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Felipe De Brigard: "The Explanatory Indispensability of Memory Traces"

Humanities 2, Room 259

Abstract: Many philosophers of memory have wondered whether or not it is indispensible to postulate the existence of memory traces to explain remembering. In this talk I will offer an argument in favor of the explanatory indispensability of memory traces. To that end, I will begin by demonstrating that the main arguments in favor of […]

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Works in Progress: Abe Stone

Humanities 2, Room 259

Please join the Philosophy Department for a Works-in-Progress presentation by Professor Abe Stone. At least once a quarter the Philosophy Department hosts a Works-in-Progress presentation by a member of the faculty. The format may vary from a traditional talk to a communal environment allowing for ideas to be tested and feedback solicited. All members of the […]

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CANCELLED: Eric Schwitzgebel: "The Moral Behavior of Ethics Professors"

Humanities 2, Room 259

Do professional ethicists behave any morally better than do non-ethicists of similar social background? If not, do they at least show greater consistency between their normative attitudes and their outward behavior? Despite a long philosophical tradition associating philosophical reflection with improved moral behavior, these questions have never been empirically examined. I describe four possible models […]

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Amena Coronado: "The Discipline of Suffering"

Humanities 2, Room 259

Friday Forum For Graduate Research: A weekly interdisciplinary colloquium series for sharing graduate research across the humanities. Join us for light refreshments and weekly presentations by your fellow graduate students. Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30pm in Humanities 1, Room 202 *November 7th forum will be in Humanities 2, Room 259.     This event series […]

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Mikkel Johansen: Material and Social Conditions for the Development of Mathematics

Humanities 2, Room 259

Mathematical knowledge has traditionally been taken to be absolutely objective, i.e. completely independent of contingent facts about the agents who discover the results. Today, this absolutistic view of mathematics has been challenged by a number of different theories. Most noticeably, social constructivists such as David Bloor and Donald MacKenzie have stress the influence social factors […]

Michela Ippolito: "Negative Conditionals"

Humanities 2, Room 259

Abstract: In this talk I will look again at one kind of counterfactual conditionals, which I will call Negative Conditionals (NCs), from a cross-linguistic perspective. NCs have properties that set them aside from standard would conditionals: (i) they contain a negative element in the antecedent clause or in the complementizer domain; (ii) they are obligatorily […]

Ned Block: "Conscious, Preconscious, Unconscious"

Humanities 2, Room 259

There are reliably reproducible strong brain activations that have little or no reportability and for that reason could be said to be unconscious, but can become reportable with a shift of attention and do not have many of the signature properties of unconscious states. This lecture discusses whether these states might be phenomenally conscious in […]

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Becko Copenhaver: "Berkeley on the Language of Nature and the Objects of Vision"

Humanities 2, Room 259

ABSTRACT: Berkeley holds that vision, in isolation, presents only color and light. He also claims that typical perceivers experience distance, figure, magnitude, and situation visually. The question posed in New Theory is how we perceive by sight spatial features that are not, strictly speaking, visible. Berkeley’s answer is “that the proper objects of vision constitute an […]

Debarati Sanyal: "Camus's Afterlives: From the Holocaust to the Age of Terror"

Humanities 2, Room 259

Debarati Sanyal is Associate Professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Violence of Modernity: Baudelaire, Irony and the Politics of Form (John Hopkins University Press, 2006) and a forthcoming book titled Dangerous Intersections: Complicity, Trauma and Holocaust Memory. She has recently published articles on Alain Resnaiss, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert […]

Exhibition: Albert Camus, 1913-2013

Humanities 2, Room 259

Beginning on October 15, UC Santa Cruz will be one of 500 venues worldwide to host an exhibit commemorating the 100th birthday of the French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher Albert Camus. The new digital/paper exhibit combines print editorial with QR code technology. The exhibit was conceived and produced by the Institut Francais, an […]