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Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy

Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy

The Oberlin Colloquium in Philosophy consists of a full spring weekend of symposia at which speakers and commentators from other colleges and universities present new work to an audience of invited philosophers from across the country and abroad. The first Colloquium took place in 1960; it has been a (mostly) biennial event since the 1990's, and now alternates with a speaker series. The proceedings, including both the main papers and the commentaries, are often published; in recent years the venue has been a special issue of Philosophical Studies

A complete history of the Colloquium programs follows. 

 

 

1960 FIRST COLLOQUIUM

Wilfrid Sellars, "On Looking at Something and Seeing it"

Ronald Hepburn, "God and Ambiguity" Comments: Dennis O'Brien

Kurt Baier, "Itching and Scratching" Comments: David Falk/Bruce Aune

Annette Baier, "Motives" Comments: Jerome Schneewind

 

1961 SECOND COLLOQUIUM

W.D. Falk, "Hegel, Hare and the Existential Malady"

Richard Cartwright, "Propositions" Comments: Ruth Barcan Marcus

D.A.T. Casking, "Avowals" Comments: Martin Lean

Zeno Vendler, "Consequences, Effects and Results" Comments: William Dray/Sylvan Bromberger

PUBLISHED: Analytical Philosophy, First Series, R.J. Butler (ed.), Oxford, Blackwell's, 1962.

 

1962 THIRD COLLOQUIUM

C.J. Warnock, "Truth"

Arthur Prior, "Some Exercises in Epistemic Logic"

Newton Garver, "Criteria" Comments: Carl Ginet/Paul Ziff

Hector-Neri Castenada, "The Private Language Argument" Comments: Vere Chappell/James Thomson

John Searle, "Meaning and Speech Acts" Comments: Paul Benacerraf/Zeno Vendler

PUBLISHED: Knowledge and Experience, C.D. Rollins (ed.), University of Pittsburgh Press, 1964.

 

1963 FOURTH COLLOQUIUM

Michael Scriven, "Insanity"

Frederick Will, "The Preferability of Probable Beliefs"

Norman Malcolm, "Criteria" Comments: Peter Geach/George Pitcher

Terrence Penelhum, "Pleasure and Falsity" Comments: William Kennick/Arnold Isenberg

 

1964 FIFTH COLLOQUIUM

Stephen Korner, "Some Remarks on Deductivism"

J.J.C. Smart, "Nonsense"

Joel Feinberg, "Causing Voluntary Actions" Comments: Keith Donnellan/Keith Lehrer

Nicholas Rescher, "Evaluative Metaphysics" Comments: Lewis W. Beck/Thomas E. Patton

Herbert Hochberg, "Qualities" Comments: Richard Severens/J.M. Shorter

PUBLISHED: Metaphysics and Explanation, W.H. Capitan and D.D. Merrill (eds.), University of Pittsburgh Press, 1966.

 

1965 SIXTH COLLOQUIUM

Patrick Nowell-Smith, "Acts and Locutions"

George Nakhnikian, "St. Anselm's Four Ontological Arguments"

Hilary Putnam, "Psychological Predicates" Comments: Bruce Aune/U.T. Place

Stanley Cavell, "Aesthetic Theory and Philosophical Method" Comments: Monroe Beardsley/Joseph Margolis

Ninian Smart, "Mysticism" Comments: Nelson Pike/Paul Schmidt

PUBLISHED: Art, Mind and Religion, W.H. Capitan and D.D. Merrill (eds.), University of Pittsburgh Press, 1967.

 

1966 SEVENTH COLLOQUIUM

Vere Chappell, "Identity"

Wesley Salmon, What Next, Dammit, David Hume"

Mary Hesse, "The Confirmation of Theories" Comments: Peter Achinstein/Peter Alexander

Leonard Linsky, "Pure Reference" Comments: John Wallace/Montgomery Furth

Murray Kitely: "The Objects of Thought" Comments: Bruce Freed/Robert Fogelin

 

1967 EIGHTH COLLOQUIUM

Richard Popkin, "Skepticism and the Origin of Modern Problems of Knowledge"

Fred Dretske, "Seeing and Believing" Comments: Philip Hugly

Roderick Chisholm, "The Loose and Popular and the Strict and Philosophical Senses of IdentityComments: Sydney Shoemaker

Robert Fogelin, "The Practical Syllogism Revisited (Again)"

Jaakko Hintikka, "On the Logic of Perception" Comments: Romane Clark

PUBLISHED: Perception and Personal Identity, N.S. Care and R.H. Grimm, (eds.), Press of Case Western Reserve U., 1971.

