Finally a Philosophy Lunch Chat falls on Halloween! We're celebrating accordingly with an unprecedented three guest panel for discussion. In the mix, we'll have Professor J.T. Pracek (from Psychology), who will discuss psychopathic serial killers and the concept of evil, Professor Peter Groff (from Philosophy) on the uncanny, and Steve Gibson (Senior Video & New Media Developer at Bucknell), whose independent horror film, The Feed (trailer below), has been winning horror film festivals.
So come join us to talk about all manner of "Halloweeny" ideas and concepts at noon in the Willard Smith Library. Lunch provided as usual.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
In addition to these general conceptual questions, we can also consider questions in the context of other traditional areas of philosophy; for example:
What are the social and political issues related to friendship?
- Is friendship good for society or a potential source of schisms?
- What societal forms are most conducive to friendships?
- If friendship helps make a society cohesive, should the state be responsible for fostering and improving friendships?
- If bias and partiality are morally problematic, are friendships morally problematic?
- If some partiality is okay, does it follow that the partiality that grounds friendship — that of perceived similarities — is okay?
- Do we really know our friends better than anyone else or might our ideas about them be distorted by affection?
- How do our friends help us know ourselves and help us delude ourselves?
- Is there an "art of friendship"?
- How important are a friend's aesthetic tastes, for example her sense of humor or musical preferences?
- How important is our friend's attractiveness?
- How important should these aesthetic factors be?