The department has an outstanding series of colloquia. Recent colloquium speakers include some of the best-known philosophers of the United States as well as distinguished philosophers from other countries (Paul Boghossian, Robert Brandom, Tyler Burge, Keith DeRose, Paul Horwich, Jaakko Hintikka, Stephen Neale, David Papineau, Graham Priest, Stephen Schiffer, Ted Sider, David Wiggins, and others). 


Talks from 2014-2015

Eric Schwitzgebel
University of California, Riverside

 “1% Skepticism”
Friday, December 5, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 318
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 Eric Schwitzgebel is Professor of Philosophy at U.C. Riverside.  Among his recent works are Perplexities of Consciousness (MIT Press, 2011), “A Dispositional Approach to the Attitudes” (New Essays on Belief, 2013), “The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind” (Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2014), “A Theory of Jerks” (Aeon Magazine, 2014), “The Moral Behavior of Ethicists and the Power of Reason” (Advances in Experimental Moral Psychology, 2014), “If Materialism Is True, the United States Is Probably Conscious” (Philosophical Studies, forthcoming), and “Experimental Evidence for the Existence of an External World” (with Alan T. Moore, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, forthcoming).

Dale Dorsey
University of Kansas

“Idealization & the Heart of Subjectivism”
Friday, October 31, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 318
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 Dale Dorsey is an associate professor and Meredith J. Docking Faculty Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas. He received his degree from the University of California, San Diego, and works mainly in ethics.  His interests are in the history of that subject, especially the British Moralists, Hutcheson through Mill, and he has recently published a book called The Basic Minimum: A Welfarist Approach.

Dan Haybron
St. Louis University

“The Limited Abilities of the Capabilities Approach”
Monday, October 27, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 118
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 Dan Haybron (St. Louis University) works in ethics, moral psychology, and political philosophy. Broadly speaking, he is interested in the connection between human nature and the good life. His research focuses mainly on the psychology of well-being and its connections with issues in ethical and political thought, as well as empirical research on well-being. His most recent book is Happiness: A Very Short Introduction, (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Branden Fitelson
Rutgers University

“Accuracy, Coherence & Evidence”
Friday, October 24, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 318
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

Branden Fitelson is currently Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. Before teaching at Rutgers and LMU, he held teaching positions at UC-Berkeley, San José State, and Stanford. He got his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before entering philosophy, he studied mathematic and physics at UW-Madison, and worked as a research scientist at Argonne National Lab and as a NASA contractor.

Nick Wiltsher
Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

“What is it Like to be That”
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Allen Hall, Room 106
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 Can you imagine what it's like to be a bat? Probably not. Can you imagine what it's like to be someone else, some other person? Probably so. And in a variety of philosophical contexts, a wide-ranging ability to do so is often assumed. For example, one might think that an ability to imagine being someone else is important for moral education, or for the appreciation of fiction, or for grasping the existence of other minds. But there are reasons to doubt that the range of experiences we can imagine is as wide as commonly supposed. These reasons comprise possible corporeal, epistemological, and experiential constraints on the range of imaginable experiences, suggested by reflections on the relations between perception, imagination, and embodiment. The majority of this paper is devoted to exploring whether these possible constraints are plausible, and if so, whether they are problematic. I conclude with some suggestions towards a general account of the limits of our ability to imagine other experiences.

 Nick Wiltsher is a post-doctoral fellow in philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Leeds (UK). His Ph.D. is from the University of Miami. He works on imagination, aesthetics, phenomenology, and feminist philosophy.

Matthias Schirn
University of Munich

“Logical Objects by Abstraction, 
Referentiality & First-Order Domain”

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Allen Hall, Room 106
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

Abstract: In this talk, I shall critically discuss some issues related to Frege’s notion of logical object and his paradigms of second-order abstraction principles: Hume’s Principle and especially Axiom V. The focus is on the referential indeterminacy of value-range terms, Frege’s attempt to remove it as well as on his subsequent proof of referentiality for his formal language. Special attention will be paid to the assumptions that underlie his overall strategy.

