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20th Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

The 20th Annual CUNY Graduate Student Philosophy Conference will take place on Friday, March 31st. The theme of this year is “Social Value in Non-Social Philosophy”, and our keynote is Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona).

Here is the full schedule of events:
Friday, March 31st, 2017
The Graduate Center, CUNY 
365 5th Ave, Rm 9204
9:30am – 10:00am Welcome, Coffee and Snacks (Philosophy Lounge, Rm 7113)
10:00am – 11:00am Timothy Smartt (University of Sydney) “Uniqueness, Luminosity, and Epistemic Guidance”
11:15am – 12:15pm Anne-Kathrin Koch (University of Vienna) “Is Epistemic Relativism Just Politics?”
12:15pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:45pm Jeremy Evans (Boston College) "The Institutional Value of Analytic Philosophy”
2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee break (Philosophy Lounge, Rm 7113)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Lacey Davidson (Purdue University) “Activism and the Armchair: Why Philosophers Need Not Stay Out of Politics”
4:30 – 6:00pm KEYNOTE: Jenann Ismael (University of Arizona)
6:00 – 7:30pm Reception (Philosophy Lounge, Rm 7113)
Details on the conference theme: 

Analytic philosophy is often derided as overly esoteric, focused on matters of little consequence in day-to-day life. This is particularly directed at non-value theoretic areas: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Logic. Does any greater good result from our countless hours spent in armchairs? 
This conference aims to explore the value of non-value theoretic areas of philosophy. Questions to address include, but are not limited to: What value does [any area of] non-value theoretic philosophy have, if any? What is it for work to have value? Can we use non-value theoretic philosophy to effect political change, and if so, how? How do we get analytic philosophy out of the conference room and into the real world? Do we need to? Has non-value theoretic philosophy brought significant change to humanity in the past? Does academic work need to be socially relevant to be valuable? What would solving any of the greatest and longest-standing problems in the history of philosophy do for humanity? Is the result significant enough to justify all of the time we devote?


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Philosophy Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Ave., Rm. 7113
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-817-8615
Executive Officer: Prof. Nickolas Pappas
Deputy Executive Officer: Prof. John Greenwood
Director of Admissions: Prof. Jesse Prinz
Director of Placement: Prof. Stephen Neale
Assistant Program Officer: Natile Clarke