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Philosophy Forum

philosophy department

The 2013-2014 contact person is Robert Minto.

Philosophy Forums offer an informal setting for graduate students to present and discuss their current work. Its larger purpose is to foster a sense of philosophical community at Boston College. Often there is a short response from another student, followed by general discussion. All are welcome.

In addition to the usual schedule, we have added “Reader’s Series,” presentations on major texts from the philosophical tradition by students for whom these texts are central to their teaching and their graduate studies.

While these presentations, of course, should have inherent philosophical interest, they are intended to be especially helpful to those preparing for the M.A. comprehensive or Ph.D. preliminary exams as well as those considering teaching these texts.

In the coming weeks, the Philosophy Forum will be hosting three events.

Monday, March 17, Stephanie Rumpza will be presenting a paper provisionally entitled "An Epistemology of Cosmic Imitation," exploring the question of how it is possible to know God and what the nature of this kind of knowledge reveals about knowing in general.

Monday, March 24, Matt Ray will be presenting a paper about the theory of Responsibility to Protect, a preliminary exploration of some of the problems and concepts he will be working on in his dissertation.

Monday, April 7, Peter Li will be presenting a paper. Title TBA.

A delightfully full and varied feast of in-house philosophy approaches! You are invited to attend any or all presentations. In each case they will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Stokes N228 and will, as always, be accompanied by good snacks and better discussion.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, discussing a set of ideas you are working on, or offering a practice lecture, there's still time this semester. Contact Robert Minto to indicate your wish to present.