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2014 Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy:


Friday, November 21, 2014 – Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Eleventh NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy

New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
Room 914

Registration is free but required by Tuesday, November 18, and is available here.
Hotel information is available below.

The New York University Department of Philosophy will host the eleventh in its series of conferences on issues in the history of modern philosophy on November 21 and 22, 2014. Each conference in the series examines the development of a central philosophical problem from early modern philosophy to the present, exploring the evolution of formulations of the problem and of approaches to resolving it. By examining the work of philosophers of the past both in historical context and in relation to contemporary philosophical thinking, the conferences allow philosophy’s past and present to illuminate one another.

Download conference program here.

  Friday, November 21
9:30–10:30 Check-in and continental breakfast
10:30-12:30 First session: Aristotle
Speaker Jessica Gelber (University of Pittsburgh) Show biography. Aristotle on Essence and Habitat
Commentator Mariska Leunissen (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Show biography.
2:00-4:00 Second session: Descartes
Speaker Deborah Brown (University of Queensland) Monsieur Grat Assumes a Position: Descartes and the Ontological Status of Animals
Commentator Kristin Primus (NYU)
4:00–4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:30 Third session: Hume
Speaker Aaron Garrett (Boston University) Hume’s Animals
Commentator Alan Nelson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Show biography.
6:30–7:30 Reception
  Saturday, November 22
9:00–10:00 Continental breakfast
10:00-12:00 Fourth session: Schopenhauer
Speaker Sandra Shapshay (Indiana University) Show biography. Schopenhauer on the Moral Considerability of Animals
Commentator Julian Young (Wake Forest University)
2:00-4:00 Fifth session: Darwin
Speaker Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) Show biography. Governing Darwin's World
Commentator Colin Allen (Indiana University)
4:00–4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:30 Sixth session: Contemporary Philosophy
Speaker Peter Godfrey-Smith (City University of New York Graduate Center) Mind, Matter, and Metabolism
Commentator Kristin Andrews (York University)
6:30–7:30 Reception

Area hotels

Conference co-directors

Béatrice Longuenesse, John Richardson, and Don Garrett.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy, and the Animal Studies Initiative.

Past conferences

2013 “Consciousness”
2012 “Inequality”
2011 “Freedom of the Will”
2010 “The Metaphysics of Modality”
2009 “The Foundations of Morality”
2008 “Skepticism”
2007 “Aesthetic Judgment”
2006 “Understanding Space and Time”
2005 “Reason and the Emotions”
2004 “Self-consciousness and Personal Identity”