The Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University hosts speakers, conferences and other events.

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September 20 - Jason Marker, M.D., Memorial Hospital (South Bend, IN), “If the United States Promised Health Care as a ‘Right,’ What Would We REALLY Have to Deliver?" Keynote, 2019 WMU Medical Humanities Conference, 5 p.m., Auditorium, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 300 Portage Street. Co-sponsors: WMU Medical Humanities Workgroup, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
October 4 - Ashley Atkins, Philosophy, Western Michigan University, “Race and the Politics of Loss: Revisiting the Legacy of Emmett Till,” 3:30 p.m., 2008 Richmond Center for Visual Arts. Co-sponsors: Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Frostic School of Art, Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations. Download talk.

November 22 - Saba Bazargan-Forward, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, "Justifying the Beneficiary Pays Principle," 5 p.m., 157 Bernhard Center. Keynote speaker, Philosophy Graduate Conference. Co-Sponsors: Department of Philosophy, Graduate Student Association.

November 22 and 23 - 13th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference  


Department of Philosophy and MAP Chapter - Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
Edouard Machery, University of Pittsburgh will be speaking

11th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference - Nov. 9 through 10


The Department of Philosophy and MAP Chapter at Western Michigan University hosted a day-long workshop and political philosophy.

Colloquium talks

Nataliya Palatnik (Harvard University)
Caleb Perl (Shandong University)
Kathryn Lindeman (University of St. Louis)
Alexandra Plakias (Hamilton College), "Relativism: The Most Ecumenical Metaethics"
Charlie Kurth (Washington University in St. Louis), "The Anxious Mind: An Investigations into the Varieties and Virtues of Anxiety"
Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr. (Miami): "Gaslighting, Echoing, and Gathering"
Gabriel Richardson Lear (Chicago): "Forms and Appearances"
Gayle Salamon (Princeton): “Critical Phenomenology”
Joshua Wilburn (Wayne State): "Friendship and the Tripartite Soul in Plato's Republic"
Jonah Schupbach (Utah): "When Do Hypotheses Compete?"
Katharina Kraus (Notre Dame): "Kant’s Conception of Person: Personal Identity, Psychological Continuity, and the Idea of the Soul"

11th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Charles Mills (CUNY): “Liberalism and Racial Justice”
Derrick Darby (Michigan): “Dignity and Voting Rights”
Talia Mae Bettcher (Los Angeles): “From Embodiment to Empersonment: Starting Points for a New Theory of Trans Gender (Dis)Satisfaction”


Colloquium talks

Susan Vineberg (Wayne State): “Indispensability Arguments and Mathematical Explanation”
Matthew Mandelkern (MIT): “Bounded modality: Epistemic Modals and Local Contexts”
Anya Plutynski (Washington St. Louis): “Risk and Reasons: Cancer Screening and Pathological Uncertainty”
Alexander Guerrero (Rutgers): “Again Toward Perpetual Peace: Elections, World Government, and Lottocracy”
Rachel Cristy (Princeton): “Commanders and Scientific Laborers: Nietzsche on the Relationship between Philosophy and Science”

10th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Hallie Liberto (Connecticut): “Coercion and Moral Power”
Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern): “Intellectual Humility and the Norms of Credibility”
Matthew Childers (Iowa): “Individuation, Substance, and Supersubstantivalism”

March—Kristopher Phillips, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Southern Utah University, “Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Study the Liberal Arts?” Co-sponsors: Department of Philosophy and Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies, WMU.


Colloquium talks

Dave Baker (Michigan): "Free Will in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"
Mor Segev (South Florida): "Aristotle on Nature, Human Nature and Human Contemplation"
Helga Varden (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): "Giving Him a Second Chance; Talking with Kant on Sex"
Avner Baz Tufts): "Ordinary Language Philosophy"
Maria Lasonen-Aarnio (Michigan): “The New Evil Demon Problem and Virtuous Failure: Accommodating Internalist Judgments with an Externalist Epistemology.”

9th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference

Helen Frowe (Stockholm)
Jonathan Schafer (Rutgers): "Causal Metaphysical, and Mathematical Explanation: Towards Unification"