Philosophy Essays, Reflections, Discussion
The other day I found myself being asked in class “What was your most liberating experience?” I never got a chance to answer, though people in my class said a lot of good (if not cliché) things like graduating high school, getting a driver's license, or in one case starting kindergarten. I was hesitant to speak up because mine is so weird and so out there, I wasn't sure anyone would understand. My most liberating experience ever was when I played with my band in Rockport, MA over the summer.
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Special Topic: Defending Dominic Hall From Zombies
Philosophy Colloquium: Sarena Parekh McGushin "Hannah Arendt on Conscience, Judgment, and Human Rights" Tuesday 9/21 3:45
Serena Parekh McGushin
University of Connecticut
"Hannah Arendt on Conscience, Judgment, and Human Rights"
Dana Center Conference Room
All are Welcome.
The balance of being both introvert and extrovert- the person who could exist, and had to exist, as both- was first found in the politician(insert footnote and explanation here). When the politician ultimately failed in existing as such to shallow behaviour(insert footnote and explanation here), the artist rose where the politican had once stood(insert footnote and explanation here). Now, as the artist is failing to the same shallow behaviour(insert fn), the philosopher and poet are needed more than ever, the dancer and musician are needed more than ever. A musician takes the stripped and embellishes it; a dancer takes the embellished and strips it.
Thoughts always interrupted by customers.
Philosophy TV. A new site that presents video of philosophers engaged in debate.
First installment is
Tamar Gendler (left) and Eric Schwitzgebel (right) on implicit associations and belief.
The upcoming schedule looks great too.
The Hardcore Language Divide
I listen to weird music. I think that there is something good and worthwhile in hardcore music which is also commonly referred to as “screamo.” The point of this commentary is to first, define hardcore as a musical genre, second, talk about the language divide of singing styles and finally to then take our understanding of that divide and talk about why someone would want to scream their song instead of singing it. I also made a huge list of sub-genres with band lists, I highly recommend that if you want to hear more hardcore you start with those. Finding their music is as easy as plugging it into YouTube or googling the band's myspace/purevolume itself.
Does Language Shape your Reality:
From the PBS Evolution Series on a New Sign Language in Nicaragua
God Is Dead
by Matt Conley
April 22, 2010
Nietzsche first wrote “Gott ist tot” in his philosophical work Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, usually translated as The Gay Science or The Joyful Wisdom. When I heard this term mentioned in class, it intrigued me, namely because of its audacity and because I know that such an idea is not to be taken at face value. To the end of understanding this phrase and its implications, I took it upon myself to discover the context of Nietzsche’s bold claim, analyze it, and interpret what it would mean for the world we live in if cultures were to embrace this concise but powerful adage.
To put Nietzsche’s “God is dead” in context, here is its first use of it, Section 108 of The Gay Science entitled New Struggles.
After Buddha was dead people showed his shadow for centuries afterwards in a cave, - an immense frightful shadow. God is dead: but as the human race is constituted, there will perhaps be caves for millenniums yet, in which people will show his shadow. - And we - we have still to overcome his shadow! (Nietzsche 150).
Socrates Exchange: Is Censorship Ever Acceptable?By Laura Knoy on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.
Are there some forms of expression that are simply too crude or too offensive to be allowed to be disseminated? What kinds of things, if any, should be censored? Who should do the censoring?
Teaching Philosophy to Kids in the New York Times.
Philosophy Club Meeting:
Discussion of the role of Sexuality in Love.
Prof. Dale Kuehne of the Politics Department and author of Sex and the iWorld will be joining us.
Flash Point- Must Art Be Ethical?
Science and Religious Faith: Are the natural sciences religiously neutral, or is there a specifically Christian “take” on the sciences (e.g., a specifically Christian way of doing science, and a specifically Christian way of interpreting the results).
The Philosophy Department has, for the last several years, had discussions twice a year with students and faculty from Gordon College, a Protestant Christian College in Beverly Mass., on philosophical and theological topics relating to the intersection between Catholicism and Protestantism.
Cars will leave from Bradley House around 9:15 AM.
Recalling Camus Today  by Vincent Colapietro (A lumnus 1973)
by Vincent Colapietro
Albert Camus died on January 4, 1960 in an automobile accident
You tried to teach us
beyond hope and despair
though this was taken
as a gesture
and even a pose
Richard L. Bready Lecture: Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Ph.D. “Looking Backward: Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good in the 21st Century.”
Richard L. Bready Lecture
Rev. Dale S. Kuehne, Ph.D.,
Richard L. Bready Professor, Ethics, Economics and the Common Good.