Upcoming Events

Philosophy Club

Fridays, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Eastman Lounge

Taking a philosophy course and want to know more about what this pholosophy thing is about? Simply interested in philosophical discussion? Join us for informal conversation and student presentations. Our goal is to make philosophy inclusive and accessible to all levels of experience... newbies and seasoned philosophers alike.

Eastman Lounge is located in front fo the ID office; for any latecomers, if you cannot find us there, go to the end of the hallway, turn right, and we'll be in the first room on the right.

If you wish to stay up to date with the club, please visit our Facebook group.

Hale Lecture Series

September 6, 2018 - 4:00pm


Kenneth William Stikkers
(Philosophy, Southern Illinois University)

"'To Preserve Their Freedom,' or Remembrance of Things Beautiful"

The main title comes from a painting of the Haitian Revolution by Jacob Lawrence, and the talk takes its cue from Angela Davis's first lecture as an Assistant Professor at UCLA in 1969.  In that lecture she argued that those, such as Frederick Douglass, who had been denied access to and had to fight their ways into the world of real freedom have more to teach us about what it means to be free than do privileged professional philosophers who largely take freedom for granted.  The talk offers and analyzes two very different instances in African American history that illustrate Davis's point, one that is epic and grand and the other, quiet and subtle:  the Haitian Revolution and Douglass's own personal struggle for emancipation,

For more information, see The Hale Ethics Series.

Hale Lecture Series

September 17, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

CLA, Room A-205

Laura D'Olimpio
(Philosophy, The University of Notre Dame Australia)

"Critical Perspectivism: ethical engagement online"

In an age of mass art and social media, the ability to identify reliable sources of information and disregard unreliable ones has become a vital skill. Yet, the educational environment has not kept pace with rapid advances in technology, despite the fact that educating students to engage critically and compassionately with others via online media is of the utmost importance. I claim that philosophical thinking skills support the adoption of an attitude I call critical perspectivism. Critical perspectivism gives citizens the ability to engage with multiple perspectives in a critical and compassionate manner. In this paper I will detail and defend critical perspectivism, with reference to examples from social media. Finally, I argue that the Community of Inquiry (CoI) pedagogy as practised by Philosophy for Children (P4C) practitioners may be used in order to create a space in which participants can practise being critically perspectival.

For more information, see the Hale Ethics Series.

Hale Lecture Series

October 17, 2018 - 4:00pm


Robert Audi (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) will speak on the problem of evil. Details coming soon.

For more information, see The Hale Ethics Series.