Matthias Schirn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Munich, where he holds a Distinguished Fiebiger Professorship. His research interests are in the philosophy of logic and mathematics, proof theory, the philosophy of language, intensional semantics, epistemology and the philosophies of Kant, Frege, Hilbert, Russell and Wittgenstein. He also taught at the universities of Oxford (1976, 2014), Michigan State (1976-77), Cambridge (1977-78), Minnesota (1989), the State University of Campinas (1991), the National University of Buenos Aires (1992), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1993, 1994, 1997), the Federal University of Ceará in Fortaleza (2003), the National University San Marcos in Lima (2009) and numerous other universities in Europe and Latin America. Since 2012 he is a member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (LMU). He has published in MindSyntheseThe British Journal for the Philosophy of ScienceErkenntnisDialecticaThe Journal of Symbolic LogicReports on Mathematical LogicHistory and Philosophy of LogicLogique et AnalyseAxiomathesKantstudienTheoriaCríticaManuscrito and other international journals.  He is currently preparing two books on Frege’s philosophy and his logic.

Allen Buchanan
Duke University

 “Limitations on Evolutionary Explanations of Morality (or Why Morality is Like Neither the Moth's Proboscis, the Peacock's tail, nor the Spotted Hyena's Clitoris)." co-authored Russell Powell"
Friday, September 26, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 118
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 Allen Buchanan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. His research includes Bioethics (at present mainly on the ethics of enhancement and of synthetic biology), Philosophy of International Law, and Social Moral Epistemology. His recent papers are: (1) "Human Rights," in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, David Estlund, ed., 2013; (2) "Why International Legal Human Rights?", forthcoming in Foundations of Human Rights, edited by Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo; (3) "Human Rights and Moral Progress," in Human Rights: The Hard Questions, edited by Cindy Holder and David Reidy, 2013; and (4) "Social Moral Epistemology and Education," forthcoming in a volume on the Philosophy of Education resulting from a Spencer Foundation conference, edited by Harry Brighouse.

Armando Cíntora
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City

“The Koan of Pyrrhonism”
Friday, September 19, 2014
Memorial Building, Room 102
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Reception following discussion!

Armando Cíntora is Professor of Philosophy at the ‘Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana' in Mexico City. He earned his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (under John Worrall). He is the author of The Irrational Presuppositions of Rationality (Anthropos, Barcelona, 2005), and many papers in journals and collections. He works primarily in philosophy of science and epistemology.

Susanna Schellenberg
Rutgers University

“The Particular Elements of Perceptual Experience”
Thursday, August 28, 2014
University Center, Room 206
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception following discussion!

 When we perceive our environment, we are perceptually related to particulars in that environment. What kind of mental state are we in when we are perceptually related to a particular? Is the mental state individuated by the particular? For instance, if we want to think of the mental state as having content, should we think of this content as a singular proposition? I discuss different ways one might adjudicate these questions and explore ontological, epistemic, psychologistic, and semantic approaches to accounting for the particularity of perceptual experience.

Susanna Schellenberg's work focuses on a range of topics in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. She is particularly interested in the nature of perceptual content, the epistemic role of perceptual experience, and mental capacities. She is also working on imagination, singular content, and space perception. Her publications include "Experience and Evidence", Mind; "Perceptual Content Defended", Noûs; "The Situation-Dependency of Perception", Journal of Philosophy; "Ontological Minimalism about Phenomenology", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research; “Belief and Desire in Imagination and Immersion”, Journal of Philosophy; "Action and Self-Location in Perception", Mind.

Past Talks:

CALENDAR - 2013-2014
CALENDAR - 2012-2013
CALENDAR - 2011-2012
CALENDAR - 2010-2011
CALENDAR - 2009-2010
CALENDAR - 2008-2009
CALENDAR - 2007-2008
CALENDAR - 2006-2007
CALENDAR - 2005-2006

Friends of Philosophy 

The department has a supporting organization called “The Friends of Philosophy” whose membership and meetings are open to all persons interested in philosophical questions. The Friends of Philosophy organizes dialogues, lectures, symposia, and discussions intended for a wide (non-academic as well as academic) audience.


Parodi Lecture in Aesthetics


Appignani Foundation Lectures on Science, Reason & Secular Ethics

Sponsored by the Louis J. Appignani Foundation, the Appignani Foundation Lectures on Science, Reason and Secular Ethics bring distinguished philosophers to campus to discuss the place of science, reason and a secular approach to ethics in the resolution of both perennial and pressing contemporary issues.  These lectures engage significant philosophical issues in accessible ways, and are intended for and attended by members of the broad South Florida community.**


University of Miami Graduate Student Conference in Epistemology

9th Annual Conference (2012)
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Keynote Address: Representationalism: From Nihilism to Dualism
Author: Huw Price
Affiliation: University of Cambridge

Title: Attending to the Speckled Hen
Author: Samuel Alexander Taylor
Affiliation: University of Iowa

Title: The Formal Representation of Belief in the Understandings Account of Decision
Author: Patrick Epley
Affiliation: University of Oklahoma

