Steven Nadler
October 26, 2016
Elliott Sober
October 29, 2015

Sarah Paul
October 22, 2014
Larry Shapiro
March 12, 2014

On Marriage Equality - Russ Shafer-Landau
Russ Shafer-Landau
November 7, 2013

Claudia Card
April 22, 2013

Harry Brighouse
October 17, 2012

Dan Hausman
February 22, 2012

In an effort to promote the Wisconsin Idea, the UW-Madison Philosophy Department sponsors a lecture series entitled "UW Philosophers at Work." 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, former 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.

Our most recent lecture took place on October 26th, 2016 at 7PM in Grainger Hall, Rm 1100. Professor Steven Nadler gave a talk entitled "The Art of Philosophy: The Curious Case of Descartes's Fabulous World." Here is a brief overview of his talk:

The condemnation of Galileo by the Catholic Church in 1633 really scared Descartes. He decided not to publish his first book, The World, since it also defends a Copernican view of the cosmos. When, after Descartes’s death, a friend prepared the work for publication, he realized that something was missing: pictures!  But where was he to find them? And why were they needed? This lecture—a combination of philosophy, history of science and art history—will tell the story of the strange and frustrating search for illustrations for what can rightly be called “the book that made philosophy modern”.