[Pathways] Climate Change and the Long-Term Future – Winter School

Date:   February 24-25, 2020

Location: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9712GL Groningen, Netherlands  

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After six successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host its seventh yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Climate Change and the Long-Term Future. It will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where topics related to the theme will be discussed from different disciplinary viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Theme

Climate change is among the biggest challenges humanity faces today. How should individuals, societies, and humanity at large respond to climate change and other long-term challenges? Far from being a question for the natural sciences alone, a good answer also requires a 'PPE perspective', that is, a perspective that combines philosophy, politics, and economics. In this winter school, different researchers will take a PPE perspective in exploring climate change and our ethical and political obligations towards future people. The challenge is typically seen as a collective action problem. From this perspective, it calls for an institutional solution that facilitates widespread cooperation among individuals and countries. And it brings up empirical questions, such as what explains people's attitudes and actions towards the environment and future generations and how can those be improved? But it also has an important epistemic dimension. For example, what is a rational response to scientific disagreement and to the risk and uncertainty involved in climate predictions? Finally, the winter school also tackles fundamental normative questions, such as: What are our moral obligations to future people? Do they extend to all future people and, if so, does this imply that our longtermist moral duties trump any short-term concerns? 

Programme (speakers confirmed so far)

Prof Leah Henderson, 'The philosophy of climate science' 

Prof Lisa Herzog, 'Climate Science and Democracy – Considerations from Political Epistemology' 

Dr Simon Friederich, 'Climate change as a collective action problem and the importance of very cheap energy'

Prof Frank Hindriks, 'Sustainable institutions and a duty to join forces' 

Dr. Andreas T. Schmidt, 'Longtermism and our duty towards far-future people'

The winter school is aimed at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. It also offers students interested in studying the PPE Master in Groningen an insight into the kinds of teaching and research done at the PPE Centre. 

Scholarship

The Faculty offers up to three scholarships of up to EUR 200 for promising students enrolling in the winter school who express interest in later applying for a Master's programme in Groningen. Moreover, participants who later enrol in a Master's programme at the Faculty of Philosophy for the year 2020/2021 will have their registration fee for the winter school reimbursed. 

To apply for the scholarships, send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a letter (max 1 page) stating your interest in the winter school to winterschoolphilosophy@rug.nl with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. Deadline to apply for the scholarships: January 7, 2020. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups. 

Registration

To register, send an email with your name, affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate) to winterschoolphilosophy 'at' rug.nl with 'Registration for winter school' as subject, no later than January 15th 2020. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students. 

As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students. 

General Information

  • Dates:                                                    February 24-25, 2020 
  • Scholarship application deadline:               January 7, 2020 
  • Registration deadline:                              January 15, 2020 
  • Registration fee:                                      EUR 40, to be paid online 

Further inquiries can be directed to winterschoolphilosophy@rug.nl

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Faculty of Philosophy
University of Groningen

[Pathways] The Blue Pill Dilemma: Is Knowledge a Blessing or a Curse?

Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy: www.jsfphil.org

Call for Papers: Vol. 3 (second round of reviews)

The Blue Pill Dilemma: Is Knowledge a Blessing or a Curse?

The question about choosing knowledge or willful ignorance is at least as old as Plato's Cave; older perhaps, down to the Tree of Good and Evil. Science Fiction writers can be as illuminating as they can be ambiguous. In the original The Matrix Neo took the Red Pill, choosing Truth – and got himself into a world of trouble. Wouldn't the Blue Pill (of "Ignorance is Bliss") have served him better?

In dystopian tales, deep questioning is proscribed to safeguard the (questionable) happiness of the general population. In pre- and post-apocalyptic scenarios scientific knowledge can be savior and culprit, both revered and feared. Brain-in-a-vat stories make the choice between harsh reality and simulated bliss vivid and poignant, while cyberpunk stories emphasize the double-edged dangers of making all our personal information conveniently available. The tension thus created in these stories merits examination. Which is preferable? Which is better? Can a truth cause more harm than a lie? Is there a danger of knowing too much? Is knowledge just a neutral tool, or is there, as Plato would have it, something inherently good about seeking knowledge?

 The deadline for the second round of reviews is February 29, 2020.

