Friday, March 25, Morehouse, Sale Hall Rm. 105, 2 PM sharp
Are Online “Friends”Friends?
Can online relationships be “real” friendships? Arguments tied to concepts such asauthenticity,activity, andembodimentsay “no.” After discussing some of the roles that computer-based technologies play in interpersonal relationships, Professor Vance Ricks explains why he finds those arguments ultimately unpersuasive.
Professor Vance attended Stanford University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy, writing his dissertation on the subject of friendship. He has taught at Guilford since autumn 1998. He teaches courses on a variety of philosophical subjects, consistent with his interests: ethics; informal logic; philosophical perspectives on sexuality; computer ethics; and philosophical perspectives on mind and consciousness. Vance is currently writing a manuscript on the meta-ethical views of one of his favorite philosophers, the 19th-century English author John Stuart Mill. His next project is an article about online friendships.