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Philosophy Workshop

Montclair Philosophy Workshop

MPW is an ongoing series of talks where philosophers meet to discuss new, cutting-edge work in all areas of philosophy. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Carving Up Phenomenal Space
Jon Morgan (Montclair Philosophy)

Description:  It’s common sense that when you look at an orange, the orange looks to have some size to you. In fact, it might very well look the same size as it did yesterday. But these commonsense remarks conceal a puzzle about precisely what sort of sizes things look to have. This paper defends a solution to this puzzle. The solution, however, requires a background theory, one that (surprisingly) entails that we never see the ‘intrinsic’ or absolute sizes of things.

5:30PM—6:45PM, Schmitt 104

Previous Workshops

12/6/18: Tiger Roholt (Montclair Philosophy)

“Being-with Smartphones”

This session explores a connection between the philosophy of technology and the philosophy of the self. Roholt offers a novel approach to understanding and assessing the impact of smartphone-use in small groups. By drawing upon the existentialist claim that an individual creates her own identity or self, and the Heideggerian phenomenon of being-with, Roholt argues that smartphone-use fractures sociality in ways that are required for individual self-creation.

Previous Lectures

4/26/18 Arina Pismenny (CUNY Graduate Center)
Title: “Polyamory: A Philosophical Analysis”
Description:  It is often assumed that one can only be in love with one person at a time and that a romantic relationship is morally appropriate only when it is sexually and emotionally exclusive. In this talk, I will explore the reasons behind both of these assumptions and examine alternative ethical nonmonogamous romantic relationship models.
12/7/17 Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale and Turin University, Italy)
Title: “Totalitarianism, Old and New”
Description: Many different voices from all around are telling us that totalitarianism has returned, although it appears in different clothes. But what, we should ask, is a totalitarian regime? How is it supposed to act? What were its main features? And what of its past dynamic remains with us today?
4/27/17  Hanne Appelqvist (University of Turku, Finland)
Title: “Knowledge and Beauty: Kant on the Cognitive Relevance of Aesthetics”
Description: According to Kant, cognitive judgments always bring together concepts of understanding and intuitions provided by sensibility. However, the subsumption of the latter under the former, necessary for cognition, is anything but peaceful. Instead, Kant claims, the faculties involved are like quarreling friends who are always trying to harm one another. In his attempt to bridge the gap between general concepts and particular intuitions, Kant turns to pure judgments of taste, arguing that in a judgment of beauty we find something which is “requisite for possible cognitions in general.” Appelqvist’s presentation will discuss and evaluate this surprising claim.
3/16/17  Anna Katsman (New School for Social Research)
Title: “Hegel: between Rationalism and Historicism”
Description: Hegel critiques Kant’s moral philosophy for (1) not giving enough content to freedom and detailing those practices necessary for its realization, (2) turning sensibility into a pathology, and (3) not justifying why we should take a rational standpoint on ourselves. Hegel’s criticism depends on his distinctive vision of the relationship between the philosophical claims for freedom and the history of the development of consciousness. In this paper, I will offer an account of why turning to history is necessary for Hegel’s critique of Kant and introduce the problems this historical turn raises in Hegel’s philosophy.