Upcoming teaching demos of job candidates for Truman philosophy faculty position

Philosophy & Religion blog

  • April 9, 2013

    Upcoming teaching demos of job candidates for Truman philosophy faculty position

    Hi, PHRE majors and minors.

    Some of you may already know that the Philosophy and Religion Department has been granted permission to advertise for a one-year temporary professor position in ethics and other value areas of philosophy. The person appointed to that position will be joining our PHRE faculty for the next academic year.

    This week and next, the Department will be hosting visits by two candidates for that position. As part of those visits, each candidate will be giving a “teaching demo.”

    We on the PHRE faculty would like to encourage you to attend one or the other (or both) of those teaching demos (which I believe will be on some topic in ethics). The demos are a great opportunity for you to “weigh in” on the candidate to be hired by Truman. Students in attendance will be able to fill out a feedback form about the teaching demo.

    Here is the schedule for those demos:

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Baldwin 350: Jason Wyckhoff
    • Monday, April 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Baldwin 350: Evan Williams

    Hope you might be able to attend one or the other of these sessions.

    — Prof. Mohler

  • April 2, 2013

    Human Library event this Friday

    Here is a message from one of our PHRE majors, Sophia Allen, about an interesting PHRE-related event she is coordinating this Friday:

    This Friday, April 5 from 10:00am-3:00pm in the SUB Activities Room I am putting on an event called The Human Library (http://humanlibrary.org/). This is an event designed to promote conversation and understanding and to minimize (and idealistically eliminate) prejudice. I will have “books” (students acting as representatives of their people groups) throughout the day for individuals to come and have approximately 20-30 minute conversations about their culture and beliefs. Some titles are: Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Nepalese Buddhist, Catholic, Mormon, and Jewish. Some of these are directly related to philosophy and religion. This is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures or other belief systems as well as about other people.

  • March 28, 2013

    An exciting course about William Blake from Professor Jesse…

    Dear PHRE majors and minors,

    My PHRE 476 seminar on William Blake’s religious thought is open for registration for Fall semester. The open course listing for PHRE courses does not include the name of the seminar but if you click on the “476 seminar” listing, you’ll find the correct information for the class. Here’s a description:

    PHRE 476: Seminar in Philosophy and Religion: William Blake’s Religious Thought

    This course takes an interdisciplinary religion, literature, and aesthetics approach to selected works of the English Romantic poet, painter, and engraver William Blake (1757-1827). We will attend to both the visual and verbal dimensions of his works, focusing specifically on their theological aspects. This is a seminar course designed for majors and minors in PHRE, English Literature, Art, or Art History. There will be very little lecture; the majority of our time together will be spent on individual presentations and seminar discussions based on the assigned passages. Requirements include active class participation, and an interpretive research project presented orally and in writing.

    We’ll meet on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:50 p.m.

    If you have any questions about the course, just drop me an email!

    Prof. Jesse

  • March 20, 2013

    Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and philosopher Tyler Burge to visit Truman

    Phi Beta Kappa, the national honorary society championing the liberal arts, has chosen Truman as a participant in PBK’s 2012-2013 Visiting Scholars program.  Truman joins just 88 other colleges and universities across the nation in hosting a two-day visit from a nationally recognized scholar.

    The scholar chosen to visit Truman is Tyler Burge, an internationally well-known and respected UCLA philosopher in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and metaphysics & epistemology.

    Dr. Burge will be on Truman’s campus March 21 and 22.  In addition to visiting various classes, he will be giving the following two talks:

    Public address
    “Perception:  Origins of Mind”
    Baldwin Hall Little Theater
    March 21, 7:30 PM

    Talk abstract: I sketch two notions of representation.  One applies to states of plants and bacteria as well as to psychological states.  The other applies exclusively to distinctively psychological states.  I hold that the latter type of representation marks one of the two primary marks of the mental.  (The other mark is consciousness.)  I argue that representation in a distinctively psychological sense emerges first in perception.  I sketch some primary features of perception, with special reference to findings of the science of perceptual psychology.  I maintain that empirical work indicates that perception, hence representational mind, first emerges in relatively simple animals­arthropods.

