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
(518) 388-6376;

poster with event details

Friday, September 22, 2023

A Metaphysical Mapping Problem for Race Theorists and Human Population Geneticists

Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania

Phi Beta Kappa Room (Library Room 204)

Thursday, October 5, 2023

The Effects of Slavery on the Enslaved: Debates in 18th Century Philosophy

Julia Jorati, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Phi Beta Kappa Room (Library Room 204)

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Sources of Algorithmic Bias: Proxies Aren't Intentional, They're Intentional

Gabbrielle Johnson, Claremont McKenna College

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Good, Bad, Better, Worse

Christopher Shields, University of California, San Diego

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Towards a Relational Stance

Sukaina Hirji, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Thomas Reid on Active Power

Em Folescu, University of Missouri

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Moral Complexity

Leo Zaibert, Cambridge University

Thursday Feb 29, 2024

Coherence and Incoherence

Dan Fogal, New York University

Phi Beta Kappa Room (Library Room 204)