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October 8th, 2010
Philosophy dialogues to address American pragmaticism


John Dewey.


American pragmatism will be the discussion theme when the Philosophy Dialogue Series convenes at Texas State next week.

The talks will begin Monday at 12:30 p.m., when Texas State philosopher Eli Kanon will take up “Qualified Beneficence.”

Three discussions will take place Tuesday. At 9:30 a.m., Texas State philosopher Lijun Yuan will lead the discussion about “Feminism and Issues of Pornography.” At 12:30 p.m., dialogue class members will turn over Willard Von Orman Quine’s role in the linguistic turn that dominated 20th century philosophy. At 3:30 p.m., Texas State philosopher Jo Ann Carson will speak on John Dewey’s pragmatic educational philosophy.

Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m., Texas State alumnus and attorney Charles Zech will discuss “Pragmatic Ethics for Public Administrators.” At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, dialogue class members will talk about “American Women Pragmatist-Reformers.” The guest speaker will be Texas State poltical scientist Pat Shields.

The weekly “Talk of the Times” discussion will take place Friday at 12:30 p.m.

All events will take place in Psychology 132.

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include the American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

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