Philosophy at NUS
Words and objects. Actions and events. Rituals and rites. Here in NUS, we cover both Eastern and Western philosophy, giving you the best of both worlds.

The Philosophy of Pictures Workshop (5 Jun – 6 Jun)

The NUS Department of Philosophy will be hosting a 2-day workshop on the Philosophy of Pictures. Title of Workshop: Easing Off The Easel: Pictoriality and Paradigms of Pictures. Abstract: In contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, the study of pictures—pictoriality, depiction—is typically treated, presumptively, as a branch of aesthetics. This is like making philosophy of language a branch of aesthetics because Hamlet is written [...] read more

List of Philosophy Modules Offered for AY2013/2014

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the new list of modules offered for AY2013/2014. To view the list, please visit read more

Commencement Party 2013

The department of philosophy will be hosting a Commencement Party on 28 June, 2013 (evening) at the NUS Shaw Foundation Alumni House for students graduating this semester. More details to follow. In the meantime, mark your calendar… read more

“Three Puzzles about Spatial Experience” by David Chalmers (6 May)

Is it possible that everything that seems to be on your left is actually on your right?  Is it possible that everything in the world is twice as big as it seems to be?  Is it possible that everything that seems square is actually an extended rectangle?  Through reflection on these and related puzzles I [...] read more

Time Workshop (23 Apr)

The NUS Department of Philosophy will be hosting a workshop on time on Tuesday, 23 April 2013, from 2pm to 5.30pm at the Philosophy Resource Room (AS-05-23) in NUS. (More details below) Retrocausality – What Would It Take? (2pm – 3.10pm) by Huw Price, Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a Fellow of Trinity College, [...] read more

“Intellectual Autonomy” by Allan Hazlett (18 Apr)

Is it good to be intellectually autonomous?  If it is, in what way is it good?  In this talk I defend the value of intellectual autonomy by appeal to the value of non-testimonial knowledge.  I criticize some accounts of the value of non-testimonial belief (namely, those that reject the possibility of reliable belief, knowledge, certainty, [...] read more

“Seeing, Visualizing, and Believing” by John Zeimbekis (11 Apr)

I begin with an account of how visual processes construct the nonconceptual contents caused by picture perceptions, and then ask how those contents survive into doxastic, personal-level awareness. The account suggests that subjects have a degree of personal-level control over some of the visual processes that yield visual experiences, phenomenal characters, and nonconceptual contents as [...] read more

“Just Knowers: Towards a Virtue Epistemology in the Mahãbhãrata” by Vrinda Dalmiya (28 Mar)

Adopting the framework of Anglo Analytic Virtue Epistemology, I ask of the Sanskrit epic, the Mahābhārata, the question: What sort of character or intellectual virtues must a good knower have? Then, motivated by broadly feminist sensibilities, I raise the concern whether motivations for knowing the world can be associated with motivations to rectify injustices in [...] read more

“Envy, Competition, Markets and Morals” by Arindam Chakrabati (22 Mar)

Inequality generates envy. Even a perfectly happy contented person or community can suddenly be made to feel poorer and unhappier in comparison if they are bombarded with vivid information of the over-achievement, opulence and overconsumption by a neighbor or a neighboring community. Envy is not only a form of suffering, it is a poisonous sentiment [...] read more

“Truth and Recognition of Truth: Frege and Nyaya” by Arindam Chakrabarti (21 Mar)

Although a staunch realist in many senses, Gottlob Frege rejected the correspondence theory of truth because it leads to a vicious regress. Donald Davidson has more recently argued that truth (in natural language) is indefinable and any attempt to define truth would be sheer folly. I trace back basic reason why truth could not be [...] read more