Department of Philosophy

Auburn Philosophical Society

AUPS meeting

The Auburn Philosophical Society consists of a group of professors, students, guest speakers and other guests that meets approximately every other Friday.  A typical meeting, a paper is presented and is followed by a period of questions and discussions. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and participate. Contact: Eric Marcus, 844-3626; HC 6090.

Current Schedule of Speakers and Papers

Spring 2020

Friday January 17th at 3:00pm: Michael Devitt (CUNY)

Friday January 24th at 3:00pm: Richard Richards (Alabama) "Normativity and the Ecology of Art" - Recent scientific accounts of art based on evolutionary theory, empirical aesthetics or neuroaesthetics all purport to explain our engagement with art. But it isn’t obvious that these accounts can explain the ubiquitous variability in art behaviors or engage philosophical debates about the normativity and conceptual basis of art. If so, then these scientific accounts are of little value to the philosophy of art.  What is missing is an “ecology" of art that recognizes our art behaviors take place in engineered niches that include the cognitive and institutional technologies that generate normativity and provide the basis for our conceptual engagement with art.  One implication of this ecology of art is that there are two streams of normativity that often conflict: an impersonal and objective niche-dependent stream, and a personal and subjective niche-independent stream.  This has implications for the philosophical debates about aesthetic value and judgment.

Friday February 7th at 3:00pm: Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College) "Can Race be Real and Constructed?" - A number of philosophers argue that race is constructed but real (e.g. Haslanger, Kincaid, Mallon, Root, and Sundstrom). Furthermore, they argue that race's centrality in explaining a wide variety of social phenomena provides empirical evidence for its reality. By holding a number of social-scientific studies in which race figures prominently to the burdens of proof in contemporary discussions of scientific realism, we argue that constructivism and scientific realism about race are not as easily reconciled as their proponents have assumed. (with Richard Lauer, St. Lawrence University)

Friday February 21st at 3:00pm: Jennifer Lockhart (Auburn)

Wednesday March 4th: Street Art Mini-Conference

Thursday and Friday April 2nd & 3rd: 12th Annual Conference

Friday April 17th at 3:00pm: Tommy Kivatinos (Auburn)



Last Updated: February 05, 2020