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Reading Groups

Semester by Semester Schedule

Fall 2015

Ethics Reading Group

The Ethics Reading Group (ERG) Ethics Reading Group is reading Martha Nussbaum’s book From Disgust to Humanity.  Contact Suzy Killmister for any questions and/or information.

Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group (ECOM) has a bi-weekly reading group.  Meeting times and readings can be found on the ECOM website ECOM under Events.

Rumfitt Reading Group

We will be reading Ian Rumfitt’s recent book The Boundary Stones of Thought: An Essay in Philosophy of Logic.  We meet Thursdays 1-3PM in the Manchester Hall Basement Lounge. Our schedule, with readings, this semester is as follows:

  1. 9/10 – Chapter One: Introduction
  2. 9/17 – Chapter Two: Logical Laws
  3. 9/24 – Chapter Three: Logical Necessity
  4. 10/1 – Chapter Four: The Argument of Dummett’s “Truth”
  5. 10/8 – Chapter Five: The Verificationist Attack on Classical Logic
  6. 10/15 – Chapter Six: Possibilities
  7. 10/22 – Chapter Seven: Challenges from the Infinite and from the Infinitesimal
  8. 10/29 – Chapter 8: The Challenge from Vagueness
  9. 11/5 – Chapter 9: On the Use of Classical Logic in Set Theory
  10. 11/12 – Chapter 10: Conclusion

Contact Nathan Kellen for any questions and information.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This fall we will be reading  Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. We’ll be meeting Tuesdays 4:30-5:30PM, in Manchester Hall 227. Contact Andrew Parisi for any questions and information.

Spring 2015

Category Theory Reading Group

The Category Theory Reading Group (CTR) is reading “Categories for the Working Mathematician” by Saunders Mac Lane. This is a textbook on category theory, a branch of mathematics which acts as a unified conceptual framework for discussing abstractions in other areas of mathematics.  Contact Morgan Thomas for any questions and information.

Ethics Reading Group

The Ethics Reading Group (ERG) Ethics Reading Group is reading Simone de Beauvior’s book The Ethics of Ambiguity.  Contact Paul Bloomfield for any questions and/or information.

Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group (ECOM) has a bi-weekly reading group.  Meeting times and readings can be found on the ECOM website ECOM under Events.

Medieval Reading Group (MRG)

The Medieval Reading Group meets Thursdays from 11-12:30 to discuss various papers on work from medieval philosophers. Focus so far has been on medieval approaches to issues in logic, e.g. supposition theory (roughly corresponding to modern questions of reference and truth conditions), consequentia (questions regarding the nature of logical consequence), and solutions to paradoxes like the Liar and the paradox of validity.  This semester we’ve discussed selections from Terence Parsons’ recent book Articulating Medieval Logic as well as papers by Stephen Read among others. Contact David Pruitt for any questions and information.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This fall we will be reading Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. We’ll be meeting weekly starting in January. Contact Nathan Kellen for any questions and information.

Fall 2014

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This fall we will be reading more selections from Wittgenstein’s unpublished and oft-overlooked Big Typescript (TS 213), which includes chapters on nearly every topic Wittgenstein was interested in during his career. We’ll be meeting weekly starting in September. Contact Nathan Kellen for any questions and information.

Medieval Reading Group

The Medieval Reading Group (MRG) meets  (TBD) to discuss various papers on work from medieval philosophers. Focus has been on medieval logic, in particular Buridan’s notion of consequentia and the Liar Paradox. The group will meet this semester to discuss issues in medieval logic, discussing a numer of different papers by people such as Klima, Perini-Santos, Read and Dutilh Novaes. Contact Andrew Parisi for any questions and information.

Reading Group on Ruth Garrett Millikan’s work

The Millikan Reading Group gathers bi-weekly (schedule for fall 2014 TBA) to discuss the work of Ruth Millikan. We are currently reading her latest manuscript, and in the past have read parts of Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories, as well as various articles. Contact Nathan Sheff for any questions and information.

Summer 2014

Reading Group on Ruth Garrett Millikan’s work

This summer we are organising a reading group on Professor Emerita Ruth Millikan’s influential work in the philosophy of mind, language and biology. Readings include seminal papers, sections from Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories as well as chapters from a draft of a new book manuscript. We are meeting every other Wednesday (starting 21 May) at 4.10 in the Manchester Hall 227. Contact Nathan Sheff for any questions and information.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This summer we will be reading selections from Wittgenstein’s unpublished and oft-overlooked Big Typescript (TS 213), which includes chapters on nearly every topic Wittgenstein was interested in during his career. We’ll be meeting weekly starting in July. Contact Nathan Kellen for any questions and information.

Reading Group on Hue Price’s 2013 Book

This summer we’ll be meeting 4 times to read Huw Price’s Expressivism, Pragmatism and Representationalism (Cambridge, 2013).
Contact Nathan Kellen for any questions and further information.

Spring 2014

Ethics Reading Group

This semester we’re reading TM Scanlon’s What We Owe to Each Other, a highly influential book in both metaethics and normative ethics, in which he develops his buck-passing account of goodness and contractualist normative theory.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This semester we’re following the Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics with his earlier Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics. The Lectures were delivered at Cambridge in 1939 and represent Wittgenstein’s middle period thoughts on mathematics, with intervening comments by Turing and others in the audience.

Fall 2013

Ethics Reading Group

This semester we’re reading Miranda Fricker’s groundbreaking 2007 book on the intersection between epistemology and ethics, Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

This semester we’re reading Wittgenstein’s infamous Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, which represent his most fully worked out views on mathematics, including his often discussed remarks on set theory and the incompleteness theorems.

Dummett Reading Group

This semester we’re meeting to read and discuss themes from Michael Dummett’s corpus. We will begin by reading several of Dummett’s early papers, including “Truth”, “Realism” and “The Philosophical Basis of Intuitionistic Logic”. Then we will spend the rest of the semester reading Dummett’s magnum opus, The Philosophical Basis of Intuitionistic Logic.

Recurring Reading Group List:

Ethics Reading Group

The Ethics Reading Group (ERG) meets each semester to discuss specific topics in moral and political philosophy, typically a classic in the field, a new and exciting book or a series of closely interrelated articles. In past semesters we’ve read Parfit’s On What Matters, Nicomachean Ethics and papers on the competing theories of harm.

UConn Wittgenstein Group

The UConn Wittgenstein Group (UCW) is a group designed to foster close readings and interaction with Wittgenstein’s writings, both early and late. We meet weekly (as opposed to the standard fortnightly group schedules) in order to move methodically through the text. In past semesters we’ve read Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics and On Certainty.