Around Campus: Philosophy Dialogue Series

Philosophy Dialogue Series focuses
on civil liberties, political action

The First Amendment was ratified in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights.

Texas State graduate Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, once said, “Our material progress is only the foundation on which we will build a richer life of mind and spirit.” With that richer life in mind, Texas State’s Philosophy Dialogue Series offers an open forum for members of the university community to discuss ideas and share perspectives.

This semester’s series, which opened last week, embraces the Common Experience theme of “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” The First Amendment protects the basic rights of religion, expression, press, assembly and petition. Discussions and speakers will explore topics ranging from freedom of speech to the Arab Spring. See the schedule below or find updates here.

Faculty and student presenters come from every college on campus, and the Philosophy Department recruits nationally recognized scholars to participate each semester. Anyone in the Texas State community is welcome to attend.

The fall 2011 Philosophy Dialogue Series is co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project, the College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, the Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, the University Honors Program, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. Unless otherwise noted, all Philosophy Dialogue Series discussions are in the Dialogue Room, located in room 132 of the Psychology Building.

For additional information, contact the Department of Philosophy at or (512) 245-2285.

Monday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.
The Day Humpty Dumpty Fell: The Schleitheim Confessions as Prelude to First Amendment Rights
Greg Moses (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m.
Freedom’s Ancient Origins
Sophists and Sages, Dialogue Class

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.
On Some Less Civil Libertarian Implications of Considering Pornography to be Speech
Bryan Register (Philosophy)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m.
Before the Founders: Philosophers on Free Thought and Expression
Chris Bernal, Patrick Moore, & Jason Roberts (Dialogue students)

Friday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m.
Banning Books is Bull $*@#
Kandace Lytle (Ph.D. Literature student, Texas Christian University)

Monday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
Mill’s “On Liberty”
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Freedom of Speech in an Open Culture
Eric Bitner & Riley Inks (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
To Be or Not To Be (Tolerant): Meta-ethics and Paradox in Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies
Paul Wilson (Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Patriotism, Community, and Dissent
Kevin Abernethy, Anthony Megie, & Annalisa Turner (Dialogue students)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.
The Role of a University in an Open Society
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)

Friday, Oct. 7, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Led by Phi Sigma Tau

Monday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.
Interpreting the “Wall of Separation”
Bob Fischer (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m.
Equality, the Foundation of Religious Freedom
Tim Brown, Joseph Lamantia, & Rose Rickhoff (Dialogue students)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m.
Three Perspectives on Abortion
Lijun Yuan (Philosophy)

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m.
Picketing at Funerals: A Freedom for All or A Free-For-All
Vincent Luizzi (Department of Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Liberty of Conscience in the New World
Michelle McDonald & Efrain Saucedo (Dialogue students)

Friday, Oct. 14, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Led by Phi Sigma Tau

Monday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m.
Genetically Modified Food: Friend or Foe
Jonathan Landero (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m.
Free Speech for the World?
Chris Morgan & Kyle Prunty (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.
Performativity, Social Ontology, and the Uses of Narratives in Latin America
Ivan Marquez (Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m.
Freedom of the Press and Human Rights
Francesca Di Troia, Joshua Guerrero, & Bruce Wylie (Dialogue students)

Thursday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m.
Universal Values and International Pharmaceutical Testing
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Friday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Led by Phi Sigma Tau

Monday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.
Marx’s Critique of Capitalism
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Monday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
Role Obligations at Work: Seeking to Manage Role Conflicts In Self-Identity
Jim Summers (Health Administration)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
Ethics of Employment
Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 12:30 p.m.
Doing Good While Doing Well: Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship
Brian Deer, Ryan McGehee, & Devan Reynolds (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m.
Invisible in the Fields: Corporate Trafficking
Parish Conkling (Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.
Corporate Structure and Function
Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)

Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.
Corporate Personhood: What Kind of Person is a Corporation?
Kyla Hobbs-Darilek, Laurel Piety, & Kathryn Slaughter (Dialogue students)

Friday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Led by Phi Sigma Tau

Monday, Oct. 31, 12 p.m.
Dia De Los Muertos: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Roque Mendez (Psychology)

Monday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.
The Metaphysics of Motion Pictures
Anthony Adrian (Philosophy student)

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m.
Descartes’ Bones
Garrett Brown & Katherine Rompel (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.
Madmen and Frenchmen
Bryan Register (Philosophy)

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m.
A Buddhist’s Reply to the Mind/Body Problem
Theresa Hickey (Philosophy)

Thursday, Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m.
Two Views on the Mystery of Consciousness
Richard Doranski, Jennifer Garcia, & Ashley Knutson (Dialogue students)

Thursday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m.
Grad Students Grapple with the Mind/Body Problem: A Panel
Graduate Students (Interdisciplinary)

Friday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Creative Scholarship: Deweyan Reflections on Thinking, Doing and Making
Pat Shields (Political Science)

Monday, Nov. 7, 12 p.m.
The Arab Spring: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion
Panelists TBA

Monday, Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m.
Ethics Bowl Challenge
Texas State Ethics Bowl Team v. Graduate Students

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m.
Rage and Rebellion Rock the Casbah
Guillermo De Hoyos, Melinda Nowak, & Justin Williams (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
Women and the Arab Spring
Holly Lewis (Philosophy)

Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m.
After Rebellion: What Lies Ahead?
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Bishop (History)

Thursday, Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Ethics Bowl Challenge
Texas State Ethics Bowl Team v. Graduate Students

Friday, Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m.
Politics in the Arab World
Snehal Shingavi (Professor of English, University of Texas)

*Sophists and Sages are members of the Philosophy Dialogue Class. Class discussions are open to all interested persons.
**Talk of the Times, an activity of the American Democracy Project at Texas State, is a weekly open forum on current events and issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society. Daily copies of The New York Times are provided near the Dialogue Room (PSY 132) to promote informed dialogues.

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