Events - October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015 — 11:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Saul
Department of Philosophy
University of Sheffield, UK

Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Academia

Thursday, October 29, 2015 — 10:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Saul
Department of Philosophy
University of Sheffield, UK

Misleading and Morality

Most people find it natural to think that one who merely misleads is doing something not quite as bad as someone who outright lies.  Dr. Saul will explore some difficult and politically interesting cases to argue that this is wrong, but that there are far more complicated distinctions to be drawn between various different sorts of deception. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 — 10:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Saul
Department of Philosophy
University of Sheffield, UK

Generics Don't Essentialise People; People Essentialise People

In some circles generic terms (nouns or phrases that refer to a whole class) are regarded as especially pernicious politically.  Dr. Saul will consider this view and argue against it.

Monday, October 26, 2015 — 7:00 PM EDT

The Department of Philosophy invites all to join a special public lecture by Professor Jennifer Saul from the University of Sheffield, UK.

"Old stock Canadian" has been said to be a dogwhistle: a phrase that's meant to allow a politician to communicate something problematic in such a way as to avoid alienating potential audiences. Dog whistling is widely used in political campaigning, especially to communicate about race. Professor Saul’s paper explores the challenges that dogwhistles pose for democracy, but also for standard ways of approaching philosophy of language.

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