October 26, 2016
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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.
The next lecture will take place on October 26th, 2016 at 7PM. Professor Steven Nadler will give a talk entitled "The Art of Philosophy: The Curious Case of Descartes's Fabulous World." Here is a brief overview of his talk:
When, in 1633, Descartes heard about the Church’s condemnation of Galileo and the Copernican cosmology, he was shocked and not a little afraid. He was about to publish his first book, titled The World, but in it he, too, defended a heliocentric account of the cosmos. Even though Descartes described his theory as merely a “fable”, a story of how a world could be constructed (but not how it actually was), he felt it was more prudent to abandon the treatise altogether; it was not published until ten years after his death. Even then, it still needed illustrations. However, his friend and editor had a difficult time finding just the right artist and just the right kind of images. This lecture, at the intersection of philosophy, history of science and art history, looks at both this particular story of the search for pictures for Descartes’s groundbreaking work—arguably the book that made philosophy “modern”—and the broader question of what role images can play in a work of philosophy or science.