Lectures start promptly at 7:30PM and are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month September through May
9-13-2016: On the Sublime in Art: Past and Present
Estelle Fonteneau, Ph.D.
This talk will explore historical concepts of the
sublime and the masterpiece in art throughout history. Are these pagan and
religious classics still relevant today? Is there a postmodern sublime and, if
so, what does it look like and what purpose does it serve?
9-27-2016: In Defense of Plagiarism
Phillip Rosemann, Ph.D.
Presently, plagiarism is
considered a capital sin in academic work. What would be worse than to
copy someone's work and pretend it is one's own? Yet important
questions and problems arise. Is there anything in a person's ideas
that is not derivative? Therefore, is it truly appropriate to extend
the concept of property to ideas?
10-11-2016: Against Statutes of Limitations
John Harris, Ph.D., Dept of Philosophy, TCU
Statutes of limitations prevent
the state from bringing charges when evidence has long since been lost,
destroyed, or memories have faded. I will argue that statutes of
limitation are unjustified, unnecessary, and often serve to exacerbate
injustices rather than prevent them.
10-25-2016: Growing a New Generation of Social Justice Activists and Agitators
don't just happen on the other side of the world. I seek to expose
people to injustice in their own backyard. It is about awareness,
accountability, and action. This talk will share my work in creating
two social justice courses.
11-8-2016: Are the Size and Age of the Universe Evidence against the Existence of God?
Sloan Lee, Ph.D.
Recently some scientists and thinkers
have suggested that the vast size and age of the universe, which is
beyond human understanding, is evidence against the existence of God.
We will examine these arguments and assess the force they possess.
11-22-2016: Minds, Machines, and Morality: Ethical Realms of Artificial Intelligence
Chris Erwin Davis, Ph.D.
This talk will begin with a brief
history of artificial intelligence research, beginning with the
earliest days of computing machines and follow up to the present day
with state-of-the-art intelligent systems. From this foundation we will
explore various schools of thought that drive current research. During
this section we will walk through some thought experiments and
arguments proposed by the various approaches to support their
hypotheses. This tour of competing ideas will touch on related topics
like sentience, sapience, self-awareness, and consciousness. Finally,
we look to the future to visit some potential ethical challenges we may
be faced with and consider how they might be addressed.
12-13-2016: Religion in the Process
Beth Dana, M.Div.
thought emerged in the 20th century at the intersection of mathematical
physics (the physics of becoming), philosophy, and religion. It views
everything, all material, even God as " process". This lecture will
explore strands of process thought in many of the world's religious