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In an effort to promote the Wisconsin Idea, the UW-Madison Philosophy Department sponsors a lecture series entitled "UW Philosophers Tackle Contemporary Issues." Talks in the series are free and are open to everyone interested in attending. If you'd like to read an abstract of a given talk or see a video of the lecture, please click on the relevant poster.
The inaugural lecture was given in February 2012 by Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor Dan Hausman, on the topic of preferential admissions at UW. The second lecture in the series, entitled "Social Justice and Flagship Public Universities," was given by Prof. Harry Brighouse in October 2012. The third lecture in the series was given by Emma Goldman Professor of Philosophy Claudia Card, on the topic of "Genocide and Social Death," in April 2013. On November 7th, 2013, UW Philosophy Department Chair Professor Russ Shafer-Landau continued the series with a lecture titled "On Marriage Equality." A video of his talk is available here.
The next lecture will take place on October 29th, 2015 at 7PM, in 180 Science Hall. Professor Elliott Sober will give a lecture titled "Ockham’s Razors: When is a Simpler theory Better?" Here is a brief overview of his talk:
Ockham's Razor, the principle of parsimony, states that simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex. It is obvious that simpler theories are beautiful and easy to understand; the hard problem is to figure out why the simplicity of a theory is relevant to deciding what the world is like. In this talk Professor Sober will describe two "parsimony paradigms" within which this problem can be solved.