This summer, the Gender & Queer Studies and Philosophy Book Club will be meeting to discuss Prof. Kate Manne’s work Down Girl. These meetings are open to all and lunch will be provided at every meeting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that performs the amazing music of Hamilton. Hamilton is a record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tonys, including Best Musical. It is a sweeping national cultural phenomenon with music that marries hip hop, R&B, and Broadway. Rise Up delivers a performance that captures all the sophistication, detail, and emotion of the music of Hamilton. It has performed extensively in the Northwest, delighting theater, festival, and club audiences and frequently selling out.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:30 pm Schneebeck Concert Hall
The fifth Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, run entirely by students, will be from January 31–February 1, 2019. This conference features presentations from undergraduate philosophy scholars from various schools across the country with additional commentary from Puget Sound students.
In a now mostly forgotten mid-20th century philosophical tradition, a peculiar quasi-nationalist existentialist project flourished. The animating idea of this tradition was that the agency of individuals is oftentimes structured by culture and norms in subtle ways that merit careful philosophical investigation. This presentation revisits some of those ideas, including the idea that under some conditions agents can be especially aware of the contingent nature of culturally specific norms and values, and that this awareness can produce a particular experience of normative instability. This experience—call it accidentality—turns out to be useful outside of the historical context of its genesis. In particular, thinking about accidentality can illuminate various forms of social subordination and socially-scaffolded agency, including cultural alienation, biculturality, and double consciousness.
On November 10, 2018, Puget Sound’s fall Ethics Bowl team (Liam Grantham ’20, Colleen Hanson ’19, Brian Kim ’21, August Malueg ’20, and Sam Place ’19) coached by Professor Tubert, competed in the 2018 Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Pacific Lutheran University. Among the many topics they argued were: the moral grounds to use genealogy websites to aid in criminal investigation, religious exemptions to modern medical birthing practices, and the disablement of comment sections on major news websites.
Although decisions regarding quality of life are entirely up to each individual person, non-disabled people tend to interpret the opinions of those who are disabled as being incorrect or invalid. Non-disabled people assume that adaptive preferences have played a role in compromising these outlooks on life as disabled people have “settled” for something less….
Stramondo continuously argued that the choices disabled people make are autonomous and highly reflective of their own well-being, not influenced by these concepts that non-disabled people have created. In this way, his lecture directly pertained to the philosophy department’s ongoing debates and discussions….
Both Stramondo’s lecture and the documentary are prime examples of the philosophy department’s integration of real-world discussion into its curriculum. Having held other lectures in the past, the department leaders are likely to host engaging events in the future, something Puget Sound students can look forward to.
Several upcoming undergraduate philosophy conferences and undergraduate philosophy journals have put out calls for papers. You are highly encouraged to submit any of your outstanding philosophical work. For more information about submitting your work, visit their websites.
STANCE International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal Submission Deadline: December 14, 2018
Eastern Michigan University’s 9th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy Conference Dates: March 9–10, 2019 Submission Deadline: January 10, 2019 Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Jacobson, University of Maine
Rutgers Columbia Undergraduate Conference 2019 Conference Dates: April 6, 2019 Submission Deadline:January 17, 2019 Keynote Speakers: Susanna Schellenberg, Rutgers University and Achille Varzi, Columbia University
Here is a preview of the lecture: There are several critiques of the application of idea of adaptive preferences to undercut disabled people who claim they have good lives (Amundson, Barnes, and Goering). There are also arguments against physician assisted suicide that seem to use an argumentative structure that is quite similar to the logic of adaptive preferences (such as a disabled person who has a desire to die has really adapted his preferences such that he prefers something that is sub-optimal only because other, better choices are out of reach). This lecture tries to reconcile these positions by finding a way of parsing between uses of the idea of adaptive preferences that are instances of testimonial injustice against disabled people (as Barnes describes it) and those that genuinely describe a phenomenon in which a person’s preference for physician-assisted suicide is distorted in the ‘sour grapes’ sense.
Before Professor Stramondo’s visit, ASUPS Campus Films will screen during this weekend the documentary Far From The Tree, in which Professor Stramondo is profiled amongst other extraordinary individuals. “This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been” (91% on Rotten Tomatoes). There will be six screenings of the documentary at Rausch Auditorium in Macintyre Hall on Friday (10/19) 6pm, 9pm; Saturday (10/20) 6pm, 9pm; and Sunday (10/21) 2pm, 6pm.
These events are sponsored by the Philosophy Department; and co-sponsored by the Bioethics Program, the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement (CICE), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; with additional support from the Offices of Business and Security Services.
Metropolitan State University of Denver have put out a call for papers for their Annual Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference from April 5-7, 2019. See the message and call for papers below from MSU Professors Carol Quinn and Liz Goodnick:
Profs Carol Quinn and Liz Goodnick are excited to announce MSU Denver’s Fourth Annual Undergraduate Women’s Philosophy Conference, April 5-7, 2019. This is the only conference of its kind. It’s an incredible experience of shared scholarship and community building, and it keeps growing!
For the third year in a row, we are happy to announce a $500 prize for the student with the best paper who will also serve as our student keynote speaker. Our faculty keynote speaker this year is Tina Rulli, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UC Davis.
For the second year in a row, we are holding a lottery to pay for hotel and airfare for one student. Please circulate this call for papers with your students and faculty, and with any of your contacts outside of your institution. Help us get the word out!
We hope to see you and your students next year at this exciting event.