Title: Evidence for False Evidence
Author: Neil Mehta
Affiliation: University of Michigan

Title: Constructive Empiricism and the Unwanted Baby
Author: Shahin Kaveh
Affiliation: Texas Tech University

Alumnus Speaker: In What Sense is Truth a Goal of Inquiry?
Author: Brian Mondy
Affiliation: University of Miami

8th Annual Conference (2011)
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Keynote Address: Protocols & Three Epistemic Puzzles: Judy Benjamin, Sleeping Beauty & the Evidential Value of Miracles
Author: Luc Bovens
Affiliation: London School of Economics

Title: Naughty Beliefs
Author: Andrew Huddleston
Affiliation: Princeton University

Title: Scotching Hajek's "Scotching Dutch Books"
Author: John Kwak
Affiliation: University of Southern California

Title: How False Models Explain: A Non-Representationalist View
Author: Ashley Graham Kennedy
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Title: Epistemic Peers are Sticking to Their Guns
Author: Michele Palmira
Affiliation:  University of Modena & Reggio Emilia)

Title: Evidence & What We Make of It
Author: Logan Paul Gage
Affiliation: Baylor University

7th Annual Conference (2010)
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Keynote Address: "What is the Source of our Knowledge of Modal Truths?"
Author: E.J. Lowe
Affiliation: Durham University

Title: "The Semantic Dilemma of Metaphysics"
Author: Tyler Hildebrand
Affiliation: University of Colorado at Boulder

Title: "Towards a Reconciliation Between the Epistemology and Metaphysics of Modality"
Author: Lars Enden
Affiliation: University of Washington

Title: "Kripke on Modal Error"
Author: Alma Barner
Affiliation: Universitat zu Koln

Title: "How to Resolve Kripke's Dogmatism Paradox"
Author: Todd Beattie
Affiliation: Princeton University

Title: "Relativism and Skeptical Paradox"
Author: Dirk Kindermann
Affiliation: University of St. Andrews
Alumnus Speaker: "Causal Constraints on Conceivability: Exploring Modal Skepticism"
Author: Shane Oakley
Affiliation: University of Miami

6th Annual Conference (2009)
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Keynote Address: "What is the Problem of Induction?"
Author: Gilbert Harman
Affiliation: Princeton University 

Title: "Possible Disagreements and Defeat"
Author: Brandon Carey
Affiliation: University of Rochester

Title: "What Is So Bad About Epistemic Circularity?"
Author: Ian MacMillan
Affiliation: University of Iowa

Title: "Which Motivation is Valuable?: A Revision of Zagzebski's Theory of the Value of Knowledge"
Author: Daniel L. Crescenzo
Affiliation: University of Georgia

Title: "Can A Priori Justified Belief Be Extended Through Deduction?"
Author: Ari Krupnick
Affiliation: Massachusetts of Institute of Technology (MIT)

Title: "Experience and the A Priori"
Author: Jamie Watson
Affiliation: Florida State University
Alumnus Speaker: "Knowledge of Non-Existence"
Author: Jeremy Morris
Affiliation: Ohio University

5th Annual Conference (2008)
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Keynote Address: "Improbable Knowing"
Author: Timothy Williamson
Affiliation: Oxford University

Title: "Is Knowability Factive?"
Author: Davide Fassio
Affiliation: University of Padua

Title: "Blameworthy, Yet Epistemically Justified"
Author: Jonathan Matheson
Affiliation: University of Rochester

Title: "Quantum Gravity and Formal Epistemology"
Author: Mark Shumelda
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Title: "Knowledge Closure and Evidential Defeaters"
Author: John Shoemaker
Affiliation: University of Rochester

Title: "The Log-likelihood Ratio Measure as the Bayesian Measure of Scientific Confirmation"
Author: Jordan Delange
Affiliation: University of Houston

Endnote Address: "Evidence Per Se"
Author: Edward Erwin
Affiliation: University of Miami

4th Annual Conference (2007)
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Keynote Address: "Knowledge, Certainty, Assertion"
Author: Jason Stanley
Affiliation: Rutgers University

Title: "Context-Sensitivity and Interest Relativity in Knowledge Attributions"
Author: Matthew Benton
Affiliation: Rutgers University

Title: "How We Choose Our Beliefs"
Author: Greg Salmieri
Affiliation: University of Pittsburg

Title: "Testimony Reductionism and the Condorcet Jury Theorem"
Author: Kelly Trogdon
Affiliation: University of Massachsetts

