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Dialogue Series Schedule Fall 2021

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2021 Dialogue Series


Unless otherwise indicated, all Dialogues take place in 

The Philosophy Dialogue Room

116 Comal Building


For events that will have an online component, registration is required

Please click on the link in the name of the event to register.

We recommend registering at least one hour in advance of the start of the event you wish to join.
While we will make every effort to accommodate registrations made within one hour of the event, we cannot guarantee access for such late submissions.


Please keep an eye out for the email containing the link to join the Zoom meeting, which will be sent out the day of the event.


NOTE: All attendees for this event will be required to sign-in with their real name (no random strings of letters/digits, no screen names).

Please note that these events may be recorded for future use and viewing.

For any questions, please contact

Week VII

God and Nature

Monday, October 25 Centennial 157 11:00 a.m. Climate Change and the Future of Humanity Adam Briggle (Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas)
Monday, October 25 3:30 p.m. Thinking Through Climate Change Adam Briggle (Philosophy & Religion, University of North Texas)
Tuesday, October 26 12:30 p.m. Science, Scientism, Ethics, and Religion Dialogue Class with Special Guest Sherron Watkins (Executive-in-Residence, McCoy College of Business)
Wednesday, October 27 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m. Spinoza’s Ethics and Its God Sean Daniel Johnson (Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)
Thursday, October 28 12:30 p.m. Expressing the Ineffable: Expansive Naturalism and Enactivism in Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Religion Dialogue Class with Special Guest David Anderson (Philosophy, Texas A&M)
Friday, October 29 12:00 p.m. Talk of the Times: Is There a Climate Change Compromise? Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)
Friday, October 29 3 -5:00 p.m. 6th Annual Space Settlement Symposium

Fully online—registration required
Hosted by Chris Elley (Founder, Electro-Fish Creative) Featured Speakers: Laura Montgomery (Ground Based Space Matters) Carrie Crisp (Philosophy, Texas State) Eli Kanon (Philosophy, Texas State)



Monday, November 1 2:00 p.m. Communism: Political Philosophy or Conspiracy Theory? The Socio-Politicos
Tuesday, November 2 12:30 p.m. Conspiracy Epistemology Dialogue Class
Wednesday, November 3 San Marcos Public Library 4:30 p.m. Ideological Pathogens and Propaganda Jonathan Surovell (Philosophy)
Thursday, November 4 12:30 p.m. Vietnam: 50 years Dialogue Class
Friday, November 5 12:00 p.m. Talk of the Times: Diamonds in the Rough Michelle Brown (Sociology) and Ron Stockdreher (Philosophy)

Talk of the Times and Tau Talks are open forums on current events and philosophical issues led by members of Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society.

The Acorn Symposium Dialogues are co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Philosophy Dialogue Series, and The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series Program Endowment supports the Philosophy Dialogue Series and its outreach activities at the San Marcos Public Library.

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are the American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, Alliance, Step Up For State,  Sustainability Studies, The Alkek Library, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Humanities, ΦΣΤ (Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honor society), University Seminar, The New York Times, Honors College, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2285 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Texas State University is a tobacco free campus.

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