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

Standards (fa 法) and reference-fixing

Friday, March 31, 2017

Susan M. Blake
Indiana University


In this paper, I defend a particular reading of the term fa 法in the Warring States and early Han (approximately 475-140 BCE). Rather than reading the term to mean law, I argue for understanding it as standard.  The use of fa to mean tool of measurement forms the basis of this reading, and provides reason for thinking that the definition of the term given in the Mohist Canons 墨經 captures its meaning across usages. This reading of the term is of philosophical importance because it allows us to understand the Mohists as presenting a theory of reference comparable to the causal theories of reference in contemporary analytic philosophy. I utilize the comparison between such theories to illuminate interesting possibilities for future research.
Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Daniel Berthold
E-mail: berthold@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7208

Repatriation and the Radical Redistribution of Art

Monday, April 3, 2017

Erich Matthes
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Wellesley College
Museums are home to millions of artworks and cultural artifacts, some of which have made their way to these institutions through unjust means. In this talk, I consider a range of arguments in favor of the repatriation of art (the return of artworks to their country of origin), and discuss some of their apparent limitations. In particular, repatriation, even if justified, is often portrayed as contrary to the aims and values of museums. However, I argue that some of the very considerations museums appeal to in order to oppose repatriation claims can be turned on their heads and marshaled in favor of the practice. In addition to defending against objections to repatriation, this argument yields the surprising conclusion that the redistribution of cultural goods should be much more radical than is typically supposed.

Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Contact: Kritika Yegnashankaran
E-mail: kyegnash@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7393

Repatriation and the Radical
Redistribution of Art

Monday, April 3, 2017

Erich Matthes,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
Wellesley College
Museums are home to millions of artworks and cultural artifacts, some of which have made their way to these institutions through unjust means. In this talk, I consider a range of arguments in favor of the repatriation of art (the return of artworks to their country of origin), and discuss some of their apparent limitations. In particular, repatriation, even if justified, is often portrayed as contrary to the aims and values of museums. However, I argue that some of the very considerations museums appeal to in order to oppose repatriation claims can be turned on their heads and marshaled in favor of the practice. In addition to defending against objections to repatriation, this argument yields the surprising conclusion that the redistribution of cultural goods should be much more radical than is typically supposed.

Time: 4:45 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Contact: Kritika Yegnashankaran
E-mail: kyegnash@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-6822