School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

Philosophy Seminars and Events

The Philosophy Programme hosts a regular seminar series during Trimesters 1 and 2 with papers presented by visiting speakers and academic staff from within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria.  All are welcome to attend.

Justin Sytsma is the coordinator of the series for 2014.

Unless otherwise noted(*), all talks to be held Thursdays from 2.00 - 4.00 pm in Murphy 103.

Date Speaker and Topic
17 July Don Locke (Victoria University of Wellington), 'How do we behave? Does our consciousness cause our actions?'
24 July Stephen Finlay (University of Southern California), 'For its own sake'.
31 July Jay Shaw (Victoria University of Wellington), 'Meaning: A contemporary study'.
7 August PhD Student Presentations
14 August Ramon Das (Victoria University of Wellington), 'A Critique of Moral Error Theory'.
21 August PhD Student Presentations
28 August Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney), 'Looking High and Low for Explanation'


11 September* Dom Lopez (University of British Columbia), 'Channel conditions: Philosophy and recent photography'.
22 September** Michael Devitt (CUNY), 'Justifying Scientific Realism: Should we forget about the Success Argument?'
25 September Mike LeBuffe (University of Otago), 'Towards a Spinozistic Theory of prescriptive ethics'.
2 October Dan Halliday (University of Melbourne), 'Egalitarian Justice and Inherited Wealth'.
9 October Carrie Jenkins (University of British Columbia), 'The metaphysics of romantic love'.
16 October Catherine Abu-Nemeh (Victoria University of Wellington), 'Crayfish regeneration and the search for Metaphysics'.

* Video Conference. Time and location to be advised.

** To be held in Alan McDiarmid (AM)101

We host various events throughout the year. There are currently no upcoming events, check for University wide events at Victoria Events.