The Philosophy Program at A&M University - Corpus Christi offers the Minor (18 hrs.) and the Major (30 hrs.) in Philosophy. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about studying philosophy.
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ISIS Bans Teaching Philosophy and Chemistry in Northern Syria

Courtesy Leiter Reports, Al Arabiya reports that philosophy and chemistry "do not fit in with the laws of God", according to ISIS (the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq), which accordingly bans their study. 

Be employable, study philosophy.

Still wondering what courses to take this fall? You might find this article helpful.

Socrates Scores! Goalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!

Welcome to the 2014 International Philosophy World Cup! Vote for your favorite team now.

Paper Review Sessions

So I know that for many philosophy classes there are papers that you have to write, but you never know if they're any good. So, I will be holding a series of paper review sessions, I hope that all those who show up are ready to troll and be trolled upon by their fellow classmates.  Just know that I am setting this up for the Philosophy students this semester as a scheduled study session, I am not currently in any philosophy classes.I will personally be in the midst of studying for exams on all days but the last, so I may not be able to review more than one paper in a session.  However, if multiple people show up, then you all may switch papers and review each other's (this is preferred). The times listed below are merely the times that I will be present, these are not canonical, please feel free to meet up with people when it suits you.

Days and Times (subject to alteration based on preference of students)

W 5/7 - Reading Day  (1 pm - 3 pm) - Cafe Calypso (Coffee Shop inside of Half-Priced Books)

Su 5/11- (1 pm - 3 pm) - Cafe Calypso

W 5/14 - (1 pm - 3 pm) - Library at School (Once another person shows up, we can get a study room)

Other than these times, you are on your own! Good luck with finals!

-Former Philosopher King

Imported Philosophy on Tap

Thursday May 15, 2014 from 7-9 pm 

B&J's Pizzeria 

  • 6335 S Padre Island Dr
    Corpus Christi, TX 78412

​We will be having a Philosophy Club Meeting at B&J's Pizza

The point is to discuss complex ideas with a diverse group of peers, whilst obtaining an altered state of consciousness, eating, and having a good time. Wisdom Boners all around!!

Dr. Berkich's papers are due at 5pm on this day, and all other Philosophy classes for Tiller, Piker, Sencerz, and Andrei should be fully wrapped up at this time.  It seems like the perfect day and time to imbibe ourselves intellectually and otherwise.

You need only bring yourself and your intellect (if it still be intact). The discussion will most likely exceed the time given, but this is an estimate.  If you need a ride because you live in Portland or the other side of Corpus (not saying any names), feel free to leave a comment, and we will find a way to gift you with mobility promptly and assuredly.

Ninja Cats of the Round Table ASSEMBLE! 

Autonomously yours,

- Philosopher King (aka His Eminence) 

Presentation: Is Consciousness Destined to be Mysterious?

New Core Curriculum Option

Major philpapers.org Update

Those working on papers in philosophy have good reason to thank David Bourget, David Chalmers, and many others for their toil on philpapers.org:

The PhilPapers category system now contains comprehensive bibliographies for a large number of areas of philosophy.  We now have 450 subject editors editing 1357 bibliographies (a comprehensive list is here).  Over the last year or so we have introduced a number of features to make the bibliography system more effective.

First, bibliographies are now supplemented with a summary of the key themes and issues involved, a list of key works, and a list of introductory works, compiled by the editor for that category.  For now, about 600 categories (listed here) have these summaries. Eventually, all categories will have them.

Second, we have introduced topical subcategories for categories on historical figures, linked to the PhilPapers subject categories wherever possible.  For example "Kant: Perception" is a subcategory of Kant and is also listed under Perception.  A number of historical figures now have a detailed subcategory system: notably Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Brentano, Husserl, Nietzsche, Husserl, Carnap, and Derrida. Systems for many more figures are on their way.  We have built up a similar sort of substructure for some non-historical categories, including Feminist Philosophy and Experimental Philosophy. Thanks to the editors of all these categories for the terrific work they've done here. 

David Bourget (UWO)
David Chalmers (NYU,ANU)

Seeing the Cracks in the Bubble

Studiously ignoring the "Most Popular" list of stories on the right, the Huffington Post has an article about the role of advanced study of philosophy in the corporate sector. From the article,

Despite a growing media interest in the study of philosophy and dramatically increasing enrollment in philosophy programs at some universities, the subject is still frequently dismissed as outmoded and impractical, removed from the everyday world and relegated to the loftiest of ivory towers.

That doesn't fit with the realities of both the business and tech worlds, where philosophy has proved itself to be not only relevant but often the cornerstone of great innovation. Philosophy and entrepreneurship are a surprisingly good fit. Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and innovators come from a philosophy background and put the critical thinking skills they developed to good use launching new digital services to fill needs in various domains of society. Atlantic contributor Edward Tenner even went so far as to call philosophy the "most practical major."

On 'Her'

Susan Schneider (UConn) has an essay in the Times about some of the philosophical puzzles posed by the movie 'Her'. From the essay,

Ordinary physical objects follow a continuous path through space over time. For Theodore to transfer his mind into a computer program, however, his mind would not follow a continuous trajectory. His brain would be destroyed when the scan was made, and the information about his precise brain configuration would be sent to a computer, which could be miles away.

Furthermore, if Theodore were to truly upload his mind (as opposed to merely copy its contents), then he could be downloaded to multiple other computers. Suppose that there are five such downloads: Which one is the real Theodore? It is hard to provide a nonarbitrary answer. Could all of the downloads be Theodore? This seems bizarre: As a rule, physical objects and living things do not occupy multiple locations at once. It is far more likely that none of the downloads are Theodore, and that he did not upload in the first place.

Worse yet, imagine that the scanning procedure doesn’t destroy Theodore’s brain, so the original Theodore survives. If he survives the scan, why conclude that his consciousness has transferred to the computer? It should still reside in his brain. But if you believe that his mind doesn’t transfer if his brain isn’t destroyed, then why believe that his mind does transfer if his brain is destroyed?

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