Prindle Institute events
The Prindle Institute for Ethics frequently hosts events of philosophical interest for students and faculty, including the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, faculty reading groups, and lectures by distinguished guests. Information about upcoming events can be found here on the Prindle Institute site.
This Thursday April 4, 11:30-12:30, we will be switching things up a bit and meeting in Julian 249 with the Physics club. We will be discussing the nature of space and whether space itself is a thing (something that has its own independent reality and should be counted and measured) or is just a way of discussing the relation that physical objects have to one another (the distance between the sun and the earth). This argument goes all the way back to the views of Leibniz and Newton in the late 17th C. Newton argued for Substantivalism, which is the view that space is really a thing, while Leibniz argued for Relativism, which says that it is not. In modern times this debate instead focuses on the reality of spacetime as it relates to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Also per usual we will be having some tasty pizza! Hope to see you all there.
Wielenberg (in black & white stripes) discussing the possibility of divine deception.
Some recent Philosophy Club announcements
- On Thursday, February 8, at 11:30am in the comfy chairs of the Philosophy department (2nd floor of Asbury), our very own Professor Wielenberg will be leading in us a discussion entitled, "Might God Deceive Us?" Join us at 11:30 in the PHILOSOPHY LOUNGE for pizza and what is sure to be an exciting discussion.
- We will meet one last time before we break for the Winter Holidays. Good times are guaranteed when we gather this Wednesday to watch the critically acclaimed film Blade Runner! After the movie we'll stick around for a bit and discuss some of the important philosophical themes in the movie, primarily ones about artificial intelligence and the nature of being a human.
Plus it has Harrison Ford.
- Philosophy Club will be presenting at Peace Camp on Tuesday September 30th from 6:30-7:30pm and discussing the Ethics of Public Health Intervention and Respecting Cultural Traditions. Peace Camp is taking place on East College Lawn this year, as opposed to Academic Quad. Don't worry, we'll have pizza!
- Wednesday night, October 1st, Phil Club is co-sponsoring a Presidential Election Forum with Management Fellows and Media Fellows. David Dietz and Matt Newill will be discussing issues and strategies of the on-going presidential campaigns. It will be moderated by Andy Bruner and Kali Geldis from The DePauw. This will take place at 6:30 in the UB Ballroom.
- Philosophy Club will be co-sponsoring an event at which Professor Thomas Hibbs will be discussing Film Noir and the ethical implications of such films, including the recent hit The Dark Knight. For those of you who remember, Professor Hibbs visited last year and we discussed The Exorcist with him over lunch.
- On May 3rd and 4th some students from DePauw will be attending the Wisconsin Epistemology Conference in Madison. We are currently in the works of getting funding for this, so it should cost little or no money to attend.
- On Wednsday, March 12, at 7 PM, John P. O'Callaghan, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame, will give a talk in Watson Forum. Professor O'Callaghan's talk is aimed at an undergraduate audience. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This event, which is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a distinguished philosopher, substitutes for our regular Wednesday night Philosophy Club meeting. We hope to see many of you there. Anyone interested in philosophy, politics or justice should find something of interest in O'Callaghan's lecture.Here are the title and description of the talk: "Honor Among Thieves? Justice, Prudence, and Imperfection in Politics." The talk is a reflection upon the roles of prudence and imperfection in a just political order. It begins with a reflection upon Plato's famous "Justice Among Thieves" argument in the Republic*, and using Aristotle's and Aquinas' discussions of prudence seeks to show why there is no justice among thieves, and the danger that a political order will be little better than a band of thieves if it too lacks what a band of thieves lacks—prudence. Finally, looking again at Aquinas, it considers whether the necessity of prudence requires perfection in those who rule, or whether a political community isn't better served by a certain kind of imperfection in those who rule it.
- On Thursday, October 25, we will be hosting Andrew Cullison, a philosopher who is currently teaching at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Cullison is a 2001 graduate of DePauw who went on to get his PhD in philosophy at the University of Rochester. He was also a member of DePauw's very first ethics bowl team! His talk is entitled "Divine Hiddenness" (roughly, if God exists, why doesn't He show Himself?). Cullison will also be available on Friday the 26th to talk to students who are considering going to graduate school in philosophy and who have questions about the application process, choosing a school, job prospects, etc.
- On Wednesday September 25th, Nate Placencia, new faculty in the Philosophy Department, will be presenting on Social Identities and Social Norms.
- On April 12th the Philosophy Club hosts Professor Rich Cameron as he presents on free will and character development in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. Elections will be held within the next few weeks so if you're interested in being President, Vice President, VP of Communications, Treasurer, or VP of Operations then send and email to us and we answer any questions you have or just to let us know you're interested. (This includes people off campus!!)
- Thursday, February 15: Special event. You are invited to participate in a discussion of free will and determinism as they relate to science and religion. This event is part of a series sponsored by DePauw's Commons Project, which is an initiative to encourage dialogue on issues pertaining to science and religion. Discussion will be led by faculty members from philosophy, biology, psychology, and religious studies (I think). This event will be held next Thursday, February 15, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in Reese Hall - note special time and place.
- The Philosophy Club features a guest speaker Wednesday, November 1. She is Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Jean Taylor, who is Emerita Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers. The title of her talk is "The Nature of Proof." She says this talk is likely to turn very quickly into an informal discussion. We will be joined by mathematics students for this event. There will be refreshments. Same time and place as always: Wednesday, 6 PM, Mason Cellar This is a great opportunity for us. Hope to see you there.