Meeting: Feb 8th

This weeks meeting Ian Martin will to share some of his thoughts on racism and specifically how we should try and define it. He will formally lay out an approach to defining racism that focuses of systemic racism. The presentation is structured as a response to Slate Star Codex’s article, Against Murderism (http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/06/21/against-murderism/). There will a summary of his argument, but if you want to come in with a better idea of what being argued it’s an interesting read. Meeting is Thursday, 7:30pm in Olson 144.

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Meeting: Febuary 8th

Hi, for this weeks meeting Ian Martin will be sharing some of his thoughts on racism and specifically how we should try and define it. Ian is hoping to formally lay out an approach to defining racism that focuses of systemic racism, complete with syllogisms and everything. He will present his argument as a response to Slate Star Codex’s article, Against Murderism (http://slatestarcodex.com/2017/06/21/against-murderism/). The argument will be summarized, but if you want to come in with a better idea of what’s being argued against it’s a really interesting read. Meeting is Thursday, 7:30pm in Olson 144.

First Meeting of the Quarter

Welcome back everyone, we are having our meetings at the same time and place as last quarter. Olson 144 at 7:30pm, every Thursday. This week we have our president, Chris Lam, presenting on epistemic contextualism and relativism. I hope you all had a good break and, as always, that I see you all there.

Phil Club Meeting: November 9th

Hi everybody,
This week we will have a talk by Diderik Diamante, he will talk about Plato’s tripartite soul and Aristotel’s conceptions of the active soul. He would like you all to read the following links:
#1. http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.5.iv.html
(beginning from the line: “Socrates-GLAUCON”, which is about 1/3rd of the way down the page)
#2. http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/soul.2.ii.html 
(only part 1, which is really short)

He will briefly review the arguments, then prompt some questions for a socratic discussion.

See everyone Thursday! 😄

Phil Club Meeting: November 2nd

Hi everyone,
This week we’re going to discuss a paper by Susan Okin (linked below). It’s called, “Mistresses of Their Own Destiny”: Group Rights, Gender, and Realistic Rights of Exit. It’s a Political Philosophy paper regarding how tolerant Liberal societies should be of oppressive minority groups. Please try to read it before our meeting on Thursday, however, we will have a recap of the argument on the day.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1086/324645.pdf?refreqid=excelsior:148a6cf8c812c6684301a358057d29a7

Meeting: October 26th

Hey Philosophy Club!
Dan Arday, you’re PR Officer, will be giving the presentation this week and it’s on consciousness! In it he’ll spend a brief amount of time explaining the philosophy of mind and then go into two modern theories of consciousness; Giulio Tononi’s Integrated Information Theory, and Stuart Hameroff’s Orchestrated OR Theory. These theories have been hotly debated in the past 5 years among philosophers of mind, so it’ll be interested to see what everyone has to say about them.
Also this will be the last meeting before Halloween so candy will be provided and costumes encouraged. 👻️🎃

 

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Meeting: Thursday, Oct 19th

Hi everyone,

this weeks meeting will be a seminar style presentation by Luke Dorman. He’ll be speaking about the philosophical evolution of Postmodern philosophy, inspired significantly by the book Explaining Postmodernism by a contemporary philosopher, Stephen Hicks. Once again we will be in Olson 144 at 7:30pm, I hope to see you all there 🙂