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Philosophy @ Calvin—lectures, news and events

Summer 2014

Professor Jamie Smith debates Christianity and capitalism on the New York Times Blog. Read "Steadfast Principles in a Changing World" - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

 

Spring 2014

Professor Corcoran will be presenting his paper "The Persistence of Persons" at the 9th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, May 26-29, in Athens, Greece. This conference is sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research.

 

Dr. Shannon Hoff (Institute for Christian Studies)

"Hegel and the Possibility of Intercultural Criticism"

Tuesday, April 22
3:30pm
Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Abstract: In Hegel’s philosophy, the concept of “ethical life” presents powerfully the way in which human beings are formed by the specific social contexts in which they are situated. With his discussion of the idea of “conscience,” conversely, Hegel shows how individuals intractably shape these worlds, leaving the mark of their singularity upon all that which forms and claims them. This paper will examine this account of the two-sided character of human agency so as to develop an approach to a particularly charged issue facing political practice—namely, the issue of intercultural criticism, or the issue of how to identify and approach instances of injustice in contexts and worlds that are not one’s own. I will argue: a) that the idea of ethical life shows what is wrong with the strategy of simply imposing one’s own political mechanisms on other contexts; and b) that the idea of conscience shows what is wrong with simply refraining from any kind of communication and criticism in the name of the self-determination of the other people with whom one is concerned. Through analysis of the conscientious stance of confession and forgiveness, I will conclude by identifying what would be required for a just approach to political action and judgement across cultural borders and between social worlds, or what intercultural interaction and communication leading to better sociopolitical conditions would look like.

 

 

Drs. Lee Hardy, James K.A. Smith, Clarence Joldersma & Lambert Zuidervaart

Book Launch

April 4, 2014
3:30pm
Commons Annex Lecture Hall
Reception to follow

Jellema Lectures

Dr. Tim O'Connor (Indiana University)

  • Communities of Reasoned Inquiry
  • The Christian Community of Faith

March 19-20, 2014
CFAC Recital Hall
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Fall 2013

Dr. Gillian Russell (Washington University)
"The Epistemology of Logic"
Thursday, September 19
3:30 PM
Commons Annex Lecture Hall

Abstract: Recent work on analyticity distinguishes two kinds, metaphysical and epistemic. This paper argues that this distinction allows for a new view in the philosophy of logic. According to this new distinction, the claims of logic are metaphysically analytic and have distinctive modal profiles, even though their epistemology is holist and in many ways rather Quinean. It is argued that such a view combines some of the more attractive aspects of the Carnapian and Quinean approaches to logic, whilst avoiding some famous problems.

 

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Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

The 6th Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and Second annual joint conference with GVSU took place March 21-22, 2014.

The next conference will happen in the spring semester, 2015.

See photos from the 2011 Undergraduate Conference here.

 

Undergraduate Philosophy Symposium

Symposium, the Philosophy Club, meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Hiemenga Hall 336 and provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss their own papers in philosophy and closely related disciplines.

Check the postings outside the Jellema Room for weekly events.