The Grindstone


Lacey Davidson: Philosophy in Service of Lives Less Free

Season 2, Ep. 1

To kick off the long-awaited second season of The Grindstone, we welcome to the studios Dr. Lacey Davidson, who graduated with her PhD from Purdue just this past summer! Dr. Davidson is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at California Lutheran University.

In this episode, we discuss how one of her first philosophy courses challenged her worldview, critical philosophy and philosophy born of struggle, her work with the organization Springfield Promise Neighborhood (Springfield, OH), community organization and effective strategies, the influence community organization and activism has on her philosophical research program, entity type pluralism as a way through the individualist-structuralist debate in philosophies of racism, Dr. Leonard Harris' actuarial account of 'necrobeing', and her research on implicit bias. Many of the ways Lacey talks about community organizing and the power of people comes from the collectively developed epistemic resources of the Younger Womxn's Task Force of Greater Lafayette. You can read Dr. Davidson's recent article, "When Testimony Isn’t Enough: Implicit Bias Research as Epistemic Exclusion," in Overcoming Epistemic Injustice: Social and Psychological Perspectives (eds. Sherman and Goguen, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

We also launch the Sally Scholz fan club. Enjoy!

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Richard McKirahan Lecture: An Aristotelianizing Parmenides

Season 3, Ep. 6
This episode of The Grindstone features the lecture given by Richard McKirahan (Pomona College) at Purdue University on Saturday, 27 April 2019. The lecture was given at a conference honoring the career of Dr. Patricia Curd, Professor Emerita of the Department of Philosophy at Purdue.The title of the lecture is: "An Aristotelianizing Parmenides".In this talk, Dr. McKirahan discusses the historical Parmenides' poem. In the poem itself, generally speaking, Parmenides examines being, that which is. The broader debate around the poem largely centers on fragment 8, in which a series of arguments is given for the characteristics of what is. The traditional view is that as a consequence of these arguments for what is, Parmenides is subscribing to a numerical monism, the theory that what is is one unitary thing. Here, however, Dr. McKirahan offers a different interpretation, one which he forms through Aristotle's discussion of being qua being in the Metaphysics. This Aristotelian interpretation does not preclude there being many "genuine beings," which would alleviate the burden of Parmenides' supposed numerical monism. Another outcome of Dr. McKirahan’s interpretation of the poem is that it gives us a better pathway for understanding the transition from the first part of the poem, in which Parmenides is concerned with the inquiry into what is and what makes something a genuine entity, to the second part of the poem in which Parmenides presents his cosmology.This is the fifth and final episode from the "PatFest" series. Thank you to Dr. Michael Augustin, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University and scholar of ancient philosophy, for his tireless efforts in organizing the conference and for helping us with the introductions to this series and the individual lectures. Special thank you to Caroline Cross, a Philosophy major at Purdue, for recording, editing and producing the introductions, and for putting the series together. And thanks to you all for listening!