You are invited to a Philosophy Club talk!

First, please don’t forget that we’ll hear from Larry Udell on “Some Rawlsian Notes on Universal Basic Income” tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Here is the link for that event:

https://usu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqduiqqzMqHtQgcDp_bbww_or4WKLYZI2g

The second talk in our four-talk series will be “Challenging Expertise: When Specialization Meets Democracy” by Dr. Jamie Watson. The talk will be on Zoom on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. Click the link below to register.

https://usu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYld-6grj4jH9I16EmnkHc0SFD_tZk-dRQA

Here is a description of the talk:

Expertise is a problem for democracy. Democratic processes give every view equal weight, but experts tell us that their views are better than others. Democratic processes presume individuals are the best judge of their own interests, but experts tell us that we often act against our own interests. Can we resolve this tension and save both democracy and expertise? I will explain three ways that philosophers and political theorists suggest we should understand the relationship between expert and non-expert citizens. Then I will describe some features of expertise that may point to a new solution to problem of expertise for democracy.

Hope to see you there!

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You are Invited to the Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference!

Utah State philosophy students, there is a great opportunity this weekend for you to see what an academic philosophy conference looks like. The Mountain Plains Philosophy Conference will be held this weekend virtually and you are warmly invited to attend. In particular, I would suggest that you attend the keynote speech by Douglas Portmore, who is a prominent utilitarian philosopher. That talk is called, “The Right, the Good, and Our Ultimate Moral Concerns”, and it will take place Saturday from 5:00-6:00. You are also welcome to attend any other sessions that you wish. You can find information regarding the schedule and how to register below. Hope to see you there!

https://mt-plains.org/conference.php?fbclid=IwAR3IMVwLAtwDqV18N01vj4u93C3DrTfgw_uhgBaAxRRkFG7k-jt1jE0Zbt8

Philosophy Club Talk: “Some Rawlsian Notes on Universal Basic Income” by Larry Udell

We’d love to see you at our first philosophy club talk of the year, “Some Rawlsian Notes on Universal Basic Income” by Dr. Larry Udell from West Chester University. It will be held on Thursday, October 15th at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Follow the link below to register:

https://usu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqduiqqzMqHtQgcDp_bbww_or4WKLYZI2g

Learning during the COVID19 crisis

My friend Dr Walz, who teaches philosophy at University of Dallas, wrote an interesting reflection today on learning during COVID19.  He used C.S. Lewis’ sermon “Learning in War-Time” as the starting point for his reflection, though he stresses the distinction between COVID19 and actual war.  Dr Walz has interesting insights for teachers and students as we try to learn in this unique situation. Worth a read, so click here.