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December

Paul Smaldino (Johns Hopkins University, CAM)
"Options for Social Modeling and Individual Decision Making"
134A Krieger, 12:00pm
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November 28

Mark Lance (Georgetown, Philosophy)
"Life is not a box-score: lived normativity, moral evaluation and the is/ought distinction"
288 Gilman Hall, 2:00pm

September 18-
September 19
The Young Spinoza Conference
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall
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September 21"How Systematic Misperceptions of Space Might be Useful"
Frank Durgin
(Swarthmore College, Philosophy)
234 Ames Hall, 4:00 pm
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October 19

"Affordances and the Contents of Perception"
Susanna Siegel (Harvard, Philosophy)
479 Gilman Hall, 4:15 pm
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2010-2011 EVENTS
November 16"Plato, Aristotle and the Methods of Ethics"
Dominic Scott (University of Virginia, Philosophy)
228 Gilman Hall, 4:00 pm
December 8"From Brain to Society: The Biology of Social Preferences"
Michael Platt (Duke University, Neurobiology)
234 Ames Hall, 4:00 pm
February 17"Cartesian Consciousness Reconsidered"
Alison Simmons (Harvard University)
228 Gilman Hall, 4:00 pm
May 3"Origins of Perception"
Tyler Burge (UCLA, Philosophy)
288 Gilman Hall, 4:00 pm
2009-2010 EVENTS

September 3

"Religion, Science and Literature in the Middle Ages and in Early Modernity I: Dante, La divina commedia"
Joachim Kuepper (Freie University-Berlin, Philosophy)
Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Departments of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Jewish Studies and the Singleton Center
101A Dell House, 5:15
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September 9"Religion, Science and Literature in the Middle Sges and in Early Modernity II: Leone Ebreo, Dialoghi d'amore"
Joachim Kuepper (Freie University-Berlin, Philosophy)
Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Departments of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Jewish Studies and the Singleton Center
101A Dell House, 5:15
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September 15

"Islamic 'Trading Zones' in England and Aceh"
John Bowen (University of Washington, Anthropology)
400 Macaulay, 4:00

September 16

"Religion, Science and Literature in the Middle Ages and in Early Modernity III: Calderon, La Vida es sueno; Cervantes, Quijote"
Joachim Kuepper (Freie University-Berlin, Philosophy)
Co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Departments of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Jewish Studies and the Singleton Center
101A Dell House, 5:15
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September 16"The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Non-Human Primates"
Laurie Santos
(Yale University, Psychology )
233 Ames, 4:00
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September 19 -
September 20

"Religion/Sexuality: Politics/Affect"
Conference sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Department of Anthropology and the Program for Women, Gender and Sexuality
Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins University, Anthropology)
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University, History)
Ludger Viefhues-Bailey (Yale University, Religious Studies)
Eric Fassin (Ecole Normale-Paris, Sociology)
Francois Sebbah (University of Technology-Compiegna, Philosophy)
Deepak Mehta (University of Delhi, Sociology)
Bhrigupati Singh (Johns Hopkins University, Anthropology)
Michael Moon (Emory University, American Studies)
Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University, Anthropology)
Cafe Conference Room, Azafran, Space Telescope Building
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October 1

"God, Mind, and Body:
The Order of Knowledge in Descartes"
Alan Nelson (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 5:00

November 8Johns Hopkins-UPENN Early Modern Philosophy Forum
"Ethics 1P16 and Felicity"
John Carriero (University of California-Los Angeles, Philosophy)
"Descartes on Teleology and the Life Sciences"
Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 12:00-4:00,
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Click here for John Carriero's abstract.
November 13

