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Philosophy Dialogue Series considers ‘Freedom, Technological Change’

By Paige Wilkerson
University News Service
March 14, 2012

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Philosophy presents a series of themed dialogue events taking place from March 26-30. Unless noted otherwise, all dialogue events are held in the Dialogue Room 132 at the Psychology Building. All dialogues are free and open to the public.

The discussion topic for Week 6 of the Philosophy Dialogue Series is Freedom, Responsibility and Technological Change.

March 26
The Challenge of Technological Determinism
11 a.m., Craig Hanks, philosophy

March 27
Neuroscience and Personal Responsibility
12:30 p.m., Ty Lasater, Tommy Newman and Marie Pierre, philosophy students

March 28
Science, Technology and Ethics
11 a.m., Vincent Luizzi, philosophy

March 28
Panel Discussion: Freedom, Responsibility and Technological Change
12:30 p.m., Vivek Sharma, LEEP AP (moderator), construction science and management and the department of engineering technology

March 28
Microcosm vs. Macrocosm: Mayan and Hindu Calendar: Predictions for 2012
2 p.m., Linda Mackey, religion and philosophy

March 29
AI, Genetic Engineering and the Blurring of Personhood
12:30 p.m., Luke Davis and Lauren Redding, philosophy students

March 30
Sustainability Dialogues
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ronald Hagelman, geography

March 30
Talk of the Times
1 p.m., led by Phi Sigma Tau

Sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include: the American Democracy Project, the College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, the Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, the University Honors Program, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

For more information about this topic, please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or email philosophy@txstate.edu. A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at www.txstate.edu/philosophy/dialogue-series/Dialogue-Schedule.html.