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October

1. Discussion: with Lou Marinoff
Title: Humanities Therapy as a Remedy for Detriments of Technosociety
Date: Thursday Oct 10 from 12.30pm–2pm
Location: NAC 5/144, Philosophy/History Conference Room
Faculty organizer: Lou Marinoff (

  

  lmarinoff@ccny.cuny.edu



)

Globalization and the digital revolution are transforming human civilization in unprecedented ways, in large measure via innovation as well as imposition of emergent technologies on growing numbers of consumers. While these transformations confer undeniable benefits to humanity, the benefits are bundled with a corresponding set of detriments. This paper does not contest the benefits, but confronts eight of the detriments. It appeals to humanities therapy as a remedy for many of the problems experienced by individuals and societies alike, problems that stem from overexposure to technologies and underexposure to humanities.

2. Roundtable Discussion: Factory Farming and Food Ethics
Date: Thursday Oct 17 from 12.30pm–2pm
Location: TBA
Faculty organizer: Chad Kidd (

  

  ckidd@ccny.cuny.edu



)

Come listen to a roundtable discussion with Prof. Elise Crull and members of a sustainable farming action group about the social and ecological impacts of factory farming and discussion about how we ought to respond.

3. Colloquium: Natallia Stelmak Schabner, City College
Title: The experience of literature: emotion, mental content and aesthetic properties
Date: Thursday Oct 31 from 12.30pm–2pm
Location: NAC 5/144, Philosophy/History Conference Room
Faculty organizer: Chad Kidd (

  

  ckidd@ccny.cuny.edu



)

Why does fiction move us? Jenefer Robinson (“Deeper Than Reason”) argues that emotions begin as immediate, physiologically-based appraisals that kick in before cognition, so belief in what sparks the emotion is not necessary. But how would fiction, which we experience through cognition, trigger such appraisals? I argue that writers such as Dostoevsky use narrative devices such as ambiguity, unreliable narration and complex emotional states or “emotional dissonance” in characters to move us emotionally. These techniques engage us in a process of active reconstruction of a narrative’s content, mirroring how we engage with experience, thereby creating real emotional responses.

November


1. Informational session: Graduate School in Philosophy: Why? How? When?
Date: Thursday Nov 14 from 12.30–2pm
Location: NAC 5/144, Philosophy/History Conference Room
Faculty organizer: Chad Kidd (

  

  ckidd@ccny.cuny.edu



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2. Philosophy Day Celebration!: Thursday Nov 21, see our web site!
Faculty organizer: Massimo Pigliucci (

  

  mpigliucci@ccny.cuny.edu



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3. Philosophy Day Lunch Lecture, Prof. Ben Vilhauer, City College
Title: TBA
Date: Thursday Nov 21 from 12.30pm–2pm
Location: NAC 5/144, Philosophy/History Conference Room
Faculty organizer: Chad Kidd (

  

  ckidd@ccny.cuny.edu



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