Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lee McBride - Feb. 4th

Philosophy Lecture

February 4th, 2014

Lee McBride, PhD - Associate Professor
Department Chair, The College of Wooster

Topic:  "Thoreau's Insurrectionist Ethics"

What character traits and forms of provocation mark the insurrectionist?

Place:  Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Ed.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. William Vaughan

William Vaughan, Professor of Philosophy and University Core Director, gave a talk before the College of Wooster Philosophy Roundtable, on Thursday September 26th, 2013, on Nazi Appropriations of Urteilskraft: Aesthetic Ideology and Classical German Philosophy.  The remarks focused on the uses to which the theories of aesthetics from Kant and Hegel have been put in 20th century political contexts.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Philosophy in the news?!?  Geez.

An argument over the theories of 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia.  I wonder what it was they were discussing?  Possibly whether or not Kant was really a deontologist...


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Why Future Business Leaders Need Philosophy

Studies show that in order to be successful in business you need critical thinking skills. These skills allow you to assess and challenge the basic assumptions of business models and practices.  Because of this, philosophy majors advance more rapidly than their colleagues who possess only business degrees: "by mid-career, the salaries of philosophy graduates surpasses those of marketing, communications, accounting and business management. Taking this into consideration, it appears that having the right business degree from a prestigious business school does not guarantee a successful career in business."

Friday, February 17, 2012

View Jeffrey Brower's Philosophy Lecture

As human beings, we possess both minds and bodies. But what is their nature and how are we related to them?  Are we essentially material objects, immaterial persons, or partly material and partly immaterial beings?  According to Dr. Brower, we can learn a great deal from the broadly Aristotelian approach that Thomas Aquinas, the great Medieval Aristotelian, takes to answering these questions.  His approach not only provides us with an attractive alternative to the standard forms of materialism and dualism in philosophy of mind, but also offers us an intriguing set of options for what happens to us after death.

Monday, November 28, 2011

AU hosts Professor Jeremy Bendik-Keymer discussion "You Can't Teach Ethics in School"

On September 28, 2011, Ashland University hosted Professor Jeremy Bendik-Keymer from Case Western Reserve University who gave a rousing discussion:  "You Can't Teach Ethics in School: Ancient Philosophy & Modern Education." The talk was sponsored by the Philosophy Club, Phi Sigma Tau, and the Office of the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences. This was a homecoming of sorts, as Professor Bendik-Keymer is the nephew of some of our dearest department patrons for many years, Emil and Evelyn Palik. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago.