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Trinity College Dublin Philosophy Colloquium

Hilary Term 2020

The Colloquium meets most Mondays during term 4-6pm in room 5012 of the Arts Building (level 5). All welcome!

For further information, please contact Sarah Smullen (philosophy@tcd.ie) or Vasilis Politis (vpolitis@tcd.ie)

Date Speaker Title
20 January No Colloquium due to it being the first week of term
27 January Sophie Keeling (Edinburgh)

'Doing Something for a Reason and Self-Awareness'

03 February

Clare Moriarty (TCD)

'Berkeley on Expertise: An Anxious Social Epistemology'

10 February Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen) 'Thomas Hobbes versus Thomas White on Identity and Individuation'
17 February

Beatrice Han-Pile (Essex)

‘The Doing is Everything’: A Middle-Voiced Reading of Agency in Nietzsche.

24 February

Adina Preda (TCD)

'Can rights conflict?'

02 March No Colloquium due to it being Study Week
09 March

Burt Hopkins (Lille)

TBC
16 March

Brian Carey (TCD)

'Linguistic Justice and Signing Communities'
23 March

Øystein Linnebo (Oslo)

Abstraction and grounding
Are there “thin objects” whose existence does not make any substantial demand on the world? In my Thin Objects (OUP 2018) I develop an affirmative answer based on a Fregean form of abstraction. This talk explains two central aspects of the resulting view in terms of the notion of metaphysical grounding. First, every truth about some thin objects is grounded in a truth that does not involve these objects. Second, the notorious bad company problem can be solved by insisting that every truth about the desired abstracta be grounded in a truth that is solely about a prior and independently available ontology. ​

30 March Pietro Intropi (Oxford/TCD)

'Non-Interference, Freedom, and Ability: How the Value of Freedom Can Determine What Freedom IS'

06 April No Colloquium due to it being the last week of term

Previous Terms

Michaelmas Term 2019

The Colloquium meets most Mondays during term 4-6pm in room 5012 of the Arts Building (level 5). All welcome!

NOTE: On Monday 23rd September 2019 the colloquium will take place at 7pm in the Long Room Hub

For further information, please contact Sarah Smullen (philosophy@tcd.ie) or Vasilis Politis (vpolitis@tcd.ie)

Date Speaker Title
09 September No Colloquium due to it being the first week of term
16 September Dr Daniel Vazquez (Barcelona)

'Before the Creation of Time in Plato's Timaeus'

23 September

David Albert (Columbia University)

'The Problem of the Direction of Time'

30 September Margaret Hampson (TCD) 'The Learner’s Motivation and the Structure of Habituation in Aristotle'
07 October

Donnchadh O'Conaill (Fribourg)

'The Problems of Universals'

14 October

Achille Varzi (Columbia)

'Ontology: Material vs. Formal'

21 October No Colloquium due to it being Study Week
28 October

No Colloquium due to Bank Holiday

04 November Simon Hewitt (Leeds) 'Defending an apophatic reading of Aquinas'
11 November

Vasilis Politis (TCD)

'Why cannot essences, or Forms, be perceived by the senses?'

18 November Kenneth Pearce (TCD)

'Knowing by Another’s Understanding: an early modern debate about knowledge, testimony, and faith'

25 November No Colloquium due to it being the last week of term

Hilary Term 2019

The Colloquium meets most Mondays during term 5-7pm in room 5012 of the Arts Building (level 5). All welcome!

Date Speaker Title
21 January No Colloquium due to it being the first week of term
28 January Thomas Vogt (University of South Carolina)

“What does chemistry bring to the table? – Sketches of a philosophy of chemistry”

04 February

Johnny Lyons (Trinity College Dublin)

‘The “history” of political philosophy’

11 February Lizzy Ventham (Trinity College Dublin) To be confirmed
18 February

Kirsten Walsh (University of Exeter)

‘Newton’s metaphysics in practice’

25 February

Kristina Musholt (Leipzig University) 

‘On the normative dimension of folk psychology’

04 March No Colloquium due to it being Study Week
11 March

Agnieszka Rostalska (Ghent University)

‘What makes one an authority? Nyāya's reference to current epistemology of testimony'

18 March No Colloquium due to it being St. Patrick's weekend
25 March

Philip Ehrlich (University of Ohio)

‘Cantorian and non-Cantorian theories of finite, infinite, and infinitesimal numbers and the unification thereof’

01 April

Justin Vlasits (Tuebingen University)

‘Aristotle on the hunt for essence’

08 April No Colloquium due to it being the last week of term

Michaelmas Term 2018

Colloquium

Michaelmas Term 2017

Colloquium

Hilary Term 2017

Colloquium

Michaelmas Term 2016

Colloquium