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Specialized Philosophy Talks

These are technical papers in the Anglo-American analytic tradition of Western philosophy. Available are topics in metaethics, the history of ethics, action theory and Kant exegesis. These papers are usually excerpted from current research, and are intended for delivery to philosophy department faculty and students. They take between 45 and 60 minutes to read or deliver, are frequently accompanied by printed hand-outs that aid in following the argument, and are followed by an hour of questions and discussion.

Philosophy papers are available from the following projects:

Rationality and the Structure of the Self: Research talks, both in English and in German, are excerpted from particular chapters of this recently completed two-volume project:

Volume I. The Humean Conception argues that the utility-maximization model of rationality and the belief-desire model of motivation that are jointly constitutive of the Humean conception are internally inconsistent and that the Humean conception of the self generates insoluble problems of moral motivation, rational final ends, and moral justification for metaethical foundationalists such as Rawls, Nagel, Brandt, Gewirth, Williams, Frankfurt, Baier, and others.

Volume II. A Kantian Conception articulates and defends a contemporary version of Kant’s own conception of the self as developed in the Critique of Pure Reason, against Humean and anti-rationalist objections. It argues that the explanatory and metaethical pitfalls of the Humean conception can be avoided by subsuming it as a special case of the Kantian conception.

Kant’s Metaethics: First Critique Foundations: This manuscript in progress is a study in Kant exegesis that argues that The Critique of Pure Reason provides the metaethical models of rationality, motivation and the self that Kant’s normative moral theory in the Groundwork and second Critique presupposes. Research talks are excerpted from particular chapters and always include printed hand-outs quoting the relevant texts which enable non-Kant scholars to follow the argument and participate in the discussion.

Philosophy Seminars

These are series of three-hour seminar meetings on selected topics in Kant, and in the history of ethics in both Western and Vedic traditions. All focus on close exegesis and critique of primary texts (in English or English translation). Each seminar meeting includes lecture, discussion, pre-prepared participant presentation, and critique. Texts include:

The Major Upanishads (four meetings)
Ishvara-Krishna, Samkhya-Karika (four meetings)
Vyasa, Bhagavad-Gita (six meetings)
Patanjali, Yoga Sutras (eight meetings)
Shankara, Atma-Bodha (four meetings)
Plato, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito (three meetings)
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (four meetings)
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (three meetings)
Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason (eight meetings)
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (six meetings)
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason (four meetings)
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (four meetings)
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals (four meetings)
Swami Vivekananda, Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga (four meetings)
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice and Justice as Fairness: A Restatement (six meetings)
John Rawls, Political Liberalism (four meetings)