Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Reminder: Why Lord presentations start tomorrow!

Make sure you remember where you are on the schedule and what group you are part of!

As I mentioned yesterday, please try to point us toward discussion that is most relevant to the philosophical problem or argument from evil. It can be useful to explain when and why other aspects of the chapter that are not immediately relevant to that issue.

Friday, March 25, Morehouse, Sale Hall Rm. 105, 2 PM sharp

Vance RicksAre Online “Friends”Friends?

Can online relationships be “real” friendships? Arguments tied to concepts such as authenticity, activity, and embodiment say “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.

Vance Ricks, Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC

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. 
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monday we are moving onto the Pinn book. I will discuss the preface and introduction. There is a detailed writing assignment on the Howard-Snyder article due Monday.

Wednesday we will move on to student presentations. Here is the current schedule:

“Why Lord Why?” Book Presentation
MWF 10am
Wednesday 3.23.11
Chp 1. Early Spirituals
1. Kristen
2. Joseph
3. Junior
Friday 3.25.11
Chp 2. 19th Century Black Thought
1. Kyle
2. Adam
3.Mark Miller
Monday 3.28.11
Chp 3. Black Suffering in The 20th Century
1. Chavis
Wednesday 3.30.11
Chp 4. Alternative Theological Views
1. Joshua
2. Mr. Z
3. Reginald Sharpe
Friday 4.1.11
Chp 5. Blues Rap etc..
1. “The Trinity”
2. “The Trinity”
3. “The Trinity”
Monday 4.4.11
Chp 6. Black Humanism and Black Religion

Monday, March 14, 2011

Welcome back!
Let's get back to the grindstone with Philosophy of Religion!
I'd like us to read and discuss this article, "Theodicy" for Wednesday and Friday:


Please write a detailed summary of that article for next Monday.
Also, make sure you have read The God Dialogues, Ch. 7.

Next we will move on to Why Lord? next week. I will ask students to do presentations on many of the chapters of that book, beginning next Wednesday.