"Evolution of Signaling Systems with Multiple Senders and Receivers"
Brian Skyrms
(University of California-Irvine, Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics)
102A Dell House, 4:00
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November 20"Emotions, Reasons, and the Functional Imaging of Moral Deliberation" 
Colin Klein
(University of Illinois-Chicago, Philosophy)
Mattin 160, 4:00
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December 1"Life with Others and the Anthropology of Ethics"
Webb Keane (University of Michigan, Anthropology)
400 Macaulay, 4:00
December 11"The Development of Modal Reasoning"
Shaun Nichols (University of Arizona, Philosophy)
Justin Halberda (Johns Hopkins University, Psychology)
233 Ames, 1:00-3:00
December 11"A (New and Improved) Framework for the Psychology of Norms"
Stephen Stich
(Rutgers, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 4:00
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February 5

"Madness and Religion"
Graduate Workshop on Religion and Psychiatry
Keynote Address:
"Why Obsessive People and Religious People Perform Rituals"
Pascal Boyer (Washington University-St. Louis, Psychology/Anthropology)
Workshop 12:00 - 4:00
Keynote Address: 4:00-6:00
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall
Click here for Workshop webpage.
FEB. 5 EVENT CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 30, 2010

February 11"God as Causa Sui and Created Truth in Descartes"
Tad Schmaltz (Duke University, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 4:00
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FEB. 11 EVENT CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS
RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 27, 2010
February 20"Invisibilities: Addressing the Question of the Unseen"
Graduate Conference sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Anthropology Department
Keynote Speaker:
Rosalind Morris (Columbia University, Anthropology)
Conference 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Keynote Address 4:30 p.m.
Mattin Center, SDS Room
Click here for Conference description and schedule.
March 4"Home and Homeland: An Hommage to Isaiah Berlin"
Avishai Margalit (Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Studies)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 2:00 p.m.

March 4

"Dancing with the Devil"
Film screening at MICA
Followed by panel discussion with Director, John Blair
MICA, Brown Center, Favley Hall, 7:30 p.m.
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March 9"Creativity and the Continuity of Tradition among Theraveda Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia"
Charles Hallisey (Harvard Divinity School)
400 Macaulay, 4:00
March 22-26Templeton Research Lectures
"The Evolution of Cooperation"
Martin Nowak (Harvard University, Biology/Mathematics)
Click here for details.
March 30"Drawing Together: Materials, Gestures, Lines"
Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen, Anthropology)
400 Macaulay, 4:00
April 14"The Public Performance of Prayer"
Michael Lambek (University of Toronto, Anthropology)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 2:00-5:00
April 18

Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
201 Maryland Hall
210 Hodson Hall
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PLEASE NOTE LAST-MINUTE ROOM CHANGE.

April 20"Something Other than it's Own Mass:
Corporeality, Animality, and Materiality"
Thomas Csordas (UC-San Diego, Anthropology)
400 Macaulay, 4:00
APRIL 20 EVENT CANCELED
TO BE RESCHEDULED
April 30"Madness and Religion"
Graduate Workshop on Religion and Psychiatry
Keynote Address:
"Why Obsessive People and Religious People Perform Rituals"
Pascal Boyer (Washington University-St. Louis, Psychology/Anthropology)
Workshop 12:00 - 4:00
102A Dell House
Keynote Address: 4:15-6:00
206 Dunning
Click here for Workshop webpage.
May 3"Science, Nonfiction and Religion"
Burkhard Bilger (The New Yorker)
701D Dell House, 3:00-6:00
May 12-13

Spinoza and German Idealism Conference
Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame University)
Fred Beiser (Syracuse University)
Omri Boehm (Yale University)
Michael Della Rocca (Yale University)
Eckhart Forster (Johns Hopkins University)
Michael Forster (University of Chicago)
Paul Franks (University of Toronto)
Don Garrett (New York University)
Johannes Haag (University of Potsdam)
Gunnar Hindrichs (Heidelberg University)
Yitzak Melhamed (Johns Hopkins University)
Dalia Nasser (Villanova University)
Oded Schechter (Princeton University)
Michael Vater (Marquette University)
Allen Wood (Stanford University)
Levering Hall, Great Hall
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May 27"God as Causa Sui and Created Truth in Descartes"
Tad Schmaltz (Duke University, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 5:00
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2008-2009 EVENTS
September 25"Does Moral Theory Corrupt Youth"
Kieran Setiya (University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 4:00
September 29Workshop on Science and Religion in Journalism:
Method and Madness
Richard Panek (Freelance Author and Journalist)
602A Dell House, 3:00-6:00
October 22008-2009 Templeton Lectures
"Naturalizing Culture: Philosophical and Empirical Issues"
Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
101 Remsen, 4:00
October 32008-2009 Templeton Lectures
"Cultural Epidemiology:
Ecological and Psychological Factors"
Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
101 Remsen, 4:00
October 14Discussion of Innateness and Cognitive Science
Richard Samuels (Kings College London and Ohio State, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 2:00
October 24

