October 2018 Philosophy Walk: Nature, Biomimicry & Virtue Ethics

We had a great time on our October Philosophy Walk on Sunday, October 7th. Our group enjoyed lovely weather, conversation, and a leisurely hike on the Tubbs Trail with special guest speaker, biomimicry specialist and civil engineer, Marie Z. Bourgeois. Our topic of choice: nature, biomimicry & virtue ethics!

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September 2018 Philosophy Walk: The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship (Part 1)

Part 1 of our 3-Part Fall Philosophy Walk Series on the environment, ethics & stewardship took place on Sunday, September 9th on Merlin Nature Preserve & Little Falcon Farm. What a spectacular day! The weather was beautiful — soft fluffy clouds, a slight breeze, and warm sunshine — and the conversation and company was equally wonderful! Sponsored in part by grants from The Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization & Humanities Montana, this walk explored philosophical and other perspectives related to public vs. private lands and rights (individual, collective, indigenous, other) and featured special guest speakers Shane M. Doyle, EdD and Edward Glowienka, PhD.

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Reality & Understanding: Insights from a Buddhist Scholar & Theoretical Physicist

What do we know about the nature of reality & how confident should we be in our understanding of it? This complicated subject is the focus of a video conversation (courtesy of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement) between the physicist, Sean Carroll, and the Buddhist scholar, B. Alan Wallace.

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95 KCAP Helena: Merlin & Philosophy on the Morning Coffee Show

Thank you so much to Troy Shockley and Newsradio 95 KCAP Helena for inviting us to be guests on their Morning Coffee Show to talk about philosophy in the community and some of the awesome things we have on the radar for the rest of this year!

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Helena Civic Television: Merlin on Philosophy in the Community

We are so grateful to Stephen Maly & the crew at Helena Civic Television (HCTV) for inviting us into their studio to talk about philosophy in the community! This video highlights our time together, some of the things our organization does in the community, and things on the near horizon…

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Philosophy for Children & Philosophical Sensitivity

In this episode of No Narrow Thing, Jana Mohr Lone, director and founder of University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children, Affiliate Associate Professor, and founding president of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) discusses philosophy for children and philosophical sensitivity.

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November 2017 Philosophy Walk (Wildlife Management & Policy)

Part 3 of our 3-Part Fall Philosophy Walk Series on environmental ethics, conservation, preservation, hunting and hunting ethics, governance/policy and community took place on Sunday, November 12th on Merlin Nature Preserve. The weather was phenomenal — crisp air, shining sun, slight breeze, and crunchy snow! After making our way up…

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The Relevance of Philosophy in Modern Times

In this episode of Home Ground Radio, Brian Kahn and Professor Gordon Brittan discuss the origins of western philosophy and why it still has relevance today relative to: Globalization The individual and society Governance & policy Happiness Healthcare Equality and equity Technology The nature (and importance) of dialogue And more……

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