This from the Religious Studies club:
We’re excited to announce the first Spring meeting of the religious studies club will be held this Thursday, January 24th at 4:30 in 326 of Old Main. We will first have a ten minute presentation on Hebrew Exegesis and then a thirty minute presentation on the development of modern Norse Paganism. It should be very interesting and I know our two student presenters are very knowledgeable in their individual fields. Just a brief note – because our previous meetings were extending well beyond an hour, we have limited student presentations to one opening presentation of ten minutes and one full forty minute presentation. In any case, we’re gonna have a lot of fun this semester. We’ll spend a few minutes talking about some of our plans and the speakers that are coming this semester on Thursday. (Including some very special opportunities we have in the month of February.) Look forward to seeing you there.
HASS Week Event: A discussion and debate between a Catholic, a Protestant, and a Mormon. Topics will include God, the Trinity, the cross, and authority. January 23, 6-8pm, TSC Sunburst Lounge.
You know, Spinoza — “perky and adorable, a brash but modest young fellow whose head is amusingly stuffed not with baseball statistics but with incisive conclusions about God, nature and the universe.” See the NYT review of a new play about Spinoza.
See the details in the Announcement box, on the right. Here is the abstract for Rutherford’s talk:
“Nietzsche’s writings offer pointed challenges to received views in almost every area of philosophy, from metaphysics to ethics. One question that is too infrequently raised, however, is how Nietzsche conceives of the activity of philosophy itself. What is the overall goal of philosophy? What does it mean to think and live as a philosopher? I canvass a range of answers to these questions, and argue for the distinctive answers that I believe Nietzsche gives to them. I conclude by describing what I see as the significance of these answers for Nietzsche’s principal philosophical project: the revaluation of all values.”
All are welcome to attend!
Call for Papers: Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
The Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008. The topic of this year’s conference, titled The Greening of Ethics, addresses the expansion of the scope of moral considerability in Western Philosophy from the traditional focus on human beings. This includes, but is not limited to, topics such as:
Holistic (Ecosystem) Ethics
Religious Stewardship Ethics
Social Ecology/Marxist Critiques of Capitalism
Presentations will be 20 minutes.
Please email a title and 250-word presentation proposal by noon, February 15, 2008, to:
Presenters will be awarded $100 honorarium.
If you have any questions, please contact Dave Newlin <email@example.com> or David R. Keller <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Conference is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities
and the Center for the Study of Ethics, UVSC.
We had our philosophy forum last night on “God vs. Evil” — a stunning success! Over 80 students attended, and the discussion was both friendly and penetrating. I presented the problem of evil, and Kleiner and Sherlock offered theistic ways of responding to it. Students raised many insightful questions and comments, and though the official forum ended after about an hour and a half, informal discussions continues until nearly 10:30. A special treat was Chuck Johnson’s appearance, and his characteristically droll and logical reformulation of the problem. We are all looking forward to more events like this to come!