Talk on Philosophy of Language on Tuesday!

Posted April 18, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Announcements, Events on Campus

“A Defense of a Weak Linguistic Relativist Thesis”
A talk by Juan Colomina-Almiñana
Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm in Wyatt 109  

In this public talk, Professor Colomina-Almiñana will discuss the relationship between language, culture, and thought. He argues that some aspects of language mold some aspects of thought and that language could provide new patterns to adequately accomplish certain social interactions.

Juan Colomina-Almiñana is Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain. His research is focused on the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.


Talk today! Transforming Ordinary: Strike Debt Jubilee

Posted April 16, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Announcements, Events on Campus


Transforming Ordinary: Strike Debt Jubilee

a talk by Ali Aslam, Lecturer at Princeton University

5pm, Thompson 193

Is a world without debt possible? How? What would it take? What obstacles must be overcome? This talk will explore these questions and the Strike Debt resistance movement through the lens of recent debates in democratic political theory.



On the value of the philosophy major from the Wall Street Journal…

Posted March 31, 2014 by atubert
Categories: General Interest, Philosophy Major

In “Would you hire Socrates?” Scott Samuelson argues that although studies show that philosophy majors (and students of the liberal arts more generally) do very well in terms of employment and long term earning prospects, the value of such education lies elsewhere.  Here is an excerpt:

Thinking of the value of the humanities predominately in terms of earnings and employment is to miss the point. America should strive to be a society of free people deeply engaged in “the pursuit of happiness,” not simply one of decently compensated and well-behaved employees.

A true liberal-arts education furnishes the mind with great art and ideas, empowers us to think for ourselves and appreciate the world in all its complexity and grandeur. Is there anyone who doesn’t feel a pang of desire for a meaning that goes beyond work and politics, for a meaning that confronts the mysteries of life, love, suffering and death?

I once had a student, a factory worker, who read all of Schopenhauer just to find a few lines that I quoted in class. An ex-con wrote a searing essay for me about the injustice of mandatory minimum sentencing, arguing that it fails miserably to live up to either the retributive or utilitarian standards that he had studied in Introduction to Ethics. I watched a preschool music teacher light up at Plato’s “Republic,” a recovering alcoholic become obsessed by Stoicism, and a wayward vet fall in love with logic (he’s now finishing law school at Berkeley ). A Sudanese refugee asked me, trembling, if we could study arguments concerning religious freedom. Never more has John Locke —or, for that matter, the liberal arts—seemed so vital to me.

I’m glad that students who major in disciplines like philosophy may eventually make as much as or more than a business major. But that’s far from the main reason I think we should invest in the humanities.


Food Symposium and “Hunger Games,” a talk at PLU by philosopher Thomas Pogge

Posted March 28, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Events in Tacoma/Seattle, General Interest

The 2014 Food Symposium will be taking place across town at PLU.  Among the events taking place April 2-5, there is a talk by Yale philosopher Thomas Pogge, entitled “Hunger Games.”  Here is a brief description of the talk:

Since the 1996 World Food Summit, the world has been committed to halving world hunger by 2015. But the specification of this promise has changed from the Summit version to the Millennium Declaration to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These revisions have dramatically diluted the promise, raising the number of hungry people deemed acceptable in 2015 by 55 percent. In a final push, in 2012 (year 22 of the 25-year MDG exercise) the FAO revised its methodology for counting the hungry with the effect of raising the 1990 number of hungry people by 157 million and lowering the 2010 number by 57 million. This switch harmonized the hunger numbers with the World Bank’s rosy poverty trend line and enabled the FAO to proclaim: “The Millennium Development Goal 1 hunger target, halving the proportion of hungry people in developing countries by 2015, is still within reach.” As new development goals are about to be formulated, we must urgently learn the lessons from the expiring ones which have brought mainly cosmetic efforts and cosmetic progress. The very least each of us owes to the world’s undernourished people is an honest recognition of what we are doing to them.



Talk on Monday 3/24 about democracy in the Middle East

Posted March 17, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Uncategorized

“The Stumbling Democracy in the Middle East: Challenges and Prospects.”

A talk by Aseel Alawadhi

Monday, March 24th at 6pm in the Tahoma Room (Commencement Hall.)  

Aseel Alawadhi has a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Texas at Austin. She became one of the first four women to be elected to the Kuwaiti Parliament in 2009. She is currently assistant professor of philosophy at Kuwait University and is a visiting researcher  at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service. She is working on a book on the Kuwaiti model of democracy.


Alumni News: Ben Malkin ’12

Posted February 19, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Alumni, Alumni Interviews

We heard from Ben Malkin, who sent us the following update from Southern California:


I am working at my old elementary/middle school, right now as a middle school dorm parent. I am going back to school in the spring to get my teaching credentials.  Ojai Valley School is in my home town and is a wonderful private school.  Outdoor education is huge part of the school, we take the kids camping on the islands, go on rock climbing, snorkeling, kayaking trips, every 6th, 7th, and 8h grader must go on at least a 7 day back packing trip, and really anything outdoors to help kids grow. I will be working here for the next few years and maybe even long term.


Summer opportunity: Wikipedian in Residence

Posted February 5, 2014 by atubert
Categories: Summer

Here is a new summer research opportunity on campus…  the project for the summer is to be the archives wikipedian.  It sounds like a great opportunity!

Summer Fellowship in Archives and Special Collections


The Archives & Special Collections maintains the University of Puget Sound’s rare books, artists’ books, and manuscripts, as well as materials documenting the university and its history. The Summer Fellowship in Archives & Special Collections Grant was established in 2012 to promote student research, scholarship, and creativity through the use of primary sources.  The Summer Fellowship will provide students with an opportunity to work with primary sources and assist in making these materials available for future study and research.

2014 Project: Wikipedian in Residence

Through Wikipedia’s GLAM-Wiki project (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) the Wikipedian in Residence will increase access to the Archives & Special Collections holdings and services while strengthening the relationship between the Archives & Special Collections and the Wikipedia community.  Adhering to archival and Wikipedia best practices, the Wikipedian in Residence will: promote new or existing Wiki projects related to the University’s holdings; work with staff to digitize, compile, and organize resources that can be shared with the Wikipedia community; and advise staff on Wikipedia best practices.

February 12, 2014 – Optional Archives & Special Collections Open House.  Meet the Librarians, look over the collections and discuss the summer research projects.  Stop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

March 10, 2014 – Application Due.


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