 

1968 NINTH COLLOQUIUM

David Wiggins, "How Does One Tell if a Word Has One, Several, or Many Senses" Comments: William Alston

Richard Thomason, "Modality and Reference" Comments: Terence Parsons

N.P. Grice, "Utterers Meaning and Intention" Comments Gilbert Harman

Storrs McCall: "Impossibility"

Nuel Belnap, "Relativised Questions" Comments: Lennart Aqvist

 

1969 TENTH COLLOQUIUM

Jerome Schneewind, "Moral Criticism of Society" Comments: Joel Feinberg

Arnold Kaufman, "Disorder, Violence, and Parliamentary Institutions" Comments: Felix Oppenheim

Ronald Dworkin, "Philosophy, Constitutional Interpretation and Social Reform" Comments: Gerald MacCallum

Henry David Aiken, "Youth and Its Rights"

David Braybrooke, "Revolution Intelligible or Unintelligible" Comments: Marshall Cohen

PUBLISHED: Society: Revolution and Reform, R.H. Grimm and A.F. MacKay, (eds.), Press of Case Western Reserve U., 1971.

 

1970 ELEVENTH COLLOQUIUM

Dennis Stampe, "Making Promises" Comments: Charles Chastain

Neil Wilson, "Qualities and Quality Reference" Comments: Richard Cartwright

Paul Ziff, "There's More to Seeing than Meets The Eye" Comments: Charles Caton

Richard Wollheim, "Imagination and Identification"

David S. Shwayder, "Meaning and Saying" Comments: Irving Thalberg

 

1971 TWELFTH COLLOQUIUM

Graham Hughes, "The Morality of Disruption of the Judicial Process" Comments: Hyman Gross

Gerald MacCallum, "Law, Conscience, and Integrity" Comments: Hugo Bedau

Joel Feinberg, "The Problem of Legal Control of Obscenity and Pornography or More Generally, the Rationales or Lack Thereof for Prohibiting Merely 'Offensive' (as opposed to 'Harmful') Conduct" Comments: Michael Bayles

Ted Honderich, "Substantial Principles to Preserve the Rights of Individuals Against the State" Comments: Edmund Pincoffs

PUBLISHED: Issues in Law and Morality, N.S. Care and Thomas K. Trelogan, (eds.), The Press of Case Western Reserve, 1973.

 

1972 THIRTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Alan Ross Anderson, "Logic and Shoulder Shrugging"

Zeno Vendler, "Illocutionary Suicide" Comments: Charles E. Caton

Fred Sommers: "Logical Syntax in Natural Language" Comments: David Massie

Charles Landesman, "Remarks on Reference and Action" Comments: Jay Rosenberg

Saul Kripke, "Existence: Vacuous Names and Mythical Kinds" Comments: David Shwayder

Robert Stalnaker, "Propositions" Comments: Lawrence Powers

PUBLISHED: Issues in the Philosophy of Language. Alfred F. MacKay and Daniel D. Merrill, (eds.). Yale U. Press, 1976.

 

1973 FOURTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Antony Flew, "Hume and Historical Necessity"

Terrence M. Penelhum, "Hume's Theory of Self, Revisited" Comments: Vere C. Chappell

W.D. Falk, "Hume on 'Is' and 'Ought'" Comments: Judith N. Thomson

Wilfrid Sellars, "Hume and the Cartesian Tradition" Comments: James F. Thomson

Robert J. Fogelin, "The muddle over necessity and causality in Hume's TreatiseComments: Daniel C. Dennett

 

1974 FIFTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Roderick M. Chisholm, "The Logic of the Concept of Purpose" Comments: Irving Thalberg

Morton Beckner, "Purpose and Reduction" Comments: Hugh S. Lehman

Hector-Neri Castenada, "Purpose, Action and Ought: An Integrated Theory" Comments: Alvin Goldman

Keith Gunderson: "Purpose and Poetry" Comments: Petra Von Morstein

 

1975 SIXTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Herbert Morris, "Lost Innocence" Comments: David Sachs

Kai Nielsen, "Rationality and the Moral Sentiments" Comments: James Rachels

Richard Brandt, "Benevolence" Comments: Michael Stocker

Andrew Oldenquist, "Rationalisation" Comments: Gerald Dworkin

 

1976 SEVENTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Fred Dretske, "Knowledge and Information" Comments: Jay Rosenberg

John Pollock, "Synthetic Predicates" Comments: William Lycan

James Bogen, "An Empirical Refutation of Cartesian Skepticism" Comments: Peter Unger

