Week 10 Events

Reading and Film Group
Monday, 27th March; 7 pm; The New Amphion, Teviot Row House (Map)
Reading: Annette Baier’s ‘Can Philosophers be Patriots?
[Next week’s film: ‘Zizek!‘ (dir. Astra Taylor)]
Discussion Group
Tuesday, 28th March; 7 pm, The New Amphion, Teviot Row House (Map)
Topic: Knowledge and Truth-Relativism
Academic Support Office Hours
Wednesday, 29th March; 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm; Dugald Stewart Building (DSB), Room 5.01.

Guest Lecture

Thursday, 30th March; 6.15 pm, David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre B.

Speaker: Dr Patrick Greenough, University of Edinburgh

Title: Conceptual Engineering: For and Against

Abstract: Conceptual Engineering is the view that many, or even most, philosophical concepts are broken and are in need of repair or replacement. On such a view, we should not simply be asking: What is our concept of X? Rather, we should (also) be asking: What should our concept of X be? In this talk I look at some of the arguments for and against Conceptual Engineering. Without mincing words, the main news will be that “Conceptual Engineering” is a bad name for a bad idea. An alternative to Conceptual Engineering will be briefly sketched.