In this workshop we’ll explore how have philosophers (over the millennia, in various corners of the globe) approached the problems of ethics, and what kinds of answers they’ve proposed. By focusing in this way, we’ll expand our sense of just how rich and varied philosophical approaches to ethics can be. Learn more and register for this Zoom workshop here!
To celebrate the new year, we’ll kick off our 2021 workshop series by going back to the beginning. What is philosophy? What does it involve, what does it do, and why should we care? For this first workshop, we’ll survey several approaches to the question, “What is philosophy?”, each of which will raise its own further questions for reflection and discussion. We’ll also take a quick tour of the major areas or divisions of philosophy, as they developed in Greece, India, and elsewhere, which will lay the groundwork for more detailed study of each of them, in the remaining parts of this workshop series, and beyond. Learn more and register for this Zoom workshop here!
Many of us take for granted a clear divide between the animate and inanimate. For instance: I am alive, but the chair I sit in is not. My dog is probably alive, as is the oak tree just outside my window. I am somewhat less certain about grass. Or viruses. What does this distinction between the living and nonliving mean to us? Why do we care so deeply about finding a firm line between the two? What might we discover about our world, our own assumptions, and our own ethical action if we are willing to question these categories? Many cultures and peoples throughout the world have never bothered to make such clean distinctions, and even in our contemporary western culture, a movement of philosophers has been challenging this divide from within. In this ZOOM workshop led by philosophers Henry Kramer & David Nowakowski, we explored the philosophy of animism – an orientation toward the world where everything is encountered as meaningfully alive. Access the video and other resources here!
Have you ever wondered about wonder? What exactly is the experience of wondering? Why do we feel it? When do we feel it? Why might it be valuable? And, most pressingly: how can wonder be cultivated to assist us in dealing with modern problems, both on a large scale and in our individual, personal lives? In this 2½-hour workshop led by 2019-2020 Student Scholar Fellow Henry Kramer we investigated the connections between wonder, nature, imagination, and play through lecture, discussion, and exercises. Access resources and photos here!
This 2½-hour workshop will be led by 2019-2020 Student Scholar Fellow Henry Kramer. Topic: Wonder, Nature & Play. No background in philosophy is required to participate in this workshop. All ages welcome. FREE. $15-$30 suggested donation (if you are of the means to do so). Donations help to cover workshop leader honorariums and community workshop and outings scholarships for those in need. Light snacks & hot tea provided. Space is limited.