Societal Implications: Applying Academic Philosophy Outside of the Academy

March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018
Department of Philosophy, Boston University

Boston University
United States

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  • Society for Applied Philosophy


Kieran Setiya
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lynne Tirrell
University of Connecticut


Kokot Jordan
Boston University
Jordan Kokot
Boston University
Elliott Risch
Boston University

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The Society for Applied Philosophy and Boston University present BU’s Third Annual Graduate Conference in Philosophy,

"Societal Implications: Applying Academic Philosophy Outside of the Academy."


Location: Boston University Charles River Campus Photonics Building, West End Lounge (9th floor). 

Conference Dates: March 17th-18th, 2018

What work can philosophers do to influence the world beyond the walls of the academy?  In what way does contemporary philosophy impact social norms? How can philosophers help us better understand the “safety” said to be found in safe spaces?  In what ways can philosophers help us navigate delicate questions concerning the second amendment? What about the ‘me too’ movement, pleasure politics and women’s health equity?

These questions and others like them have occasioned Boston University’s third annual graduate conference in philosophy, “Societal Implications: Applying Academic Philosophy Outside of the Academy.”

Presented by Boston University’s Department of Philosophy and the Society for Applied Philosophy, this conference will feature presentations by seven graduate students from across the United States and abroad, two keynote addresses, one from Professor Lynne Tirrell (UConn) and one from Professor Kieran Setiya (MIT), as well as a round table discussion focused on contemporary topics in applied social and political philosophy.  This conference is free and open to the public and has been designed to be accessible and engaging to both the thoughtful member of the public and the entrenched academic thinker. We warmly invite you to join with us this Saturday and Sunday for what promises to be a series of rich and potent conversations concerning some of the most pressing issues in our fraught social and political landscape.

This conference has been generously funded by The Society for Applied Philosophy ( and The Department of Philosophy at Boston University (

This event will be free and open to the public.

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