26 February 2019

Brown Bag on Thu.

Brown Bag Lunch

Topic: Bicchieri and Dimant, "Nudging with Care: The Risks and Benefits of Social Information"

lunch: provided by faculty

IASH Conference Room
Thu 28 Feb

Welcome Luna Victoria!

21 February 2019

SPEL Colloquium tomorrow!

Johann Frick

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship, Philosophy and The University Center for Human Values

Princeton University

"Moral Dilemmas, Moral Outcome Luck, and the Two Faces of Morality"

Friday 22 February

free movie with GMAP

plus a discussion with the director.

unfortunately, it overlaps with the colloquium.

17 February 2019

Sinan at IASH

Sinan Oruc

“Promises, Practices and the Force of Language: Rawls, Cavell, Wittgenstein" 

Wednesday, February 20th,  2019
Noon - 1:30 pm 
IASH Conference Room (LN 1106). 

For more information, please visit: https://www.binghamton.edu/iash/events/index.html 

A friendly philosopher is useless

from Sententiae Antiquae:

Plutarch, Fr. 203, recorded in Themistios’ On the Soul (From Stobaeus, iii.13. 68)
“Others will decide whether Diogenes spoke rightly about Plato “What good is a man who has practiced philosophy for a long time and pissed off no one? Perhaps it is right that the philosopher’s speech has a sweetness that wounds like honey.”
Θεμιστίου περὶ ψυχῆς·
Εἰ μὲν οὖν ὀρθῶς ἐπὶ Πλάτωνος εἶπε Διογένης, “τί δαὶ ὄφελος ἡμῖν ἀνδρὸς ὃς πολὺν ἤδη χρόνον φιλοσοφῶν οὐδένα λελύπηκεν;” ἕτεροι κρινοῦσιν. ἴσως γὰρ ὡς τὸ μέλι δεῖ καὶ τὸν λόγον τοῦ φιλοσόφου τὸ γλυκὺ δηκτικὸν ἔχειν τῶν ἡλκωμένων.
Diogenes Laertius, 10.8
“[Epicurus] used to call Nausiphanes an illiterate jellyfish, a cheat and a whore. He used to refer to Plato’s followers as the Dionysus-flatters; he called Aristotle a waste who, after he spent his interitance, fought as a mercenary and sold drugs. He maligned Protagoras as a bellboy, and called Protagoras Democritus’ secretary and a teacher from the sticks. He called Heraclitus mudman, Democritus  Lerocritus [nonsense lord].
Antidorus he called Sannidôros [servile-gifter]. He named the Cynics “Greece’s enemies”; he called the dialecticians Destructionists and, according to him, Pyrrho was unlearned and unteachable.”
πλεύμονά τε αὐτὸν ἐκάλει καὶ ἀγράμματον καὶ ἀπατεῶνα καὶ πόρνην: τούς τε περὶ Πλάτωνα Διονυσοκόλακας καὶ αὐτὸν Πλάτωνα χρυσοῦν, καὶ Ἀριστοτέλη ἄσωτον, <ὃν> καταφαγόντα τὴν πατρῴαν οὐσίαν στρατεύεσθαι καὶ φαρμακοπωλεῖν: φορμοφόρον τε Πρωταγόραν καὶ γραφέα Δημοκρίτου καὶ ἐν κώμαις γράμματα διδάσκειν: Ἡράκλειτόν τε κυκητὴν καὶ Δημόκριτον Ληρόκριτον καὶ Ἀντίδωρον Σαννίδωρον: τούς τε Κυνικοὺς ἐχθροὺς τῆς Ἑλλάδος: καὶ τοὺς διαλεκτικοὺς πολυφθόρους, Πύρρωνα δ᾽ ἀμαθῆ καὶ ἀπαίδευτον.

04 February 2019

Public Humanities Fellowships

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at Binghamton University and the Humanities New York announce a call for proposals for the 2019-2020 Graduate Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Public Humanities Fellowship program was developed by Humanities New York in cooperation with several of New York research universities in order to bring humanistic scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging scholars who are pursuing humanistic study to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop skills for doing humanistic public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State.
The year-long Fellowship involves a combination of training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and work by the Fellow that explores the public dimensions of their scholarship in partnership with a community organization.

To learn more about these fellowships and to apply go to 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for the submission of a Graduate Public Humanities Fellowship application is 18 February, 2019.

On Wed. Feb. 6th, from 12:00-1:30, the current public humanities fellows will present on their own work and the application process in the IASH seminar room.

Graduate application for degree

Anyone taking a degree this semester?

The Graduate Application For Degree (GAFD) is now open. Please remind your graduating students to complete the GAFD by Friday, March 22 if they wish to be included in the printed Commencement program. The recommended deadline to submit the GAFD is April 12; the absolute deadline to complete the form is May 3. Timely completion of this form also ensures timely completion of degree paperwork. The online GAFD form is hosted on the Graduation page of the Graduate School website.

01 February 2019

SPEL Workshop next week

SPEL Professional Development Workshop

"Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom"

noon to 1pmLN-1106 (IASH Conference Room)

first- and second-year SPEL students must attend; the event is optional for terminal MA students and students in years after their second.