Nicholas Rescher, "Scepticism and theBurden of Proof" Comments: Michael Hooker

 

1977 EIGHTEENTH COLLOQUIUM

J.L. Mackie, "Causal Asymmetry in Concept and Reality" Comments: Lawrence Sklar

Wesley C. Salmon, "Causation in Scientific Explanation" Comments: John Earman

G.E.M. Anscombe, "Different kinds of cause" Comments: Ernest Sosa/Robert Hambourger

Michael Scriven, "The Logic of Causation and the Practice of Inquiry: An Attempt at Renewed Cross-Fertilisation" Comments: Gilbert Harman

Jaegwon Kim, "Nomological Incommensurables" Comments: Marshall Swain

 

1978 NINETEENTH COLLOQUIUM

Edmund Pincoffs, "Selves, Ideals, and Others: The Example of Gandhi" Comments: James D. Wallace

Hector-Neri Castaneda, "'I Shall', 'I Will': Predicting and Willing" Comments: Bruce Aune

B.J. Diggs: "A Contractarian Ground of Respect for Persons" Comments: Dan W. Brock

Alasdair MacIntyre, "The Nature of Virtures"

James Rachels, "Honesty" Comments: Holly Goldman

 

1979 TWENTIETH COLLOQUIUM

William Lycan, "Believing in Believing" Comments: David Sanford

John Perry, "A Problem About the Dynamics of Belief" Comments: John Heintz

David Lewis, "Attitudes de Dicto and de SeComments: Roderick Chisholm

Romane Clark, "Not Every Act of Thought Has a Matching Proposition" Comments: Herbert Heidelberger

Charles Chastain, "Knowledge and the Origin of Belief" Comments: Lawrence Powers

 

1980 TWENTY-FIRST COLLOQUIUM

Joseph Margolis, "Animal and Human Minds" Comments: Gareth Matthews

Milton Fisk, "A Social View of Human Nature" Comments: Lawrence Becker

Graham Nerlich, "On the Anatomy of Human Nature" Comments: Allan Gibbard

Anthony Quinton, "The Importance of Being Human" Comments: Brian Barry

Michael Ruse, "Is Science Sexist? The Case of Sociobiology" Comments: Andrew Oldenquist

 

1981 TWENTY-SECOND COLLOQUIUM

Annette Baier, "Promises, Promises, Promises" Comments: W. David Falk

Holly Smith: "Culpable Ignorance" Comments: David Gauthier

Amelie Oksenberg Rorty, "Akratic Belief" Comments: Alexander Nehamas

Jonathan Bennett, "A Problem about Sins of Omission" Comments: James Rachels

David Lyons, "Moral Aspects of Legal Theory" Comments: Gerald Postema

 

1983 TWENTY-THIRD COLLOQUIUM

Richard Wollheim, "Our Selves and Our Futures" Comments: John Deigh

Richard Boyd, "Natural Kinds, Linguistic Precision, and Inductive Generalization" Comments: Alan Stairs

Alvin Goldman, "Epistemology and Mental Representation" Comments: Fred Dretske

John Searle, "Intentionality and Its Place in Nature" Comments: Peter Van Inwagen

Clark Glymour, "Android Epistemology" Comments: Henry Kyburg

 

1984 TWENTY-FOURTH COLLOQUIUM

John C. Harsanyi, "Does Reason Tell Us What Moral Code to Follow and, Indeed, to Follow Any Moral Code at All?" Comments: Donald Regan

David Gauthier, "The Unity of Reason: A Subversive Reinterpretation of Kant" Comments: Stephen Darwall

Allan Gibbard, "Rationality and Morality" Comments: Nicholas Sturgeon

John Elster, "Rationality, Morality, and Collective Action" Comments: Brian Barry

James Griffin, "Fairness" Comments: Kurt Baier

PUBLISHED: "Symposium on Rationality and Morality," Ethics, 96 (October, 1985).

 

1985 TWENTY-FIFTH COLLOQUIUM

Fred I. Dretske, "The Explanatory Role of Content" Comments: Robert Cummins

Lynne Rudder Baker, "Cognitive Suicide" Comments: Charles Chastain

Brian Loar, "Social Content and Psychological Content" Comments: Akeel Bilgrami

Tyler Burge, "Cartesian Error and the Objectivity of Perception" Comments: Robert Matthews

Robert Stalnaker, "Belief Attribution and Context" Comments: Hans Kamp

PUBLISHED: Contents of Thought, editors Daniel D. Merrill and Robert H. Grimm. University of Arizona Press, 1988.

