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The Jockey Club

The Department organizes a weekly discussion group, the Jockey Club, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and interested participants from the St. John’s community. Many participants also come from other disciplines in the university and visiting speakers are invited to participate as well.

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Each Entry is accompanied by as much Bibliographic Information as is readily available, and, if available, the exact date of Presentation and the Identity of the Responsible Figure.
Many entries carry numerous and at times significant Omissions which, it is suggested, may be remedied by Relevant Parties. Relevant Parties may also wish to bring Attention to Erroneous or Missing Entries.

Summer 1993: The Breezeway Sessions

Edmund Gettier, 'Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?' from M. Roth & L. Galis, Knowing (NY: Random House, 1970), pp. 35-8 (originally pub. Analysis 23, 1963). This was the First Paper discussed by the Jockey Club. Darren Hynes, Richard Matthews, Phil Rose, and David Scott Attending.
Noam Chomsky, 'Recent Contributions to the Theory of Innate Ideas' from P. Stich, ed., Innate Ideas (Berkeley: U. of California P., 1975), pp. 121-31.
David E. Cooper, 'Postmodernism and 'The End of Philosophy,'' International Journal of Philosophical Studies 1: 49-59.
Donald Davidson, 'On the Very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme' from his Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation (Oxford: Clarendon, 1984), pp. 183-98.
Thomas E. Hill, 'Servility and Self-Respect,' from his Autonomy and Self-Respect (Cambridge: CUP, 1991), pp. 4-18.
Norman Malcolm, 'Defending Common Sense,' The Philosophical Review 58 (1949): 201-20.
Thomas Nagel, 'Brain Bisection and the Unity of Consciousness,' from his Mortal Questions (Cambridge: CUP, 1979), pp. 147-164.
Alessandro Pizzorno, 'Foucault and the Liberal View of the Individual'
Jeremy Waldron, 'Theoretical Foundations of Liberalism,' The Philosophical Quarterly 37.147 (1987): 127-50.
Hilary Putnam, 'Why There Isn't a Ready-Made World' from his Realism and Reason (Cambridge: CUP, 1983), pp. 205-28.
Hilary Putnam, 'Why Reason Can't be Naturalized,' from K. Baynes, et al, eds., After Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1987), pp. 222-44.
Richard Rorty, 'Moral Identity and Private Autonomy'

Fall 1993: The Unknown Sessions

Dorothea Frede, 'Beyond Realism and Anti-Realism: Rorty on Heidegger and Davidson,' Review of Metaphysics 40 (June 1987): 733-57.
Rudiger Bubner, 'Kant, Transcendental Arguments and the Problem of Deduction,' Review of Metaphysics 28 (1975): 453-67.
Ernest Cassirer, 'On the Theory of the Formation of Concepts,' from his Substance and Function (Chicago: Open Court, 1923), pp. 3-26.
G.E.M. Anscombe, 'The Principle of Individuation'
Michael Dummett, 'Realism,' from his Truth and Other Enigmas (Duckworth, 1978), pp. 145-65.
G.E.M. Anscombe, 'Aristotle and the Sea Battle,' from her Collected Papers, v. 1 (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota P., 1981), pp. 44-56.
Arthur Murphy, 'Objective Relativism in Dewey and Whitehead,' Philosophical Review 36 (1927): 121-44.
Walter Benjamin, 'Theses on the Philosophy of History,' from his Illuminations (J. Cape, 1970), pp. 255-66.
John Searle, 'Minds, Brains, and Programs,' from D. Hofstadter and D. Dennett, eds., The Mind's I (NY: Basic Books, 1981), pp. 353-82.
ThomasNagel, 'What Is It Like to Be a Bat?' from D. Hofstadter and D. Dennett, eds., The Mind's I (NY: Basic Books, 1981), pp. 391-403.
Winter 1994: First Victoria Station Session
Donald Davidson, 'The Individuation of Events,' from his Essays on Actions and Events (Oxford: Clarendon, 1980), pp. 163-80.
Peter Harrison, 'Do Animals Feel Pain?' Philosophy 66 (1991): 25-40.
Daniel Dennett, 'Intentional Systems,' from his Brainstorms (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1978).
R.L. Fetz, 'Creativity: A New Transcendental,' from R. Rapp & R. Wiehl, eds., Whitehead's Metaphysics of Creativity (1990).
Jurgen Habermas, 'Introduction' to Knowledge and Human Interests (Boston: Beacon Press, 1971).
W.O. Quine, 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism,' from From a Logical Point of View (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1953), pp. 20-46.
Hilary Putnam, 'Equivalence,' from his Realism and Reason (Cambridge: CUP, 1983), pp. 26-45.
Richard Shusterman, 'Postmodern Ethics and the Art of Living,' from his Pragmatic Aesthetics (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), pp. 236-61.
H.H. Price, 'The Permanent Significance of Hume's Philosophy,' Philosophy XV (1940), pp. 10-36.
D.H. Mellor, 'Analytical Philosophy of the Self,' from his Matters of Metaphysics (Cambridge: CUP, 1992).
Robert Nozick, 'Simplicity as Fall-Out' from I. Levi, et al, eds., Essays in Honour of Sydney Morgenbesser (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1983), pp. 105-19.