Title: "Lotteries, Knowledge, and Vagueness"
Author: Julien Murzi
Affiliation: University of Sheffield

Title:  "The Function and Context Sensitivity of Knowledge Attributions"
Author: Brian Kim
Affiliation: Columbia University

Title:  "Basic Knowledge is Easy to Lose"
Author: Ian Evans
Affiliation: University of Arizona

Title:  "Skeptical Challenges to Contextualism and the Dangerous Sport of World Surfing"
Author: Nathaniel Christiansen
Affiliation: Northern Illinois University

Endnote Address: "Contextualism Contextually Defended"
Author: Otavio Bueno
Affiliation: University of Miami

3rd Annual Conference (2006)
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Keynote Address: “Paradoxes of Falliblism”
Author: Stewart Cohen
Affiliation: Arizona State University

Title: “Testing the Case for Contextualism”
Author: Mikkel Gerken 
Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Title: “Fallible A Priori Justification and Semantic Theories of the A Priori” 
Author: Joshua C. Thurow 
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Title: “Between the Extremes of Externalism and Internalism” 
Author: David Alexander 
Affiliation: Baylor University

Title: “Disjunctivism and the Fallibility of Perceptual Belief”
Author: Matthew Lockard 
Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles

Title: “In Defense of the ‘Fatal Dilemma’ Against Moderate Foundationalism” 
Author: John DePoe
Affiliation: Western Michigan University

Title: “If Every True Proposition is Knowable, then Every Believed (Decidable) Proposition Is True, or the  Incompleteness of the Intuitionistic Solution to the Paradox of Knowability”
Author: Elia Zardini
Affiliation: University of St. Andrews

Title: "Epistemic Benefits of Cultural Identity Group Membership"
Author: Sheron Fraser-Burgess
Affiliation: Ball State University

Title:  “Williamson on Justification”
Author: Dennis Whitcomb
Affiliation: Rutgers University

Endnote Address:  “'Personhood and Future Beliefs: Two New Argument for Reflection”
Author: Simon Evnine
Affiliation: University of Miami

2nd Annual Conference (2005)
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Keynote Address: "Dancing Qualia and the A Priori"
Author: John Hawthorne
Affiliation: Rutgers University

Title: "Epistemological Closeness and Subjunctive Conditionals" 
Author: Henry Pratt
Affiliation: Ohio State University

Title: "Freedom and Experience: A Critique of McDowell's Mind and World"
Author: Elliot Paul
Affiliation: Syracuse University

Title: "Rethinking the A Priori / A Posteriori Distinction"
Author: Jennifer Wilson 
Affiliation: University of Iowa

Title: "A Defense of the Standard Bayesian Treatment of the Quine-Duhem Problem"
Author: Kevin Coffey
Affiliation: University of Michigan

Endnote Address: "Coherence Externalized"
Author: Keith Lehrer
Affiliation: University of Arizona

1st Annual Conference (2004)
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Keynote Address: "Reasonable Disagreements"
Author: Richard Feldman
Affiliation: Rochester University

Title: "A Makeover of the Pure Causal Theory of Knowledge"
Author: Roald Nashi
Affiliation: Cornell University

Title: "Externalism and Conditional Reasons"
Author: Stephen Grimm
Affiliation: Notre Dame University

Title: "A Friendly Amendment to the Standard Analysis of Supposition"
Author: Eric Swanson
Affiliation: MIT

Title: "A Solution to the Gettier Problem"
Author: Keota Fields
Affiliation: CUNY

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The Miami Forum hosts graduate student presentations and discussions of philosophy.  It is the meeting place where insights and criticisms are given free play among the graduate students about their own work.  It is also where graduate students discuss conference presentations, funding, and other aspects of the profession of philosophy.  The Miami Forum is the birthplace of the first graduate student philosophy conference at the University of Miami.

Below is a list of past presidents, calendar of events, and an archive.  All current graduate students are invited to request meetings of the Forum by contacting the acting president.

The Governance of the Miami Forum

  1. Except for the discrepancies made here, the Miami Forum shall be conducted as stipulated by Kreider and Shaffer, 1995.
  2. The President of the Miami Forum shall solicit presentations and discussions from graduate students in the UM department of philosophy.
  3. The President shall decide all matters of scheduling of events.
  4. The President shall hold meetings for important graduate student affairs, e.g., electing a graduate student representative to the faculty meetings.
  5. The outgoing president shall appoint the incoming president according to the advice of the active Forum members and the past presidents.
  6. The Miami Forum president shall make every effort to aid graduate student conferences hosted by the UM department of philosophy.
  7. Candidates for president must be distinguished as leaders; preferably by standing as a conference organizer.