 

1986 TWENTY-SIXTH COLLOQUIUM

Robert Turnbull, "Plato on Becoming and Intelligibility" Comments: Gail Fine

Michael Frede, "Plato on Being and Becoming" Comments: Alan Code

Terence Irwin, "Aristotle and the Stoics on the Unity of the Virtues" Comments: Richard Kraut

Martha Nussbaum, "Nature, Function, Capability: Aristotle on the Basis of Political Distribution" Comments: David Charles

Jonathan Barnes, "The Epicureans on Inductive Inference" Comments: A.A. Long

PUBLISHEDOxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. Supp. Vol. 1988. Editors: Julia Annas and Robert H. Grimm. Oxford University Press, 1988

 

1987 TWENTY-SEVENTH COLLOQUIUM

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., "Justifying to Oneself" Comments: Christine M. Korsgaard

Peter Railton, "The Justification of Morality" Comments: David Copp

Susan Wolf, "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Moral Responsibility" Comments: John Martin Fischer

J.B. Schneewind, "A Neglected Method of Ethics: Agency and Morality in Kant and the British Moralists" Comments: Karl Ameriks

Richard Miller, "Political Choice and Balanced Judgment" Comments: Annette Baier

 

1988 TWENTY-EIGHTH COLLOQUIUM

John Searle, "Collective Intentionality" Comments: Meredith Williams

Keith Lehrer, "Social Knowledge" Comments: Ernest Sosa

Ronald Giere, "The Role of Individuals and Social Groups in Producing Scientific Knowledge" Comments: Steve Fuller

Sandra Harding, "Feminist Epistemologies" Comments: Sara Ruddick

Charles Guignon, "Pragmatism or Hermeneutics? Epistemology after Foundationalism" Comments: David Hiley

 

1989 TWENTY-NINTH COLLOQUIUM

Simon Blackburn, "Concerning Moral Realism" Comments: Nicholas Sturgeon

Ian Hacking, "Are Natural Kinds Social Constructs?" Comments: Richard Boyd

Arthur Fine, "Piecemeal Realism" Comments: Ernan McMullin

Michael Devitt, "Aberrations of the Realism Debate" Comments: Anthony Appiah

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, "Being a Realist About Relativism" Comments: David Wong

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 61:1-2 (February 1991). Guest Editor: Peter McInerney

 

1991 THIRTIETH COLLOQUIUM

Joseph Margolis, "The Construction of Persons and the Construction of Reason" Comments: John Greenwood

Thomas McCarthy, "Reconstruction and Deconstruction in Philosophy: Variations on Kantian Themes" Comments: Thomas Rockmore

Linda Nicholson, "Arrogance, and Social Theory" Comments: Lawrence Blum

Robert Solomon, "Emotion and the Limits of Reason" Comments: Robert Gordon

Nicholas Rescher, "Rationality and Consensus" Comments: Susan Haack

 

1993 THIRTY-FIRST COLLOQUIUM

Colin McGinn, "The Limits of Thought and the Nature of Philosophy" Comments: Carol Rovane

Lynne Rudder Baker, "Attitudes as Nonentities" Comments: Robert Van Gulick

William Lycan, "Conditional Reasoning and Conditional Logic" Comments: Hilary Kornblith

Stephen Schiffer, "The Language-of-Thought Relation and its Implications" Comments: Takashi Yagisawa

Terry Horgan: "Naturalism and Intentionality" Comments: Frances Egan

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 76:2-3 (December 1994). Guest Editor: Robert Grimm

 

1995 THIRTY-SECOND COLLOQUIUM

Lawrence Blum, "Racial Status and Moral Asymmetries in Manifestations of Racism" Comments: Marilyn Friedman

Stephen Darwall, "A Plea for Accountability" Comments: Terrance McConnell

John Deigh, "Freudian Theory, Naturalism, and Ethics" Comments: Cheshire Calhoun

Adrian M.S. Piper, "Rationality and the Structure of the Self" Comments: Michael Stocker

Robin Dillon, "Self-Respect: Emotional, Moral Political" Comments: Laurence Mordekhai Thomas

 

1997 THIRTY-THIRD COLLOQUIUM

Jaegwon Kim, "Making Sense of Emergence" Comments: Louise Antony

Ruth Garrett Millikan, "Kinds of Kinds and the Historical Sciences" Comments: Richard Boyd

Fred Dretske, "The Mind's Awareness of Itself" Comments: William Lycan

Elliott Sober, "Physicalism in a Problematic Context" Comments: Peter Godfrey-Smith

