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November 5, 2018

Colloquium with Claudia Baracchi

Thursday November 1
Colloquium with Claudia Baracchi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
“Dionysus and Plato: Immortality Without Me”
110 Willamette Hall
Contact: Erin McKenna

Undergraduate Lecture with Claudia Baracchi

Wednesday October 31
Undergraduate Lecture with Claudia Baracchi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
“Lighting up Human Nature”
150 Columbia Hall
Contact: Erin McKenna

October 29, 2018

Northwest Reading Group in American Philosophy

Saturday October 27
“The Aesthetics of Everyday Life”
directed by Mark Johnson and Jay Schulkin
Adobe Inn in Yachats, OR
Contact Erin McKenna to RSVP for lunch & dinner

October 17, 2018

Community Philosophy Circle “What’s Luck Got to Do With It?”

Our next public philosophy event takes place on Tuesday October 30th at 6:00pm in the Downtown Eugene Public Library.

We cannot think of a more timely topic in the context of today’s public and political discourse than “What’s Luck Got to Do With It?”

Should we define our individual or collective successes and failures in life in terms of personal responsibility, grit and hard work? Or should we take stock of our lives by acknowledging luck and a variety of circumstances that are beyond our control?

Two people are texting on their cell phones while driving their car. Driver #1 manages to text for several minutes without getting into an accident. Driver #2 texts for only half a minute but, during this time, fails to notice a child who has run into the street chasing after a ball. How should we judge each driver? If we assess their actions alone, then both are equally at fault. If we take into account the consequences of their texting behaviors, then one driver was just lucky while the other was guilty of a serious crime.

So how should we judge our actions and the actions of others? Should people be evaluated by the choices they make? Or by the consequences of those choices?

Is each of us simply the product of circumstances that are largely beyond our control? If that’s true, then how much of who we are is based on luck and how much comes from our initiative and hard work? Is an undocumented person caught at the border someone who chose to break the law, or an unlucky victim of poverty or political repression? Should a billionaire CEO of a pharmaceutical company take credit for his accumulation of wealth and power if family upbringing, educational opportunities and inheritance played major roles in his success?

In other words, when it comes to assessing praise or blame, what’s luck got to do with it?

Come to the next Community Philosophy Circle to explore these questions together. And feel free to pass this message and poster on to friends!

All ages are welcome, and all public philosophy events are free.

For more information, contact Paul Bodin or Caroline Lundquist.

October 12, 2018

Colloquium with Andrew Mitchell

Thursday October 11
Colloquium with Andrew Mitchell, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at Emory University
“Heidegger’s Anti-Christianity: Some Thoughts”
110 Willamette Hall
Contact: Camisha Russell

October 5, 2018

Talk with Eric Turkheimer

Thursday October 4
Talk with Eric Turkheimer, Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia
“Individual and Group Differences in Behavior: Genetics, Psychology and Philosophy”
EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis Room
Contact: Nicolae Morar

August 27, 2018

Larry Busk Holds Dissertation Defense on Monday September 17

Doctoral Candidate Larry Busk will defend his dissertation “Democracy in Spite of the Demos: Arendt, the Democratic Turn, and Critical Theory” on Monday September 17 at 8:00am in the Philosophy Department Conference Room (250C Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Busk Dissertation Defense Poster

June 28, 2018

Anna Cook Holds Dissertation Defense on Wednesday July 18

Doctoral Candidate Anna Cook will defend her dissertation “Unable to Hear: Settler Ignorance and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission” on Wednesday July 18 at 10:00am in the Philosophy Department Conference Room (250C Susan Campbell Hall) on the University of Oregon campus.

This Defense is free of charge and open to the public.

Cook Dissertation Defense Poster

June 4, 2018

Colloquium with Marzena Adamiak

Thursday May 24
Colloquium with Marzena Adamiak, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy & Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences
“Overcoming Dualism: Thinking with Karen Barad about Metaphysics”
101 Knight Library
Contact: Bonnie Mann

Colloquium with Eli Clare

Thursday May 17
Colloquium with Eli Clare, writer, speaker, activist, teacher, poet
“Defective and Deficient: Thinking About ‘Bad’ Bodies”
Knight Library Browsing Room 106
Contact: Camisha Russell

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