Philosophy Department

In Memoriam: Robert Fogelin

In Memoriam: Robert Fogelin, Professor of Philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Dartmouth College.

It is with a heavy heart that the department announces to students, colleagues and friends that Bob Fogelin died Monday, October 24, 2016, after struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. A full obituary can be found online, here. Family may be contacted at: Florence Fogelin, 18 Sterling Springs Dr, White River Junction, VT 05001.

The Natural and the Moral Order: What's to Blame?

Lecture by Nancy Cartwright

Thursday, May 19, 2016
41 Haldeman Hall
Free & open to all
Reception follows

Regarded as one of the most influential philosophers in the world, Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Durham (UK) and the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include philosophy and history of science (especially physics and economics), causal inference, causal power, scientific emergence and objectivity and evidence. Her current work, for the project "Knowledge for Use," investigates how to use scientific research results for better policies. She is the author of a number of books, including How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983), The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science (1999), and Evidence: For Policy and Wheresoever Rigor is a Must (2013), and she is past president of the Philosophy of Science Association and the American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division).

Workshop in Philosophy of Science: Idealizations, Fictions, and Values

Workshop in Philosophy of Science: Idealizations, Fictions, and Values


Friday (05/20): Rockefeller Center Class of 1930 Room

9:00-10:30 Round Table Discussion with Workshop Participants

11:00-12:30 Jordi Cat (Indiana Univ): ‘Scientific Assessment and Recommendation Between Modeling and Policy: Realism, Criticism and Deep Value Holism’

2:00-3:30 Alan Baker (Swarthmore): ‘Mathematics and Explanatory Entanglement’

4-5:30 Alisa Bokulich (BU): ‘Fiction As a Vehicle for Truth: Moving Beyond the Ontic Conception’


Saturday (05/21): 209 Thornton Hall

9:00-10:30 Courtney Roby  (Cornell): ‘Fictions in Early Greek Mechanics’

11:00-12:30 David Marshall Miller (Iowa State): ‘Making Observation Evidence: Regressus, Galileo, and the Moon’

2:00-3:30 Tarja Knuuttila (Univ South Carolina): ‘Abstract and Concrete: Artefactual Accounts of Models’

4:00-5:30 Jim Binkoski (Dartmouth): ‘Explanation and Dependence’


Prof. James Binkoski on the Philosophy of Time & Time Travel

Visiting Professor James Binkoski's Philosophy 1.08 class, "Philosophy of Time & Time Travel," was featured in an article in the April 5, 2016, issue of The Dartmouth. "Time is so elemental and so central to our experience of the world, Binkoski says. Abbey Cahill '18, who wrote the article, adds, "But we often don't bother to think about it, to ask those questions nd to see answers. The philosophy of time is a problem-solving class focused on reading, experimenting, calculating and arguing in a structured manner. The class combines the everyday with the extraordinary, the fundamental with the cutting-edge - and therein lies the magic."

A Scottish Thanksgiving

Dartmouth Now's recent article, "Far-Flung Thanksgiving: Off-Campus Programs Celebrate," includes a description of how the Religion and Philosophy FSPs - led by Religion Professor Kevin Reinhart and Philosophy Professor Susan Brison and both held at the University of Edinburgh this term - are combining forces to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Their Thanksgiving dinner, which will include turkey with all the fixings as well as vegetarian haggis, will be hosted in the home of a Dartmouth alum from the Class of 1974 who teaches at the university. One of the students on the Religion FSP comments, "The Dartmouth network never ceases to amaze me."

Mohan Matthen (Toronto) to deliver 41st Gramlich Lecture

Mohan Matthen, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver this year's Gramlich Lecture, "Pleasure and Art". Professor Matthen has published widely in the philosophy of perception, philosophy of biology, and ancient philosophy, and, more recently, the philosophy of art.


Art has value. At least in part, this is because it gives pleasure. What is the nature of this pleasure, and how does it confer value? In this paper, I offer an account of aesthetic pleasure as a mental state. I describe a certain type of pleasure—facilitating pleasure, as I call it—and show how aesthetic pleasure is a special kind of this. My account helps show how the psychology of human evaluation of beauty parallels the normative structure of Kantian philosophical aesthetics.