Thursday seminars

Thursday seminars

Upcoming papers in the Philosophy Program's regular Thursday seminar series are listed below. Seminars are at 3:30 pm in seminar room A in Coombs. The seminar is followed by a dinner. Thursday Seminars are usually, but not always, held on Thursdays.

For questions please contact the current seminar convenor John Cusbert (

Other philosophy seminars at ANU

  • The ANU Philosophy Society (Philsoc), which is run by ANU Philosophy students, also operates a seminar series, on Tuesdays. Papers are read by students, staff and visitors, and there is wine and snacks.
  • The Centre for Consciousness has regular seminars, most of which are part of the RSSS Thursday Seminar Series or the ANU Philosophy Society series.
  • The Automated Reasoning Project has occasional seminars on logic that may be of interest to philosophers.

Seminar announcements

Announcements of forthcoming meetings of all four seminar series are distributed by means of the philsoc list. To join the philsoc mailing list or unsubscribe from it, click here.

Upcoming events

Michael Cholbi (Cal Poly Pomona): Equal Respect for Rational Agency

3.30–5.30pm 3 May 2018

Individuals are owed equal respect. But on the basis of what property of individuals are they owed such respect? One answer, popular among Kantians, is...

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Colin Klein (ANU)

3.35pm 10 May 2018

Abstract forthcoming

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Deborah Brown (UQ)

3.30–5.30pm 17 May 2018

Abstract TBA

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Past events

No talk

26 Apr 2018

no talk this week

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Richard Moore (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Overexuberant Adaptationism: The Case of Natural Pedagogy

19 Apr 2018

Csibra and Gergely argue that, as part of an adaptation for ‘natural pedagogy’, infants are prewired to recognise ‘ostensive signals’ as indicating that a...

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David Miller (Oxford): The Nature and Limits of the Duty of Rescue

12 Apr 2018

Virtually everyone believes that we have a duty to rescue fellow human-beings from serious danger when we can do so at small cost to ourselves – and this often...

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David Braddon-Mitchell (Sydney): Representation in a Three-Dimensional World

5 Apr 2018

A number of recent theories of quantum gravity lack a one-dimensional structure of ordered temporal instants. Instead, according to many of these views, our...

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Margaret Moore (Queen's): Collective Self-determination and Secession in the Current World Order

29 Mar 2018

This paper aims to develop a distinctive account of secession which is not vulnerable to some of the problems that afflict the two dominant accounts - the...

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Thomas Hurka (Toronto): The Intrinsic Values of Knowledge and Achievement

22 Mar 2018

This paper explores the idea that knowledge and achievement are intrinsic human goods -- more specifically, that they’re objective or perfectionist goods,...

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Stephen Darwall (Yale): What Are Moral Reasons?

15 Mar 2018

In The Second-Person Standpoint and subsequent essays, I argue that the deontic moral concepts of obligation, duty, right, wrong, and the like resist analysis...

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