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Ergo | Spring 2016

Spring Symposium

Kristina Gehrman speaks at the spring symposium
Kristina Gehrman speaks at the spring symposium

The Spring Symposium was held on February 1-12, 2016, on the theme of "Ethics and Humanity's Place in Nature." Kristina Gehrman was the organizer. A lively group of participants discussed presentations by Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia), Alice Crary (The New School), Gavin Lawrence (UCLA) and Kristina Gehrman (UT), with the help of commentators-at-large Ben Laurence (University of Chicago) and John Hacker-Wright (University of Guelph). Particular highlights included Gavin Lawrence using the notorious honey badger to illustrate Aristotle's account of chosen action and practical wisdom, and a discussion of what we owe to the bodies of the dead, precipitated by Alice Crary's presentation. The event was enjoyed by all; as one participant wrote afterwards, "I had a fabulous time. The level of philosophical exchange was very high, and the participants were great."

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