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Philosophy Forum

The events below are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

6 - 9 p.m.
Raymond 8th Floor Lounge

  • 6 p.m. - Dr. Michael McKenna, Keith Lehrer Chair of Philosophy at the University of Arizona
    Topic: "Punishment and the Value of Deserved Suffering"

    "In this paper, Dr. McKenna develops a minimal retributivist theory of punishment. In doing so, he shall argue that the harm of punishment directed at a culpable wrongdoer can count as an intrinsic or noninstrumental good. He sets aside the question of whether his proposal departs from a traditional understanding of retributivism."

  • 7:30 p.m. - Dr. Jorge Secada, Professor of Philosophy, The University of Virginia
    Topic: "Freedom in Descartes’ Meditations”

    "Freedom in Descartes’ Meditations” examines both Descartes’s account of freedom in the Fourth Meditation and its place within the work as a whole. It elucidates the claim that freedom is, literally, divine.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

7 p.m.
Raymond 8th Floor Lounge

Topic: “What and Why Philosophy? 

An informal session explaining both what philosophy is and what its value is.  This session is primarily designed for exploratory students who might be considering studying the humanities and, in particular, philosophy, though all students are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Philosophy Forum Mixer
7 p.m.
Morey 202

There will be food, philosophical games, and a chance to meet Philosophy Forum regulars and see what activities we have planned for the semester.