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See the “Announcements” sidebar on the right. We’re planning four events over Thursday and Friday —

• On Thursday, Louis Menand and Alison Simmons, both from Harvard University, will be on campus. Together they will present a talk entitled “General Education and its Discontents” from noon to 1:15 in Library 101. A little later, at 3 pm, Professor Simmons will present “Re-humanizing Descartes” in FL 109. She informally describes her lecture as arguing that “Descartes has a bad reputation because of his commitments to dualism and the search for Objectivity (capital “O”), which both, or together, seem de-humanizing, but that this is only a part of the Cartesian story (the part without humans no less!), and that when we look at what he actually says about human beings (we’re unions and we have a sensory and passionate nature) Descartes looks less cold and stony.” Should be fun!

• On Friday, Richard Greene, Professor of Philosophy at Weber State, will be visiting. Weber has an excellent Ethics Bowl team, and Richard will be discussing with us strategies and insights about participating. This informal discussion will be from 2:30 to 3:30 in Main 203. Then, right after that, Richard will present a philosophy lectured entitled “Epistemic Standards” in the same room, Main 203, from 3:30 to 4:30. See you there!


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