September 3rd Meeting; Ethics Bowl Reminder

First, a reminder that the Ethics Bowl informational meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. in FAO 200M. Contact the coach, Raman Sachdev, at rsachdev [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu if you have questions or are unable to attend.

This week’s Phi Org meeting is on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3713. Light refreshments will be served.

At this week’s meeting we will discuss Torbjörn Tännsjö’s defense of the “repugnant conclusion,” the claim that it is morally obligatory to have as many children as possible. Please read his short article on the subject, “You Should Have Kids,” before the meeting. It’s about 1,000 words long and will take only a few minutes to read.

If you wish to explore the subject further, you may wish to consult the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on the repugnant conclusion or Tännsjö’s journal article “Why We Ought to Accept the Repugnant Conclusion.” These readings are optional and are suggested for those who want to explore the topic further either before or after the meeting.

We will also discuss plans and goals for this semester.

After the meeting we’ll plan on going to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in the MSC if anyone wants to hang out and chat more.

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Philosophy Organization and Ethics Bowl This Semester

I hope your semester is off to a good start. Here’s some quick information about Philosophy Organization and Ethics Bowl this semester.

1. Philosophy Organization will meet on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Our first meeting is on September 3rd in MSC 3713. I’ll post more details about this first meeting sometime next week. In the meantime, please take this short survey to help give me a better idea of who you are and what you’re interested in. And if you haven’t done so already, please join Philosophy Organization on BullSync.

2. USF also has an Ethics Bowl team. Ethics Bowl is a competition where two opposing teams debate contemporary ethical issues. No previous background in ethics or debate is required. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m. in FAO 200M. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Coach, Raman Sachdev (rsachdev [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu) or the Assistant Coach, Steven Starke (sstarke [at] mail [dot] usf [dot] edu).

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New Reading Group

Starting Thursday, May 28th we’ll have a reading group for Samuel Clarke’s A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God by Samuel Clarke. See here for more details.

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More Precisely Reading Group: Week 1 (UPDATED: TIME CHANGED)

Over the next few weeks there will be a reading group for Eric Steinhart’s More Precisely: The Math You Need to Do Philosophy. The first meeting will be on Thursday, May 14th at 2:00 p.m. in FAO 200. We will discuss the first two chapters at this meeting.

More Precisely is a textbook that introduces mathematical ides that are used in advanced work in philosophy and applies the ideas to a range of philosophical problems. Topics covered include sets, relations and functions, machines, formal semantics, probability theory, utilitarianism, and infinity. No knowledge of formal logic or advanced mathematics is required. More information about the book is available at the companion website.

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Phi Org Next Week

Our time together this year is drawing to a close. Unfortunately, next week will be the last week of Phi Org for the semester. Fortunately, we’ll have twice the philosophy for you next week.

On Tuesday, April 14th Andrew Winters will give a presentation entitled “Does Time Have a Direction?” in FAO 248 at 5:30 p.m.

Then, on Thursday, April 16th, we’ll have our annual symposium at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3708. This year’s topic is humor and wit. Drs. Joseph Anderson and Joshua Rayman will give presentations. This event will be catered, so bring your minds and your appetites.

In closing, I’d like to thank all of those who have participated in Phi Org this year. We’ve had some great meetings this year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your involvement. For those of you who are graduating this semester, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, philosophical or otherwise. And for those of you who will be here next year, keep an eye out for information about next year’s meetings and events. Sumaya, Austin, and I will spend the summer working on ensuring that next year is even better than this year.

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Next Phi Org Meeting

Our next meeting will not be next Thursday; the next meeting will instead be on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. We’ll be meeting in FAO 248 (the main seminar room in the Philosophy Department) instead of in MSC. The Faculty Office Building is located behind the Social Science Building (SOC) and next to the Behavioral Sciences Building (BEH). Here is the campus map should you need additional help locating FAO and nearby parking.

At this meeting Kevin Fink will deliver a paper entitled “An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts.” Before getting into his paper Kevin will provide some introductory background information in order to make the paper accessible for those unfamiliar with Sellars or philosophical work on color. (For additional background information, you may wish to consult the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles on Wilfrid Sellars and color.) The abstract and text of the paper are available should you wish to consult them before or after the presentation.

Finally, the election for next year’s treasurer will take place at this meeting.

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Election Results & Treasurer Election

Here are the results of today’s election for the 2015-2016 officers:
President: Paul Clarke
Vice President: Sumaya Akhter
Dr. Joshua Rayman will continue as faculty advisor

The treasurer election has been postponed. It will now take place at our meeting on April 7th. The current candidates are Austin Atchoo and Janine DeBlasi.

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Upcoming Phi Org Meetings

This week’s meeting will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 2703. Dr. Douglas Jesseph will give a lecture entitled “Hobbes and the Limits of Reason.”

Also at this week’s meeting we will have elections for next year’s officers. Please let the current president know if you are interested in running. Currently there are no candidates for the treasurer position.

Next week we will not have a meeting on Thursday; next week’s meeting will instead be on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. The meeting won’t be in MSC. We’ll be meeting in FAO 248 (the main seminar room in the Philosophy Department). The Faculty Office Building is located behind the Social Science Building (SOC) and next to the Behavioral Sciences Building (BEH). Here is the campus map should you need additional help locating FAO and nearby parking.

At that meeting Kevin Fink will deliver a paper entitled “An Incoherence in Sellars’ Error Theoretical Account of Color Concepts” after providing some introductory background information. The abstract of the paper is here and the text of the paper is here should you wish to refer to them before the meeting.

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Phi Org This Week & Upcoming Elections

This Tuesday, March 24th, there will be a bonus meeting in FAO 248 at 5:30 p.m. Areins Pelayo will run a workshop entitled “How to Write an Undergraduate Philosophy Paper.”

Our regular meeting this week is on Thursday, March 26th at 5:30 p.m. in MSC 3708. Dr. Richard Manning will give a talk entitled “Must I Believe the Truth, or What Makes Sense?”

We will hold elections for next year’s officers at our meeting next week. If you are interested in running for president, vice president, or treasurer, please contact the current president.

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Phi Org This Week & Campaigning

This week’s meeting is in MSC 2707 at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19th.

Christine Wieseler will present a paper entitled “Epistemic Issues in Biomedical Ethics: Ignorance, Knowledge, and Disability.”

Thursday also marks the beginning of campaigning for those who want to run for office next year. If you are interested in running for president, vice president, or treasurer, please let the current president know at your earliest convenience.

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