30 March 2016

another SPELbaby!

congratulations Nicole and Max G.!


29 March 2016

SPELbaby update

that is a powerful head of hair

NiNE2: Nietzsche in the Northeast 2nd annual

here's the program. come join us!

All events in DC 120
8.45-9.30 coffee and check-in
9.30-10.30 Anthony Jensen, Providence College, “Will to Power and Selfhood”
moderator: Robert Guay
10.40-11.40 Scott Jenkins, University of
Kansas, “Willing Back in Zarahustra’s Speech on Redemption”
moderator: Rebecca Bamford
11.40-11.55 break
11.55-12:55 Lawrence Hatab, Old Dominion University, “Will to Power and Eternal Recurrence”
moderator: Paul Loeb
12.55-1.55 lunch break
2.00-3.00 Paul Katsafanas, Boston University,
“Nietzsche on the Necessity of Higher Values”
moderator: Matthew Meyer
3.10-4.10 Matthew Meyer, University of Scranton, “Nietzsche’s Ontic Realism”
moderator: Peter Groff
4.10-4.25 break
4.25-5.25 Allison Merrick, CSU San Marcos,
“We Need a Critique of Moral Values: Of Effects and Transcendent Evaluative Standpoints”
moderator: John Richardson

All events in DC 120
8.45-9.30 coffee and check-in
9.30-10.30 Daniel Blue, “The Young Nietzsche: Intersections of Biography and Philosophy”
moderator: Anthony Jensen
10.40-11.40 Rebecca Bamford, Quinnipiac University, “Nietzsche and Thought Experiments”
moderator: Allison Merrick
11.40-11.55 break
11.55-12.55 Christa Acampora, Hunter College/CUNY, “Mortal Enemies, Moral Injuries”
moderator: Seulki Kim
12.55-1.55 lunch break
2.00-3.00 Paul S. Loeb, “Nietzsche and the History of Philosophy”
moderator: Jeff Hastings
3.10-4.10 John Richardson, New York University, “Nietzsche Against and For Gods”
moderator: Scott Jenkins
4.10-4.25 break
4.25-5.25 Melanie Shepherd, Misericordia University, “Myth and Affirmation in the Birth of Tragedy
moderator: Jenn Dum

GAFD time

Are you planning to take a degree this semester?  If yes, The Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) for Spring 2016 is available on the Graduate School website Graduation page.

The deadline to be included in the commencement program is Monday, April 4.  Timely completion of this form ensures timely completion of degree paperwork.  If you also wish to participate in Commencement this May, please visit the Commencement website and complete a participation form.

21 March 2016

new SPELbaby

welcome Philippa!

congratulations Anja and Mattias!

14 March 2016

SPEL Colloquium: Friday 18 March

Lisa Fuller
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The University at Albany

"Heroic Rescue and Scarce Resources in Medical Humanitarianism"

Friday, March 18th
UUW 324

13 March 2016

11 March 2016

Jake gives a talk

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture (CPIC) presents:

"Decolonizing Critical Theory?" by Jake Bartholomew

March 16, Wed; 5:00-7:00 pm
Room: SW320
It is by now recognized quite easily as a given that Critical Theory has been rightfully accused of Eurocentrism by those outside of Europe. That this characterization has in large part primarily affected those in the global periphery in terms of their reception of it belies a one-sided theoretical dependence of the periphery by the center. Things appear to be changing, however, insofar as there has been an increased recognition of the periphery, of such critiques being important for the possibility of a continuing and future for Critical Theory's continued relevance. This paper analyzes two very recent examples of accounts which recognize the importance of decolonial thought for Critical Theory and its future, both of which call for a decolonization of Critical Theory. In examining these two accounts we ask a question which should precede such attempts - can Critical Theory be decolonized?

04 March 2016

Brown bag lunch

Brown bag lunch
Thu 10 Mar
IASH Conference room

Jonathan Parry's "Liability, community, and just conduct in war" 
(Philos Stud (2015) 172:3313–3333)

03 March 2016

Fall 2016

I wonder what will be offered ...
Could it be these?

PHIL 570Q* SPEL Colloquium Karnein

SPEL seminars:
PHIL 508* Social and Political Theory Iser
PHIL 605A Well-Being, Happiness & Ethics Hassoun
PHIL 650G Adorno Penksy
PHIL 650H The Imagination Zinkin

courses w/ TA's

101 Dietrich
107 Guay
122 Reeves
146 Iser
147 Hassoun
201 Tessman

SPEL Colloquium: Bonnie Steinbock

Bonnie Steinbock, professor of Philosophy, University at Albany, will speak on “Should Criteria for Physician-Assisted Death (PAD) Be Expanded to Include (Some) Psychiatric Conditions?”from 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 4, in UUW-324. This event is free and open to the public. 

That's 3-5pm.

some background:

While this is not a serious issue either for those who oppose PAD in all cases, or for those who think it should be available to all competent individuals who request it, it is a serious issue for those who generally support PAD, but think it should be limited. The question then is, what are reasonable limits? Some restrictions, such as terminal illness (required in all US states that allow aid-in-dying), seem arbitrary. Terminal illness is not required in Belgium or the Netherlands, nor was it mentioned by the decision of the Supreme Court in Canada. Other restrictions, such as competence, raise questions about the interpretation of competence, and specifically, whether and to what extent psychiatric illness negates competence. Is the expansion of PAD to include some psychiatric conditions in Belgium and the Netherlands evidence of a very slippery slope (as Art Caplan claims) or the compassionate thing to do in some cases?