Colloquia, Fall 22-Spring 23

Colloquia at: Harvard * BU * Tufts * Brandeis * Brown

Unless otherwise indicated, all talks are on Fridays at 3:00 pm in room 32-D461 (directions to 32-D461 and the department). This schedule is subject to change.

For further information, please contact Gareth, Jonathan or Abe.  For information about talks co-sponsored with Women’s Studies, contact womens-studies@mit.edu.

  • 28
    Oct
    Colloquium: Japa Pallikkathayil, University of Pittsburgh
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm, 32-D461

    "Pregnancy and Democratic Equality​"

    "Pregnancy has been an ineliminable element of human reproduction for the entirety of human history. But this aspect of human existence is one that political philosophy in the liberal tradition has largely overlooked. This is not surprising because that tradition focuses on understanding relationships of authority between competent adults. The nature of human reproduction may thus appear to be off-stage for the questions that primarily animate the tradition. I argue, however, that this is a mistake. Restrictive abortion laws prevent citizens from relating to one another as equals, in the way that the liberal tradition suggests they should. And this is so even if we conceive of fetuses as citizens, as I suspect we should."​

October 14, 2022
  • Colloquium: Daniel Harris, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

    Why Communicative Intentions?

October 28, 2022
  • Colloquium: Japa Pallikkathayil, University of Pittsburgh
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

    "Pregnancy and Democratic Equality​"

    "Pregnancy has been an ineliminable element of human reproduction for the entirety of human history. But this aspect of human existence is one that political philosophy in the liberal tradition has largely overlooked. This is not surprising because that tradition focuses on understanding relationships of authority between competent adults. The nature of human reproduction may thus appear to be off-stage for the questions that primarily animate the tradition. I argue, however, that this is a mistake. Restrictive abortion laws prevent citizens from relating to one another as equals, in the way that the liberal tradition suggests they should. And this is so even if we conceive of fetuses as citizens, as I suspect we should."​

November 18, 2022
  • Colloquium: Hannah Rubin, University of Notre Dame
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

December 2, 2022
  • Colloquium: Christian Tarsney, University of Oxford
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

February 17, 2023
  • Colloquium: John Schwenkler, Florida State University
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

March 3, 2023
  • Colloquium: Jeffrey Russell, University of Southern California
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

March 17, 2023
  • Colloquium: Jessie Munton, University of Cambridge
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

March 24, 2023
  • Colloquium: Ezra Rubenstein, University of California, Berkeley
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

April 20, 2023
  • Colloquium: Pranav Anand (UCSC), Ling-Phil Joint Colloquium
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    location: tba

April 28, 2023
  • Colloquium: Jane Friedman, New York University
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461

May 5, 2023
  • Colloquium: Sharon Street, New York University
    3:00 pm-5:00 pm
    32-D461