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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 2019

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    Michael Lamb, Wake Forest University
    "Wendell Berry's Difficult Hope"
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room 2229 Dunford Hall 2nd Floor, 3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Friday, October 11, 2019
    Yuanyuan Liu, University of Tennessee
    "Control over Intentional Omissions"
    1210 McClung Tower
  • Friday October 25, 2019
    Caroline Mobley, University of Tennessee
    Title: TBA
    Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS) Room 58, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

Spring 2020

  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Max Robitzsch, University of Tennessee
    Title:  "Epicurus on the Nature of Law and Justice"
    1210 McClung Tower

Spring 2019

  • Friday, February 8, 2019
    Jonathan Peterson, Loyola University, New Orleans
    Title: "Privatizing Criminal Punishment"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

  • Friday, March 1, 2019
    Mariam Thalos, University of Tennessee
    Title: "Visionary Syllogisms"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

Fall 2018

  • Friday, September 28, 2018
    Monte Johnson, University of California at San Diego
    "The Maxims of Democritus of Abdera, On Tranquility"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

  • Friday, October 12, 2018
    Naomi Rinehold, University of Tennessee
    "Benefit and Moral Deference"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Jordan Baker, University of Tennessee
    "Causalism and the Problem of Causal Deviance"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

  • Friday, November 30, 2018
    Christine Tappolet, University of Montreal
    “How Are Emotions and the Self Related?”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

Spring 2018

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
    Jon Garthoff, University of Tennessee
    "Against the Construction of Animal Ethical Standing"
     Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M. 
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
    Carlotta Pavese, Duke University
    Title: "On the Very Idea of Practical Representation"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall (1st floor), 3:30-5:00 P.M. 
  • Friday, April 13, 2018
    Alex Richardson, University of Tennessee
    Title: "Toward a Capability-Based Account of Intergenerational Justice"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E308 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M. 
  • Friday, April 27, 2018
    Jacob Klein, Colgate University
    Title: "Original Sins: The Older Stoics on Mistakes and Moral Progress"
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall, 3:30-5:00 P.M.

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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