8th Annual Philosophy Day Scheduled for November 17-18
St. John Fisher College will celebrate its 8th Annual Philosophy Day events on Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18. “Ethics Across the Curriculum” will be held in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel on campus, and includes sessions that involve all five of the College’s schools (Arts and Sciences, Business Education, Nursing, and Pharmacy) for the first time.
Philosophy Day, sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO), and held on the supposed birthday of Socrates, is observed throughout the world as an occasion for people to reflect upon the importance of critical thinking, world peace, international cooperation, and the love of wisdom. Fisher is the only college in the United States to participate, along with colleges and organizations in Albania, Ghana, Iran, Ireland, Morocco, Slovenia and 27 other countries.
The College’s participation started in 2003, after Dr. David White, Associate Professor of Philosophy, returned from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, where he first heard of Philosophy Day. Initially, he and Dr. Tim Madigan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, decided they would organize the day for fun. But, it has since been institutionalized and is officially recognized by UNESCO.
The opening session will be on November 17 at 6:30 p.m. with an address given by Professor Robert Paul Wolff titled “Who Owns Our National Story?: W. E. B. DuBois and the Struggle for Control of the Story of America.” Wolff is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1957, and has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts. Wolff has published 21 books on the history of modern philosophy, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of education, economics and Afro-American Studies. Among his best-known books are the textbook About Philosophy (now in its 10th edition) and In Defense of Anarchism. He has been a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts since 1971.
At Philosophy Day, he will focus on another one of his well-known books, Autobiography of an Ex-White Man. It is an intensely personal meditation on the nature of America by a white philosopher who joined a Black Studies Department and found his understanding of the world transformed by the experience.
On November 18, sessions will begin at 8 a.m. and are scheduled through 9 p.m. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Roundtable I: ETHICS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AT ST. JOHN FISHER
Roundtable II: ETHICS BOWL.
Roundtable III: ETHICS IN AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY
FREE PERIOD: ETHICS AND BUSINESS
Roundtable IV: ETHICS AND THE SCIENCES
Roundtable V: ETHICS AND ART
Roundtable VI: ETHICS AND EDUCATION
Roundtable VII: ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS