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Colloquia, Events, Symposia, and Conferences

The Department of Philosophy features various colloquia, workshops, and other events throughout the academic year. For questions or information, please contact the Department Chairperson, Dr. Nellie Wieland <>.

See here for the schedule of events for the Applied Ethics Forum [AEF].

See here for the CLA Scholarly Intersections events [CLA].


Current Events


Symposium: FA17 CSULB Philosophy Day • 1 Dec 2017, 2:00pm–6:00pm, AS–122 [For information, contact organizer Larry Nolan.]
Guest Speaker: Matt McCormick (CSU Sacramento) ‘Proving the negative: justifying atheism’
Guest Speaker: Nicholas Jolley (UC Irvine) ‘Malebranche and Descartes on the existence of bodies’

Colloquium: Matt McCormick (CSU Sacramento) ‘From machine consciousness to the singularity‘ • 1 Dec 2017, 12:00pm–1:00pm, AS–122

ColloquiumEric Schliesser (University of Amsterdam) ‘Sophie de Grouchy: moralistic liberal (or sympathetic consequentialist) and enlightenment penal reform’ • 25 Oct 2017, 3:30pm5:00pm, CBA122

Intersections [CLA]: Paul Keyser (Independent scholar) ‘The Longue Durée of classics and successions in ancient scientific and medical traditions‘ • 20 Oct 2017, 11:00am1:00pm, LIB507


Previous Events


Thesis Defense: Alex Beard (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Absence causation in mechanistic explanation‘ • 19 Jun 2017,1:00pm3:30pm, MHB–915

Symposium: 2017 CSULB Philosophy Day • 12 May 2017, 12:30pm5:00pm [For information, contact organizer Nellie Wieland.]  |  photos from the event
Keynote: Brady Heiner (Cal State Fullerton) ‘Prosecuting race: mass incarceration and the unfinished project of American abolition’
Faculty Speaker: Jason Raibley (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Virtue and the metaphysics of well-being’

Colloquium [AEF]: Justin Klockseim (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa) ‘Epistocracy: a wolf in wolf’s clothing‘ • 06 April 2017, 3:30pm5:00pm, PH1108

Panel Discussion: ‘Women and the Law‘, featuring Amanda Trefethen • 05 Apr 2017, 6:00pm7:30pm, PH1140

Colloquium [AEF]: Molly Gardner (Bowling Green State University) ‘Doing right by future generations‘ • 09 Mar 2017, 3:30pm5:00pm, PH1135

Thesis Defense: Mitch Kaufman (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Direct versus indirect correspondence: dissolving the distinction‘ • 27 Feb 2017,10:00pm12:15pm, MHB–915

Colloquium [AEF]: Kristina Meshelski (Cal State Northridge) ‘Calexit from a social contract perspective• 23 Feb 2017, 3:30pm5:00pm, PH1108

Colloquium: Patrick Connelly (Iowa State University) ‘Locke’s epistemology and the metaphysics of relations‘ • 06 Feb 2017, 4:30pm6:00pm, FA1202

Intersections [CLA]: Rebecca Gordon (San Francisco State University) ‘Torture and ethics: US policy and practice in the age of terror’ • 03 Nov 2016, 4:00pm6:00pm, USU205 [Co-sponsored with Departments of Anthropology, Asian & Asian American Studies Religious Studies, and Sociology. For information, contact organizer Sam Coleman (AAAS).]

Thesis Defense: Nathan Lackey (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Scientific realism and the geometric structure of physical theories‘ • 30 Sept 2016, 8:30am10:30am, MHB–915


Thesis Defense: Andrew Bollhagen (Cal State Long Beach) ‘An empirical look at the transparency of perceptual experience‘ • 30 Jun 2016,11:00am–1:30pm, MHB–915

Thesis Defense: Regina Swanson (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Priority and Its Role in Descartes’s Cosmological Argument‘ • 07 Jun 2016,11:30am–1:30pm, MHB–915

Symposium: Philosophy of Geometry • 5:00pm7:00pm, 02 May 2016, LA1304
Guest Speaker: John Mumma (Cal State San Bernardino) ‘Intuitions, axioms and Euclid’s diagrammatic proof method’

Symposium: 2016 CSULB Philosophy Day • 12:30pm4:00pm, 22 Apr 2016, LA2100 [For information, contact organizers Joanne Dalby, Rebekah Ochoa-Chauvie, & Larry Nolan.]  |  photos from the event

Reading Group: Philosophy of Mathematics [For information, contact organizer Nathan Lackey.]

Intersections [CLA]: Quixote Quadricentennial: A SoCal Symposium • 28 Oct 2015, 1:00pm7:00pm, AS110 Anatol Center [Co-sponsored with Departments of RGRLL, English, CHLS, CWL, Classics, Latin American Studies, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For information, contact organizer Bonnie Gasior (SPAN).]


Symposium: 2015 CSULB Philosophy Day • 9:00am5:30pm, 24 Apr 2015, AS119 Anatol Center [For information, contact organizers Alex Klein & Jason Raibley.]
Keynote: Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna) ‘Instantive morality’
Guest Speaker
: Michael Rings (Bellevue College) ‘Authenticity, self-fulfillment, and Revolutionary Road
Guest Speaker: Andrew Howat (Cal State Fullerton) ‘What’s the use of truth? Pragmatism and conceptual analysis’
Guest Speaker: Cailin O’Connor (University of California Irvine) ‘Modeling the evolution of guilt’

Colloquium: Nellie Wieland (Cal State Long Beach) ‘More to the story: quotation as broadly metarepresentational’ • 5:00pm6:30pm, 11 May 2015, LA3108

Colloquium [AEF]: Dale Dorsey (University of Kansas) ‘A good death’ • 3:30pm5:00pm, 09 Apr 2015, VEC113

Thesis Defense: Christian Weede (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Overcoming the present‘ • 11 Mar 2015, 5:15am–1:30pm, MHB–915

Colloquium [AEF]: Meghan Masto (Lafayette College) ‘Empathy, autism, psychopathy, and right action’ • 05 Mar 2015

Colloquium [AEF]: Megs Gendreau (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘Relocation, climate migration, and justification’ • 26 Feb 2015

Colloquium: Sam Newlands (Notre Dame) ‘Backing into Spinoza’ • 3:30pm5:15pm, 23 Oct 2014, AS119 [Karl Anatol Center]

Thesis Defense: Kevin Watson (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Persons and how we trace them: what Johnston got wrong’ • 09 Oct 2014, 3:00am–5:30pm, MHB–915


Thesis Defense: Emily Barrett (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Defending the doxastic conception of delusions’ • 05 Jun 2014, 10:00am–12:30pm, MHB–915

Symposium: 2014 CSULB Philosophy Day • 9:00pm5:30pm, 24 Apr 2014, LA1–304 [For information, contact organizers Wayne Wright & Marcy Lascano.]
Keynote: Janet Levin (University of Southern California) ‘Is there a hard problem of consciousness?’
Guest Speaker: Foad Dizadji-Bahmani (Cal State Los Angeles) ‘On the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics’

Colloquium [SPA]: Jeffrey Broughton (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Buddhist philosophy’ • 5:00pm6:00pm, 23 Apr 2014 in LA1-300

Colloquium [SPA]: Charles Wallis (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Do philosophers dream of Platonic sheep?’ • 5:00pm6:00pm, 27 Mar 2014 in LA1308

Thesis Defense: Philip Cross (Cal State Long Beach) ‘First causes and sufficient reasons: a defense of the cosmological argument’ • 14 Mar 2014, 12:00am–3:00pm, MHB–915

Colloquium [AEF]: Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin) ‘The morality of the death penalty’ • 3:30pm5:00pm, 06 Mar 2014, LA5165

Colloquium [CLA]: John Corvino (Wayne State University) ‘The definition of marriage’ • 3:30pm5:30pm, 06 Feb 2014, AS119 Anatol Center [Co-sponsored with Departments of Political Science, Religious Studies, WGSS, and the Center for First Amendment Studies. For information, contact organizer Jason Raibley (AEF).] | flyer for the event


Thesis Defense: Dan Norton (Cal State Long Beach) ‘O’Connor’s agent causal theory of free will: an evaluation’ • 29 May 2013, 2:30pm–5:00pm, MHB–915

