The Morris Colloquium -- an annual conference in memory of Bertram Morris (Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder) -- is organized by the Philosophy Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder and supported by the generous contributions of the Bertram Morris Fund.

In 2018 there will be two Morris Colloquia.

The Morris Colloquium on Medieval Philosophy, April 5-7 2018

On April 5-7, Boulder will be the home to the largest conference in medieval philosophy that has recently taken place in North America.  There are 63 talks scheduled, and over 70 scholars coming into town for the event. The Colloquium is made possible thanks especially to the Morris Fund, the Center for the Study of Origins and the Center for Western Civilization. See the Colloquium's website here.

The Morris Colloquium on The Self and Its Realizations, June 16-18 2018

Invitees will interpret the theme broadly, so as to include a wide range of topics, from the psychology of the self to the nature of the neural mechanisms that implement the processes that realize the self to a discussion of the realization-relation itself. Expect a lot of philosophy of psychology/psychiatry, philosophy of science (especially about mechanisms and interlevel relations), and even some abstract metaphysics.

Rob Cummins will open the Morris with a keynote lecture on the evening of June 16. This will be followed by two full days of talks. Other confirmed speakers are

  • Fred Adams (U. of Delaware)
  • Ken Aizawa (Rutgers U., Newark)
  • Heather Demarest (CU-Boulder)
  • Zoe Drayson (UC-Davis)
  • Carrie Figdor (U. of Iowa)
  • Lena Kastner (Ruhr U., Bochum)
  • Beate Krickel (Ruhr U., Bochum)
  • Tom Polger (U. of Cincinnati)
  • Sarah Robins (U. of Kansas)
  • Elizabeth Schechter (Washington U. of St. Louis)
  • Larry Shapiro (U. Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma State U.)

Click here for the official schedule.

Previous Colloquia

Topic: Cultural Property and the Ethics of War

April 27-28, 2017

Topic: Metaphysics and Its History

March 11-12, 2016

The topic of this year's colloquium is metaphysics and its history. It will be a crossover workshop bringing together contemporary metaphysicians working on issues with a rich history and historians of metaphysics working on issues of great contemporary significance, aiming to encourage a dialogue between what are arguably continuous lines of inquiry. To that end, historians will comment on non-historians and non-historians on historians.

More information can be found at the conference website.

You can also contact the conference organizers, Robert Pasnau and Raul Saucedo.


Bertram Morris


Bertram Morris (1908-1981) was born in Denver.  Educated at Princeton and Cornell, he taught at the University of Colorado from 1947 until his retirement in 1977.  He published books including The Aesthetic ProcessPhilosophical Aspects of Culture, and Institutions of Intelligence.

Bertram Morris is remembered as much for his committed involvement in the social issues of his community as for his scholarly work.  In 1953, he began an outreach program at Manual High School in Denver that still continues.  In 1975, he was given a special award by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado for his efforts on behalf of academic freedom and his work to improve conditions at the Boulder County Jail.

As an expression of admiration and gratitude, the Philosophy Department established this Colloquium when Bertram Morris retired in 1977.