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Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

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Philosophy-Religion Majors Commencement Party

Location: Home of Professor William Lewis
Date:       Friday, May 18, 2012
Time:       5:00-7:00 PM

To make sure that we have a chance to meet parents, and congratulate all of our graduating seniors, the Department faculty hosts an annual Open House reception.  This year an hors d’oeuvre reception for students and their commencement guests will be held at the home of Professor William Lewis.  On behalf of the philosophy and religion faculty, please do come and let us help you celebrate this memorable occasion!


The Obamas and the Aesthetics of Racial Transformation

Location: Davis Auditorium
Date:       Monday, April 16, 2012
Time:       6:00-7:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Paul Taylor
Sponsor: Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

Barack Obama's ascension to the presidency raises a host of philosophical questions, the most obvious of which have to do with the present and future of US racial politics. Even if the US has not become post-racial in the way that some particularly bullish commentators once thought, some sort of change has definitely taken place. This presentation will examine the current state and future prospects of racial transformation in the US through the lens of philosophical aesthetics. On the theory that aesthetic experiences often register our deepest preoccupations and constitute the soil in which ethical transformations take root, I propose to ask: what does racial transformation look like, and feel like, in Barack and Michelle Obama's America?


"Re-Humanizing Descartes: What Descartes Really Said" Lecture
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Location: Davis Auditorium
Date:       Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time:       6:00-8:00 PM
Speaker: Alison Simmons, Harvard College Professor and Samuel H. Wolcott, Professor of Philosophy Harvard University.

Dr. Alison Simmons thinks that Descartes has gotten a bad rap among academics, largely due to his arguments for mind-body dualism and his quest for Objectivity. But, she argues, that's just a very small part of the story--it's the angels and machines part of Descartes without any human beings. We need to look more carefully at what Descartes says about human beings to get the full picture, and then the story looks quite different.


Lecture:  Targeted Killings: The Law & Philosophy of 21st Century Warfare

Location: Ladd Hall: Room 307
Date:       3/21/2012
Time:       4:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Jens Ohlin, Associate Professor Cornell Law School
Sponsor: Dept. of Philosophy & Religion

Whether by Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone, or a commando raid by Navy Seals, targeted killings are remaking the landscape of 21st century warfare.  Although praised for their deadly efficiency by their champions, these targeted killings raise urgent legal and philosophical issues.  In this lecture, Cornell Law School Professor Jens Ohlin (Skidmore Class of '96) will probe these questions:  Are these acts of war or police measures?  Are terrorists more like soldiers or civilians? Does the war against al-Qaeda have a battlefield?


Philosophy Interest Meeting

Location: Ladd Hall: Room 206
Date:       Tuesday, 3/6/2012
Time:        7:00 PM
With treats from Plum Dandy!
Come join faculty, majors and minors and discuss the options a philosophy major can give you.


"American Buddhism"

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium
Date:      10/31/2011
Time:      8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Speaker: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Sensei, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery
Sponsor: Dept. of Philosophy & Religion
Contact: Joel Smith,518-580-5407


 Philosophy Interest Meeting

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Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm in Tisch 203 with free pizza and drinks!!

Come and meet other philosophy students and find out more about the major (a great way to get the most out of your time at Skidmore), minor (highly useful in conjunction with any major, really), specific classes/professors, or anything else pertaining to philosophy.


"Buddhism and Feminism: Reflections of a Buddhist Feminist"

Location: Gannett Auditorium
Date:       10/17/2011
Time:       8:00 PM
Lecturer: Dr. Rita Gross
Sponsor: Department of Philosophy & Religion.  Co-sponsored by: First Year Experience, Gender Studies, International Affairs, Religious and Spiritual Life, and Union College.