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Philosophy Talk in San Francisco, Sun., Oct. 11: Hubert Dreyfus and Alison Gopnik

From: Peter
Sent on: Sunday, September 27, 2009 12:52 AM
I mentioned this event at our meeting today; some of you have heard about it through announcements on other meetup groups. I think I'll go at least to Hubert Dreyfus. If you did the reading from our August meeting, you might recall that he has (or used to have) a VW Rabbit with a personalized license plate reading GAVAGAI.

ALSO, to get an idea of what this event will be like, you can listen today (Sunday morning) at 10 a.m. on KALW 91.7 FM to hear Philosophy Talk's previous live show at The Marsh Theater, in July, when they had UC Berkeley prof Geoffrey Nunberg talking about ?What are Words Worth??

On Sunday, October 11th, at San Francisco's Marsh Theater (1062 Valencia Street, near 24th & Mission), Profs. John Perry and Ken Taylor of the Stanford University philosophy department will be moderating discussions with two Cal professors, Alison Gopnik (Psychology) and Hubert Dreyfus (Philosophy):

* 12 noon - "From the Minds of Babies" Consciousness, morality, meaning and truth have perplexed and puzzled generations upon generations of philosophers. But could it be that we have been looking in all the wrong places to solve these imponderable mysteries? Could the minds of babies hold the key to philosophical progress? Join John and Ken for an enlightening discussion of the Minds of Babies and what they have to teach us about philosophy, with renowned developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell us about Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life.

* 3 pm - "Nihilism and Meaning" The ancients believed in an enchanted universe -- a universe suffused with meaning and purpose. But with the dawn of modernity, philosophy and science conspired together to disenchant the universe, to reveal it as entirely devoid of meaning and purpose. Must any rational and reflective person living in the 21st century accept such nihilism? Or is there a way to re-infuse the disenchanted universe with meaning and purpose? Join John and Ken for a thought-provoking discussion of Nihilism and Meaning with their guest Hubert Dreyfus, author of the forthcoming Luring Back the Gods.
$20 for one performance; $35 for both.

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