The Philosophy Program at A&M University - Corpus Christi offers the Minor (18 hrs.) and the Major (30 hrs.) in Philosophy. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about studying philosophy.

Lectures in Philosophy Series: Is Religion Good for Us? Paradoxes of Rational Choice

Our colleagues Emil Badici and Jeff Glick (A&M-Kingsville) extend a warm invitation to attend the second in the Lectures in Philosophy Series:

Paul Saka (UT-PanAm)

"Is Religion Good for Us? Paradoxes of Rational Choice"

Friday, February 28th, 
3:00pm - 5:00pm
KLBH 149

Special meeting with students: 1:15pm - 2:00pm, RHODE 106


On Atheism

What is it rational to believe? That there is supernatural agency (theism), that there is not (atheism), or that we simply don't--or can't--know (agnosticism)?

In the Times' Stone series, Gary Gutting (Notre Dame) interviews his colleague Alvin Plantiga (emeritus) about the rationality of atheism.

Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY) responds.

Peter Hacker Makes a Case Against Metaphysics

Over at the Institute for Art and Ideas, philosopher Peter Hacker casts a skeptical eye on metaphysics, but defends the study of philosophy.

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Those who recognize the origin of this title may also be familiar with the London Underground and enjoy the some clever pranksters' fantastic efforts. (Courtesy Leiter Reports.)

The Economic Case for Liberal Arts

Although our tendency to view education as at most an extrinsic good is lamentable, Inside Higher Ed has an article on what we have always known: Liberal Arts grads do very well for themselves

Take a Moment

As you prepare to sit your exams and spend countless hours avoiding writing that term paper, pause a minute to appreciate that at least you are not one of these people. That there are these people in the first place is, however, cause for anxiety.

Dretske's Last Interview

Brian Leiter has posted the text of an interview Fred Dretske did with undergraduates from the University of Copenhagen. It's quite good. Note particularly his closing thoughts. Apparently this conversation has been happening a long, long time.

Our conversation is moving towards the end, and before leaving we ask if Dretske has a piece of good advice for people who consider doing philosophy as a career.

“When I told my teacher at Purdue - the only philosopher who was there in 1954 - that I wanted to do philosophy, he said: “You’re an electrical engineer. There are jobs in electrical engineering.” I said, “Doesn’t make any difference, I want to do philosophy!” … I was pretty dumb!So I went into philosophy against the best advice of my teachers and of course my family. My parents were appalled. I just told them that it was the only thing I wanted to do, the only thing I could do. So my advice would be: If you’re going to do philosophy make sure you have got that kind of motivation, in which you say, “I don’t care if there are any jobs, I have to do this for four more years and then I’ll worry about what I’m going to do and whether or not there are any jobs”.If you’re going to do philosophy, make sure it is a consuming ambition. One so overwhelming that you are willing to say to yourself; “I don’t care if there are any jobs, I have to do this”.”

Howard Pospesel and David Marans, "Arguments: Deductive Logic Exercises"

Courtesy Leiter Reports, Pospesel and Marans have generously provided their supplementary logic textbook for free download now that copyright has reverted to them. 

Ordinary Language Philosophy

BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time" with Melvyn Bragg examines Ordinary Language Philosophy.

The Most Significant Philosopher You Don't Know F.P. Ramsey, as David Papineau (King’s College London) discusses in this Times Literary Supplement review. From the review,

F.P. Ramsey has some claim to be the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. In Cambridge in the 1920s, he singlehandedly forged a range of ideas that have since come to define the philosophical landscape. Contemporary debates about truth, meaning, knowledge, logic and the structure of scientific theories all take off from positions first defined by Ramsey. Equally importantly, he figured out the principles governing subjective probability, and so opened the way to decision theory, game theory and much work in the foundations of economics. His fertile mind could not help bubbling over into other subjects. An incidental theorem he proved in a logic paper initiated the branch of mathematics known as Ramsey theory, while two articles in the Economic Journal pioneered the mathematical analysis of taxation and saving.

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