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Freedom From All Sides - Philosophical Issues

Over the last several decades, philosophers have tended to set "freedom" to the side as a concept and value far too unwieldy to examine directly. Instead, they have tended to carve off particular aspects of freedom – moral, political, legal, metaphysical, epistemological, individual, collective, and so on -- for close and careful study. In so doing, they have made progress. But this progress has slowed in recent years as the need to bring the results of these separate, focused inquiries into contact with one another has become increasingly apparent. In this research seminar, participants undertake to examine the concept and value of freedom from all sides, moving between the separate, focused philosophical discussions already well underway, with an eye toward both advancing them individually by exploring connections between them and working toward a more synoptic or comprehensive philosophical treatment of the concept and value of freedom in all its dimensions.

Fall 2017

  • Friday, September  15, 2017
    Marlin Sommers, University of Tennessee
    "What Do You Know? The Primacy of Knowing Objects"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M. 
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    Karen Stohr, Georgetown University
    "The Moral Boundaries of Mockery: How to Think About Saturday Night Live"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017
    Michael Ball-Blakely, University of Tennessee
    "Coercion, Cooperation, and Determinative Practices: A Rawlsian Conception of the Site of Justice"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M.

Spring 2017

  • Friday, February 10, 2017
    "Fairness and the Doctrine of Double Effect"
    Albert Hu, University of Tennessee,
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017
    "Socrates and Coherent Desire"
    Clerk Shaw, University of Tennessee
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor), 3:30-5:30 P.M.
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    "Grounding the Domains of Reasons"
    Stephanie Leary, Indiana University
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor), 3:30-5:30 P.M.

Fall 2016

  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    "From the Principle of Sufficient Reason to Essentialism: Two Leibnizian Arguments"
    Josh Watson, University of Tennessee
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M. 
  • Friday, November 4, 2016
    "Affective Experience, Reasons for Action, and Desire"
    Declan Smithies, Ohio State University
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:30 P.M. 

Fall 2015

  • Friday October 2, 2015
    "On the Nonexistence of Practical Withholding"
    Dr. Avery Archer
    HSS 110, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, November 13, 2015
    Dr. David Reidy
    Humanities Center Seminar Room F203 Melrose Hall (2nd floor), 3:30-5:00 P.M.

 

Spring 2015

  • Friday, February 27, 2015
    "Putting the Fact of Reason Argument in Context"
    Dr. Samuel Duncan
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015
    "The Canonical Method"
    Dr. Sigrun Svavarsdottir (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Tufts University)
    1210 McClung Tower, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    "Ignorance and Investigation"
    Dr. Katja Vogt (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University)
    1210 McClung Tower, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    "Agency and Moral Ethology"
    Dr. Kristina Gehrman
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

Fall 2014

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
    "Haji on the Direct Argument"
    Dr. Roger Turner
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    "Fair Difference of Opportunity"
    Dr. Adam Cureton
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    "Animal Punishment"
    Dr. Jon Garthoff
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

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