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  • Philosophy Cafe: Be careful what you Like—data ...

    25 October 2017 (Wed) , 3 - 4:30 PM
    At Cendana Student Commons

    Always being connected has in many ways made our cognitive, practical, and social lives easier or more convenient. This might seem like a good thing. However, being connected also raises critical issues. We constantly leave behind trails of information: browsing and search histories, and logs of items viewed or purchased—just to give a few examp...

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  • Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Progr...

    6 October 2017 (Fri) , 3 - 5:00 PM
    At Yale-NUS Performance Hall

    Drawing upon years of scholarship on progressive Islam, Dr Duderija’s talk will provide an overview of the worldview underpinning progressive Islam, its approach to conceptualising and interpreting the Islamic tradition (turath) and its theology. The main part of Dr. Duderija ‘s talk will describe the normative imperatives of progressive I...

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  • From Matters of Faith to Matters of Fact: The P...

    15 September 2017 (Fri) , 4:30-6:30pm
    At Yale-NUS Classroom 15

    Dr. Lancaster’s paper explores the problem of “priestcraft” and the shifting philosophical responses it elicited in England before and after the publication of Locke’s Essay in 1690. The “problem of priestcraft” boils down to the following question: if the custodians of God’s tabernacle are corrupt, how can one know whether the contents of the t...

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  • Philosophy Café: The Meaning of Life

    13 September 2017 (Wed) , 4-5:30pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    What really matters in our life? Wealth, pleasure, relationship, or other things? And why do they matter? We seek for meanings in life, in the actions we perform, the decisions we make, and we constantly question ourselves. The answers are no easy. Professor Neil Mehta invites all to think through these questions in the upcoming Philosophy...

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  • Philosophy Café: Mini Ethics Bowl

    30 August 2017 (Wed) , 4:30-6 pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    Ever wondered about ethical dilemmas in your life? Should you turn your parent in if they violate laws? Is it moral to use animals for experimentation? Ethical questions are everywhere in our life. Originated from the United States, the Ethics Bowl is an activity that combines competitive tournament with thought provoking thinking on ethical qua...

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  • Politics Talk: Trump, Brexit, and the Crisis of...

    24 March 2017 (Fri) , 3:00 - 4:30 PM
    At Classroom 16 (below the library)

    In this talk, Prof. Eisler will link Trump and Brexit to “long-lasting structural trends that pose a fundamental challenge to democratic self-rule.” Specifically, diminishing access to economic opportunities and erosion of a homogenous national identity pose deep and persistent difficulties for democracies.

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  • Philosophy Talk: Classical Confucian Thought

    23 March 2017 (Thu) , 6:30 PM
    At Cendana Rector's Commons (Tower A, Floor 26)

    Confucian political thought is sometimes understood to focus primarily on inculcating virtue in its subjects. Against this, Prof. El Amine will argue Confucian political thought should be interpreted through “the lens of order,” rather than virtue. Her recent book, Classical Confucian Thought: A New Interpretation argues that Confuci...

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  • Philosophy Café: The Art of Philosophical Writing

    15 March 2017 (Wed) , 4.30-6pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    Jyl Gentzler will lead a practical workshop for students on writing in philosophy. As part of the workshop, she will lead students through a discussion of Peter Singer’s “Famine, Affluence, and Morality.” The discussion will focus on the piece as a work of writing and what it might show students about their own writing. Dinner...

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  • Philosophy Talk: The Virtues and Vice of Thrasy...

    15 March 2017 (Wed) , 1.30–3pm
    At East Core Board Room

    Jyk Gentzler will give a talk on “The Virtues and Vice of Thrasymachus.” Please find the abstract below. The talk will take place in our usual spot, the East Core Board Room. Jyl Gentzler -- William Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College, Director of the Amherst College Writing Center, and Director of the Amherst Teaching and L...

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  • Philosophy Major Café: Why Major in Philosophy?

    8 March 2017 (Wed) , 4.30-6pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    Come and hear some of the philosophy faculty share stories about what motivated them to choose philosophy as their major. The Dollars and Sense Behind Majoring in Philosophy “What I’m finding lacking is getting people who can problem-solve. Critical thinking, as well as being able to communicate, is the most important thing we’re looking for.” ...