Summer 1994: Second Victoria Station Sessions

Jaegwon Kim, 'Psychophysical Supervenience,' Philosophical Studies 41 (1982): 51-70.
Richard Rorty, 'Solidarity or Objectivity?' from his Objectivism, relativism, and truth (Cambridge: CUP, 1991), pp. 21-33.
Eric Luft, 'The Cartesian Circle: Hegelian Logic to the Rescue,' Heythrop Journal XXX (1989): 403-18.
Caroline Whitbeck, 'A Different Reality: Feminist Ontology' from A. Garry, et al, eds., Women, Knowledge, and Reality (NY: Routledge, 1992).
Chantal Mouffe, 'Politics and the Limits of Liberalism' from her The Return of the Political (1993).
F.L. Jackson, 'The Rise and Fall of the Newfoundland State' from his Surviving Confederation.
Amy Gutmann, 'The Challenge of Multiculturalism in Political Ethics,' Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (1993): 171-206.
Gisela Striker, 'The Ten Tropes of Aenesidemus,' from M. Burnyeat, ed., The Skeptical Tradition (Berkeley: U. of California P., 1983).
Hans-Georg Gadamer, 'The Historicity of Understanding' from his Truth and Method.
Tyrone Lai, 'How We Make Discoveries,' Synthese 79 (1989): 361-92.

Autumn 1994: Third Victoria Station Sessions

R. Cartwright, 'Propositions'
Edmund Gettier, 'Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?' [again]
Cheshire Calhoun, 'Justice, Care, Gender Bias,' The Journal of Philosophy LXXXV.9 (1988): 451-63.
Crispin Wright, 'Introduction' to his Realism, Meaning, and Truth (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993).
Richard Rorty, 'Is Truth a Goal of Inquiry?: Davidson vs. Wright' [22-10-94]
Karl Popper, 'Natural Selection and the Emergence of Mind' from his Evolutionary Epistemology (La Salle: Open Court, 1987).
Daniel Dennett, 'Where am I?' from D. Hofstadter & D. Dennett, The Mind's I (London: Penguin, 1981), pp. 217-229.
Thomas Nagel, 'War and Massacre' from his Mortal Questions.

Winter 1995: Premieres Sessions du Cafe International

Christopher Stead, 'A Conceptual Framework' from his Divine Substance (Oxford, 1977), pp. 1-24. [20-1-95]
David Lewis, 'The Paradoxes of Time Travel' from his Philosophical Papers, v. 2 (Oxford: OUP, 1986), pp. 67-80.
Richard Shweder, 'Likeness and Likelihood in Everyday Thought' from P. Wason, et al, eds., Thinking (Cambridge: CUP, 1977), pp. 446-67. [10-2-95]
R. Campbell, 'Truth and Judgements' from his Truth and Historicity (Oxford: Clarendon, 1992), pp. 120-44. [17-2-95]
Peter Geach, 'Form and Existence' from A. Kenny, ed., Aquinas (MacMillan, 1961), pp. 29-53.
G.E.M. Anscombe, 'Modern moral philosophy' (1958). [3-3-95]
Charles Taylor, 'The Significance of Significance: the Case of Cognitive Psychology' from S. Mitchell, et al, eds., The Need for Interpretation (London: Athlone, 1983), pp. 141-69. [3-17-95]
Paul Feyerabend, 'How to Defend Society Against Science,' Radical Philosophy 2 (1975): 4-8.

