Archive for 2009

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What Would Plato Program?

The jokes are probably a lot funnier if, oh, you know a lot about programming languages. But even philosophers such as I, who never look under the hoods of our computers, can appreciate this look at the  languages philosophers would use, If Philosophers Were Programmers. A tip o’ the pixel to my blog coach, Joe […]

Egg-sistentialism: Sartre’s cookbook

Reading Sartre’s cookbook makes it clear why the man spent so much time in cafes.

Senior Philosophers Present

The six graduating members of the philosophy department presented their thesis research at the second annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry, held in the college dining rooms on Friday, May 1. Representing the department were Kate Goodpaster, Joe Hillman, Laurel Hoch, Rhea Muchalla, Jeff Nichols, Caleb Phillips.

But it’s not rabid…

Philosophy Bites. Or so claim David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton, creators of a philosophy podcast that features interviews of well-known, and not-so-well-known philosophers, talking about their particular areas of expertise. The podcasts, which range from fifteen to twenty-five minutes, explore topics ranging from “alternative hedonism” to Wittgenstein’s concept of philosophy; philosophers interviewed span a similarly-wide […]

How do you say “rout” in Greek?

The playing fields at Gustavus were busy on Saturday afternoon, April 25–so busy, in fact, that the second annual Classics-Philosophy kickball game found itself being played not on a regulation field, but on a grassy patch near Mattson Hall, using bases made out of cardboard boxes. No matter. Nor did it matter that last year’s […]

Caught Waiting…

Alex Legeros has been Waiting for Godot. Check to see who else was waiting (on April 8)….

Speaking of the Bodhi Tree

It seems that several members of the philosophy department have had Bodhi Tree sightings…. Deane Curtin has shared two photos of the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, a Buddhist pilgrimage site that he and students visited during his January, 2009 course Buddhist India. Thanks to Deane for these images. And Doug Huff reports that he […]

The Bodhi Tree’s Swedish Offshoot

Even the casual student of Buddhism has probably heard the story of Siddhartha Gautama’s long sit under a fig tree, during which time he reached enlightenment. That tree, now referred to as the Bodhi Tree, was  in Bodh Gaya, India; a current descendant of it, found near the Mahabhodi Temple in that city,  is today […]

Welcome home Sara Jane

The Reverend Paul Tidemann, who recently spoke at our biennial “Mom, Dad, I’m a Philosophy Major” dinner, shared with us the following remarks he wrote regarding Sara Jane Olson, who has been paroled from prison after serving a sentence for her involvement in the activities of the Symbionese Liberation Army, during the Vietnam War. Tidemann’s […]

Philosophy alumni present

The philosophy department welcomed back three wonderful alumni–Tad Marinac, Shel Silvernail and Paul Tidemann–on Wednesday, March 18, for the semi-annual dinners-and-discussions that we call “Mom, Dad…I’m a Philosophy Major.” The Rev. Paul Tidemann (’60) provided us with a written copy of his remarks. Shel Silvernal (’90) discussed the ways in which her life as a […]