Visions & Voices Roundtable at the Holter

Run in conjunction with the Visions and Voices: A Figural Show exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art, this roundtable is an invitation to think with models, artists, and fellow philosophers about art and the human body, figure drawing, body empowerment, agency, censorship, wellness, and more. Learn more here!

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Film & Philosophy Night: Why It’s OK to Love Bad Movies

Come join us for a fun night of film, philosophy, and community at the “W” in the Holter Museum of Art w/ cinematic bottom-feeder & philosopher Matt Strohl.  We’ll consider films like Troll 2, The Room, Batman & Robin, Twilight, The Requin, and more and see if these so-called “bad movies” might actually be key ingredients to a fulfilling aesthetic life. Event from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Cash bar & mingling starting @ 6pm. Learn more & RSVP 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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Theodor W. Adorno: The Culture Industry (Part 2)

This article, written by Merlin volunteer and scholar Jonathan Drake, explores the work of Theodor W. Adorno and offers an analysis of his philosophical reflections on the “culture industry,” Marx’s commodity fetishism, mass media, and the liberating potential of art.

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Theodor W. Adorno: An Introduction (Part 1)

A founding member of the Frankfurt School and the philosophical style known as critical theory, Theodor W. Adorno’s contributions continue to have an impact on philosophical, sociological, and aesthetic thought. This article, written by Merlin volunteer and scholar Jonathan Drake, offers an introduction to his works and influence, as well as some important clarifications about his critique of western philosophy and the enlightenment.

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June 2018 Philosophy Walk (Ideas, History, Values & Design)

Our June philosophy walk was such fun. Accompanied by weather that couldn’t quite make up its mind (but was lovely nonetheless), our group headed out at 9:30am from Reeder’s Alley for a fun jaunt around Helena and a delightful discussion about ideas, history, values & urban design with our guest…

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