Summer 1995: Deuxiemes Sessions du Cafe International

Edmund Husserl, 'Essential Distinctions' from his Logical Investigations, v.1 (NY: Humanities Press, 1970).
Theodor Adorno, 'Jazz' from Prisms (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1990), pp. 121-32. [Intro. C. Dennis]
Stephen Kellert, 'What is Chaos Theory' & 'On the Way to Dynamic Understanding' from In the Wake of Chaos (Chicago: CUP, 1993).
Michael Rosen, 'Critical Theory: Between Ideology and Philosophy' from S. Mitchell, et al, eds., The Need for Interpretation (London: Athlone, 1983), pp. 90-117.
John Rawls, 'The Domain od the Political and Overlapping Consensus' from D. Copp, et al., eds., The Idea of Democracy (Cambridge: CUP, 1993), pp. 245-69. [Intro. B. Penrose?]
Henri Bergson, 'The Possible and the Real' from his The Creative Mind (NY: Citadel), pp. 91-106. [Intro. J. Bradley]
Ian Hacking, 'Five Parables' from R. Rorty, et al., eds., Philosophy in History (Cambridge: CUP, 1984).
Peter Railton, 'Marx and the Objectivity of Science' from R. Boyd, et al., eds., The Philosophy of Science (1991), pp. 763-73.. [Intro. D. Hynes]
Jennifer Radden, 'Shame and Blame: the Self through Time and Change,' Dialogue XXXIV (1995), pp. 61-74. [Intro. D. Thompson]

Autumn 1995: Troisiemes Sessions du Cafe Internationale

Theodore Burczak, 'The Postmodern Moments of F.A. Hayek's Economics' (Cambridge UP, 1994). [Intro. K. Carter, 21-9-95]
Roland Barthes, 'Inaugural Lecture, College de France' from S. Sontag, ed., A Barthes Reader (NY: Hill and Wang, 1982), pp. 457-78. [Intro. P. Trnka, temp. location of Bitters]
Stanley Rosen, 'Is Metaphysics Possible?' Review of Metaphysics 45 (December 1991): 235-57. [Intro. P. Harris]
Daniel Dennett, 'The Philosophical Importance of Memes'. [Intro. P. Rose]
M. Walzer, 'Three Paths in Moral Philosophy' from Interpretation and Social Criticism (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1987), pp. 3-32. [Intro. B. Kiefte, 3-11-95]
Martin Heidegger, 'The Principle of Reason' from his The Principle of Reason (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1991), pp. 117-29. [Intro. J. Bradley]
Gilles Deleuze, 'The Simulacrum and Ancient Philosophy' from The Logic of Sense. [Intro. B. Kiefte]

Winter 1996: Quatriemes Sessions du Cafe International

Rosenthal, 'The Role of Will in Judgement' [Intro. P. Rose]
T. Torrance, 'The University within a Christian Culture' [Intro. P. Rose, 2-2-96]
Daniel Dennett, 'The Evolution of Meanings' from his Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995), pp. 401-27. [Intro. D. Thompson, 9-2-96]

Winter, Summer, and Autumn 1996:

the End of the International, a Brief Dip into Bitters, the Year of Bad Archives, and the Birth of the Chucky's Sessions
C.A. Campbell, 'In Defence of Free Will' from his book (London: Allen and Unwin, 1967), pp.35-55. [Intro. J. Bradley?]
David Gauthier, 'The Liberal Individual' from his book Morals by Agreement (Oxford: Clarendon, 1986), pp. 330-55. [Intro. P. Trnka]
Jane Heal, 'Pragmatism and Choosing to Believe' from A. Malachowski, ed., Reading Rorty (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990), pp. 101-14.
Jean-Luc Nancy, 'La Comparution: from the Existence of 'Communism' to the Community of 'Existence,'' Political Theory 20.3 (August 1992): 371-98. [Intro. B. Kiefte]
Chandran Kukathas, 'Liberalism, Communitarianism, and Political Community,' Social Philosophy (1996): 80-104. [Intro. D. Peddle]
Daniel Dennett, 'Invasion of the Body-Snatchers' from Darwin's Dangerous Idea (1995), pp.342-69. [27-10-96]
Quentin Smith, 'Atheism, Theism and Big Bang Cosmology,' Australasian Journal of Philosophy 69.1 (March 1991): 48-66.
Charles Hartshorne, 'Abstraction: the Question of Nominalism,' from his Creative Synthesis and Philosophical Method (London: SCM, 1970), pp. 57-68. [Intro. J. Bradley]
Zuzana Parusnikova, 'Is a Postmodern Philosophy of Science Possible?' Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci. 23.1 (1992): 21-37.
Ian Hacking, 'How, Why, When. and Where Did Language Go Public?' Common Knowledge 1.2 (1992): 74-91.
Alan Sokal, 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity,' Social Text 14.1/2 (1996).
'Freaks', a film by Todd Haynes, 1930's?

