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45TH Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, 2020-21

Every year the UMM Philosophy Discipline hosts the Midwest Philosophy Colloquium, where distinguished speakers come to campus and give talks on topics of general interest.

Previous colloquium speakers have included Donald Davidson, Saul Kripke, Fred Dretske, J.L. Mackie, Gilbert Harman, David Gauthier, Keith Donnellan, Kurt Baier, Alvin Goldman, David Kaplan, Paul Benacerraf, Keith Lehrer, Jonathan Bennett, John Searle, Robert Solomon, Phillipa Foot, Eleanor Stump, Fred Feldman, Nancy Cartwright, Gary Watson, Michael Bratman, Stephen Stich, and many others.

45th ANNUAL MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM: Philosophy of Conspiracy Theory

Digital recordings of these lectures are available: visit our YouTube Channel.


Public Lecture by Brian Keeley (Pitzer College): "Conspiracy Theories and Public Trust"
Recorded Monday, February 22

Public Lecture by M.R.X Dentith (Beijing Normal University): "The Ethics of Conspiracy Theorising in the Age of the Novel Coronavirus"
Recorded Wednesday, March 17

Public Lecture by Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University/Oxford): "The New Conspiracism and the Old Conspiracism"
Recorded Wednesday, March 24

Public Lecture by David Coady (University of Tasmania): "Why I'm Not Talking About Conspiracy Theories"
Recorded Tuesday, April 6

Public Lecture by Charles Pigden (University of Otago): "'Conspiracy Theory' as a Tonkish Term: The Runabout Inference-Ticket from Truth to Falsehood"
Recorded Wednesday, April 7

Public Lecture by Karen Kovaka (Virginia Tech): "Just Leave it Alone? Interpreting Evidence about the Effectiveness of Conservation Interventions" [Earth Day Special Event]
Thursday, April 22


1. Conversation with Michael Levine (University of Western Australia) about Hume's "Of Miracles"
Tuesday, September 15th, 8 p.m. CST

2. Conversation with Brian Keeley (Pitzer College) about his article "Of Conspiracy Theories"
Tuesday, September 29, 6 p.m. CST

3. Conversation with Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University/Oxford) about his article "Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Theorizing"
Tuesday, October 13, 7 p.m. CST

4. Conversation with David Coady (University of Tasmania) about his article "Conspiracy Theories and Official Stories"
October 27, 7 p.m. CST

5. Conversation with Charles Pigden (University of Otago) about his article "Popper Revisited or What is Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?"
Tuesday, November 10, 7 p.m. CST

6. Conversation with Karen Kovaka (Virginia Tech) about her article "Climate Change Denial and Beliefs about Science"
Tuesday, November 24, 7 p.m. CST