Cora Diamond - October 10, 2011

Cora Diamond

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy Emerita Professor of Law, University of Virginia

"The Problem of Impiety: Is Anything off Limits for Us"

8:00 PM Monday, October 10, 2011
University Theatre

Can any way of acting be ruled out that does not depend on an appeal to divine prohibition? Taking a historical approach to this question, renowned moral philosopher Cora Diamond will discuss suicide, inoculation, the treatment of the dead, the treatment of animals, and other issues that have been hugely controversial, in an attempt to determine if human reason by itself is ever equal to resolving moral dilemmas.

Please note, these lectures will not be posted online and a podcast will not be made available. 

"Thinking about Philosophy after Iris Murdoch: What Room is there for Humanistic Reflection on Experience?"

3:40 PM Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Gallagher Business Building 123

You are cordially invited to attend a seminar with moral philosopher Cora Diamond. After completing her graduate work at Oxford University, she taught briefly at the University College of Swansea and at the University of Sussex. She was a lecturer in Moral Philosophy at Aberdeen University from 1963 to 1971 and then began teaching at the University of Virginia, remaining there until her retirement in 2002. During her tenure at the University of Virginia, she served as chairman of the Philosophy department and Dean of the Graduate School. She specialized in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Gottlob Frege, as well as the philosophy of language, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy and literature. Her publications include:

L’importance d’être humain (2011)

Rileggere Wittgenstein (2010), co-author with James Conant

L’immaginazione e la vita morale (2006)

The Realistic Spirit: Wittgenstein, Philosophy, and the Mind (1991)

Intention and Intentionality, co-editor with Jenny Teichman (1979)

Wittgenstein’s Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics, Cambridge, 1939, editor (1976)

Her forthcoming collection of essays on ethics, Menschen, Tiere und Begriffe, is scheduled for imminent publication. Articles by Professor Diamond have appeared in major scholarly journals and anthologies.