Tuesday, May 14, 2019

2019 Essay Contest Winners


The Philosophy Club, in conjunction with Phi Sigma Tau, sponsored our 2nd Annual Essay Competition this year.

We requested short essays that clearly argued for a philosophical position or thesis, between 1,000 and 1,500 words (around 3 pages).  Essays were blind-reviewed and independently ranked by the faculty of the Philosophy Department.




We would like to congratulate this year's winners:

1. Miguel Coronado, "The Consistency of a Self-Caused God in Spinoza's System"
2. Jacob Nestle, "Is Star Wars Manichaean or Thomistic in its View of the Dark Side?"
3. Matthew Reising, "The Ethical Criteria: Aristotle's Real Foundation for How We Know"

The winners will receive cash prizes of $400, $200, and $100, respectively.

Keep up the good work, students!





2019-2020 Phi Sigma Tau Inductees!

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, based on significant academic achievement.  We would like to present the new members for the 2019-2020 academic year:



Frances Boggs
Alec Dunlap
Katherine Fossaceca
Sabrina Maristela
Joshua Reinarts
Nathan Sims
Joseph Smith

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Department Colloquium: Dr. Dahm on Virtue


The Philosophy Department and the AU Philosophy Club proudly sponsor the following presentation


“Instant Virtue:

A Thomistic Account


of One Act Habit Formation”


by
Dr. Brandon Dahm
Franciscan University of Steubenville
 
Thursday, April 11, 2019
3pm in Schar Ronk Lecture Hall




In both ancient and contemporary virtue ethics, it is standardly thought that we grow in virtue by repeated acts of virtue. For example, one becomes a patient person by practicing patience. But there are examples that of people apparently becoming virtuous in a single action. In one case a person goes from being an alcoholic to being temperate in a strange single encounter with a therapist. After explaining the examples, I’ll examine what can be said about them from the virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas. The examples put pressure on Aquinas’s virtue theory, but I’ll argue that with some slight changes it can explain the examples.


Come for an enlightening and lively discussion.  All are welcome! 


Sponsored by the AU Philosophy Club,

in conjunction with the Philosophy Department and PHI SIGMA Tau

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Speaker on Free Speech!



C.L. Lindsay will be visiting Ashland University on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 pm to deliver an engaging and important talk concerning the legal and social limits of free speech on college campuses.  You don't want to miss this!

C.L. received his JD from the University of Michigan and is the founder and executive director of the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR), which works with a national network of volunteer attorneys to offer free advice and advocacy to college students and professors. He is the author of The College Student's Guide to the Law.  He recently posted this youtube video below promoting the lecture that he will be delivering to various campuses across the nation.

For more information about C.L. Lindsay, you can visit his website:

http://www.cllindsay.com/

 
From C.L. Lindsay's website: "C.L. Lindsay is the country’s foremost authority on Higher Education Law. He literally wrote the book on legal problems in higher eduction. The College Student’s Guide to the Law has become the definitive authority–used by students, university counsel and nationwide as a textbook for masters and law courses. His work has been featured in US News & World Reports, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and countless other national and local media outlets.

"He has showcased at NACA Mid-Atlantic, South, Central, Northern Plains, Northeast, Mid-America, West and NACA and APCA Nationals. C.L. works regularly with Athletic Teams, Fraternities and Sororities, Orientations, Military Bases. Programs can be adjusted for the most conservative or liberal audiences.

"But what defines C.L. isn’t his knowledge. it’s his uncanny ability to make legal concepts not only understandable, but outright hilarious. In fact, the movie rights to his book were recently purchased by Steve Carrell to be developed into a motion picture—something that’s unheard of for a non-fiction, legal reference. In the last six years CL has made more than 800 appearances at colleges from Coast to Coast. Bring him to your school, base or other venue and you’ll see why he has become one of the most popular speakers in the country."

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Department Colloquium: Dr. Tiel on Torture!


The Department of Philosophy will host the following presentation:

“On Torture”
by
Dr. Jeffrey Tiel

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
3:00 pm in the Schar Ronk Lecture Hall



Torture involves the deliberate infliction of (intense) pain for coercive or punishment reasons.  Are there any conditions under which torture can be justified?  Dr. Tiel will argue that such conditions exist, and that it may be ethically justifiable to torture someone in specific kinds of interrogative cases.

However, while an action is ethically justifiable, that does not entail that it ought to be generally adopted.  Several potent constitutional and sociological concerns will be raised and considered.

Come for an enlightening and lively discussion.  All are welcome!



