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Philosophy and Religion

Guest Lecturer: Nick Baima

Nick Baima, a graduate from the Department of Philosophy and World Religions and who will receive a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washingnton University in St. Louis in May, will present, "Death, Love, and the Truth: Reflections From Plato's Phaedo."  Following a suggestion by Plato in The Phaedo, Baima will argue that it is a constitutive feature of love that we not only believe positive things about our beloved, but that it is good that we do so, even if those things are not true in the strict sense of the term, "truth." 

Lecture: "Good Sex: It's About More Than Just Pleasure"

Abby Helgevold, department of philosophy and world religions, will present a lecture titled "Good Sex: It's About More Than Just Pleasure."  Is bad sex better than no sex at all? Are all forms of "good" sex in fact "good?" This lecture will explore what it means to think ethically about our sexual lives by discussing the question, "what does it mean to have good sex?" 

Lecture: "Kierkegaard, The Great Granddaddy of Existentialism: What Makes Life Worth Living?"

Jerry Soneson, philosophy and world religions, will discuss "Kierkegaard, The Great Granddaddy of Existentialism: What Makes Life Worth Living?" Soneson will seek to make sense of the complex work of this melancholy Dane, who contributed so much to philosophy, religion and psychology, by organizing his talk about Kierkegaard's central question: amid all our troubles, distress and despair, what makes life worth living?  

Lecture: Does a President's Faith Shape Policy?

Cara Burnidge, assistant professor of religion, will present "Does a President's Faith Shape Policy? Woodrow Wilson as a Case Study for Today." This lecture will examine how faith has and has not shaped a president’s domestic and international policies and reform; it will conclude by offering insights on how to think about religion in policy making today. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and World Religion and the Department of History.

Guest Lecture: Critical Studies of Religion Fosters Inter-Religious Understanding: An Academic Experiment in India

Thomas Thangeraj, professor emeritus, Emory University, will present "Critical Studies of Religion Fosters Inter-Religious Understanding: An Academic Experiment in India." During the last 30 years, universities in India have established departments of religion which study religion from an academic point of view. This lecture will explore the extent to which this study might be promoting inter-religious understanding and harmony in India.

Death Panels, Soaring Costs, and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to You

This presentation will identify some of the myths and misinformation about the new Affordable Care Act, clarifying what is actually true about the bill, while pointing out both its strengths and weaknesses. Who will pay less? Who will pay more? Why? What was really going on with claims about death panels? What is going on with the web site? These and other questions will be addressed.

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