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  • Philosophy Talk: A Theory of Injustice in Globa...

    7 March 2017 (Tue) , 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theater

    Professor Sarah Goff discusses the different kinds of injustice at play in global supply chains. These supply chains are an increasingly important form of trade in the global economy. In some of these supply chains, goods are produced using slave labor (where ‘slave labor’ means that workers are subject to violence preventing exit, s...

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  • Philosophy Café: Animal Rights/Ethics of Vegeta...

    8 February 2017 (Wed) , 4.30-6pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    Hosted by Dr Zohar Lederman. Oysters-to eat or not to eat? Apes are ‘inferior people’ so we can’t eat them, obviously. Pigs are smarter than dogs-they are even able to use a joystick. Cows suffer pain and calves are distressed when they are (necessarily) separated from their mothers. Chickens spend their lives in a space...

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  • Philosophy Café: with Raimond Gaita

    11 January 2017 (Wed) , 4.30-6pm
    At Cendana Student Commons

    THE FRAILTY OF THE IDEA OF A COMMON HUMANITY. Professor Raimond Gaita discusses the deep connection between human rights and the ethically charged ways in which we speak about humanity. An award-winning writer of both fiction and philosophy, Professor Gaita has much to say on good/evil and contemporary ethical challenges. Ethically inflected way...

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  • Take a Philosopher to Coffee/Lunch

    To be announced
    At anytime, to a restaurant of your choice

    The Yale-NUS philosophy faculty invite students to take a philosopher out for coffee/lunch on the philosophy major’s dime (up to S$20/person). Simply ask a philosopher of your choice to lunch/coffee, save your receipt, and give it, along with a Request-for-Payment form, to Jessie in the Division Admin Team, who sits in Elm College Office. ...

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  • Philosophy Café: Star Trek and Philosophy

    19 October 2016 (Wed) , 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    At Cendana Student Commons

    This Wednesday, October 19th, Professors Fabian Geier and Malcolm Keating will discuss issues at the intersection of Star Trek and philosophy. The event will be at the Cendana Student Commons.

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  • Philosophy Café: Philosophical Puzzlements

    5 October 2016 (Wed) , 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    At Cendana Student's Commons

    Philosophy Café has its historical roots in the café philosophique scene emergent around Paris in the 1990s. It was a scene filled with caffeine and philosophy – two recurring components of our own Philosophy Cafés. Join Professor Matt Walker as we revive this Parisian tradition, chasing streams of thought to unexpected destinations.

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  • Reading Group: Sanskrit

    To be announced
    At Conference Room Near Registry

    Professor Malcolm Keating coordinates a Sanskrit reading group that meets weekly at 1:00 PM on Tuesdays. They meet in the conference room near registry for an hour and they are currently working on the Hitopadeśa.

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  • Philosophy Talk: Rethinking Eudaimonism

    12 August 2016 (Fri) , 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    At East Core Board Room (EC-03-08)

    Professor Iakovos Vasiliou raises puzzles about eudaimonism as attributed to Greek ethical philosophers and taken up in contemporary philosophical discussions. The concept of eudaimonia is used for two purposes: as an account of well-being and as a practical principle. Professor Vasiliou will argue that these two roles are in greater tension tha...

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  • Philosophy Café: Logic and Broadway

    23 March 2016 (Wed) , 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
    At Cendana Student Commons

    This week, Yale-NUS College students present their own philosophical work and thought. Sherice (’18) examines how modal logic can unpack the differences between Voltaire’s Candide and Bernstein’s Broadway adaptation of the same work. Voltaire’s novel disguises fiction as reality; the Broadway adaptation pushes reality int...

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  • Philosophy Café: Medieval Philosophy with Marko...

    17 February 2016 (Wed) , 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    At Cendana Student Commons (RC3-02-07)

    Join us fortnightly for coffee and discussion of a philosophical conundrum. No previous reading or background necessary. We meet Wednesdays from 4.30-6:00 PM in the Cendana Student Commons (RC3-02-07).

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