'Understanding Social Construction: The Ontological Difference and the Difference It Makes'
Speaker: Ronnie Hawkins, Ph.D
Since ontology is that branch of philosophy that deals with existence, studying it forces you to move to a "meta-level" of analysis, stepping back from the everyday world of personal concerns far enough to consider questions about the nature of what we take for "reality."
Can we see ourselves as social primates engaging in certain sorts of collective beliefs and actions, and choose to make intelligent changes on that basis?
Some of the questions that will come up include:
1) What does it mean to "live in a bubble"?
2) What is money?
3) What is the difference between "the economy" and the ecology?
4) How do the subject matters of science, religion, ethics, law, and economics differ ontologically?
Received her M.D. from the University of Florida in 1974 and a Ph.D. in philosophy there in 1994. She has taught courses in philosophy of science, environmental philosophy, bioethics, and existentialism at UCF up until her retirement this past summer.
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