Working Groups

The Working Groups are graduate student organizations that host guest speakers and workshops. The Calendar of Events lists talks and workshops  for the  academic year hosted by the Working Groups. 

CogSci  A calendar of the cognitive science events at Yale, including the Current Work in Cognitive Science series and the Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Morality series. The calendar also includes relevant conferences and working groups at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and computer science. Please contact Kate Stanton, Kevin Tobia, or Joanna Demaree-Cotton for more information.

ELLMM City  Talks scheduled by the Epistemology, Language, Logic, Mind, and Metaphysics group. Please contact Will Ratoff, or Mike Deigan  for more information.

Law & Philosophy  Events scheduled by the Law and Philosophy program. Please contact Scott Shapiro for more information.

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)  A working group open to undergraduates, graduates and faculty alike, MAP focuses on: a) the minority issues in the profession, b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc., and c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. MAP holds talks, lectures and reading groups. Sponsored by the Graduate School Dean’s Fund and occasionally co-sponsored by the Women Faculty Forum. For more information, please contact Yuan Yuan.  See the website for more information.

Philosophy of Religion A reading group that meets about once a month to discuss work in progress related to philosophy of religion. Papers are typically distributed in advance. Please contact Evan Morse for more information.

Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale  (SEMPY) A working group that promotes the study and discussion of the works of European philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Relevant works include, but are not limited to, those of Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid and Kant. Papers are made available for participants to read beforehand whenever possible; sessions usually begin with a brief summary of the author’s work followed by open discussion. Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. Please see SEMPY’s website for more information.

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy (WGAP) Organizes workshops each semester designed to support the interdisciplinary study of ancient philosophy at Yale. The usual format is a paper presemtaton followed by a period of open discussion. Knowledge of classical languages is not required to follow the presentations and participate in the discussions; all original texts are discussed in English translations provided by the speakers. Sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. For more information, please contact Daniel Ferguson, Emily Kress, or Allison Glasscock.

Moral Philosophy Working Group (MPWG) A working group focusing on issues in moral and political philosophy. Papers from graduate students and faculty both within and outside of Yale are welcome. Meetings are informal and consist of a short presentation, followed by discussion. Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center. For more information, please contact Juan Piñeros, Yuan Yuan, and Ajay Ravichandran.