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2021 Keynotes

Jenann Ismael

Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and affiliate of the Zuckerman Institute. Areas of specialisation: philosophy of physics, metaphysics, philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind.

Stephen M Gardiner

Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is also the Director of the Program on Ethics. Areas of specialisation: applied ethics, climate change, environment, ethics, Greek (classical), human rights and political philosophy. Stephen’s current research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.


Michelle Kosch

Michelle Kosch received her PhD from Columbia University in 1999, has held positions at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins, and is currently Professor of Philosophy at Cornell. She has published two monographs (Freedom and Reason in Kant, Schelling and Kierkegaard, OUP 2006, and Fichte’s Ethics, OUP 2018) and articles on many topics and figures in post-Kantian European philosophy. Current projects include work on Simone de Beauvoir’s ethical thought and Fichte’s political philosophy. 


Lewis Gordon

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. Areas of specialisation: Africana Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Science, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Education, Aesthetics and Philosophy in Film, Literature, and Music, Philosophy of Culture, Race, and Racism, Philosophy of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychoanalysis, and Global Southern Thought.


Kate Manne

Associate Professor of the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. She is the author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women. Areas of specialisation: moral philosophy (especially metaethics and moral psychology). feminist philosophy, and social philosophy.

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is often glossed as an interpersonal practice involving manipulating the victim into feeling "crazy." In this talk, I moot various desiderata for an adequate account of gaslighting, and argue for a broader account of the phenomenon—and, ultimately, a definition of gaslighting which allows that it can (a) be a political and cultural practice rather than an interpersonal one, (b) proceed by making victims feel negative moral emotions (such as guilty or ashamed) for deviating from the gaslighter's preferred narrative, and (c) be defined functionally as a process which, roughly, makes the target feel defective for so doing. I close by considering practices that encourage fruitful disagreement as an antidote to gaslighting.


Peter Godfrey-Smith

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Areas of specialisation: philosophy of biology and the philosophy of mind, and the area of intersection between these fields. Peter also works on pragmatism (especially John Dewey), problems of evidence, and other parts of philosophy of science.


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