Contact the Editor, Alfredo Mac Laughlin, at editor.jsfphil@gmail.com with any questions, or visit www.jsfphil.org for more information. 

*General Articles, Response Essays, Book Reviews, accepted year-round. See www.jsfphil.org for details*


[Pathways] 'Quest of Reality' by D. R. Khashaba

QUEST OF REALITY

The book traces the human quest for Reality from the first gropings of primitive humans through the speculations of modern philosophers to my own confessedly personal vision.

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[Pathways] Mixed Martial Arts and Philosophy


Squaring the Octagon: Philosophers Grapple with Mixed Martial Arts

Edited by Jason Holt and Marc Ramsay

Call for Abstracts
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Apologies for x-posting

In mere decades, mixed martial arts (MMA) has exploded as a worldwide phenomenon, a sport as controversial as it is compelling, one that demands serious philosophical attention. Abstracts are sought for a prospective anthology on the philosophical significance of MMA.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Is MMA a true martial art?
• MMA vs. traditional martial arts and combat sports
• MMA epistemology: the nature of know-how
• Tournament of techniques: strikers vs. grapplers, cage vs. street
• MMA as illustrating philosophical theories
• Philosophically useful case studies: GSP, Ronda Rousey, BJ Penn, etc.
• Is it immoral to participate in or watch MMA and other violent sports?
• Ethical/legal dimensions of MMA (consent, legal moralism, paternalism, etc.)
• Respect, gamesmanship, and cheating in MMA
• Performance-enhancing drugs in MMA
• MMA and gender
• Beauty and ugliness in MMA
• Is MMA an art form?

An editor at Routledge has expressed interest in receiving a full proposal, to be submitted once abstracts have been finalized.

Initial submission should include an abstract (150-250 words) and CV, sent to both Jason Holt (jason.holt@acadiau.ca) and Marc Ramsay (marc.ramsay@acadiau.ca) by 15 January 2020.

Timeline:
Deadline for abstract/CV: 15 January 2020
Notification of abstract status: 30 January 2020
First draft: 1 June 2020
Final draft: 1 September 2020

(NB: Abstract acceptance does not by itself guarantee acceptance of the full paper.)

Prof. Jason Holt
School of Kinesiology
Acadia University
550 Main St.
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6
Canada
Website: https://kinesiology.acadiau.ca/faculty-staff/jason-holt.html

[Pathways] 'In Defence of Plato' by D. R. Khashaba

IN DEFENCE OF PLATO

Countering the misunderstanding and distortion introduced by Aristotle and embraced in learned circle as unquestionable truth.

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/11/14/in-defence-of-plato/

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

[Pathways] Thinking About Nothing: Philosophy, Negation and the Mystical

THINKING ABOUT NOTHING: PHILOSOPHY, NEGATION AND THE MYSTICAL

Liverpool Hope University, 3-5 July 2020

Call for Proposals: Deadline 30th November 2019

How and why is 'nothing' such a central concern for the mystical? What meaning, if any, derives from negation, un-knowing, un-saying; or from evoking the Absolute in terms of absence, silence, darkness, void, abyss, desert, and no-thing-ness? Why do mystics across different religious traditions return continually to images and ideas of negativity? And how might these interfaces between 'nothingness' and 'the mystical' illuminate our contemporary concerns with these two elusive notions?

This interdisciplinary conference brings together theologians, philosophers, historians, literary scholars, linguists, psychologists, artists, art historians, poets, musicians, and contemplative practitioners to examine interfaces between themes of 'nothingness', 'negativity', and the mystical . We also welcome proposals for creative responses from visual arts, performance, music and sound, poetry and literature.

Keynote speakers include Professor George Pattison, Professor Melissa Raphael, Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove, & Dr. Kate Kirkpatrick.

All proposals should include:

1. Full name; 2. E-mail; 3. Current institution and/or academic affiliation 4. Title of the paper or project; 6. Any technical needs; 7. Proposal (up to 350 words).

* Paper proposal: An abstract proposal for a short (20 minute) original paper

* Project proposal: for a presentation, event, exhibition, performance or screening.

