The Department of Philosophy hosts several conferences and a colloquia series each year, all of which enable distinguished philosophers to speak at UCLA. Our regular colloquia, held on Fridays, feature talks by a variety of philosophers from around the world.
Through the generosity of the Kaplan Panzer Philosophical Endowment, the Department of Philosophy has expanded our programming and now includes the UCLA Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy Cycle.
UCLA Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy
The UCLA Department of Philosophy is excited to announce the inaugural UCLA Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy with Rae Langton, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, January 28, 2019.
Professor Langton’s week-long visit will encompass several intimate and larger-scale opportunities for students and the public. Activities begin with two seminars for faculty and students, and office hours for faculty and students. Her visit will culminate with a public lecture titled “Reimagining Free Speech” on Friday, February 1.
The History of Philosophy Research Cycle
Complementing the Colloquia schedule, the Research Cycles are periods of intense activity around areas of departmental expertise involving workshops, visitors, talks, and seminars. Topics rotate among our faculty’s areas of concentration in two-year cycles. For the first 2018-19 cycle, the focus is on the History of Logic and Language. Exploring the path by which logic came to have the character it now has, the goal is to understand historical connections with mathematics and grammatical and semantic theory.
This past fall was dedicated to ancient philosophy and featured a set of seminars on the “History of the Theories of Definition” led by Christopher Martin (University of Auckland) and Roderigo Guerizoli (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).
In early 2019, we present the Immanuel Kant Workshop (February 16-17), which is specifically dedicated to his work and the early modern period. Invited participants include Steven Engstrom (University of Pittsburgh), Dan Warren (University of California, Berkeley), Houston Smit (University of Arizona), Janelle Dewitt (UCLA), and our newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Tulipana.
Throughout the History Cycle, there are several talks from Distinguished Visitors, including Mikko Yrjonsuuri (University ofJyvaskyla), Jacqueline Broad (Monash University, Melbourne), Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania), and Dimitri El Murr (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris).
As part of the cycle, the Philosophy Department will host the 2019 Aristotle Bash (March 8-10).
In the spring, the History Cycle concludes with the first Pan American Symposium on the History of Logic (May 24-27). The program will focus on the philosophy of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- January 11: Colloquia: Nicholas Shea, School of Advanced Study, University of London
- February 1: Distinguished Lecture: “Reimagining Free Speech” delivered by Rae Langton, Knightbridge Professor, Head, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
- February 12: Distinguished Visitor: Mikko Yrjonsuuri
- February 16-17: Immanuel Kant Workshop
- February 19: Distinguished Visitor: Mikko Yrjonsuuri
- February 22: Herbert Morris Lecture in Law and Philosophy: “The Philosophy of Privacy” delivered by Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, Vice Provost, University of Pennsylvania
- March 1: Colloquia: Caitlin O’Connor
- March 2: The 14th Annual USC-UCLA Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy, hosted this year by UCLA with keynote speaker Stephen Yablo
- March 8: History of Philosophy Cycle: Dimitri El Murr, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
- March 8-10: Aristotle Bash
- April 5: Colloquia: Japa Pallikkathayil, University of Pittsburgh
- April 25-26: Distinguished Visitors: Jacqueline Broad and Karen Detlefsen
- May 24-27: Pan-American Symposium on the History of Logic
For the full schedule and details, please visit Philosophy Events