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.

In light of Covid19, 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;

PHL Speaker Series 2021-22

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Reconsidering Reparations

Olufemi Taiwo, Georgetown University

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Skepticism about Latin American Philosophy

Susana Nuccetelli, St. Cloud State University

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, October 21, 2021 

The Original Two Concepts of Cause: A Reading of Antiphon’s Second Tetralogy

Rachana Kamtekar, Cornell University

Location: Phi Beta Kappa Room, Schaffer Library Room 204

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - rescheduled from 2021 Series - ZOOM modality

The Meaning of Life

Barry Smith, State University of New York at Buffalo

contact for zoom link; modality changed from in person due to travel related complications

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Varieties of Biased Algorithms

Susanna Schellenberg, Rutgers University

Zoom hosted; contact for more information

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Cartesian Inference

Elliot Paul, Queen’s University

Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Big Lie in the History of Philosophy and What We Can Do About It

Christia Mercer, Columbia University

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Public Opinion and its Powers

Mariam Thalos, University of Tennessee

RESCHEDULED FOR 2022-2023 Academic Year

Real Men on Top

Robin Dembroff, Yale University