Please send proposals and enquiries to: Dr Simon Podmore (podmors@hope.ac.uk), Dr Duane Williams (williad3@hope.ac.uk), or Dr Deborah Casewell (casewed@hope.ac.uk)

Further information on the Mystical Theology Network website

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rege0676/Conference8.html

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Lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion
Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Liverpool Hope University

[Pathways] 'The Philosophy of Football' by Steffen Borge

Professor Steffen Borge's new book, The Philosophy of Football, is now available.

https://www.academia.edu/40808520/Borge_The_Philosophy_of_Football_excerpts_

https://www.routledge.com/The-Philosophy-of-Football/Borge/p/book/9780367180928

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philosophy-Football-Ethics-Sport/dp/0367180928/

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0367180928

Human beings are the only creatures known to engage in sport. We are sporting animals, and our favourite pastime of football is the biggest sport spectacle on earth. The Philosophy of Football presents the first sustained, in-depth philosophical investigation of the phenomenon of football.

In explaining the complex nature of football, the book draws on literature in sociology, history, psychology and beyond, offering real-life examples of footballing actions alongside illuminating thought experiments. The book is organized around four main themes considering the character, nature, analysis and aesthetics of football. It discusses football as an extra-ordinary, unnecessary, rule-based, competitive, skill-based physical activity, articulated as a social (as opposed to natural) kind that is fictional in character, and where fairness or fair play -- contrary to much sport ethical discussion -- is not centre stage. Football, it is argued, is a constructive-destructive contact sport and, in comparison to other sports, is lower scoring and more affected by chance. The latter presents to its spectators a more unpredictable game and a darker, more complex and denser drama to enjoy.

The Philosophy of Football deepens our understanding of the familiar features of the game, offering novel interpretations on what football is, how and why we play it, and what the game offers its followers that makes us so eagerly await match day. This is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the world's most popular game or in the philosophical or social study of sport.

Review

"There are striking, fundamental similarities between sports and the arts and equally striking and fundamental differences. Some of them are surprising; few have been explored as thoroughly and perceptively as Borge does. The Philosophy of Football will certainly fascinate lovers of "the beautiful game," but reflective aficionados of theatre or baseball, fiction or footraces, ritual, wrestling, chimpanzees, chess, dance, Duchamp, hockey and cockfights will find much of interest here as well." -- Prof Kendall L Walton, University of Michigan, USA

About the Author

Steffen Borge is Professor of Philosophy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso.

[Pathways] Call for Papers: Leonard Cohen -- An Interdisciplinary Conference

Maynooth University, Ireland, 12-13 June 2020

Maynooth University, Ireland, is organizing a major international and interdisciplinary conference on the work of Leonard Cohen (June 12-13, 2020).

Religion, teachers, women, drugs, the road, fame, money... nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing.

-- Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's body of work challenges and bridges many oppositions. A poet and novelist of significant talent, he chose a career as a songwriter and musical performer in order to reach a larger audience. Jewish, Cohen from an early stage in his career also explored the Christian faith. Eager to transcend the boundaries of Western religion, he then immersed himself in Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet, despite his profound religiosity, Cohen spoke to the difficulties of having any faith at all in a world full of pain and suffering. Writing -- music, lyrics, poetry, letters, notes--was perhaps Cohen's first and last true faith [...]

Further information:

https://cohenconference.maynoothuniversity.ie/call-for-papers/

[Pathways] 'Thought experiments' by Geoffrey Klempner

Andrew asked:

Are thought experiments a legitimate philosophical method?

Answer by Geoffrey Klempner

I wonder, Andrew, whether you are responding to the previous question from Val, and the answer given by Hubertus Fremerey?

The question concerned the statement, "If X might exist but we have no reason to suppose that it actually does exist, then as metaphysicians we should not concern ourselves with X." I can't fault Fremerey's answer but there is an issue which he did not touch, concerning hypothetical questions about contingent non-existents, popularly known as 'thought experiments' — or in Daniel Dennett's words 'intuition pumps' [...]

Read more:

https://askaphilosopher.org/2019/11/04/thought-experiments/

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[Pathways] Call for Papers: Theology and Batman

Send abstract to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com.

