Cal State LA Department of Philosophy Visiting Speakers and Colloquia

All talks are free and open to the public. Cal State LA is located at the Eastern Ave. exit of the San Bernardino Freeway (10) a few miles east of downtown LA at the Long Beach Freeway (710). For directions or parking information contact the Philosophy Department at (323) 343-4180 or see this page.


Feel free to call the department to ask if we have any upcoming talks scheduled: (323) 343-4180.


Upcoming Talks


Past Talks

Lara Buchak (UC Berkeley), "Inequality and Relative Priority" (14 May 2015)

Alia al-Saji (McGill University), "Cultural Racism: Muslim Veiling, Embodiment, and the Nature of Culture" (23 April 2015)

Tim Crane (Cambridge University), "Words and Concepts" (9 April 2015)

Katalin Farkas (Central European University), "Know Where, Know That, Know How" (7 April 2015)

Enrique Del Percio (University of Buenos Aires), "Fraternity/Sorority: The Unbearable Power of a Concept that Helps Us to Rethink Poverty and Human Rights" (5 March 2015)

Khaled Abou El Fadl (UCLA), "Islamic Law in the Age of Human Rights" (19 February 2015)

Helen Longino (Stanford), "Sex, Race, and the Sciences of Human Behavior" (26 January 2015)

Katrina Elliott (UCLA), "Explanation, Swamping, and the Principal Principle" (15 May 2014)

Sharon Bishop and Ann Garry Feminist Philosophy Lecture Fund, Cross Cultural Center & the Center for Sex & Gender Studies present:  Serene Khader (Stony Brook University), "Do Muslim Women Really Need Freedom?" (21 April 2014)

Heather Logue (University of Leeds), "Extending Phenomenal Character"  (10 April 2014)

Ricardo Gomez and Joseph Prahbu Human Rights and Poverty Lecture:  Richard Falk (Princeton University), "Surveillance, Security and the Future of Human Rights" (27 February 2014)

Terry Horgan (University of Arizona), "Injecting the Phenomenology of Agency into the Free Will Debate" (13 February 2013)

Ioannis Votsis (University of Dusseldorf) "Logic as Ultra-Physics" (10 October 2013)

Ned Markosian (Western Washington University) "Do You Know You Are Not a Brain in a Vat?" (23 May 2013)

Ann Garry & Sharon Bishop Feminist Philosophy Lecture, Cross Cultural Center & the Center for Sex & Gender Studies presents: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University) "Black Feminist Epistemology: Three Paradigms" (25 April 2013)

Sara Bernstein (Duke University) "Omissions as Possibilities" (14 March 2013)

Steven Salaita (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) "Liberal Discourses and Colonial Practices: How Israel Uses Human Rights Language to Justify Human Rights Abuses" (31 January 2013)

John Martin Fischer (University of California, Riverside) "Omniscience, Freedom, and Dependence" (17 January 2013)

Roman Frigg (London School of Economics), "Laplace's Demon and the Adventures of His Apprentice" (13 November 2012)

Peter Lewis (University of Miami), "Quantum Mechanics and (Hyper-) Cartesian Doubt" (10 May 2012)

Amie Thomasson (University of Miami), "Carnap and the Prospects for an Easy Ontology" (8 May 2012)

Foad Dizadji-Bahmani (LSE), "Why Fodor's Argument Against Reductionism Fails" (1 May 2012)

Uma Narayan (Vassar College), "Who Doesn't Want to Rescue and Empower Third World Women? Some 'Suspicious Centerings' in Contemporary Feminism" (18 Feb 2012)

Michael Tamir (University of Pittsburgh), "Knowledge and the Impossibly Ideal: The Universality of Motion in Einstein's Theory" (26 Jan 2012)

Bryan Roberts (University of Pittsburgh), "When Does Quantum Mechanics Distinguish Past From Future?" (23 Jan 2012)

Joel Velasco (CalTech), "The Consequences of Tree-Thinking: A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Species Problem" (18 Jan 2012)

Kenny Easwaran (USC), "Testimony & Autonomy in Mathematical Epistemology" (17 Nov 2011)

Michael McKenna (Univ. of Arizona), "Freedom of the Will; A Hardliner Takes it on the Chin: Resisting Pereboom’s Four-Case Manipulation Argument" (29 Sept 2011)

Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna College), "How Imagination Gives Rise to Knowledge, or, 'Elementary, My Dear Watson, Elementary'" (12 May 2011)

Kimberlé Crenshaw (UCLA), "Racing to Post Racialism: Critical Race Theory, Constitutional Law, and Sustaining Communities" (14 April 2011)

Tommy Lott (SJSU), "Race, Panethnic Identity, and Group Solidarity: A Critical Examination of the Reconstruction of Race in Public Policy" (3 March 2011)

Robert May (UC Davis), "Leibniz's Problem, Frege's Puzzle"

Shamik Dasgupta (Princeton), "Absolutism vs. Comparativism About Physical Quantities" (18 Nov 2010)

Jay Conway (CSULA), "Deleuze's Problem" (1 Nov 2010)

Mariana Ortega (John Carroll University), "Home, Belonging, and Multiplicitous Subjectivity" (20 May 2010)

Richard Dean (CSULA), "Respect for the Undeserving" (30 April 2010)

Gregory Fried (Suffolk University), "Torture, Privacy, and Executive Authority after 9/11" (5 April 2010)

Anna Carastathis (CSULA), "Identity Categories as 'Potential Coalitions'" (5 Mar 2010)

Barbara Herman (UCLA), "Kantian Commitments" (3 Feb 2010)

Shaun Nichols (University of Arizona), "On the Psychological Origins of Dualism: Dual-Process Cognition and the Explanatory Gap" (19 Nov 2009)

James van Cleve (USC), "Berkeley vs. Reid on Three Puzzles of Vision" (2 Nov 2009)

Shahin Izadi (University of Wisconsin-Madison), "Well-Being and Childhood" (2 June 2009)

Voula Tsouna (UC Santa Barbara), "Anger and Revenge in Greco-Roman Philosophy" (28 May 2009)

Kayley Vernallis (CSULA), "Courage and Childbirth" (6 May 2009)

Louise Antony (UMass), "What Do We Need to Know about Human Nature?" (23 April 2009)

Joe Levine (UMass), "Consciousness and Self-Knowledge: Getting Acquainted With Our Thoughts" (20 April 2009)

Margret Grebowicz (Goucher College), "Posthuman Pornographies: On the Animal in Woman" (1 April 2009)

National Self Determination and Global Justice: An American Communities Program Works-In-Progress Colloquium with Professor Mohammed Abed (18 Feb 2009)

Alexa Schriempf (Penn State PhD), "Powercharged Communication: Testimony, Speech, and Disability" (28 Jan 2009)

Lauren Ashwell (MIT PhD), "What Do Women Want in a Meta-ethical Theory?" (26 Jan 2009)

Karen Frost-Arnold (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), "Trust, Power, and Betrayal" (22 Jan 2009)

Anna Carastathis (Universite de Montreal), "Patriarchalization, Western Feminism, and the Imperialist Gaze: Revisiting Okin's Argument about Multiculturalism and Women's Rights" (20 Jan 2009)

Myeong-Seok Kim (National University of Singapore), "Emotion and Moral Judgment in Mencius" (15 Jan 2009)

Manyul Im (Fairfield University), "Courage and Context: Making Sense of the Greeks, Chinese, and the Likes of Us" (8 Jan 2009)