DPS meetings recommence – planning meeting Mon 11 of Nov 2013

Weekly meetings recommence on Monday the 11th of November 2013.
The Deakin Philosophical Society first meeting for trimester 3 will be held tomorrow in ic1.108 Waurn Ponds at 4 – 5:30 pm.

We will discuss ideas for the coming trimester’s topics and plan future activities. Come along, drink our beverages and suggest a favourite philosophical topic for this trimester!

Cheers,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

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DPS meeting – A Discussion of Bayesian Epistemology.

Deakin Philosophical Society Meeting
A Discussion of Bayesian Epistemology.
Monday the 7th of October in ic1.108 on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

This Monday the 7th of October the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet at 4:00 – 5:30pm in ic1.108 to discuss Stephan Hartmann and Jan Sprenger’s article on Bayesian Epistemology. Daniel Connell will open and will cover the important concepts of the article during the beginning of the meeting. 

Cheers,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

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DPS meeting – Objective Moral Truth?

Deakin Philosophical Society Meeting
Objective Moral Truth?
Monday the 16thof September in ic1.108 on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

Following on from last week’s discussion on ethics, this Monday the 16th of September the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet at 4:00 – 5:30pm in ic1.108 to discuss Richard Carrier’s blog article ‘What Exactly is Objective Moral Truth?’ on what is meant by a ‘scientific understanding of morality’ and whether moral questions are scientifically investigable.

Cheers,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

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DPS meeting, Trolley Problems and Doctrine of Double Effect

Deakin Philosophical Society Meeting
Trolley Problems and Doctrine of Double Effect
Monday the 9thof September in ic1.108 on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

This Monday the 9th of September the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet at 4:00 – 5:30pm in ic1.108 to discuss a recent philosophy bites interview with David Edmonds on trolleyology and consider whether Thomas Aquinas’s Doctrine of Double Effect offers a plausible explanation for the ‘Fat Man Dilemma’.

Click this link to listen to the interview

Kind regards,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

 

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DPS meeting, Žižek and Assange on information and politics

Deakin Philosophical Society Meeting
Žižek and Assange on censorship, information and politics
Monday the 2nd of September in ic1.108 on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

Following the discussion last week on ‘Is democracy at a tipping point?’, this Monday the 2nd of September the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss a conversation between Slavoj Žižek and Julian Assange on the implications of censorship and monitory democracy.

 

We will watch a few key segments of the video on Monday.

Kind regards,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

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Mon26Aug DPS discuss ABC RN episode ‘Has democracy reached a tipping point?’ @Deakin #philosophy

Deakin Philosophical Society Meeting
‘Has democracy reached a tipping point?’
Monday the 26th of August in ic1.108 on Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus

This Monday the 26th of August, the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss the current and future shape of democracy. Focusing on a recent episode of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense where three Australian political thinkers, Gregory Melleuish, Tim Sootphommasane and John Keane, each discussed the changing nature of democracy and gave predictions about where it might be heading in the future.

The episode of Future Tense can be streamed, downloaded or read as a transcript by following this link.

A summary of the Lowy Institute Poll 2013 mentioned in the episode can be found at: http://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/lowy-institute-poll-2013#the-value-of-democracy

 

Kind regards,

Russell Sandford, philosopher in training.

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‘Who gets what and who says so?’

Deakin Philosophical Society meeting
Discussion of Prof. Tamar Gendler’s video ‘An introduction to the Philosophy of Politics and Economics’.
Monday 19 August from 4-5.30pm in ic3.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

Monday the 19thof August the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet in ic3.108 to consider the role political philosophy has had in shaping the political landscape of our world, as well as to discuss John Rawls and Robert Nozick’s opposing theories of what constitutes a just society through Prof. Tamar Gendler’s An introduction to the Philosophy of Politics and Economics.

 

With kind regards,

Russell Sandford,

Philosopher in training.

