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Most Philosophy Department events are supported in part or full by the Mortimer J. Fleishhacker Fund for Philosophy at the University of San Francisco.
(April 12, 2013): 2013 Fleishacker Lecture,
(University of Warwick), “Of Cyborgs, Robots and The Ethics of Drone Warfare: Revisiting the Human–Machine Interface”
(April 10, 2013): Conference: War and its Effects on Society. With Fr. Fernando Insua (Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá), Rebecca Gordon (USF), Nicolas Rasmussen (University of New South Wales), Drew Cameron (Director of the Combat Paper Project), with Christine Battersby (University of Warwick).
(April 9, 2013): Colloquium by 2013 Fleishacker Chair in Philosophy Christine Battersby, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, “Struck by the Forgotten: Trauma and the Sublime in Nietzsche and Freud."
(April 5, 2013): Colloquium,
Sean Drysdale Walsh
(University of Minnesota Duluth), “Human Life, Ethics, and the Political Life: Reflections on Confucius, Aristotle, and Hume”
(March 6th, 2013): Colloquium,
(Chicago, Politics), "Obama, Du Bois, Autobiography."
(November 12, 2012): Colloquium,
(University of Sydney, and Villanova University, also USF '00), "Nature/Culture, Identity/Difference: Romantic Responses to Environmental Questions." Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Continental Philosophy Association.
(November 7, 2012): Colloquium, Franco "Bifo" Berardi,
"The Rise of the Cognitariat: Cognitive Labor in Search of a Body."
Co-sponsored by Departments of Communication Studies, Media Studies, and Peace & Justice Studies Program.
(October 25, 2012): Colloquium, Christopher Long (Penn State University),
"Plato and the Politics of Reading”
, sponsored by The Bay Area Continental Philosophy Association (BACPA), in conjunction with the University of San Francisco Department of Philosophy
(April 19-22, 2012):
Ancient Philosophy Society
, Twelfth Annual Independent Meeting.
(April 19, 2012): Discussion,
Paul Wright, M.D.
, "Mother Theresa's Prescription."
(April 2, 2012): Colloquium,
, "Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective." A Project of the College's Sustainability Task Force and Diversity Task Force, co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.
(March 30-31, 2012): Bay Area Philosophy of Science (BAPS) Workshop on
Pragmatism in the Philosophy of Science
, organized by David Stump (University of San Francisco) and Alex Klein (CSU Long Beach). Participants include: Francesca Bordogna, Matt Brown, Arthur Fine, Ron Giere, Gary Hatfield, Don Howard, Cheryl Misak, Trevor Pearce, Alan Richardson, Quayshawn Spencer.
(February 21, 2012): Lecture by 2012 Fleishhacker Chair in Philosophy Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center:
“Social Identities and the Question of Realism”
(February 24 & 25): Conference on Racism & Xenophobia, including Cynthia Willett, Mickaella Perina, Lawrence Blum, Kyoo Lee, Alia Al-Saji, and Eduardo Mendieta. Keynote Address, Linda Alcoff:
"Occupying Whiteness without Xenophobia”
(February 15, 2012): Screening of
Jeffrey van Davis
’s documentary, "Martin Heidegger: Only a God Can Save Us," with a Director's Q&A following. Co-sponsored by the Department of History, and the Politics Department.
(February 9, 2012): Bay Area Philosophy of Science (BAPS) meeting, featuring Eric Winsberg (U South Florida) and Marilena Di Bucchianico (SFSU).
(February 9, 2012): Colloquium, Jason Wirth, "Everywhere, Nothing Hidden." Sponsored jointly with the Environmental Studies Program, Jason Wirth (Seattle University) speaks on
“Dogen and Nature.”
Dogen was the 13th-century founder of the Soto school of Zen.
(January 31, 2012): A talk by
(Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London), on his new book "Debt: The First Five Thousand Years." Co-sponsored by Peace & Justice Studies.
(November 17, 2011): Movie Screening:
"An Encounter with Simone Weil,"
by Julia Haslett, Screening to be followed by Q & A with the director. In collaboration with and made possible by: the Bay Area Continental Philosophy Association (BACPA), Fleishacker Fund, Philosophy Department, History Department, European Studies program, the Saint Ignatius Institute, Theology and Religious Studies, the Jewish Studies and Social Justice program, and the Gleeson library.
(November 7, 2011): Colloquium Presentation: Remy Debes (University of Memphis),
"Besting the Rationalism-Empiricism Platitude: A Second Look at 18th Century Moral Theory."
(October 21, 2011): Colloquium Presentation:
Professor John O’Callaghan
(University of Notre Dame, Jacques Maritain Center), “Aquinas' Platonic Soul? Summa Theologiae Ia.75”
(September 16&17, 2011):
2nd USF Conference on Responsibility, Agency, and Persons
. Featured Speakers include Andrei Buckareff, Thomas Nadelhoffer, Jada Strabbing, Neal Tognazzini, Coleen Macnamara. Commentators: Tim O’Connor, Victoria McGeer, Gary Watson, Paul Russell, David Copp. (First CRAP held September 26 & 27, 2007.)
(May 14, 2011):
Conference: Is There Space for Race in Evolutionary Biology?
(Co-Sponsored with the Bay Area Biosystematists.) Featuring Alan Templeton, Lisa Gannett, and Massimo Pigliucci.
(April 2011): Reading Hume on the Principles of Morals
(March 2011): Colloquium, Paul Taylor.
(September 27, 2010): Movie Screening: "Being in the World, A Movie," by Tao Ruspoli, Screening followed by Q & A with the director and Professor Mark Wrathall.
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