Friday, January 30, 3:10pm • Colloquium
From Color Physicalism to Timbre Invariance: Regulative Concepts for a Multimodal Realism Debate
Alistair Isaac (University of Edinburgh)
ABSTRACT: I will examine some analogies and disanalogies between the color realism debate and the recent debate on the ontology of sound, with a particular focus on timbre. The ultimate target of this project is an analysis of the role that science plays in debates between competing forms of perceptual realism, especially physicalist and ecological variants. Timbre is that characteristic of a sound which distinguishes it other than its pitch, volume, or duration and, as such, provides a fair foil to color, that feature of a surface which distinguishes it other than its position, shape, and size. I demonstrate that the view that has been called "physicalism" about timbre in the sound literature is fundamentally disanalogous with color "physicalism". I argue that invariance and simplicity are more appropriate concepts for characterizing the regulative role of science in a multimodal perceptual realism debate.
Monday, February 2, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Jonathan Simon (Tulane University)
Friday, February 6, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Zoe Drayson (University of Stirling)
Monday, February 9, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Rachel Goodman (University of Leeds)
February 23 - 24 • Ontological Commitment in Mathematics
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Friday, March 6, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Helen Longino (Stanford University)
Tuesday, March 17, 3:10pm • Colloquium
David Copp (UC Davis) - Explaining Normativity
March 29 - 30 • DEX3 (Davis Philosophy Extravaganza)
Speakers include: Stewart Cohen (University of Arizona), Joshua Gert (College of William & Mary), Rachel McKinnon (College of Charleston), Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis), Raul Saucedo (University of Colorado, Boulder), and Robert Stainton (Western University)
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Friday, April 17, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame)
Friday, May 1, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Japa Pallikkathayil (University of Pittsburgh)
Friday, May 8, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Tim Clarke (UC Berkeley)
Friday, May 15, 3:10pm • Colloquium
Manuel Vargas (University of San Francisco)
The Philosophy Department presents a number of colloquia throughout the academic year. Speakers are drawn from international as well as American universities. Many of them are from campuses in the region, including UC Davis, where our visiting faculty customarily give a talk to the Department. The links to the left give names, dates, and titles of past colloquia since 1995. The Web pages covering the years from 1998 on also contain digital photographs of nearly all of the speakers.
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Workshops and Discussion Groups
Workshops in the Philosophy Library occur on Friday afternoons throughout the year. The workshop series offers students, faculty, and the occasional visitor an opportunity to present and discuss their work-in-progress before a friendly audience of their peers. Two discussion groups for faculty and graduate students, in ethics (DaGERS) and in philosophy of science (Bio Lab), also meet weekly. Members of the department are also involved in the cognitive science discussion group.
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The Philosophy Department holds occasional philosophy conferences in which visiting speakers present their research. These conferences draw participants and audience members from many different institutions as well as from UC Davis. Recent conferences include the Davis Philosophy Extravaganza (DEX) and the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference.
Each year at the end of Spring Quarter, the Philosophy Department holds an awards ceremony, in which are awarded Departmental Citations for outstanding work by undergraduates, and the Michael V. Wedin Teaching Award to graduate students who have distinguished themselves as teaching assistants.
UCD Faculty Talks
UC Davis Philosophy faculty are active in presenting papers at conferences and departments throughout the world.
Graduate Student Philosophical Society
The Graduate Student Philosophical Society organizes an annual conference in collaboration with the graduate students in philosophy at UC Berkeley and Stanford. The conferences rotate between the three universities. The 2014 conference was held at UC Davis. The 2015 conference will be held at Stanford.
The undergraduate Philosophy Club meets weekly to discuss philosophical topics. The schedule and location of meetings can be found at the club's web site, here.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is held in the fall and spring quarters. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and folks who are curious about philosophy meet for an afternoon of discussion and free pizza in the Philosophy Department library on a variety of issues. A look at some FFT events can be found here.