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Coming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

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Philosophy Club

Next meeting:

Thursday 24 April 2014
3:15 – 5:00
Eastman 2383

Topic: TBA

Thursday 24 April 2014
Time: 4:00
Room: Eastman 2000

Marcia Morgan
(Muhlenberg College)

“Kierkegaard’s Existential Choice:
Continuing a Recent Dialogue between
Agnes Heller and Richard J. Berstein”

How does a person make an ethical decision? This question becomes all the more compelling and problematic when trying to behave ethically during, as Agnes Heller puts it, “the total breakdown of ‘normal’ ethical worlds”. In her philosophical work Heller pieces together a moral compass internal to individual subjectivity to employ during such times. Kierkegaard’s model of existential choice has played a formative role in Heller’s solution to the problem. In my lecture I begin with Kierkegaard’s framework of choosing oneself as an ethical being and consider a recent critique of Heller’s Kierkegaardian ethics by Richard J. Bernstein, continuing the substantively productive tension between the irrational and rational forces that determine our ethical actions.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 2 May 2014

RIT’s 5th Annual
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Keynote speaker:

Nicole Hassoun
(Binghamton University)

Talks begin 10:00 AM
Slaughter Hall 2220

(Here is pdf of the poster.)

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor John Capps, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: Liberal Arts 1309
Phone: (585) 475-2464