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The Student Research Symposium sponsored by our department is being held tomorrow, from 3:30 to 5:45. Many interesting papers are to be delivered! More details are available in our Department office, Main 204. But I want to specifically mention those of philosophical interest:

Friday, April 23, 3:30 pm, Main 207:

Andrew Barnard, “Schultze Gets the Blues: The Aesthetic Philosophies of Schopenhauer and Plato”
Grayson Weeks, “Ransom Theory and LDS Perspectives”
Jonathan Chambers, “Kantian Legal Positivism: an Oxymoron?”



  1. tacitlycliche says:

    Is there anywhere that I can access these papers online? I am unable to attend, being in Kentucky, but I am interested in what these students have to say.


  2. Huenemann says:

    I don’t think there’s a way. If I discover one, though, I will post about it.


  3. blood_and_ashes says:

    If you ask they may allow their papers to be posted here or somewhere else.

    By the way, a massive congratulations to Andrew and Grayson, both gave magnificent performances (including film clips, the use of technology was quite mesmerizing) and I think Grayson really stole the show. I’ve spoken at a few of these things and have been honored to do so but watching such great presentations and thoughtful people really humbles me.
    If Andrew reads this, I still want to save Plato from being viewed as too rigid. I really think he does believe in the passion and power of art, which is why he is so determined to keep it simple and “real.” It is its power that demands a responsible creation that is true and simple and direct, because it can be a lifter of the soul to seek the good, but also a weapon that can corrupt and destroy you. But you answered my question really well so maybe I’m just being paranoid.

    To Grayson’s point, I wonder too how Christianity as culture holds so tight to the Ransom Narrative Theory when that theory seems to be a labyrinth of problems. I also still don’t know if the LDS theos can hold under the Compassion theory, because God and Christ are very separate (it seems it would work a bit better in Catholicism where Christ and God are One, and the crucifix is as a recent First Things article put it, a sort of Icon to God through the pain and dignity of man). I may have missed something, Kleiner is perfectly free to correct mistakes I have made if I have overstepped or misinterpreted.


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