The Philosophy Club presents the last movie of the fall semester.
INSIDE DEEP THROAT
(Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; 2005)
Inside Deep Throat is a 2005 American documentary about the 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat and its effects on American society.It features scenes from the movie, news of the time and interviews, both from archive and purpose-made, with director Gerard Damiano, actor Harry Reems, actress Linda Lovelace, Gore Vidal, Larry Flynt, Hugh Hefner, John Waters, Erica Jong, a prosecutor, Reems' defense, Mafia money collectors, and other people involved or just commenting on the film.
- There will be a Question & Answer session immediately following the movie.
- All students, faculty, staff and friends are invited.
- YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: Starts @ 7:00pm
Place: IH 160 (the new nursing building)
FMI: email through "Philosophy Club" at OrgSync.com
Here is information on the "Teaching Adults to Read" program. I'll be
there, and I hope to see you, too! (Especially those of you who said you
could make it! )
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP AND I CAN FORWARD YOU THE REGISTRATION FORM!!! (OR CALL SUSANA)
To Mr. Kloppenberg the philosophy that has guided President Obama most consistently is pragmatism, a uniquely American system of thought developed at the end of the 19th century by William James, John Dewey and Charles Sanders Peirce. It is a philosophy that grew up after Darwin published his theory of evolution and the Civil War reached its bloody end. More and more people were coming to believe that chance rather than providence guided human affairs, and that dogged certainty led to violence.
Pragmatism maintains that people are constantly devising and updating ideas to navigate the world in which they live; it embraces open-minded experimentation and continuing debate. “It is a philosophy for skeptics, not true believers,” Mr. Kloppenberg said.
Be sure to attend this week's IF meeting on Wednesday the 20th at 5:00 pm (plenty o' time before coffee talk) in the UC Tarpon Room 323! We will be discussing, planning and finalizing upcoming events for the made up "Week of IF Extravaganzaness!!!!! (no, not extravagance)" The week's events will include the following:
~The Levitucus Patrol
~Hypothetical Interfaith Debate/Contradictions in the Bible/Ruling over H.P. Garcia Plaza!
lf you are interested in getting involved you can come to the meeting, come to an event (soon to be posted) or look us up on Orgsync.com or facebook.com
See you Wednesday!
With the sad news of Philippa Foot's death (1920-2010, excellent obituaries here and here), our colleague and physicist Dr.Balasubramanya ("Dr. Bala") points us to the following vivid dramatization of the traditional trolley case in a follow-up to our recent "Trolleyology 101" story:
On a side note, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Professor Foot when she visited the University of Kansas in the early 90's. She struck everyone as dauntingly intelligent yet unfailingly gracious. She was certainly one of our favorite visiting scholars. I distinctly remember the feminist philosophers pressing her for stories of her struggles to gain recognition in the male-dominated, sexist world of analytic philosophy. She gently suggested that far from struggling, she always felt she received special consideration for being one of the few women philosophers. Of course, not all attention is wanted, as the blog "What is it like to be a woman in philosophy?" discusses (link courtesy Leiter Reports.)
The Philosophy Club's next meeting will be an open discussion, question/answer session on the newly approved bachelor's degree in philosophy at TAMU-CC. Everyone is invited to this event. All disciplines, all colleges, all majors, all are welcome.
Some of the highlights we will cover:
- What to tell people (parents) when they ask "What does a degree in philosophy do for you anyway?"
- The new courses that will be offered.
- What the students would like to see from the new program.
Professors from the Philosophy Deptartment will be on hand to answer all of your questions.
This meeting will take place at Coffee Waves (Alameda @ Waverly) at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 20.
IF YOU NEED A RIDE PLEASE CONTACT MEGAN CRAWFORD-GRIME TO MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS: email@example.com
FMI: Contact Don Berkich
UT's David Sosa contributes to the NY Times' Stone series with a short essay on happiness, framing his discussion in terms of Nozick's Experience Machine Thought Experiment. Quoting from Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, p. 3,
Suppose there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super-duper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Should you plug into this machine for life, preprogramming your life experiences? [...] Of course, while in the tank you won’t know that you’re there; you’ll think that it’s all actually happening [...] Would you plug in?
Think "The Matrix", or, better, "Total Recall". In any case, Sosa uses the Experience Machine Thought Experiment to argue that happiness cannot be viewed as a state of mind simpliciter. Much more is involved--enough, perhaps, to warrant refusing to plug in to the Experience Machine.
This Wednesday the 6th at 5:00pm, the blessed people of IF will be holding a service in CCH 226 (yes, I did forget to reserve a room so we will be using the honors secret layer/lounge/cave of intelligence).
Snacks may or may not be provided, but there is a nearby waterfountain, guarenteed!
We will be planning our upcoming event, "Ask an Atheist Table" and plot how to rustle up a NET member! yeehaw!
See you there!