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Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Colloquia Series

All colloquia are on Friday afternoons, 3:30pm in 115 Peabody unless otherwise noted, light refreshments follow in the atrium unless otherwise noted. Talk titles TBA.

February 2, 2018 - Robert Hopkins (NYU) - "Ryle-ing the Irreal: sensory imagining as knowing about sensing"

Gilbert Ryle claims that perception involves both sensation and thought. Sensory imagining, he holds, though usually considered to involve something like the recreation of sensation, in fact involves only the deployment of perceptual thought. Ryle thus offers the most radical alternative to the account of imagining that has dominated thinking in both philosophy and psychology.

Ultimately, Ryle’s radical anti-sensationalism proves untenable. Nonetheless, in theorizing the imagination much can be learned from his emphasis on the role of thought or knowledge, and his de-emphasisising the role of anything like sensation. I try to say more about the kind of knowledge in play, and to use that to capture various important aspects of sensory imagining. I concede that perceptual thought alone cannot be all there is to such imaginative states. The residue can be distinguished sharply from perceptual sensation, and its role in imagining can be circumscribed, but its existence must be acknowledged.

February 16, 2018 - Miranda Fricker (CUNY  Graduate Center)

March 2, 2018 - Lisa Raphals (University of California Riverside) 

March 30, 2018 - Alloy S. Ihuah (Benue State University, Nigeria) *not part of the Kleiner series

April 13, 2018 - Dale Jamieson  (NYU)  
April 17, 2018 (Tuesday) - Mark Rowlands  (University of Miami) 

More information about the individual lectures will be available on the lecture series event page.

Recent Past Colloquia:

October 6, 2017 - Emanuela Bianchi (NYU) 

April 29, 2016 - Emily McRae, ”Emotion, Affliction, and Perception: A Tibetan Buddhist Account of the Psychology of Oppression” 

April 14, 2017 - David Birks (University of Oxford; University of Kiel) "Benefiting Offenders"

April 7, 2017 - William Maker (Clemson University) “'By any means necessary?': Hegel and Malcolm X on the Legitimate Use of Violence" 



Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 3:22pm

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