Jason Grinnell, assistant professor of philosophy at Buffalo State in New York, will discuss the ways that the ideas of friendship offered by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle are embodied in the recent films, "Million Dollar Baby" and "Gran Torino" directed by Clint Eastwood.
Philosophy and Religion
The Philosphy Club will host UNI graduate and Stanford graduate student Grant Rozeboom. He will discuss Consequential vs. Non-Consequential Ethics through Utilitarianism and Immanuel Kant.
The Philosophy Club and the Explorers of Religion Club will be selling books collected from the professors of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, along with delicious snacks, t-shirts and buttons.
Douglas Hofstadter will present “Celebrating the Alan Turing Centenial: Some Critical Reflections.” This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.
Alison Suen, a former UNI philosophy major and current Lecturer in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will discuss the unique contributions that women have made in the field of animal ethics. She will also consider parallels between the exploitation of animals and the exploitation of women.
The Department of Philosophy and World Religions will sponsor a panel of alumni who will discuss how study in these disciplines can help you in law school and the legal professions. Majors in Philosopy and in the Study of Religion consistently have top LSAT scores.
Susan Hill, professor of religion, will discuss "Mary Magdalene: Penitent Prostitute or Apostle to the Apostles."
Hannah Arendt was a passionate political thinker who caused outrage and vigorous disagreement by many leading American and Israeli thinkers who read her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). Adolf Eichmann was a leading figure in orchestrating the Holocaust, and in 1961 Israel captured him in Argentina and put him on trial for crimes against the Jewish people. Arendt attended the trial and wrote reports for The New Yorker which formed the basis of her book. Having been born and educated in Germany, Arendt was persecuted as a Jew by the Nazi regime, landing in jail and a concentration camp. Through a series of fortunate events, she was able to escape and eventually made her way to the United States. In the last years of her life, she taught at The New School for Social Research, where Bill Clohesy, professor of philosophy, became one of her doctoral students. Clohesy will provide commentary and lead a discussion following the film showing..
Many ancient Israelites, as recorded in the Bible, believed that since sin causes suffering, someone who is suffering must have sinned. John Burnight, philosophy and world religion, will argue that the first five chapters of the Book of Job critique this dominant Israelite theology of the time, one based on the ideas that sin and suffering are invariably linked, and that the elite of a society enjoy their status because they are more righteous than those who are “lowly” and afflicted.