Symposium: 2013 CSULB Philosophy Day • 9:45am6:00pm, 03 May 2013 in AS234 [For information, contact organizers Marcy Lascano & Jason Raibley.]
Keynote: Aaron James (University of California Irvine) ‘On the philosophical interest and surprising significance of the asshole’
Guest Speaker: Kristen Irwin (Biola University) ‘Reason in Bayle and Leibniz’

Thesis Defense: Kristopher Gay (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Nietzsche’s great health: overcoming the Calliclean interpretation of the revaluation’ • 20 Mar 2013, 11:00am–2:00pm, MHB–915


Thesis Defense: T. Josh Folk (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Moral responsibility and manipulation’ • 06 Jul 2012, 11:00am–2:00pm, MHB–915

Symposium: 2012 CSULB Philosophy Day • 9:00am5:30pm 11 May 2012 in AS235 [For information, contact organizers Cory Wright & Alex Klein.]
Keynote: Robin Jeshion (University of Southern California) ‘Dehumanizing slurs’
Faculty Speaker: Max Rosenkrantz (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Bergmann, ontology, and the ideal language method’

Colloquium: Ken Brown (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) ‘Virtual persons: lessons from Locke’ • 5:00pm7:00pm, 03 May 2012 in LA5-167

Colloquium: Eric Schliesser (Ghent University) ‘Spinoza and the Newtonians on motion and matter (and God, of course)’ • 3:30pm-5:30pm, 21 Oct 2011 in LA5246

Thesis Defense: Amy Massoud (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Dirty hands, virtue ethics, and consequentialism’ • 02 Aug 2011, 11:00am–2:00pm, MHB–915


Thesis Defense: John Clevenger (Cal State Long Beach) ‘The role of intuition in philosophical theory construction’ • 15 Jun 2011, 4:00pm–7:00pm, MHB–915

Colloquium: Jeremy Heis (University of California Irvine) ‘Kant on parallel lines’ • 5:00pm7:00pm, 07 Apr 2011 in ???

Colloquium: Sean Greenberg (University of California Irvine) ‘Occasionalism and human freedom in Malebranche: things that undermine each other’ • 5:00pm7:00pm, 24 Mar 2011 in CBA122

Conference: Pacific Society for Women in Philosophy (P-SWIP), Pacific Division Meeting [For information, contact organizer Nellie Wieland.]
Keynote speaker: Talia Bettcher (Cal State Los Angeles) ‘Full frontal morality: transphobia, intimacy, and the LAPD treatment of transgender individuals’

Colloquium: Adam Swenson (Cal State Northridge) ‘Gnawing, searing, stabbing and throbbing: what pains might represent’ • 21 Sept 2010 in LA1304

Colloquium: Alexander Klein (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Francis Galton’s experimental philosophy: the case against Berkeley on abstract ideas’ • 19 Sept 2010


Thesis Defense: David Glover (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Reconciling the doctrine of original sin with principles of moral responsibility’ • 18 Jun 2010, 3:00pm–5:00pm, MHB–915

Thesis Defense: Kara Sutton-Jones (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Virtue theory and journalistic ethics’ • 24 Mar 2010, 5:00pm–7:30pm, MHB–915

Colloquium: Lex Newman (University of Utah) ‘Is sense perception direct? What we can learn from Descartes and Locke’ • 3:30pm5:30pm, 23 Mar 2010 in LA5–246


Thesis Defense: Saad Anis (Cal State Long Beach) ‘A defense of Mackie’s error theory’ • 19 Jun 2009, 12:00pm–2:30pm, MHB–915

Thesis DefenseJonathan Peto (Cal State Long Beach) ‘A defense of Donald Davidson’s dissolution of the problem of global skepticism’ • 12 Jun 2009, 1:00pm–3:30pm, MHB–915

Thesis Defense: Rick Fox (Cal State Long Beach) ‘The interpretive philosophy of Michael Krausz: a pragmatic application to the philosophical aesthetics of architecture’ • 15 May 2009, 6:00pm–8:30pm, MHB–915

Colloquium: Julia Beauquel (Université Nancy) ‘Which definition for dance?’ • 3:30pm5:30pm, 12 Mar 2009 in MHB915

Colloquium: Julie Van Camp (Cal State Long Beach) ‘Yes, but is it vandalism? Graffiti, conceptual criminals, artists, and free speech’ • 3:30pm5:30pm, 25 Sept 2008 in ???