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THE GREAT BOOKS IN PHILOSOPHY
after spring break
Monday, March 10 Vince Gill Room 10 a.m.
Dr. Andy Davis on Aristotle’s Physics
Aristotle’s Physics is the first sustained treatment of the
question “What is Nature?” in the West. Aristotle's ideas diverge in
fascinating ways from the contemporary picture of what a science of nature
looks like. For example, Aristotle rejects the idea of a uniform empty “space”
and rejects the absolute reality of time.
Monday, March 17 Massey Boardroom 10 a.m.
Dr. Manuel Cruz on Kant’s Critiqueof Practical Reason
Kant's Critique of Practical Reason defends the moral
significance of human freedom and faith in God.
Having previously destroyed free will and the proofs for God's
existence, Kant now resurrects freedom and God as moral absolutes.
But there is a catch - one must deny any"experience" of freedom or God!
Monday, March 24 Bunch Multimedia Hall 10 a.m.
Dr. Mike Awalt on Tillich’s The Courage to Be
Paul Tillich's The Courage to Be is a prime example of the existential philosophy that flourished in the mid to late 20th century. He examines the meaning of courage in Western philosophical thought and ties this concept to the ontological question of Being. He is interested in showing the importance of courage in dealing with the anxiety that characterizes his age and in striving to overcome the loss of meaning in life.
Monday, March 31 Massey Boardroom 10 a.m.
Dr. Pete Kuryla on Melville’s Billy Budd
Herman Melville’s novella Billy Budd surely counts as one of the United States’ great philosophical statements. The unique historical circumstances that surround a late 18th century English warship form a hypothetical political space shorn of all but its essential features, allowing Melville to philosophize about the complexities of human nature including ideas about evil, innocence, and implausibility of moral heroism.