Merlin “Philosophy in the Community” Program Featured on PLATO

The Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization has been by our side from day one.  They were our first grantors and have continued to support our organization annually in various ways since 2017.  In June of this year, we were interviewed by PLATO and asked various questions about:Starting a Philosophy Community InitiativeOur Program HighlightsOur Goals & VisionsAnd more. Check out the interview here!

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Merlin Philosophy Programs Selected by Humanities Montana for 2019-2020

We are pumped to have been asked & selected by Humanities Montana to create two programs about philosophy — both of which speak to the relevance and import of philosophical thinking in our everyday lives.

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May 2019 Philosophy Mini-Drive-In (Happiness & Meaning)

In this TED Talk & Philosophy-inspired movie night facilitated by Thomas Baumeister, we explored questions about happiness & meaning through the practice of Socratic inquiry.  Primed by a TED talk film by scholar Emily Esfahani Smith, we looked at the nature of happiness, meaning, and more. Access resources here!

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May 2019 Philosophy Walk: “KNOW THY CITY”

Titled “KNOW THY CITY” (in homage to the Delphic maxim to “KNOW THYSELF”), our May walk was an invitation to explore a bit ourselves and the city.” Featuring guest speaker, historian, artist, & urban designer, Dennis McCahon, our group roamed the city of Helena and observed the ways in which design contributes to experiences, how we “move through” our built environments…and, equally, how they move through us.

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May 2019 Philosophy Think & Drink (Missoula)

A small but mighty group, this month’s Philosophy Think & Drink discussion revolved around social justice. Check out photos & some of the questions we explored along the way!

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What Our 2018-2019 PLATO Grant Helped Fund in the Helena Community

Grant awards are a huge part of the success and longevity of non-profit organizations. We are deeply humbled by the support shown to us in 2018 by PLATO! Because of their generous $7,000 award, we were able to offer the Helena (and surrounding) communities a host of interactive and unique philosophy programs throughout the year. Check out what their grant helped fund!

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A Phenomenology of Mass-Produced Things and Our Relation with the More-than-human World

In this paper, Henry Kramer, explores the human-technology relationship and argues that “our perception of mass-produced things, a perception unique to and only possible within technological culture, dulls our senses and de-emphasizes the basic materiality of all things, thereby discouraging connection and engagement with the more-than-human world.” An iteration of this paper was presented at the 16th Annual Gonzaga Graduate Philosophy Conference and received the Hutchins Award in Philosophy for best paper in the conference.  It is featured here on our website by permission of the author. Read more here!

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