TLU Tackles “The Problem of Evil” during Philosophy Symposium

January 20, 2011

The Texas Lutheran University department of philosophy and theology take on “The Problem of Evil: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People” in this year’s Philosophy Symposium held Feb. 15-18. The community is invited to join renowned philosophers, TLU faculty, staff, and students in this age-old discussion. 

On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., the Philosophy Symposium will open discussion with the screening of the 1993 film “Shadowlands,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, in the Alumni Student Center Conference Rooms. As the Problem of Evil is brought into the light of reality, the audience will begin to see the problem as not merely theoretical, but existential also. Philosophy majors will host a brief questions and answer session following the film based on the life of C.S. Lewis. 

During the 10 a.m. Chapel service, associate professor of theology Dr. Ruge-Jones will address “The Problem Evil” on Feb. 16 at the Chapel of the Abiding Presence. 

The Philosophy Club invites the community to mingle and engage in philosophical discussion with renowned philosophers Michael Tooley and Hud Hudson during the Philosophy Club Social Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the ASC Conference Rooms. 

 Philosophy majors will facilitate a discussion about this year’s topic during the Philosophy Student Panel held Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the ASC Conference Rooms to introduce the afternoon and evening featured speakers events. 

Each speaker will make a 30-minute presentation followed by an exchange and reaction from their fellow speaker. A question period for the audience will conclude the events, held in Tschoepe Hall’s Dunne Conference Center. Philosophers Hugh McCann and Keith Parsons will speak Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. and Michael Tooley and Hud Hudson will speak at 7 p.m. 

Hugh McCann, professor of philosophy at Texas A&M University, is a libertarian philosopher who has formulated a “non-causal” theory of action that focuses on intentions and other mental states prior to action. He argues that our motivations and desires may be reasons for our actions, but they should not be called causes. 

Keith Parsons, professor of philosophy at University of Houston, Clear Lake, specializes in the philosophy of science and religion with an emphasis on Darwinism, logic and critical thinking. 

 Michael Tooley, professor of philosophy at University of Colorado, focuses his research in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion and ethics. 

Hud Hudson, professor of philosophy at Western Washington University, specializes in metaphysics, philosophy of relgions and kant, with an emphasis on the history of modern philosophy and ethics. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Philosophy Symposium, contact Dr. Baer at 830-372-6768 or visit www.tlu.edu.


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