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Flash! Philosophy – October 25th

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* Interested in presenting a paper at an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE or publishing in an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL? You should consider it! To see what options are available, both in state and out of state, click here.

PHILOSOPHY BOWLING RESULTS

• 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) usu.edu) 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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