Sponsored by the AU Philosophy Club and the Ohio Mu chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, in conjunction with The Department of Philosophy







Friday, October 19, 2018

Ashland University to Host ‘An Evening with C.S. Lewis’




On Nov. 15, David Payne will be performing “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” at 7 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The event, which is part of AU’s Faith and Society lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Titled “An Evening with C.S. Lewis (My Life’s Journey),” this drama production has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for the many thousands who have attended the more than 500 performances. Full of humor, it is a fascinating and enthralling insight into the life of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime. Indeed, it is a testimony to the ongoing visibility of this great British author that this production shows no sign of slowing down


To see a sample of Payne's performance, click here!


An Evening with C.S. Lewis begins with the year being 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life and has agreed to give an informal talk to a group of American writers who are visiting England. They have come to Lewis’ home, just outside of Oxford, and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man whose books have brought him worldwide fame. They are not disappointed. Lewis is in great form and his audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that made him one of England’s most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and the people that shaped his life. An Evening with C.S. Lewis takes you into the unique world of a man who lived a simple life in a modest house on the outskirts of the city of Oxford from where he wrote many best sellers including the famous Narnia Chronicles.

Payne’s first encounter with C.S. Lewis was when, as a teenager, he was given a copy of Lewis’ best-selling book, Screwtape Letters. Little did he realize that some 40 years later he would be gaining a reputation for his portrayals of its famous author. It all started with an audition notice in a theatrical production to be staged at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in 1996 -- “Auditions for Shadowlands, British accents a help!”

Payne, who had never been on stage before but who did have a British accent, decided to audition hoping for a minor part. He staggered everybody including himself when he won the lead role of C.S. Lewis. The TPAC production sold out, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham flew in for the opening night and director Sylvia Boyd said of Payne afterwards, “I took a chance on someone who had never acted before but was rewarded with a performance of great power and sensitivity – I felt we had found the real C.S. Lewis.”

During rehearsals for Shadowlands, Payne was given a copy of A Grief Observed, Lewis’ diary of grief following the death of his American wife, Joy. Captivated by the brutal honesty of a man bearing his soul, Payne memorized the whole book and then adapted it into a one-man show, Mist in the Mourning. Premiered at TPAC, where all three performances sold out, he then toured this production extensively throughout the U.S. Following these performances, Payne was very often peppered with lots of questions about C.S. Lewis. He was always very happy to answer these questions and then one day, a thought struck him -- “Wouldn’t it be fun if Lewis himself could answer these questions.” That’s when he wrote An Evening with C.S. Lewis, basing the show around the questions that people kept asking and the pivotal occurrences in Lewis’ life. It is now his flagship production.

This will be the fifth lecture in the Faith and Society Lecture Series, which is designed to give AU students the ability to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society. The Hilda Bretzlaff Foundation is the sponsor for the lecture series.

Those with questions regarding the event can contact Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy, at 
mhamilto@ashland.edu or 419.606.0197.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Why We Should Require Philosophy


Howard Gardner, a professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, explains why everyone at university should take (at least) two philosophy courses.  It's worth considering for a variety of reasons.  To read the short article, click on the link below:






Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Essay Contest Winners

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The Philosophy Club, in conjunction with Phi Sigma Tau, sponsored an essay competition this year.

We requested short essays that clearly argued for a philosophical position or thesis, between 1,000 and 1,500 words (around 3 pages).  Essays were blind-reviewed and independently ranked by the faculty of the Philosophy Department.

We would like to congratulate this year's winners:

1. Matthew Reising, "On the Nature of Truth: Morality and the Scientific Method"
2. Meagan Kemmerer, "Alvin Plantinga's O Felix Culpa"
3. Zula Kile, "Fear and Trembling"

We also would like to acknowledge our runner-up essays:

4. Dennis Clark, "American Rootlessness"
5. Jacob Nestle, "Be Good"

The winners will receive cash prizes of $400, $200, and $100, respectively.

We anticipate that this will become an annual event, and that we will be able to publish the essays in a Philosophy pamphlet, to be distributed to the winners and others on campus.


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2018-19 PHI SIGMA TAU Inductees!

Ashland University's PHI SIGMA TAU, Ohio Mu Chapter, honors students who have demonstrated academic excellence in philosophy.  Membership is by invitation, based on significant academic achievement.  We would like to present the new members for the 2018-2019 academic year:

 


Caleb Boyer
Chad Buckel
Madeleine Emholtz
Zula Kile
Kilee Kimmel
Jacob Nestle
Sarah Rayman
Matthew Reising
Madeline Sluss