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Philosophy Club

Next meeting:

Thursday 17 April 2014
3:15 – 5:00
Eastman 2383

Topic: Kierkegaard and paradox

Friday 18 April 2014
4:00 PM
Eastman 4287

Arianne Fischer
(Temple University)

“Marx’s Critique of Ideology:
How Should We Understand It?”

What kind of humanistic philosophy developed out of French materialism and culminated in Ludwig Feuerbach’s “philosophy of the future” and Marx’s “ideology critique”? Fischer argues that Marx’s critique of ideology was first and foremost a critique of the philosophy of consciousness.

The importance of Fischer’s work consists in a reevaluation of Marx’s early and transitional writings. Since Louis Althusser has urged us to disregard all of Marx’s thought before his supposed “epistemological break”, Marx has been read almost exclusively as a political economist. Adding to the work that has been done on the humanist aspects of Marx’s thought, Fischer challenges the current of thought dominant in cultural theory that seeks to portray Marx as a thinker of “false consciousness”.

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