Our “Short Reads” evenings explore a focused philosophical argument or theme, by way of a short (4–6 page) paper. This month we’ll be looking at punishment and penalties as conceived by Socrates and Polus. During the evening, we’ll step through our paper together, using it as the focal point for a lively and interactive conversation. Learn more & RSVP here.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is a ubiquitous feature of popular culture, continuously adapted and revisited. Dr. Raymond Boisvert, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, argues that Frankenstein endures because of its sophisticated treatment of morality. Victor, a brilliant thinker who sees science as a means of transcending natural limits, creates life (Frankenstein’s “monster”) only to demean and abandon his creation. But Boisvert argues that Victor is a complex figure — neither inherently evil, nor the product of a corrupt or evil society. Instead Victor’s failings can better be understood by examining two different ethical models: Evil as Absence & Evil as Banal.