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Philopsophy Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 1, October 2006

The Electronic Newsletter of the Philosophy Program at The University of Central Missouri


Welcome
Announcements
News
Global Contexts
Philosophical Profiles
Resources
Multimedia
Notables and Quotables

Welcome

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the UCM Philosophy Program,

We hope you enjoy this issue of Philosophy E-news, a periodic online newsletter edited by students and published by the Philosophy Program at The University of Central Missouri. The newsletter provides announcements, news, discussion topics, research, and web-based resources for current and prospective philosophy majors and minors, university colleagues, and all those interested in the study of philosophy.

Announcements

The Philosophy Program is planning a Philosophy, Politics, and Film Series for Spring 2007. An organizational meeting to discuss the structure of the series and select films to be screened will be held on Monday, October 30th at 1pm in Martin 334. Please plan to attend!

The Program is also seeking to hire a part-time work study-eligible student. If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Cust (kcust@wcblue.com).

The Spring 2007 Philosophy Course Schedule is now set. Courses to be offered include:

• PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy
• PHIL 1400: Logic
• PHIL 2300: Ethics
• PHIL 3100: History of Philosophy II
• PHIL 3660: Studies in Literature and Philosophy (cross-listed with ENG 3660)
• PHIL 3710: Philosophy of Religion

Be sure to register early!

If you have suggestions for future issues of Philosophy E-news, would like to contribute a brief commentary, or perhaps even guest edit a special issue of the newsletter, please contact the Philosophy E-news student editors, Jonathan Cannon (jdcannon@gmail.com) or Jamie Lane (livestrongjamie@yahoo.com). And if you have specific questions about studying philosophy, or are thinking about becoming a philosophy major or minor, please contact our Philosophy Program Coordinator, Dr. Lewandowski (lewandowski@ucmo.edu).

News

In August the journal Nature reported that US scientists had found a way to extract and cultivate stem cells from embryos without damaging the embryos themselves.
http://www.philosophynow.org/issue57/57news.htm Richard Pimentel asks, What makes The Simpsons philosophical?
http://www.philosophynews.com/PNS/blogs/whip/articles/4903.aspx

Global Contexts

Medical ethics is a contested terrain. Where should we draw the line when it comes to our medical treatment, the difference between life and death, or our “right to die”? Are there general standards doctors should follow? The AMA has released a set of principles of  medical ethics.
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2512.html

Philosophical Profiles

Nietzsche, what a guy! Read about his life, poetry, philosophy and interest in music.
http://www.nietzschecircle.com/index.html

Resources

Don’t care to purchase canonical philosophical writings but have a strong interest in reading them? Solution: The Library. Problem with solution: Late Fees. Here is a better solution.
http://www.gutenburg.org/

Multimedia

Aside from the ethical problems of immortality, the film “Exploring Life Extension” goes even further to discuss the political problems of immortality.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6581761732541483047&q=video+online+philosophy+debate

Notables and Quotables

Who said, “Man is condemned to be free.”? You’ll find the answer in the next issue of Philosophy E-news. In the meantime, if you’d like to start your own collection of philosophical quotations, get a free subscription to PhilosophyQuotes. Each issue contains several quotes selected from the history of Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as links to additional information on the web. http://philosophyquotes.com/ (Answer to last Philosophy E-news quote: It was Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche who said that “Truths are illusions about which it has been forgotten that they are illusions.”)