Symposium on Religion and Science
"From Weak thought to the thought of the Weak"
Gianni Vattimo (Turin University, Philosophy)
"Being is Conversation"
Santiago Zabala (Potsdam University, Philosophy)
Space Telescope Building Auditorium, 2:00-6:00

November 12"Political Theology and Fiction in The King's Two Bodies"
Victoria Kahn (University of California-Berkeley, English and Comparative Lit)
201C Dell House, 4:00
November 18

Emotions, Norms and the Moralization of Fairness
Shaun Nichols (University of Arizona, Philosophy)
233 Ames, 4:00
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January 31-
February 1

Mid-Atlantic Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Ed Curley (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Kurt Smith (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania)
Mogens Laerke (University of Chicago)
Julie Walsh (University of Western Ontario)
Karolina Hubner (University of Chicago)
Dan Kaufman (University of Colorado-Boulder)
Gideon Manning (California Institute of Technology)
Justin Steinberg (Brooklyn College-CUNY)
Minna Koivuniemi (ENS Lyon-Uppsala University)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall
Click here to visit the Seminar's website.

February 5

"Skepticism about Persons"
John Doris (Washington University-St. Louis, Philosophy)
366 Mergenthaler, 4:00
Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University
Seminar on History of Political and Moral Thought
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February 6"Is there a Human Right to Essential Pharmaceuticals? The Global Common, The Intellectual Common, and the Possibility of Private Intellectual Property"
Mathias Risse (Harvard University, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 4:00
February 12

"Responsibility and Mental Agency"
Pam Hieronymi (University of California-LA, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 5:00

February 13"In Defense of Future Tuesday Indifference"
Sharon Street (New York University, Philosophy)
102A Dell House, 4:00
February 18

2008-2009 Templeton Lectures
"Relevance in Cognition, Communication and Culture"
Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
213 Hodson, 4:00

February 23"Freedom Despite Mechanism"
Adina Roskies (Dartmouth College, Philosophy)
Library, Mind/Brain Institute, Krieger Hall; 4:00
Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Mind/Brain Institute and Department of Philosophy
Click here for abstract.
February 25"Ethics and the Logic of Life"
Alice Crary (The New School for Liberal Arts, Philosophy and Political Science)
202B Dell House, 4:15
March 4

"When the World Becomes Female:
A Godess Festival in South India"
Joyce Flueckiger (Emory University, Religion)
113 Greenhouse, 4:30

March 11"Feeling Secular"
Ann Pellegrini (New York University, Performance Studies and Religious Studies)
113 Greenhouse, 4:30
March 23

"Divinity, Power and Nature: Ficino and Early Modern Philosophy"
Christina Mercer (Columbia University, Philosophy)
Sponsored by the Singleton Center
102A Dell House, 5:00

March 312008-2009 Templeton Lectures
"Religion and Science: An Old Comparison in a New Epidemiological Perspective"
Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
(Lecture given as part of the Workshop listed below.)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 4:20
Reception to follow.
Click here for abstract.
March 31

Workshop on Cognitive Theories of Science and of Religion
Nancy Nersessian (GeorgiaTech, Cognitive Science)
Susan Carey (Harvard University, Psychology)
Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 2:00-6:00
Reception to follow.
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April 22

Lecture on the Anthropology of Prayer
Joel Robbins (University of California-San Diego, Anthropology)
Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 1:30

April 28"The 'Moorish Problem' in the Creation of Modern Spanish History"
Charles Hirschkind (University of California-Berkeley, Anthropology)
400 Macaulay, 4:00
May 12

"Darwin, Marx, and Warranted Progress: Materialism and Views of Development in 19th Century Germany"
Wolfgang Lefevre (Max Plank Institute for the History of Science)
160 Mattin, 4:00
Click here to view a copy of the paper.

