Philosophy Department End of the Year Party

We are having an end of the year party on Monday, May 4th from 5:30 – 6:30pm in Wyatt 308. Come by, have some pizza, say good-bye to our graduating seniors, and chat with other philosophy students and faculty before everyone goes away for the summer. All majors, minors, and students taking philosophy classes or considering philosophy as a major are welcome.

Movie “The Examined Life” in Seattle

Astra Taylor’s “The Examined Life” is playing at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle starting today.

Astra Taylor (Zizek!) takes philosophy off of the high shelves a bit of fresh air in this documentary. Beginning with the idea that “the unexamined life is not worth living” the film uses the philosopher’s favored technique to ponder a question: the simple stroll. A moving camera over serene urban backgrounds highlights some of the greatest thinkers of modern times. Slavoj Zizek, Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha Nussbaum walk or row over a lake discussing what is on their minds. Intimate, timely and fascinating conversations develop as theory and practice become accessible to elements of our everyday lives. Examined Life is an unusual and necessary documentary that speaks directly to every viewer. (Northwest Film Forum)

For more information check out the Northwest Film Forum Website.

And a review of the movie at the Seattle Times.

David Sosa: “The Intellectual Vision Thing”

We have a philosophy talk this week!

David Sosa, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, will be giving a talk this Wednesday, 4/8, at 4:00 in Wyatt 308. The talk, entitled “The Intellectual Vision Thing,” will be on the nature of intuition — is intuition a kind intellectual vision?

David Sosa was the dissertation advisor for both Ariela Tubert and Justin Tiehen at the University of Texas. If you’ve seen the movie WAKING LIFE, then you’ve seen him in action in this clip…

Make sure you don’t miss the talk: if Sosa turns himself into a gear in front of everybody, and you missed it, you’re going to feel stupid.