Winter 1997: Chucky's Sessions

Bertrand Russell, 'The Monistic Theory of Truth,' from his Philosophical Essays (London: Allen & Unwin, 1910), pp. 131-46.
J. McT. Ellis McTaggart, 'The Unreality of Time,' from S. Reading, ed., Philosophical Studies (London: Edward Arnold, 1934), pp. 110-31.
P. Strawson, 'Truth,' Aristotelian Society Supp. vol. xxiv (London, 1950): 129-57. [Intro. S. Pierson]
Carl Hausman, 'Figurative language in art history,' from I. Gaskell, et al., eds., The Language of Art History (Cambridge: CUP, 1991), pp. 100-28. [Intro. J. Dyer]
Frederick O'Toole, 'Qualities and Powers in the Corpuscular Philosophy of Robert Boyle' [Intro. Michel Hiscock]
Stuart Pierson a.k.a. Walter Rigeault, 'Two Mathematics, Two Gods: Newton and the Second Law' Perspectives on Science 2.2 (1994): 231-53.
Donald Davidson, 'A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs,' from E. Lepore, ed., Truth and Interpretation (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986), pp. 433-46. [Intro. J. Cook]
Michael Oakeshott, 'Historical Change,' from his On History (Oxford: Blackwell, 1983), pp.97-117.
W.E. Abraham, 'The Strategy of Plato's Philosophy of Language' [Intro. T. Hardt]
R.G. Collingwood, 'On Presupposing,' from his An Essay on Metaphysics (Oxford: OUP, 1940), pp. 21-48.
William Blake, 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' [Intro. D. Farquharson]

Spring 1997: Special Chucky's Sessions

George Santayana, 'The Elements and Function of Poetry,' from his Works, v. III (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1989), pp. 151-72. [Intro. P. Trnka, 5-97]
Arthur Fine, 'The Natural Ontological Attitude,' from his The Shaky Game (Chicago: U. of Chicago P., 1986), pp. 112-35. [Intro. J. Cook, 5-97]
Martin Heidegger, 'The Principle of Reason' [again] [Intro. P. Trnka, 6-97]
Wolfhart Pannenberg, 'What is Truth?' from his Basic Questions in Theology, v. 2 (London: SCM, 1971), pp. 1-27. [Intro. J. Bradley, 6-97]
Ian Hacking, 'An Indeterminacy in the Past,' from his Rewriting the Soul (1997), pp. 234-57. [Intro. D. Thompson, 6-97]
Gilbert Ryle, 'The Will' from his The Concept of Mind, pp. 61-80. [Intro. P. Trnka, 6-97]
Josiah Royce, 'The Nature and the Need of Loyalty' from J. Roth, ed., The Philosophy of Josiah Royce (NY: Crowell, 1936), pp. 273-301. [Intro. S. Pierson, 6-97]
Michel Foucault, 'Mental Illness and Existence' from his Mental Illness and Psychology (NY: Harper, 1976), pp. 44-57. [Intro. P. Trnka, 7-97]
Herbert Marcuse, 'Aggressiveness in Advanced Industrial Societies' from his Negations: Essays in Critical Theory (Boston: Beacon, 1968), pp. 248-68. [Intro. P. Trnka, 7-97]
I. McGuire, 'The Origin of Newton's Doctrine of Essential Qualities' [Intro. M. Hiscock, 7-97]
Max Black, 'Metaphor' from M. Johnson, ed., Philosophical Perspectives on Metaphor (Minnesota: U. of Minnesota Press, 1981), pp. 63-82. [Intro. R. Matthews, 7-97]
Olivier Messiaen, 'Catalogue d'Oiseaux', score and recorded performance [Intro. C. Dennis, 8-97]

Autumn 1997: Chucky's Platter Sessions

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, 'The question what is philosophy?' from their What is Philosophy? (NY: Columbia UP, 1994), pp. 1-34. [Intro. P. Trnka, 12-9-97]
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Introduction: The Question Then...
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What is Philosophy
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Truth and Other Enigmas 1978
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What is Phenomenolgy. 1962
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A New Concept in Pathology: Error
G. Canguilhem
On the Normal and the Pathological 1978
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On Not being Afraid of Natural Sex Differences
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