Physics

Reading Description: We shall be discussing some of the basic issues of the philosophy of space-time and related issues in metaphysics, as well as the effect quantum mechanics and special and general relativity have had on the debate. Writers that we shall focus on are Julian Barbour, Howard Stein, and Tim Maudlin. After the sixth meeting, we will vote on new readings for the following few meetings in order to address our evolving interests (or disband). I would particularly like to get to discuss Tim Maudlin's excellent book, Quantum non-locality and relativity: metaphysical intimations of modern physics, and Barbour and Berotti's work on Machian mechanics.

Christopher Gibilisco will provide pdf's upon request for those unable to obtain the readings. We shall try to limit readings to about 50 pages a week, and we will make readings optional as needed. Feel free to attend and skip meetings as you please, but e-mail me to find out what you missed.

Where: The Philosophy Common Room

When: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.

Begin date: May 25, 2011

End date: TBA

 

Tentative Reading List

Meeting 1:

1. Leibniz and Clarke (1717) - 5th letters from the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence

2. Isaac Newton (circa1670, unpublished until 1960;s) - 'De graviatione et Aequipondio Fluidorum'

3. (optional) Alexandre Koyré and I. Bernard Cohen (1961) - 'The case of the missing tanquam: Leibniz, Newton, and Clarke'

Meeting 2:

1. Tim Maudlin (1993) - 'Buckets of water and waves in space: why space-time is probably a substance'

2. Howard Stein (1967) - 'Newtonian Space-time'

3. Isaac Newton (1688) - 'Scholium on Space from the Principia'

Meeting 3:

1. Hans Reichenbach (1958) - TBA, Selections from The philosophy of space and time

2. Julian Barbour (1982) - 'Relational concepts of space and time'

Meeting 4:

1. Julian Barbour (1989) - Ch. 11 of The Discovery of Dynamics

Meeting 5:

1. (Optional for clarification) Einstein (1961) - Various chapters from Relativity: the special and general theories

2. John Earman (1989) - 'General relativity and substantivalism: a very holey story'; Chapter 9 of World Enough and Spacetime

3. Howard Stein (1968) - 'On Einstein-Minkowski spacetime'

Meeting 6:

1. Tim Maudlin (2007) - 'On the passing of time' from his collection The metaphysics within physics

2. Julian Barbour (2001) - 'A timeless world,' Ch. 3 of The End of Time

 


 

Contact: Clare LaFrance

Area: Feminist Philosophy

Reading Description: Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology (Blackwell Publishing; ed. Ann E. Cudd and Robin O. Andreasen)

Where: The Coffeehouse

When: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m.

Begin date: May 17, 2011

End date: TBA

 


 

Contact: Clare LaFrance

Area: Foucault

Reading Description: The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, 2, 3 (Michel Foucault)

Where: The Philosophy Common Room

When: Mondays, 3:00 p.m.

Begin date: May 16, 2011

End date: TBA