Theology and Batman
Edited by Matthew William Brake and Rev. C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

In 2019, Batman turned 80 years old. First appearing in Detective Comics #27, that famous title hit #1000 back in March. Since his debut, Batman has been a cultural force across multiple medium, whether in the comics that spawned him, the 1960s campy television series, the animated series in the 1990s, or the movies of Tim Burton, Zack Snyder, and especially Christopher Nolan. With Warner Brothers set to debut a new Batman film in 2021, now is the perfect time a book exploring the intersection of theology and Batman. No other volume currently exists that explores Batman in a peer-reviewed theological format.

Potential Topics

There are over 80 years worth of Batman stories to draw from written by multiple authors and spanning across multiple mediums. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

- What Religion is Batman? Catholic, Atheist, or Other?
- Batman knows gods exist, but can he believe?
- Grant Morrison's Neo-Platonic Bat-god.
- Psychodelic Religious Experiences and Corrupt Priests in Batman: The Cult
- The Cult of the Cat, Mad Monks, and Scary Religions in the World of Batman
- Simon Hurt, the Hole in Things, and Evil as Deprivation in Augustine
- Gothic Cathedrals and Religious Architecture in the World of the Dark Knight
- Sin and Salvation in Batman: Damned
- An Agnostic Mortal on Mount Olympus: Batman Alongside the Super Heroes
- A Sacred Oath: The Power of Ritual in the Batman's World
- Recovering from Religion: Denny O'Neill's Azrael and the Order of St. Dumas

Abstracts between 250-500 words are due by Oct. 31, 2019 and should be sent to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com. Final Drafts of between 5,000-7,000 words will be due by March 1, 2020.

Matthew William Brake is the editor of the Theology and Pop Culture series from Lexington. He has presented on the topic of theology and Batman and teaches a Religion and Literature course at George Mason University exploring the Batman works of Grant Morrison. The Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at General Theological Seminary, Vice President of the board of the Anglican Theological Review, and General Editor of the Studies in Episcopal & Anglican Theology series.

Again, please send abstracts to Matthew Brake at popandtheology@gmail.com.

Robert Arp, PhD
(703) 946-4669
robertarp320@gmail.com
https://robertarp.com


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[Pathways] 'Thoughts on Time' by D. R. Khashaba

THOUGHTS ON TIME

Contemporary philosophers have driven the riddle of time into endless mazes. Here for a change is a naïve approach.

Read:

https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/thoughts-on-time/

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

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[Pathways] Books by Richard Schain

Pathway readers who may imagine the possibility of leading a philosophic life in nature, free from societal constraints, may find interesting two books I have published:

1. Landesman's Journal, Meditations of a Forest Philosopher (2016) Paragon House

2. Landesman's Legacy, the Abandoned Writings (2018) Garric Press

Both books are available from Amazon.

The Introduction to the first book with an outside review can be obtained at no cost by email request to richardschain@yahoo.com.

Richard Schain

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[Pathways] 'In Praise of Philosophical Ignorance' by D. R. Khashaba

PRAISE OF PHILOSOPHICAL IGNORANCE (2018)

The failure of philosophers (beginning with Aristotle) to absorb the Socratic-Platonic insight into the true nature and proper limits of philosophy has cost us dearly. This book is a voice crying in the wilderness: 'BACK TO SOCRATES!'

Dowload PDF:

https://ia802903.us.archive.org/10/items/PRAISINGPHILOSOPHICALIGNORANC/PRAISING%20PHILOSOPHICAL%20IGNORANC.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
dkhashaba@yahoo.com

October 21, 2019

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[Pathways] Ask a Philosopher: The paradox of anti-solipsism

The paradox of anti-solipsism

Samuel asked:

"To what extent is solipsism a relevant philosophical theory in modern society?

"I have determined it to be irrelevant in an ethical sense but not in a philosophical one."

Answer by Geoffrey Klempner:

In a nutshell, ethical solipsism would be the view that other people simply don't count in my deliberations. They are tools to use, or obstacles that get in my way, nothing more. By contrast, 'philosophical' or what I would term ontological solipsism is the view that I am the only entity that exists. You are just one of the characters in the story of my world — which is the one and only world.

For the ethical solipsist, people are 'real' in the sense that they are actually existing entities outside my own consciousness. I might or might not believe that these 'things' have something 'inside' — consciousness, a view of the world, desires and feelings — or not.