May 15-16

"Cosmological Continuity and the Conception of Modern Science"
Peter Barker (University of Oklahoma)
Patrick J. Boner (Johns Hopkins University)
Daniel A. Di Liscia (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen)
Miguel A. Granada (Universitat de Barcelona)
Robert A. Hatch (University of Florida)
Victor Navarro Brotons (Universitat de Valencia)
Aviva Rothman (Princeton University)
Bruce Stephenson (Adler Planetarium)
Rienk Vermij (University of Oklahoma)
Steven Vanden Broecke (Universiteit Ghent)
Conference Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Department of History of Science and Technology
Conference Room, Department of History of Science and Technology
3505 N. Charles St.
Click here for conference program.
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2007-2008 EVENTS

October 4"Bodies and Souls"
Paul Bloom (Yale University, Psychology)
1 Remsen, 4:00
October 5

"Consciousness, Cognitive Accessibility and the Mesh between Psychology and Neuroscience"
Ned Block (New York University, Philosophy)
338 Krieger, 1:00

October 22

"Issues in Science and Religion: Biological Evolution and Evolution Education"
Brian Alters (McGill University, Education)
219 Education Bldg, Great Hall, 5:00

October 30

"The Birth of Divinity - Anthropomorphism, Social Memory and Ritual Action"
Carlo Severi (Le Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
400 Macaulay Hall, 4:00

November 2

"Introspection: Divided and Partly Eliminated"
Peter Carruthers (University of Maryland, Philosophy)
348 Gilman, 4:00

November 29?

"The Moral Circle"
Paul Bloom (Yale University, Psychology)
1 Remsen, 4:00

December 6

"The Psychopathic Mind and the Foundations of Moral Reasoning"
James Blair (National Institute of Mental Health, Director)
1 Remsen, 4:00

February 6

Workshop on Cognitive Science and Suicide Terrorism
"Understanding Religious Extremism and Suicide Terrorism: The Scientific State of the Art"
Scott Atran (Institut Jean Nicod)
Richard Sosis (University of Connecticut, Anthropology)
SAIS, Room B500
FEB. 6 EVENT CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS -
TO BE RESCHEDULED

February 7"Religion Is Natural"
Paul Bloom (Yale University, Psychology)
26 Mudd, 2:00
February 28?

"Is the Concept of Race a By-Product of our Evolved Coalitional Cognition"
Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy)
101 Shaffer, 4:00

February 29?

Discussion of "Racial Cognition and Normative Theory"
Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy)
110 Maryland, 4:00

March 7?

"The Pleasures of Transcendence"
Paul Bloom (Yale University, Psychology)
26 Mudd, 2:00

March 28-29

"Kant's Critique of Judgment: Art, Science, and Religion"
Conference Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University
Philosophy Department

April 4

Workshop on Life and Words:
Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary
A new book by Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University)
Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Humanities Center and Departments of Anthropology and Political Science
111 Gilman, 2:00-6:00

April 14

Workshop on Science and Religion in Journalism
George Johnson (The New York Times)
Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University
Writing Seminars
Tudor and Stuart Room, Gilman 323, 3:00

April 24

"New World Polygraphy: Communicative Media and the Distribution of Semiotic Function"
Galen Brokaw (University at Buffalo, Romance Languages and Literatures)
336 Gilman, 5:00

May 4-6

"Number as Inventive Frontier:
Equivalence, Accounting, Calculation"
Conference Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Anthropology Department
For more information, click here.


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