The Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University hosts speakers, conferences, and other events.

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Colloquium Talks

James Conant (Chicago): TBA
Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. (Miami): "Gaslighting, Echoing, and Gathering"
Gabriel Richardson Lear (Chicago): "Forms and Appearances"
Gayle Salamon (Princeton): “Critical Phenomenology”
Joshua Wilburn (Wayne State): "Friendship and the Tripartite Soul in Plato's Republic"
Jonah Schupbach (Utah): "When Do Hypotheses Compete?"
Katharina Kraus (Notre Dame): "Kant’s Conception of Person: Personal Identity, Psychological Continuity, and the Idea of the Soul"

11th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Charles Mills (CUNY): “Liberalism and Racial Justice”
Derrick Darby (Michigan): “Dignity and Voting Rights”
Talia Mae Bettcher (Los Angeles): “From Embodiment to Empersonment: Starting Points for a New Theory of Trans Gender (Dis)Satisfaction”

Philosophy Department Prison Education Program+
Panel Discussion 

Dale Brown(WMU)
Lainie Erwin(WMU)
Sean Kermath(WMU)
Andy Marquis(WMU)


Colloquium Talks

Susan Vineberg (Wayne State): “Indispensability Arguments and Mathematical Explanation”
Matthew Mandelkern (MIT): “Bounded modality: Epistemic Modals and Local Contexts”
Anya Plutynski (Washington St. Louis): “Risk and Reasons: Cancer Screening and Pathological Uncertainty”
Alexander Guerrero (Rutgers): “Again Toward Perpetual Peace: Elections, World Government, and Lottocracy”
Rachel Cristy (Princeton): “Commanders and Scientific Laborers: Nietzsche on the Relationship between Philosophy and Science”

10th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Hallie Liberto (Connecticut): “Coercion and Moral Power”
Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern): “Intellectual Humility and the Norms of Credibility”
Matthew Childers (Iowa): “Individuation, Substance, and Supersubstantivalism”

March—Kristopher Phillips, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Southern Utah University, “Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Study the Liberal Arts?” Co-sponsors: Department of Philosophy and Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, WMU.


Colloquium Talks

Dave Baker (Michigan): "Free Will in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"
Mor Segev (South Florida): "Aristotle on Nature, Human Nature and Human Contemplation"
Helga Varden (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): "Giving Him a Second Chance; Talking with Kant on Sex"
Avner Baz Tufts): "Ordinary Language Philosophy"
Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (Michigan): “The New Evil Demon Problem and Virtuous Failure: Accommodating Internalist Judgments with an Externalist Epistemology.”

9th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Helen Frowe (Stockholm)
Jonathan Schafer (Rutgers): "Causal Metaphysical, and Mathematical Explanation: Towards Unification"

A big congratulations goes to graduate students Adam Zweber and Zachary Milstead who were awarded All-University Scholars for 2015–16, Department Scholars for 2015–16 and Department Graduate Teachers for 2015-16.

Dr. Fritz Allhoff and WMU accounting students provide tax help to Alaskan villages