On March 4, 2021 the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center presented a talk (via Zoom) by Dr. William Irvine on 21st century applications of ancient Stoicism:
In this talk, I explain what Stoicism is—and what it isn’t. I describe its birth in ancient Greece and Rome, its fall into obscurity during the 20th century, and its remarkable renaissance in the last two decades. Along the way, I describe the psychological insights of the ancient Stoics, explain how modern philosophy has confirmed those insights, and show how they can form the basis for development of strategies that we can put to work in daily life.
Dr. Irine’s Bio:
William B. Irvine is professor of philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of eight books that have been translated into twenty languages. Among them are A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (Oxford University Press, 2008) and most recently, The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient (W.W. Norton, 2018). He is currently at work on a book about thinking critically, but with an open mind, in the age of the internet.
The YSU Ethics Bowl Team took home the first place trophy by defeating Tufts University at the 2020 APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition in Atlanta Georgia. The team consists of seniors Moataz Abdelrasoul, Samantha Fritz, and Jacob Tomory along with sophomores Michael Factor and Eva Lamberson. The competition was held over a two days, beginning with qualifying rounds on Saturday, February 22 and quarter, semi-final, and the final round concluding early Sunday evening. As noted on the association’s website:
The competition focuses on selected cases developed by APPE ethics faculty, researchers, and professionals; covering a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to, business, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, and social work. In the competitions students demonstrate their ability to (1) understand the facts of the case, (2) articulate the ethical principles involved in the case, (3) present an effective argument on how the case should be resolved, and (4) respond effectively to challenges put forth by the opposing team as well as the panel of expert judges.
The team had previously place first the the Ethics Bowl Regional competition in November before heading to Atlanta. Approximately 200 plus teams compete for one of the 36 national spots. Other teams that made the national competition were the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Central Florida, the U.S. Naval Academy, West Point, Tufts and Stanford, and Yale.
APPE is the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. ↩
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Dr. Michael Jerryson of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Dr. Adam Fuller are back with the fourth installment of their Political Discourse and Civility discussion series. The question this time around: “Has the Left Shifted Leftward?”
On September 20th, Professor Peter Alces the Rita Anne Rollins Professor of Law at William and Mary gave a talk entitled: “The Gap: How Neuroscience Causes Tension Between Law and Moral Philosophy”. The department would like to thank the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center and Dr. Bruce Waller for their generous support of the event.
Dr. Michael Jerryson and Dr. Adam Fuller recently engaged in an ongoing series of discussions demonstrating the ability of people to disagree without being disagreeable. The first discussion deals with the question of whether the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s was a good thing for society. The second discussion examines the question of whether political correctness is good or bad for society.
Discussion I: March 2019
Discussion II: April 2019
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On Thursday 28 March, Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, distinguished professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented a lecture on religious violence entitled: “The Global Rise of Religious Violence”.
The lecture analyzed the rise of religious extremism around the world, from Christian militia in the United States and Europe and Jewish nationalists in Israel to Muslim terrorists related to ISIS and al Qaeda and Buddhist militants in Southeast Asia. The talk also explored why these movements are happening now on a global scale, and what religion has to do with it.
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Dr. Michael Jerryson was the subject of a panel discussion at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The panel was entitled “WHEN BUDDHISTS ARE VIOLENT:THE ENDURING IMPACT OF MICHAEL JERRYSON ON THE FIELD OF RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”. Excerpts of the event can be viewed below.
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On November 20, 2018 the Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, American Studies and the Department to Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the College off Liberal Arts and Social Sciences organized a panel discussion on anti-Semitism. The event was a response to the shooting at Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018.
“When Writing Becomes Art: A Key Aspect of Islamic Culture”
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
President’s Suite, Kilcawley Center
Sheila Blair is Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. She teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the earliest to modern times. Author or co-author of 17 books and more than 200 academic articles, she has won many international awards in her field. With her husband and colleague, Professor Jonathan Bloom, she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS.
Free and Open to the Public! Classes welcome!
For further information, call the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at 330–941–3448.