 

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Mon3Jun DPS discuss Prof. Graham Priest’s 2013 ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism’ @Deakin #philosophy

Deakin Philosophical Society meeting
Discussion of Prof. Graham Priest’s ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka’
Monday 3 June from 4-5.30pm in ib3.307 on the Waurn Ponds campus

Professor Graham Priest will be presenting at Tuesday’s Deakin Philosophy Seminar Series on the topic ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka’ (see below). So at Monday’s DPS meeting those present will discuss Priest’s contribution to the 2013 Blackwell Companion to Buddhist Philosophy on the same topic. People with access to the Deakin library can access the chapter at http://encore.deakin.edu.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2817787. Chapter 13 is the one you are after. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the Deakin library, who wishes to participate and wants access to the chapter, email mail@deakinphilosophicalsociety.com .

Deakin Philosophy Seminar Series
Prof. Graham Priest (University of Melbourne), ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka’
Tuesday 4 June from 4-5.30pm in C2.05 Burwood, videolinked to kc1.011 Waurn Ponds and D.2.30 Warrnambool

ABSTRACT
The debate between realism and idealism is well known in both Eastern and Western philosophy. In Indian Buddhism, there were both realists and idealists; but there was one school of thought, Madhyamaka, which went between the horns of these two positions. In this talk I will explain how.

GRAHAM PRIEST
Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (USA), and Arché Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews (UK). He works in many areas, including metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and Asian philosophy, but is best known for his work on philosophical logic – especially paraconsistent logic. He is the author of over 200 papers, and books including In Contradiction, Beyond the Limits of Thought, Towards Non-Being, Doubt Truth to be a Liar, and Introduction to Non-Classical Logic. His new book, One, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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4Jun @Deakin #Philosophy seminar: Graham Priest, ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: Madhyamaka’

Deakin Philosophy Seminar Series
Prof. Graham Priest (University of Melbourne), ‘Between the Horns of Idealism and Realism: The Middle Way of Madhyamaka’
Tuesday 4 June from 4-5.30pm in C2.05 Burwood, videolinked to kc1.011 Waurn Ponds and D.2.30 Warrnambool

ABSTRACT
The debate between realism and idealism is well known in both Eastern and Western philosophy. In Indian Buddhism, there were both realists and idealists; but there was one school of thought, Madhyamaka, which went between the horns of these two positions. In this talk I will explain how.

GRAHAM PRIEST
Graham Priest is Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne (Australia), Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (USA), and Arché Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews (UK). He works in many areas, including metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and Asian philosophy, but is best known for his work on philosophical logic – especially paraconsistent logic. He is the author of over 200 papers, and books including In Contradiction, Beyond the Limits of Thought, Towards Non-Being, Doubt Truth to be a Liar, and Introduction to Non-Classical Logic. His new book, One, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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Philosophical #Zombies @Deakin today from 4-5.30pm in ic1.108 on the Waurn Ponds campus

Philosophical Zombies
Monday 27 May, 4-5.30pm in ic1.108

Can physical causes account for consciousness?

If so, David Chalmers argues, then beings could exist — zombies — who look and behave like us in every way except that they don’t have a conscious experience of their existence. Why? Because a purely physical or material account of human existence and behaviour does not require an account of consciousness. As far a neuroscience or behavioural psychology are concerned, for example, consciousness is redundant for the account — an explanatory excess.

Nevertheless, we experience consciousness.

Therefore, or so David Chalmers argues (if I have understood him correctly), a purely physical/material account of what it is to be a human being cannot explain the existence of consciousness.

Grapple, grapple, grapple with the philosophical zombies.

We’ll discuss Chalmers’ work.

We’ll discuss this 10 minute interview with Chalmers on his 1996 book The Conscious Mind:

And another short but much more recent interview with Chalmers on consciousness (He has almost mastered the Descartes look):

A couple of great resources on philosophical zombies are this 1999 paper by Daniel Dennett on philosophical zombies, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Philosophical Zombies.

Kind regards,

Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

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P.S. Details of forthcoming Deakin Tuesday Philosophy Seminars are available on the Philevents website.

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