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The Department of Philosophy at The University of Tennessee regularly sponsors visiting speakers, symposia, workshops and conferences. For a list of philosophers who have visited the Department in association with one or another of these undertakings in recent years, click here.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public.

Spring 2010

  • Jonathan Dancy
    Professor of Philosophy
    Talk: "Practical Reasoning and Inference"
    Date: April 23, 2010
    Time: 3:30P
    Place: HSS 103B

  • Thomas Pogge
    Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs
    Yale University
    Talk: "The Health Impact Fund: Financing New Medicines Accessible to All"
    Date: April 9, 2010
    Time: 3:30P
    Place: Law School Auditorium
    Professor Pogge's lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Law, Department of Political Science, Center for the Study of Social Justice, Humanities Initiative, Office of Research and Global Studies Program.

  • Samuel Freeman
    Avalon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy and Law
    University of Pennsylvania
    Talk: "Capitalism and the High Liberal Tradition."
    Date: March 26, 2010
    Time: 3:30
    Place: Shiloh Room of the UC
    Professor Freeman's lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Law, Office of Research and the Department of Political Science.

  • John Nolt
    Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy
    University of Tennessee
    Talk: "Anthropocentrism and Egoism"
    Date: March 19, 2010
    Time: 3:30P
    Place: Law School Auditorium

  • "Rawlsian Liberalism in Context(s)"
    Date: February 26-27, 2010
    Place:Toyota Auditorium, Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee
    Over a period of fifty years, John Rawls developed and gave voice to the most powerful and systematic moral theory of constitutional liberal democracy since John Stuart Mill's work a century earlier.  The recent publication of Rawls's undergraduate thesis, "A Brief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and Faith," has encouraged a profitable re-reading of his political philosophy in the context and light of his personal and scholarly engagement with theological ethics and political theology in general and Christianity in particular.  Building on this development,"Rawlsian Liberalism in Context(s)" aims to shed further light on Rawls's work by situating it within multiple disciplinary contexts.  Symposium speakers will address the relationships between Rawls's thought and 20th century developments in economics and political economy, in analytic philosophy, in American pragmatist thought, in normative theorizing of American foreign policy and international relations, and in theological ethics and political theology.  Symposium speakers, each an expert on Rawls's work, include: Sessions are free and open to the public.  Schedule details will be available late fall 2009.  For further information, please
    contact David Reidy, Philosophy, University of Tennessee, or 865.974.7210.
    The symposium is sponsored by the Office of Research, the School of Law, the Baker Center for Public Policy, the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the departments of Philosophy and Political Science, and the American Studies progam, all at the University of Tennessee and The Matchette Foundation.

  • Lee Shepski
    Talk: "What Constructivism Cannot Accomplish"
    Date: February 12, 2010
    Time: 3:30P
    Place: Law School Auditorium
  • Jacob Affolter
    Workshop: TBA
    Date: February 5, 2010
    Time: 3:30P
    Place: Law School Auditorium

  • Reading John Rawls
    Justice as Fairness: A Community Book Discussion Led by UT Faculty
    The University of Tennessee Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Knox County Public Library invite you to participate in a reading group to discuss the book, Justice as Fairness: A restatement by John Rawls.
    Senator Baker, in talking about the American democratic republic as an "experiment," says it is our job as Americans to continually evaluate our system in order to create one that works. What are the purposes of our system? How should it shape and inform our experience as American citizens? What are we trying to achieve collectively as a people?
    John Rawls devoted his intellectual life to answering these important questions of political philosophy. His work gives Americans a shared framework for public deliberation and reasoned judgment about the most pressing political issues that we face: guarding our basic constitutional liberties, creating and maintaining equal opportunity, and the interplay between economics and social cooperation for the common good. Without this shared framework, American citizens may find political life dominated by dogmatic fanaticism and apathetic resignation.
    Citizens committed to the success of our system owe it to themselves to engage in the questions that occupied Rawls-perhaps the most important political philosopher of the 20th century.
    Sessions will meet on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Avenue on the UT Campus. Each meeting will be facilitated by a UT faculty member with expertise on Rawls' work.
    • Jan. 25, Part 1: Fundamental Ideas
      Led by Joe Cook, UT College of Law
    • Feb. 1, Part 2: Principles of Justice
      Led by Otis Stephens, UT College of Law
    • Feb. 8, Part 3: The Argument from the Original Position
      Led by Iris Goodwin, UT College of Law
    • Feb. 15, Part 4: Institutions of a Just Basic Structure
      Led by Matt Deaton, UT Dept. of Philosophy
    • Feb. 22, Part 5: The Question of Stability
      Led by David Reidy, UT Dept. of Philosophy
    No previous knowledge of Rawls's work is expected. Light refreshments will be served. For further information contact Amy Gibson,
    The reading group precedes a two-day symposium on February 26 and 27, Rawlsian Liberalism in Context(s), at the Baker Center.

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