    Student / faculty “brown bag” lunchtime discussion
    “Propositional Attitudes and Reason”
    SUB Activities Room (SUB 3200)
    March 22, 12:00 PM

    Talk abstract: I discuss the classical conception of reason as expressed by Leibniz and Kant, with an eye to reflecting on reason as a natural psychological kind.  According to this conception, (1) reasons have propositional form; (2) they are constitutively associated with propositional inference; (3) they are explanatory as well as justificatory; (4) they are constitutively open to recognition through reflection by any individual that has them; (5) they are distinctive to human beings, at least among terrestrial animals; and (6) they are always true propositions.  I accept the first three claims and reject the last three.  This paper is focused on the areas of agreement.  It lays the groundwork for the disagreements.

    Please contact Chad Mohler at chmohler@truman.edu with any questions about Dr. Burge’s time on campus.

    Dr. Burge’s visit is made possible by Phi Beta Kappa-Delta of Missouri Chapter, the School of Social and Cultural Studies, the Provost’s Office, and the Dr. Charles McClain Fund.

  • March 6, 2013

    Bioethics talk on Wednesday, March 20

    “Dr. Watson”:
    A.I., Ethics, and the Future of Medicine

    Wednesday, March 20, 11:30am-1pm
    SUB 3202

    The talk is free and open to the public.  While a meal will not be served, you are welcome to bring your lunch to the talk.  Contact Dr. Dereck Daschke, ddaschke@truman.edu, 785-6005 if you have any questions.

    Amy Michelle DeBaets is an assistant professor of bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, one of the nation’s oldest and largest osteopathic medical schools. Dr. DeBaets’s teaching and research interests include religion and bioethics, national and international health policy, and emerging technology ethics. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and has taught medical ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She previously worked as the director of information technology for a risk management consulting group. Dr. DeBaets has been named a Faculty Scholar in the University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion for 2013-2015.

  • February 28, 2013

    Campus Talk on “Creative Career Choices and the Liberal Arts”

    Notice of an upcoming campus talk at Truman:

    On Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th, husband and wife team Lee Slonimsky and Carol Goodman will be on the Truman campus, visiting classes during the day and giving evening presentations both Monday and Tuesday.  On Monday evening at 7 in the Alumni Room of the SUB, Lee and Carol will give a presentation entitled, “Creative Career Choices and the Liberal Arts.”  At a time when a Liberal Arts college education is being questioned by many for its practical value, Lee Slonimsky and Carol Goodman are role models for the wide-open possibilities open to Liberal Arts graduates.  Lee Slonimsky has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing, yet since 1999 he has been a successful Hedge Fund Manager of Ocean Partners LP in New York City.  (Lee is also a widely published poet and fiction writer)  Though Carol Goodman has an MFA in creative writing from The New School, her BA degree is in Latin from Vassar College; she is an agented novelist with no fewer than eight novels published with Ballantine, including the Hammett Award winning mystery novel The Seduction of Water.  (She has also recently completed a trilogy of urban fantasy novels for Tor Books, in collaboration with Lee Slonimsky, under the pen name of Lee Carroll).  Monday evening’s talk will focus on how each of these writers, trained in literature, creative writing and Classics, has been able to enjoy such interesting career paths.  On Tuesday evening at 7, also in the Alumni Room of the SUB, Lee and Carol will each read from their respective works, and also share a brief passage from their collaborative work in urban fantasy.  These readings are free and open to all.

  • January 31, 2013

    A few new student research opportunities

  • January 5, 2013

    Call for Papers for SLU’s 1st Annual Undergrad Philosophy Conference

    Call for Papers
    Now accepting Undergraduate Papers in Philosophy for Saint Louis University’s First Undergraduate Philosophy Conference taking place on April 12 – 14, 2013.

    Papers on any topic related to philosophy will be reviewed by our Conference Submission Panel and authors will be notified by or on March 22nd.

    The paper length is 2500-3500 words. All works referred to must be cited consistently. Submitted work must predominantly be authored by undergraduate(s). Co-authorship permitted.

    The DEADLINE for Submission is Friday March, 1st 2013. Paper copies will be accepted if mailed to the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University addressed to Ben Conover.

    Please Email all Submissions to philosophyclub@slu.edu.

    Mailing Address:
    Philosophy Department, Adorjan Hall 130, 3800 Lindell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63108

    Please Address Any Questions to Ben Conover (bconover@slu.edu), Tim Schmitz (tschmit9@slu.edu), or Scott Jordan (cjorda23@slu.edu).

  • December 3, 2012

    Opportunity to pursue masters degree in Religious Studies at U. of Missouri

    Click here to see a PDF with the details.

  • November 6, 2012

    Truman Philosophy and Religion Conference this Saturday!

    Be sure to check out the schedule of talks for more info!

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