International Speaker Series

September 8, 2017 — Sebastian Gardner (University College London): “Faith and Hope: The Kantian Vindication” 



Sebastian Gardner is Professor of Philosophy at University College London. He has published books and papers on Kant, German Idealism, later nineteenth-century philosophy, existential phenomenology, and the philosophy of psychoanalysis. A co-edited collection, The Transcendental Turn, appeared with Oxford University Press in 2015. His current research interests focus on the legacy of Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgement.


October 6, 2017 — Anita Avramides (Oxford): “Knowing the Mind of Another”Anita_Avramides2


Anita Avramides  is an Associate Professor and the Southover Manor Trust Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She is the author of ‘Meaning and Mind: An Examination of a Gricean Account of Language’ and ‘Other Minds’ as well as the editor of ‘Women of Ideas’. Her latest work concentrates on the question of knowledge of other minds.


March 16, 2018 — Alex Davies (Tartu): “Speech Act Pluralism: Homeomerous or Radical?”alexdavies


Alex Davies  is a researcher and lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tartu. He completed his PhD on the utility of linguistic context-sensitivity in 2012 at King’s College London. He has since published on a range of matters mostly related in some way or other to the nature and implications of linguistic context-sensitivity. These matters include: disagreement, exercises of power in the use of context-sensitive terms, philosophical method, the nature of linguistic communication, and the implications of context-sensitivity for the acquisition of knowledge from testimony. His papers have appeared in Dialectica, Episteme, European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Ratio and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.


March 23, 2018 — Bill Child (Oxford): “The Use of ‘I’ as Subject and the Use of ‘I’ as Object”


Bill Child is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Fellow in Philosophy at University College, Oxford.  He is the author of Causality, Interpretation, and the Mind (OUP, 1994) and Wittgenstein (Routledge, 2011), co-editor of Wittgensteinian Themes: Essays in Honour of David Pears (OUP, 2001), and has published papers on a range of topics in the philosophy of mind, on self-knowledge, and on the philosophy of Wittgenstein.


April 6, 2018 — Matteo Falomi (Essex): “One More Good Deed Before I Die: Suicide and Moral Perfectionism in Rousseau’s Julie”


Matteo Falomi received his PhD from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and he currently has a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Essex. Matteo has published extensively on Wittgenstein, Cavell, and McDowell, and he curated the Italian edition of Cavell’s ‘Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome’. At the moment, Matteo is working on a book on Moral Perfectionism.


May 11, 2018 — Patricia Glazebrook (Washington State): “Heidegger and Economics: Gendering Gestell”


Patricia Glazebrook is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. She serves on the Graduate Faculty at the University of North Texas in the United States, and is a Research Associate at Osun State University in Nigeria. She serves as a Board Member for Gender CC: Women for Climate Justice in Berlin, Germany, and is on the Board of Governors of the Center for Research in Environment and Sustainable Development in Lagos, Nigeria. She is on the editorial board of New Heidegger Research published by Rowman and Littlefield in the United States, and Meeting Rivers published by Fireflies InterculturalCenter in Bangalore, India. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. She has published Heidegger and Science and Heidegger on Science, as well as many papers on Heidegger, ecofeminism, ancient philosophy, philosophy of technology, environmental philosophy and climate change and climate justice. Her current research addresses climate impacts and adaptations by women subsistence farmers in Ghana. She also researches on the military use of drones. She has incorporated Ghana Fair in the United States in partnership with the Single Mothers’ Association of the Upper East Region in Ghana to provide livelihood diversification and alternative income, and to support microcredit financing for women in the Region.


May 18, 2018 — Michael Della Rocca (Yale): “Kant and the PSR”


Michael Della Rocca is Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He received his PhD from Berkeley on a dissertation about Spinoza’s philosophy of mind, and has continued to work mainly on early modern philosophy. His Spinoza (2008) in the Routledge Philosophers series argues for the centrality of the principle of sufficient reason to Spinoza’s thought. He has also brought his conception of rationalism into dialogue with contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of action, in a number of papers.


May 25, 2018 — Frederick Neuhouser (Barnard/Columbia): “Marx and Hegel on the Demands of Spiritual Life”


Frederick Neuhouser is Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University (New York), specializing in German Idealism and social and political philosophy. He is the author of four books: Rousseau’s Critique of Inequality (2014), Rousseau’s Theodicy of Self-Love (2008), Foundations of Hegel’s Social Theory (2000), and Fichte’s Theory of Subjectivity (1990). Much of his recent work has focused on the topics of recognition and amour-propre, but he is currently working on a project on social ontology and social pathology in 18th, 19th, and 20th century thought. Other interests include psychoanalysis and film, especially the work of Krzysztof Kieślowski.


June 1, 2018 — Piergiorgio Donatelli (Rome): “Democratic Encounters: Wittgenstein, Cavell, and the Conditions of Political Community”


Piergiorio Donatelli is Professor of Moral Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome. He works widely in the history of moral philosophy and contemporary ethics, in both the analytic and continental tradition, with a special interest in figures such as John Stuart Mill, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Iris Murdoch, Stanley Cavell, and Michael Foucault. His books include: Etica. I classici, le teorie e le linee evolutive (2015), Manières d’être humain. Une autre philosophie morale (2015), Introduzione a Mill (2007), La filosofia morale (2001, 2012), Wittgenstein e l’etica (1998).


June 15, 2018 — Jeff Noonan (Windsor): “Materialism and the Symbolic Dimension of Life: Meaning as Mattering


Jeff Noonan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. His work focuses on social philosophy, democratic theory, and the material foundations of human values. He is the author of Critical Humanism and the Politics of Difference (2003), Democratic Society and Human Needs (2006), and Materialist Ethics and Life Value (2012), as well as numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, reviews, and non-academic essays and interventions. He has served as Department Head and is currently the President of the Windsor University Faculty Association.