Philosophy Symposia: Our Relationship with Nature (Gaia & Indigenous Perspectives)

Our Fall symposia will focus on our relationship with nature. Conversational & interactive in format, scholars will consider Gaia Theory & Indigenous perspectives and involve discussions and reflections about the inter-connectivity of earth (and its inhabitants), mythology, science, literature, and ethics. Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th. Featuring guest scholars Martin Ogle, MS (Educator, Wildlife Scientist & Chief Naturalist Emeritus for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) & Lailani Upham, MA (Educator, Journalist, Storyteller, Environmentalist, Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet Nation) tribal member, and a descendent from the Aaniiih, Nakoda, and Dakota tribes).

Philosophy Symposia: Our Relationship with Nature (Gaia & Indigenous Perspectives)

Our Fall symposia will focus on our relationship with nature. Conversational & interactive in format, scholars will consider Gaia Theory & Indigenous perspectives and involve discussions and reflections about the inter-connectivity of earth (and its inhabitants), mythology, science, literature, and ethics. Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th. Featuring guest scholars Martin Ogle, MS (Educator, Wildlife Scientist & Chief Naturalist Emeritus for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) & Lailani Upham, MA (Educator, Journalist, Storyteller, Environmentalist, Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet Nation) tribal member, and a descendent from the Aaniiih, Nakoda, and Dakota tribes).

Philosophy Symposia: Our Relationship with Nature (Gaia & Indigenous Perspectives)

Our Fall symposia will focus on our relationship with nature. Conversational & interactive in format, scholars will consider Gaia Theory & Indigenous perspectives and involve discussions and reflections about the inter-connectivity of earth (and its inhabitants), mythology, science, literature, and ethics. Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th. Featuring guest scholars Martin Ogle, MS (Educator, Wildlife Scientist & Chief Naturalist Emeritus for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) & Lailani Upham, MA (Educator, Journalist, Storyteller, Environmentalist, Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet Nation) tribal member, and a descendent from the Aaniiih, Nakoda, and Dakota tribes).

Halloween Hayride-Philosophy Walk for Youth

Merlin Nature Preserve 1 Little Falcon Drive, Marysville, MT, United States

Our Halloween Hayride-Walk for youth is back! Wear your costumes and get ready for the fun on Sun. Oct. 30th. Led by philosophers Mitch Conway & Marisa Diaz-Waian. Hayride, storyteller, goodie bags, hot cider, and treats. This walk is geared esp. for youth! Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Symposium: Loss & Legacy — How Do We Think About Grief?

Helena Avenue Theater 1319 Helena Avenue, Helena, MT, United States

In this first philosophy symposium in our 2023 Loss & Legacy series, we’ll look at grief and death through the lens of aesthetics, combining art, literature, history, culture and and science into a broad, unified philosophical and humanistic understanding.  Learn more & RSVP here!

Film & Community Conversation: Loss & Legacy — The Business of Death

Reeder's Alley Interpretive & Convention Center 101 Reeder's Alley, Helena, MT, United States

Despite the commonality, and frankly, inevitability, of death, its taboo nature does not lend itself well to emotional or practical preparation. Death is a topic that the media rarely touches – at least in terms of the day-to-day practicalities of death work. In this second event in our 2023 Loss and Legacy series, we’ll watch a documentary that lays bare this “mysterious” process and invites rich discussion about what goes into how to prepare ourselves and others, what roles people play & the impact of such work, and some of the broader social & philosophical considerations therein. Learn more & RSVP here.

Philosophy Walk: Wildlife Recovery & Ethics

Helena Valley Reservoir Helena, MT, United States

In this walk led by philosopher Christopher Preston, we'll explore five questions regarding how we think about the wild. Our group will meet at the Helena Valley Reservoir and explore these questions on a walk-about totaling roughly 3 miles roundtrip with stops for conversation & more. Sunday, June 11th from 9:30am-12:30pm. Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Walk: Foraging & Ethics

Merlin Nature Preserve 6042 Lincoln Road West, Helena, MT, United States

Organic in structure with time for exploration, discussion, and reflection, this walk is an opportunity to get acquainted with local flora, our relationships therein, and to consider ways in which we might integrate foraging into our daily lives and communities. The walk will take place on Saturday, July 22nd from 9am-12noon on Merlin Nature Preserve. Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Walk: Passion

This walk led by philosopher David Nowakowski will take place on Sunday, August 20th from 9am-12pm. This month we'll be looking at the passions...or more specifically freedom from the passions (as prompted by the Stoics). Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Walk: Mercy & Forgiveness

Mount Helena Trailhead Helena, MT, United States

We often talk about showing mercy or forgiving those who have harmed us as something noble, praiseworthy, perhaps even necessary or required in order to behave well. But this has by no means always been the case: the ancient Romans, for example, often saw the bestowal of mercy or clemency as a sign of tyranny and despotism, and they had some good reasons for doing so. By taking some historical perspective on these issues, in this walk we’ll aim to deepen our own understanding of the scope, limits, benefits, and dangers of mercy, clemency, and forgiveness. Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Walk: Mercy & Forgiveness

Mount Helena Trailhead Helena, MT, United States

We often talk about showing mercy or forgiving those who have harmed us as something noble, praiseworthy, perhaps even necessary or required in order to behave well. But this has by no means always been the case: the ancient Romans, for example, often saw the bestowal of mercy or clemency as a sign of tyranny and despotism, and they had some good reasons for doing so. By taking some historical perspective on these issues, in this walk we’ll aim to deepen our own understanding of the scope, limits, benefits, and dangers of mercy, clemency, and forgiveness. Learn more & RSVP here!

Philosophy Walk: On Regret

Beattie Street Trailhead Beattie Street Trailhead, Mount Ascension Park, MT, United States

We’ve all had the experience of regretting a choice, an action, or a missed opportunity. Most of us have done things that we knew we’d regret, but we did them anyway. In this philosophy walk, we’ll be doing some conceptual analysis of the notion of regret. We'll consider questions like: What do we mean by “regret”? Is it more of a judgment or intellectual activity, or is it more of an emotion, feeling, or passion? What's the role of regret in human life? And more. We'll draw from ancient thinkers like Aristotle and Seneca, and from some luminaries of English literature like Chaucer and Shakespeare and more! Learn more & RSVP here!

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