Franklin Pezzuti Dyer


Philosophy Club

4/18/20: Obligations to friends (Meeting will take place through Zoom)

Some Reading:
- [A Ted Talk about "Effective Altruism"] by Peter Singer

3/8/20: Happiness

Some Reading:
- El paraíso imperfecto (micro-story) by Augusto Monterroso
- Experience Machine (Wikipedia article)
- Nichomachean Ethics (book) by Aristotle (just books 1 and 2 for this meeting)
- Hedonism (Wikipedia article)
- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (Wikipedia article)
- Stoic Advice (comic) by Existential Comics

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2/9/20: Obeying the Law

Some Reading:
- Plato's Crito
- Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Declaration of Independence

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2/2/20: Free Will

Some Reading:
- What's Expected (short story) by Ted Chiang
- A Dialogue on Compatibilism (comic) by Existential Comics
- Newcomb's Paradox (wikipedia page)

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1/19/20: Movie Meeting: Columbus

This is an abnormal meeting - we're watching a movie with philosophical themes and discussing them afterwards. Last week's meeting covered a topic relevant to the movie, and the questions and readings for this week will cover other themes of the movie that weren't encompassed by last week's discussion.

Some Reading:
- Columbus Trailer
- Modernism (Wikipedia article)
- Ivory Tower (Wikipedia article)

1/12/20: Family and Interpersonal Relationships

Some Reading:
- Barn Burning (short story) by William Faulkner
- Nada es Gratis en la Vida (song) by El Cuarteto de Nos (translated lyrics can be provided upon request)
- Filial Obligation (article) from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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12/22/19: Reason

Some Reading:
- The Lowest Animal (essay) by Mark Twain
- The Ethics of Belief (essay) by William K. Clifford

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12/15/19: Perception and Reality

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11/24/19: Consciousness and Subjective Experience

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11/17/19: Curtailment of Rights

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11/10/19: Some Thought Experiments about Identity

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11/03/19: Identity

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10/27/19: Revenge and Deserts

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10/13/19: Utopia

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10/6/19: God

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9/29/19 Topic: The Ethics of Inequality

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9/22/19 Topic: Immortality

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9/4/19 Topic: Consciousness

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8/28/19 Topic: Free Will

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