If they don't have anything 'inside' then their apparent 'pain' or 'suffering' cannot give me sadness or pleasure. They are just pieces of malfunctioning biological equipment. But if they do have something 'inside' then, so what? So what if their suffering is real? Pain is bad when it's in me, but if it's in you then it doesn't hurt me at all [...]

Read more:

https://askaphilosopher.org/2019/10/20/the-paradox-of-anti-solipsism/

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[Pathways] 'Plato's Hidden Treasure' by D. R. Khashaba

PLATO'S HIDDEN TREASURE

My latest blog post examines a passage in Plato's Phaedo (95e-102a) as important and rich as it is difficult, tricky, and problematic.

Read: https://philosophia937.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/platos-hidden-treasure/

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[Pathways] Abortion, Ethics and Law

I wanted to share this recent open-access (=free) introductory book
on ethics and abortion:

'Thinking Critically About Abortion: Why Most Abortions Aren't
Wrong & Why All Abortions Should Be Legal'

Nathan Nobis & Kristina Grob (Open Philosophy Press, 2019)

Available at:

https://www.AbortionArguments.com

Thank you!

Nathan Nobis, Ph.D.
www.NathanNobis.com
nathan.nobis@gmail.com


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[Pathways] Bounce management

Several hundred emails have been removed from the Pathways list because they were bouncing. This happens for a variety of reasons. The system notes that an email has failed delivery on one or more occasions. The reason for the failure is not given.

If your email address was removed in error please let me know so that it can be restored to the list.

Thank you, and apologies for the inconvenience!

GK

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[Pathways] 'Plato: An Interpretation' by D. R. Khashaba

PLATO: AN INTERPRETATION (2005)

An original reading of Plato's dialogues.

"Plato gave us the profoundest truths about ourselves and about Reality in winged myths. Our learned scholars turn the myths into silly dogmata, into transparently erroneous doctrines, and all is lost: the inspirational core, the inspired insight, is dissipated when its housing shell of myth is shattered."

Download PDF:

https://ia801203.us.archive.org/17/items/PlatoAnInterpretation/PLATO_AN_INTERPRETATION_KKcorrections.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
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[Pathways] A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being

I am a co-author of a paper just published in PLoS ONE: "A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being at country level: Data-driven explorations". My first involvement with empirical research (though that was all done by the other two authors, Mohsen Joshanloo and Veljko Jovanovic, both psychologists) - an interesting and enlightening experience. For those interested in well-being, the study uses factor analysis on a range of indicators, to investigate how well-being and prosperity behave at country level.

Joshanloo M, Jovanović V, Taylor T (2019) A multidimensional understanding of prosperity and well-being at country level: Data-driven explorations. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0223221. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223221

Tim Taylor

[Pathways] Pathways to Philosophy student Matthew Allen set for PhD

I have just received an email from Matthew Allen, a retired Chartered Accountant and amateur naval historian, who successfully competed the Pathways Moral Philosophy program in 2005 and the Pathways Philosophy of Language program in 2007.

Since following Pathways, Matthew went on to do a BA and MA at Birkbeck College London - my old college - and then the Edinburgh University MSc in Ethics, Epistemology and the Mind. He has now won a bursary from Birkbeck to do a MRes (a Research Masters degree) with the intention of following on with a PhD. His research topic is epistemological disjunctivism.

Matthew Allen's LinkedIn Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-allen-739881127/

Matthew will not be the first Pathways student to go on to PhD. Tony Bellotti did his PhD on computational learning at Royal Holloway College, London, after completing our Associate program, and is now a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. Tony's four essays submitted for the Associate Award of the ISFP - on Descartes, Thomas Nagel, Kant and Schopenhauer - may be viewed here:

https://philosophypathways.com/essays/#bellotti

If you are a former Pathways to Philosophy or ISFP student and have news to share - especially if you have gone on to take a higher degree - do contact me at klempner@fastmail.net and I will be very glad to hear from you!

GK

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[Pathways] 'Creative Eternity: A Metaphysical Myth' by D. R. Khashaba

CREATIVE ETERNITY:
A METAPHYSICAL MYTH (2016)

Why a myth? All genuine philosophers speak of one Reality yet they give different accounts. That does not prove them false. Genuine philosophers intimate threir insights into the one unfathomable and strictly ineffable Reality in myth and parable. Here is such a myth conveying an integral philosophy, uniting ontology, epistemology, and axiology and concluding in a dire warning of the impending doom of the human race.

