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2008 Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy

The New York University Department of Philosophy sponsors annual conferences on issues in modern philosophy. Each conference invites a number of distinguished philosophers to examine the development of a central philosophical problem from early modern philosophy to the present, seeking to understand the evolution of formulations of the problem and of approaches to resolving it. By examining the work of philosophers of the past both in historical context and in relation to contemporary philosophical thinking, the conferences aim to allow philosophy’s past and present to illuminate each other.

The 2008 Conference, Skepticism, will be held November 8-9, 2008. Registration for the conference is now closed.

Note: As of October 30, the conference schedule has been updated.

Conference Papers

Brian Leiter, Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche
Peter Millican, Hume, Causal Realism, and Causal Science
Gianni Paganini, How to Learn from Doubt: Descartes and Renaissance Scepticism
Ernest Sosa, Descartes and Virtue Epistemology
Jonathan Vogel, Kant's "Refutation of Idealism" Reconsidered

Comments on Leiter by R. Lanier Anderson
Comments on Paganini by Catherine Wilson
Comments on Vogel by Andrew Chignell
(Please check back periodically; papers and comments will be posted as they become available.)

Past conferences:
2007: "Aesthetic Judgment"
2006: "Understanding Space and Time" 
2005: "Reason and the Emotions in Modern Philosophy"  
2004: "Self-consciousness and Personal Identity in Modern Philosophy"