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Visiting Speaker Series

Every semester, our department invites several guest speakers to lecture on various topics. All lectures are free, and are open to all members of the community and to the general public. Some talks are given in-person; others are via Zoom.

If you have questions about this speaker series, please contact this year's organizer, Dr. Pirachula Chulanon (

Fall 2023 Schedule

All events will be in-person, and will take place at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm St.

Thursday, October 26, 3:10-5:00 p.m, Bernard Colette (external link)  (Université Laval). Title: "Is Ancient Stoicism Anthropocentric?".
Thursday, November 9, 3:10-5:00 p.m., Megan Stotts (external link)  (McMaster University). Title: "Toward a Behavioral Account of Social Institutions".
Tuesday, November 21, 3:10-5:00 p.m., Noëlle McAfee (external link)  (Emory University), Title TBA.
Thursday, November 30, 3:10-5:00 p.m., Anil Gomes (external link)  (University of Oxford). Title: "Transcendental Arguments and Metacritical Thinking"



Archive of Previous Visiting Speakers

  • Joan Tronto (Political Science, University of Minnesota), “Democracy and Care”, March 13, 2012.
  • John Lysaker (Emory University), “The Constellational Self: An Outline”, February 28, 2012.
  • John Hacker-Wright (University of Guelph), “Human Nature, Virtue, and Rationality”, February 7, 2012.
  • David Morris (Concordia University), “Sense, Development, and Passivity: Merleau-Ponty’s Transformations of Philosophy”, November 25, 2011.
  • Adrian Haddock (Stirling University), “Self-Consciousness and Rule-Following”, November 22, 2011.
  • John Turri (University of Waterloo), “Suberogatory Assertions”, October 18, 2011.
  • Bruce Gilbert (Bishop’s University), “Contradiction and the Fluidity of Life: Case Studies from Logic and Ethics”, September 27, 2011.
  • Sarah Stroud (McGill University), “They Can't Take That Away From Me: Restricting the Reach of Morality's Demands”, September 20, 2011.