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Everyone is cordially invited to the second session of

THE 31st
MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM
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Eric Olson
(Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK)

will present

“When Do We Begin and End?” (PDF)

Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Newman Center
306 East 4th Street, Morris

The gradual nature of development from fertilization to birth and beyond leaves it uncertain when we come into being; advances in medical technology leave it increasingly uncertain when (leaving aside religious beliefs) we cease to exist. Many philosophers have tried to answer these questions. Professor Olson will argue that most of these answers are wrong, and that a simpler answer follows from the apparent fact that we are biological organisms.

Professor Olson will also present "Objects and Their Matter" at 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lounge, Student Center, UMM, Monday, March 26. All are cordially invited.

These lectures are funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean, UMM.

Marya Schechtman

(Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Will present

"Just Be Yourself" 

Monday, October 23, 2006 7:00 p.m., First Lutheran Church

200 East 5 th Street, Morris 

It would seem that one couldn't help but be oneself; yet, popular wisdom has it that being oneself can be a very difficult task indeed. Professor Schechtman will explore the range of challenges to being oneself that have been discussed in philosophy, literature, and everyday life, asking related questions about authenticity, self-knowledge and a meaningful life.

Professor Schechtman will also present "Stories, Lives, and Basic Survival: A defense and refinement of the narrative view" at 2:30 p.m., Prairie Lounge, Student Center, UMM, Monday, October 23. All are cordially invited .

The second session of the 31 st Midwest Philosophy Colloquium is tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 26th, 2007 . Professor Eric Olson of the University of Sheffield will present "When Do We Begin and End?" More information will follow.

These lectures are funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean, UMM.