Lawrence Sklar, "The Reduction(?) of Thermodynamics to Statistical Mechanics" Comments: Geoffrey Hellman

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 95:1-2 (August 1999). Guest Editor: Peter McInerney

 

1999 THIRTY-FOURTH COLLOQUIUM

Michael Williams, "Contextualism, Externalism and Epistemic Standards" Comments: Timothy Williamson

Ernest Sosa, "Two False Dichotomies: Foundationalism/Coherentism and Internalism/Externalism" Comments: Richard Fumerton

William Lycan, "Moore Against the New Skeptics" Comments: Earl Conee

Alvin Goldman, "Internalism Exposed" Comments: Frederick Adams

Richard Feldman, "Contextualism and Skepticism" Comments: Stewart Cohen

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 103:1 (March 2001).

 

2002 THIRTY-FIFTH COLLOQUIUM

Fred Dretske, "Change Blindness"  Comments: Gary Hatfield

Michael Martin, "The Limits of Self-Awareness: Disjunctivism and Indiscriminablility" Comments: Susanna Siegel

Mark Johnston, "The Obscure Object of Hallucination"  Comments: David Hilbert

Michael Thau, "What is Disjunctivism?"  Comments: Robert Schwartz

John Campbell, "Reference as Attention"  Comments: Sean Kelly

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 120:1-3 (July 2004). Guest Editors: Martin Jones and Todd Ganson

 

2004 THIRTY-SIXTH COLLOQUIUM – Problems in Non-Consequentialism: Agents, Reasons, and Value

Jeff McMahan, "Unjust War"  Comments: Thaddeus Metz

David Velleman, "The Centered Self"  Comments: Thomas Hill

Frances Kamm, "Failures of Just War Theory: Terror, Harm, and Justice"  Comments: Arthur Kuflik

R.G. Frey, "Non-Consequentialism and Double Effect"   Comments: Paul Hurley

Barbara Herman, "Contingent Obligations"  Comments: David Sussman

 

2006 THIRTY-SEVENTH COLLOQUIUM – Aesthetics

Noel Carroll, “Narrative Closure”  Comments: Susan Feagin

Peter Lamarque, “Can There be an Aesthetics of Literature?”  Comments: Deborah Knight

Gregory Currie, “The Genealogy of Aesthetics”  Comments: Andrew Kania

George Wilson, “Recent Work on Narration in Film and Literature”  Comments: Tom Wartenberg

Cynthia Freeland “Portraits in Painting and Photography”  Comments: Patrick Maynard

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 135:1 (August 2007). Guest Editor: Katherine Thomson-Jones

 

2008 THIRTY-EIGHTH COLLOQUIUM – Models, Methods, and Evidence: Topics in the Philosophy of Science

Bas van Fraassen, "The Perils of Perrin, in the Hands of Philosophers"  Comments: Helen Longino

Margaret Morrison, "Models, Mediation, and Measurement"  Comments: Ronald Giere

Elliott Sober, "Absence of Evidence and Evidence of Absence"  Comments: Michael Strevens

Peter Godfrey-Smith, "Models and Fictions in Science"   Comments: Arthur Fine

Nancy Cartwright, "Evidence-Based Policy: So, What's Evidence?"  Comments: Sherrilyn Roush

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 143:1 (March 2009). Guest Editor: Martin Thomson-Jones

 

2010 THIRTY-NINTH COLLOQUIUM – Epistemology

Gilbert Harman and Brett Sherman, "Knowledge and Assumptions"  Comments: Thomas Kelly

Crispin Wright, "Basic Arithmetical Knowledge"  Comments: Anthony Brueckner

Tamar Szabo Gendler, "On the Epistemic Costs of Implicit Bias"  Comments: Andy Egan

Keith DeRose, "Contextualism, Contrastivism, and X-Phi Surveys"  Comments: Patrick Rysiew

Jason Stanley, "Ryle on Knowing How"  Comments: Jeremy Fantl

PUBLISHED: Philosophical Studies, 156:1 (October 2011). Guest Editor: Dorit Ganson

 

2012 FORTIETH COLLOQUIUM – Philosophy of Mind

Christopher Peacocke, "Interpersonal Self-Consciousness"  Comments: Michael Martin

Frances Egan, "How to Think About Mental Content"  Comments: Mohan Matthen 

Michael Tye, "Transparency, Qualia Realism, and Representationalism"  Comments: Jeff Speaks

Susanna Schellenberg, "The Epistemic Role of Experience"  Comments: Alex Byrne

Peter Carruthers, "On Central Cognition"  Comments: Wayne Wu