Philosophy Department

Speaker Series

Philosophy Department Speaker Series

The Philosophy Department’s Speaker Series is sponsored by the Ichabod S. Spencer Foundation. Every fall and winter term, the series brings major figures in the field to campus to discuss new work. All events are open to the public, and philosophy students can take a course, New Directions in Philosophy, that focuses on the work discussed in the Speaker Series.


Unless otherwise noted, all events are held in the Everest Lounge, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Some of the talks may be held via zoom. For more precise information, please check the information below for each scheduled talk to determine the modality and/or contact the Department close to the day of the talk.

Krisanna Scheiter, Philosophy Department Chair
(518) 388-6772; or

Leahanna Pelish, Administrative Assistant (on leave Fall '22)
(518) 388-6376;

poster with event details

Thursday, September 22, 2022

All You Need Is Love: philosophical and theological accounts of love in medieval Islam
Jon McGinnis, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Spinoza on Friendship
Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Moral Criticism and the Metaphysics of Bluff
Michael Della Rocca, Yale University

Thursday, November 3, 2022

3D in High-D
Ted Sider, Rutgers University

Thursday, January 19, 2023

On the Metaphysics of Race
Dan Korman, University of California Santa Barbara

Hosted via Zoom

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Privacy and the Standing to Hold Responsible
Linda Radzik, Texas A&M

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - Rescheduled from 2021-2022 Academic Year

Real Men on Top
Robin Dembroff, Yale University

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Women, Spirit, and Authority in Plato and Aristotle
Patricia Marechal, University of California San Diego