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Philosophy Dialogue Series examines sustainability, culture

By T.C. Sprencel
University News Service
September 28, 2010

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will examine sustainability and culture as its discussion topic for the week of Oct. 4-8. All events are held in room 132 in the Psychology Building on campus unless otherwise noted. Events are free and open to the public. Presentations and discussions for the week will cover the following issues: 

Monday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
Relational Human Ecology: Reconciling the Boundaries of Humans and Nature
Nichole McNiel (Sociology graduate student) and Vincent Lopes (Aquatic Biology)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 12:30 p.m.
Nature and Culture
Sophists and Sages (Philosophy Dialogue class members)

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence, or, Replicants Need Love Too
JD Hill (Philosophy graduate student) and Dennis Belline (Philosophy student)

Thursday, Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m.
Sustainability, Desire and the Culture of Stuff
Sophists and Sages

Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Open Forum
Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society

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

For additional information please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285, or via email: A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at