Philosophy Talk: “The Perfect Bikini Body: Can We Really All Have It? Loving Gaze as an Anti-Oppressive Beauty Ideal”

The Department of Philosophy is sponsoring a lecture, “The Perfect Bikini Body: Can We Really All Have It? Loving Gaze as an Anti-Oppressive Beauty Ideal” by professor Sara Protasi on September 22, 2017.  Professor Protasi tells us about her talk:
“We often hear the slogan that ‘everybody is beautiful.’ But what does that mean? This talk examines two possible interpretations, rejects both, and proposes a third one. According to the ‘No Standards View,’ the slogan means that everybody is maximally and equally beautiful. According to the ‘Multiple Standards View,’ the slogan means that we have to widen our standards of beauty. The former fails to be aspirational and empowering, while the latter fails to be sufficiently inclusive. I propose a third view, according to which everybody is beautiful in the sense that everybody can be perceived through a loving gaze (with the exception of evil individuals who are wholly unworthy of love). I show that this view is inclusive, aspirational, and empowering, and authentically aesthetical.”
Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Wheelock Student Center
Rasmussen Rotunda

CALL FOR PAPERS: Undergraduate Philosophy Conferences and Publication Opportunities

In the next few months, there are several opportunities to submit papers for publication and for undergraduate philosophy conferences. Visit their websites for more details on submitting.

Students whose work is accepted to present at a conference can apply for a travel grant from the university. More details about student travel awards are on the university website. 

Eighth Mid-Hudson Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Submission Deadline: September 11, 2017

Conference Dates: October 27, 2017 – October 28, 2017

Undergraduate Research and SoTL Poster Session: Teaching Hub, American Philosophical Association

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017

Conference Dates: March 29, 2018 – March 30, 2018

California Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2017

Vassar College Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy

Submission Deadline: October 20, 2017

Third Annual Conference of The Mudd Journal of Ethics

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2017

Conference Dates: March 10, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Can an Immortal Life Retain its Meaning?

In a video presentation for Professor Tubert’s first year seminar Life, Death, and Meaning, Jordan Santiago Pearson aims to answer the question: can an immortal life retain its meaning?

Pearson spent several weeks in the hospital during the semester, so his presentation incorporates his personal narrative in regards to “meaning.”

“I found that an individual’s own desires give life meaning, and that as absurd as life is, it is only meaningless if one allows it to be so.”