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Mar
14
Wed
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ C102 East Fee Hall
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ C102 East Fee Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

Professor Marleen Eijkholt, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Pain but No Gain: Pain as a Problematic and Useless Concept?

References to the human experience of “pain” are common, but those references are often ambiguous and vague. Such ambiguity creates conceptual and practical challenges, especially in the work of clinical ethics consultation. While pain is a relevant clinical problem, it is also a social construct shaped by culture, environment, and gender. These distinctions however get lost in a simple “pain” reference. With several clinical ethics scenarios, Dr. Eijkholt will ask if references to pain help us with anything, or if we should perhaps abandon pain as a “useless concept.”

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Mar
22
Thu
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Featuring Dr. Ridley

Dr. Ridley will reflect on the interconnections and long history of jazz music and protest. In particular, he will examine the many connections between jazz and protest during the Civil Rights movement, and will talk about his collaborations with musicians committed to African American freedom and American democracy. Dr. Ridley will also discuss his role as an educator and the benefits of jazz education to the arts and American society.

Mar
23
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Professor Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS) & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Leibniz Universität Hannover

How far do evolutionary explanations reach?

The notion of evolution is often used in an overly loose sense. Besides biological evolution, there i stalk of the evolution of societies, cities, languages, firms, industries, economies, technical artifacts, car models, clothing fashions, science, the universe, and so on. While in some cases the no%on of evolution is used in a metaphorical way, in other cases it is meant more literally. But exactly how much can be explained by applying an evolutionary framework to cases outside the biological realm? Can applications of evolutionary theory outside biology have a similar explanatory force as in biology? Proponents of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” think it can. I will critically examine this view by treating it as a ques%on about the metaphysics of evolutionary phenomena: To what extent do such different processes of change instan%ate the same kind of process? I will explore this question by looking at some of the conceptual requirements for generalized versions of evolutionary theory to have explanatory force in a particular domain of investigation. Because having good explanations of phenomena under study is crucial for our ability to predict and control them, this is not merely an issue of theoretical interest in the philosophy of science – it has real consequences for society and human life too.

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Mar
26
Mon
Screening of Charles Burnett’s KILLER OF SHEEP @ B122 Wells Hall
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm
Screening of Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Prior to James Naremore’s talk on March 28, there will be a screening of his 1990 film To Sleep With Anger. Vagabond Harry (Danny Glover) pays an unexpected visit to his old chum Gideon (Paul Butler), who accepts the aimless man into his home, despite the fact that the household is already overcrowded. Hard-drinking yet charismatic, Harry both entertains and enrages Gideon and his wife, Suzie (Mary Alice). However, after Gideon falls gravely ill, Harry decides to step in and take his friend’s place in the household. Unfortunately, his intentions are far from pure, and the consequences are tragic.

Apr
2
Mon
American History X Screening @ B117 Wells Hall
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm
American History X Screening @ B117 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A film screening and discussion with Film Producer John Morrissey, who in addition to producing American History X is currently producing the documentary A Murder in Mansfield directed by legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple. Free and open to all.

Apr
6
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Professor Brian Burkhart, California State University, Northridge
Decoloniality and Indigenous Environmental Philosophy Through the Land
In this talk, I will articulate what I see as the interwoven threads of the nature and the power of coloniality in the attempted obscuring of being-in-the-land and being-from-the-land. It is the imaginary conception of being as a delocalized or kinless conqueror by which European locality can conceptualize an uprooting of itself and a replanting into Indigenous land–land that has also been reimagined as mere land rather than as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship itself. Regrounding concepts of knowledge, being, morality, and even sovereignty in land, understood as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship, disrupts some of the fundamental force of coloniality and opens a space for conceptualizing an environmental philosophy that mirrors existing Indigenous environmental concepts and practices.
Apr
11
Wed
Bioethics Series: Reshma Jagsi @ C102 East Fee Hall
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Reshma Jagsi @ C102 East Fee Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

Professor Reshma Jagsi, Department of Radiation Oncology, Director of Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Ethical Issues Related to Fundraising from Grateful Patients

Healthcare institutions are becoming increasingly deliberate about philanthropic fundraising given the need to sustain their missions in the face of decreases in governmental research funds and lowering reimbursement for clinical care. Donations from grateful patients constitute 20% of all philanthropic contributions to academic medical centers, totaling nearly $1 billion a year in recent years. Little evidence exists to guide the ethical practice of grateful patient fundraising, and concerns exist regarding privacy and confidentiality, patient vulnerability, and physicians’ conflicts of obligations in this context.

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Apr
13
Fri
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm

The 8th Annual MSU Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will start with Prof. Christopher Yeomans’s keynote lecture titled “The Temporal Strata of Historical Experience” on Friday, April 13th.

The conference will continue on Saturday, April 14th with student papers.

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Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Prof. Christopher Yeomans @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Prof. Christopher Yeomans @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Christopher Yeomans, Purdue University

The Temporal Strata of Historical Experience

In this paper, I try to reconstruct the way that concepts, time and history are connected in the thought of G.W.F. Hegel. My starting point is a famous criticism of Hegel’s theory of time by Martin Heidegger, according to which it represents the apotheosis of our everyday,unthinking conception of time as being essentially like space, i.e., a series of nows one right after the other in the same way that space represents a series of points simply next to each other (SZ §82). In reply, I argue that for Hegel, historical experience consists of the interaction of multiple temporal perspectives, each manifesting a distinctive kind of logical perspective. This gives Hegel’s thought a unique perspective on the question of historical progress.

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Apr
20
Fri
Philosophy Suter Lecture: Alice Crary @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Suter Lecture: Alice Crary @ 107 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Professor Alice Crary, New School for Social Research

The Methodological is the Political

Any feminism worthy of the name must direct attention to the interrelatedness of systems of oppression and must in this sense be politically radical. This core political lesson of some Second Wave feminist writings has an important methodological aspect. Many feminist thinkers contend that the intersecting patterns of behavior constitutive of gender-based abuses are recognizable as the abuses they are only when looked at in the light of an appreciation of the significance of forms of social vulnerability that pervasive gender-bias occasions. These thinkers suggest that, if we are to combat sexist social formations, we therefore need to complement our political radicalism with a methodological radicalism that involves making use of the practical power of ethically non-neutral resources, conceived as in themselves cognitively authoritative. Despite its apparent widespread acceptance, this methodological precept goes missing in an emerging body of feminist theory loosely associated with analytic philosophy. The current article takes Miranda Fricker’s celebrated 2007 book Epistemic Injustice as representative of this developing feminist corpus, bringing out how Fricker unquestioningly—and incorrectly—takes for granted that ethical neutrality is a regulative ideal for all world-directed thought. The article’s ambition is to revive venerable calls for ethically nonneutral modes of feminist social criticism by showing that the methodological conservativism to which Fricker is committed is fatal to feminist politics.

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