Philosophy Program

Program Events

Yearly Events

  • Faculty and Students
    There are a number of occasions during the year where Philosophy faculty meet with students, sometimes just to socialize, other times for such specific purposes as the following:
    • meeting with prospective majors to talk about Moderation;
    • meeting with Junior majors to discuss the senior project process;
    • meeting with majors to discuss the vicissitudes of applying to graduate school.
  • Senior Project Conference
    Each spring semester, the program holds a Senior Project conference at which seniors present their work in panels of three or four students, moderated byi Junior majors and followed by questions from the audience.
  • Philosophy Speaker Series
    The program hosts a Philosophy Speaker Series, with three or four philosophers each seminar invited to talk about their work.

Current and Upcoming Events

The Rationality of Desire: in Defense of Platonism

Monday, November 5, 2018

Dhananjay Jagannathan, Columbia University
The Aristotelian account of the relationships between desire, reason, and happiness or the well-lived life is highly attractive. My first aim will be to work through some worries about the part of the account concerning ethical reflection and desire in order to refine it. My further aim will be to show that even this version cannot fully explain the rationality that desires and emotions have, as the case of loving relationships makes vivid. Insofar as we see this case as central, I argue, we should take seriously the Platonist alternative for thinking about value and its manifestations in our lives.
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Jay Elliott
Phone: 845-758-7280