2011 Public Issues Forum

The Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium presents:

Public Issues Forum:
Philosophy for Children

Saturday, October 29, 2011
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania
Claudia Cohen Hall 402
Philadelphia PA

Free and Open to the Public

Mitchell Green, University of Virginia - http://high-phi.org/
Thomas Jackson, University of Hawaii - http://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/
Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College - http://www.p4chawaii.org/

Frank Hoffman, West Chester University, Chair, GPPC

Dominic Sisti, Penn Center for Bioethics
Igor Jasinski, The Pingry School

Steve Esser, GPPC Board of Governors

For more information, please contact Steve Esser, steve.esser@permitcap.com or 610.941.5030

Why philosophy for children?

Can philosophy get kids thinking critically about issues, practical or theoretical, which otherwise they might not have the opportunity to discuss in or outside of school? Which issues can be introduced, and how can teachers foster a discussion which will enrich and inspire students?

Our main speakers are philosophers who have committed their efforts to exploring how philosophical thinking and topics might be beneficial to pre-college kids: each is working with K-12 students and teachers on introducing children to topics and methods of philosophy in an age-appropriate way.

All are welcome: philosophers, educators, parents and friends. Please join us to hear about the “why?” as well as the “how?” of philosophy for children.

This event is sponsored by the board of governors of the GPPC, the Penn Center for Bioethics, and the Penn Department of Philosophy.

Download a more detailed flyer.

Haverford Symposium in Philosophy

The Haverford College Department of Philosophy presents:

The 20th Annual Roland Altherr Memorial Symposium in Philosophy

Hubert Dreyfus
(Professor of Philosophy
The Graduate School at University of California, Berkeley)
"Rationality and Embodied Coping:
McDowell’s Myth of the Pervasiveness of the Mental"

Saturday, October 29th, 2011
Haverford College, Gest 101

Talk beings at 4:00pm. A reception will follow.

Epistemology Working Group

A group for the discussion of work in progress in epistemology will meet to discuss a paper by Fred Adams (University of Delaware), "Extended Cognition and Epistemology".

The meeting will take place at:Swarthmore College, Papazian Building 325
Wednesday, November 2, 5pm
Please RSVP to Peter Baumann via email: pbauman1@swarthmore.edu.

If you have a paper you´d like to discuss in the group, please let Professor Baumann know.

The purpose of this group is to provide space to informally discuss work in progress among philosophers in the Greater Philadelphia area (including guests) who are interested in epistemology in a broad sense (including, for example, Philosophy of Science). The group meets approximately 3 times per semester. Papers are circulated in advance so that everyone can review them before the meetings, in order that participants can jump right into the discussion when they meet.

Driving directions to Swarthmore College: http://www.swarthmore.edu/visitordash/visitors_content_directions.php

Exploring Liberty Seminar at TCNJ

The philosophy department of The College of New Jersey is hosting (in conjunction with the Institute for Humane Studies) an interdisciplinary seminar for students:

"Exploring Liberty"
Friday, 11 November 2011 -
Sunday, 13 November 2011

All meals will be catered from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, and refreshments will be provided throughout.

This event is free, and open to students of all colleges and universities.

For more information or to register, email James Stacey Taylor at The College of New Jersey: jtaylor@tcnj.edu

Further details: http://www.theihs.org/wknd-seminar/college-of-new-jersey

Philosophy Slam! Topic: Punishment

The GPPC is pleased to announce it's second Philosophy Slam!

Nathan Hanna (Drexel University)
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar
3180 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Everyone is welcome to come join us for some drinks and philosophical conversation. Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar is located in the Left Bank building on Chestnut Street, next to the Drexel University campus.

Check back for further details.