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https://ia801605.us.archive.org/4/items/PhilosophyOfCreativeEternity/philosophy%20of%20creative%20eternity.pdf

D. R. Khashaba
October 5, 2019

dkhashaba@yahoo.com

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[Pathways] Philosophical cafe this Thursday

Hello all,

My name is Andrew Keltner and I am a philosophical practitioner, PhD
Researcher, and Director of the Philosophical Practices Certificate
program with GCAS College Dublin (Global Center for Advanced Studies). As
part of a new initiative within GCAS College Dublin, I will be hosting and
facilitating weekly philosophical dialogues, or philosophical "cafes" this
Thursday, tomorrow, if you are interested please follow the instructions
below.

Now, here is the important info:

* Thursday workshops are free and open to the public.

* They will be held at 7 pm Paris Time, or Central European
Summer Time.

* We use Zoom video chat platform.

* You can get on the list of attendees to by emailing me
at akeltner.ak@gmail.com.

* I will email more specifics with those are interested. Thank you for
your time and I hope to see some of you there.

Best regards,

Andrew Keltner
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[Pathways] 'Let Us Philosophize' by D. R. Khashaba

Let Us Philosophize 1998, 2008

From the Preface to the second edition:

"This book first appeared in 1998. Since then I have published three other books and numerous essays, yet Let Us Philosophize remained the one that gives my philosophy as an integrative whole. Published when I was past my seventieth birthday, it contained the substance of a philosophy developed over a lifetime."

Central to the book is an unorthodox conception of the nature of philosophical thinking.

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https://ia801209.us.archive.org/34/items/LetUsPhilosophize081208_201609/LetUsPhilosophize081208.pdf

D. R. Khashaba

[Pathways] 'Sins of the nihilist' by Gershon Velvel

Kenny asked: Could a non-believer in a god sin?

Colin asked: How would a philosopher evaluate Aleister Crowley: 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law'?

Answer by Gershon Velvel

What is a 'sin'? I read in Wikipedia:

"In a religious context, sin is the act of transgression against divine law. Sin can also be viewed as any thought or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. 'To sin' has been defined from a Greek concordance as 'to miss the mark'."

What is wrong with that statement? -- You might think that the last sentence doesn't seem to fit here at all [...]

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https://askaphilosopher.org/2018/03/07/sins-of-the-nihilist/

[Pathways] How to post (and not post) to the Pathways list

A short while ago a message was sent out to the Pathways list that was intended for me alone. This was unfortunate and I apologize for any annoyance caused.

My email address is klempner@fastmail.net. The list address is philosophypathways@lists.shef.ac.uk. These are obviously not the same email address, but when you click 'Reply' please check first. Not all email programs work the same way.

What is the Pathways list for? It is primarily an announcement list. If you have a book or article somewhere and you want to tell the list subscribers about it you can post a message giving a short summary and the place on the web where your article or book can be found. You can also notify the list of philosophy meetups, conferences etc.

That's all. Please don't send your articles to me, or to the list (as attachments). If subscribers are interested they will be able to access your work on the web.

After you have sent your message you will receive an email that says, 'Your message for list philosophypathways is awaiting approval by a list moderator. If approved, it will be distributed to the list.' Don't be alarmed. Your message will hopefully go out to the list within 24 hours.

The Pathways list is NOT a discussion list. We are hoping to start a new online conference, and when that happens I will let you know -- by sending a message to the list.

Have a great day!

GK

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[philosophypathways] 'Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue' by Geoffrey Klempner

'Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue' by Geoffrey Klempner

"The Journal of Dialogue Studies aims to provide a platform for intellectually rigorous engagement with dialogue from a wide range of academic disciplines, and in relation to dialogue as conducted in a wide variety of contexts. This issue of the journal has a particular emphasis on some of the contexts of dialogue. This begins with Geoffrey Klempner's paper on 'Philosophy, Ethics and Dialogue'. This may at first appear an unusual paper to open with as it seems to be less contextualised than the others in this edition of the journal. But Klempner roots his broader discussion and critique of the relationship between philosophy, ethics and dialogue by drawing on his 20 years of experience with students taking courses with Pathways to Philosophy, including one who was a prisoner on Death Row in Texas, in the USA. From this experience and the engagement of it with wider theoretical discussions concerning ethics and dialogue, Klempner concludes that learning how to conduct ethical dialogue is somewhat similar to learning how to dance, in that it cannot be taught and learned from a book: one can only learn ethical dialogue by actually and contextually engaging in ethical dialogue." - Paul Weller, Academic Editor