Brian Mondy/Mark Warren: 2008-present
Shane Oakley: 2005-2008
Jeremy Morris: 2002-2004
Michael Veber:  2000-2002
Len Olsen:  1999-2000
Michael J. Shaffer:  1995-1999





Daniel Cohen - "Love, Friendship, Harmony: A Reply to the 'Moral Schizophrenia' Argument Against Modern Ethical Theories" -  - October 31, 2008.





Aaron Wilson - "Peirce's Categorical Phenomenology as a Plausible ' First Philosophy'" - Friday, Oct 17, 2008

Ben Burgis - "What You Don't Need Paraconsistency or Pluralism For" - Friday, Oct 3, 2008

Philipp Schwind - "Does Holism Imply Moral Particularism?" - Friday, Sept 12, 2008

Shane Oakley - "Causation and Counterfactuals" - Friday, May 9, 2008

Nick Wiltsher
 - "Kornblith on Knowledge and Natural Kinds" - Friday, May 2, 2008

Ryan Lake - "Compatibilism and the Case Against Prepunishment" - Friday, March 21, 2008




Kristjan Laasik - "The Ambassadors' and the Ambulatory View of Knowledge" - Friday, October 12, 2007

Robin Neiman - "Putnam's Relativity and Our Interpretive Norms" - Friday, September 14, 2007

Nick Wiltsher - "Emotions in Sartre's Theory of Imagination" - Friday, September 7, 2007

Jeremy Morris - "Knowing That vs. Knowing What Someone Else Knows" - Friday, April 20, 2007

Shane Oakley - "On the Transitivity of Causation" - Friday, April 13, 2007



Fredrik Haraldsen - "Descriptive Names" - Friday, November 10, 2006

Daniel Cohen - "Value and Truth" - Friday, October 6, 2006

Mark Warren - "Dennetizing Tye: A Consideration of Michael Tye's PANIC Criteria for Phenomenal Content" - Friday, September 22, 2006

Ben Burgis - "God, the Origin of the Universe, and the Instantiation of Transfinite Set Theory" - Friday, September 8, 2006

 Aaron Wilson - "Pragmatism and the Heroic"- Friday September 1, 2006

Mike McCracken - "Propositions as Mind and Language - dependent Entites: A Deflationary View of the Ontology of Propositions - Friday March 31, 2006




Kristjan Laasik - "Searle on Consciousness and Intentionality" - Friday, December 9, 2005

Eric Sternberg - "Utilitarianism and Love", Friday, October 21, 2005

Noel Alphonse - "Reductive Heuristics for Finding Emergence" - Friday, October 7, 2005

Brian Mondy - "Toward an Understanding of epistemic Obligation" - Friday, September 30, 2005

 Shane Oakley -"Bayesian Updating and Testimonial Evidence" - Friday September 23, 2005

Kristin Borgwald - "Sidewalk Showdowns: Protecting Women's Reproductive Rights"  - Friday, September 2, 2005

Ryan Lake - "Personal Foreknowledge and the Improbability of Time Travel" - Friday April 15, 2005

Jeremy Morris - "Indexicals and Epistemology" - March 11, 2005

Shane Oakley
 - “Why a Humean Should Not Regret Prudential Considerations” - Friday, February 18, 2005


Michael McCracken - "Virture and Uncodifiability" - Friday, November 19, 2004

Christopher Weaver - "The Comparative Plausibility of Theory-Based versus Method-Based 'No Miracle Argumesn' for Scientific Realism" - Friday, October 29, 2004

Liz Giles - Leading Discussion of "When Is Reasoning Visual?" by George Stiny - Friday, October 22, 2004

Osvil Acosta-Morales - "Doxastic Courage The Will to Believe as Epistemic Virtue" - Friday, October 15, 2004

Meggan Payne - "For Endurantism But not of it:  The New Dualist Theory of Identity and Persistence" - Friday, September 24, 2004

Jeremy Morris - "A Priori Justification and Metajustification" - Friday, September 17, 2004

Jonathan Quianzon - "Three Senses of Would Conditionals" - Friday, September 10, 2004

Shirong Luo - "Character, Good Samaritans, and the Fundamental Attribution Error Comments on a paper by Gilbert Harman" - Friday, April 30, 2004

His-Heng Cheng - "Defending the ScotuPeirce Conception of Reality" - Friday, February 6, 2004