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Flash! Philosophy – October 25th

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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A couple of years ago some students started “Flash! Philosophy.” The idea is to have students take 5-10 minutes to present an idea, an enthusiasm, or a joke, just for the fun of having philosophical discussion. In previous years we’ve heard “Earn Your Salsa,” “Superheores and Slobs,” “The Ethics of Leopard Print,” and “The Philosophy of Thoughtlessness” – as well as many others (“Teleology of Beard Growing” and “Farts: A Transcendental Inquiry” come to mind). It’s meant to be just an occasion to have fun with ideas.

So I am now putting out a CALL FOR IDEAS. If you’d like to present something – really, anything – just send me a note (charlie.huenemann (at) or catch me in the hall, and we’ll put together a list. I’ve booked a room (MAIN 119) for Tuesday, October 25th, 7 pm – hopefully, that date and time will work for people.

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