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[philosophypathways] 'What makes a chair a chair' by Craig Skinner and Jurgen Lawrenz

Acer asked:

'What makes a chair a chair?'

Answer by Craig Skinner:


Answer by Jurgen Lawrenz:


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[philosophypathways] Timothy Ballan - A Worldview

This work is simply a detailed expression of my current worldview in outline format. And, just like my worldview, this work is updated regularly. It work is mainly written (and updated) for myself, partly to symbolize my rising out of years of inability to express any coherent worldview. However, it is also meant to hopefully help other people. In terms of helping other people, foremost, I'd wish that this work inspires people in the way that I feel inspired [...]

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[philosophypathways] Philosophy Pathways Issue 233: follow-up

I believe in striking while the iron is hot. Yesterday, the very last
issue of the old Philosophy Pathways was sent out to 1348 subscribers.

This is the very first post on the new Philosophy Pathways e-list. All
posts will be archived on the Philosophy Pathways blog at:

https://philosophypathways.blogspot.com

Usually, when an issue of Philosophy Pathways goes out, there are one
or two 'unsubscribes'. Yesterday, there were three. I also received
three emails of support from readers of Philosophy Pathways whose
content I would like to share:

Michael wrote, 'In time, humanity will realize the folly of the way
they process their thoughts and the disastrous outcomes they produce
in personal health and wealth issues and in the bigger picture, on the
world level, Times are indeed changing but alas, not for the better. I
doubt if my articles will make any difference at this moment in time
but if we don't try, then who will?'

Michael has had several of his pieces feature on Philosophy Pathways.
I have always valued his contributions. We welcome all contributions
of the following format:

Subject: [title of your article] by [your name]

1. Abstract or summary, or the first 100-200 words

2. URL where your article is archived, or web site (e.g. Academia.edu)
where your article can be downloaded.

And that's it. What could be simpler?

As I said yesterday, posts are moderated so there will be a short
delay between the time you email your post (to
philosophypathways@lists.shef.ac.uk) and the time that it is sent out
to the list and posted on https://philosophypathways.blogspot.com.

Tim wrote, 'I have often thought that a good way forward for PP would
be to turn it into a fully-fledged online journal, with fewer issues
and some kind of collective peer-review system, if you could recruit
enough knowledgeable volunteers.'

I agree with Tim, that would have been a great idea. The problem that
I have always encountered is that that the energy and enthusiasm of
volunteers ebbs and flows with time. The only person whose whose work
ethic I can count on one hundred per cent is myself. And that did work
for a while. What I realized in time was that peer review, if it is to
have any meaning, must be done by more than one person.

Finally, I received this question from Andrew: 'What would
philosophypathways as announcement list do for the philosophical
community that Philos-L and Philosop do not do?'

An excellent question, Andrew. Let me start with the things that
philosophypathways will NOT do. One of the main things featured on
Philos-L and Philosop are job vacancies, conferences, and calls for
contributions to journals. These will be of little interest to our
current, mainly non-academic readership. On the other hand, what they
are interested in are writings by independent philosophers or
philosophers outside the academy which are accessible to the general
reader -- the kind of thing that would not be likely to feature on
Philos-L or Philosop.

What else? Philosophy meetups, philosophy in pubs, all kinds of groups
that get together to talk about their passion would surely welcome an
opportunity to advertise their meetings. And online forums as well, of
course.

-- Look out for more posts from me, and, hopefully, from other
subscribers. Once again, here is the email address:

philosophypathways@lists.shef.ac.uk

I look forward to hearing from you!

Geoffrey Klempner

[Pathways] Contribute to Philosophy Summaries

Hello philosophers, Recently, a blog has been set up with a few posts. This blog will be an archive of summaries of philosophical works. ...