Lectures start promptly at 7:30PM and are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month September through May
9-11-2018: The Metaphysics of Nazi Anti-Semitism
David Patterson, Ph.D., UTD
This lecture examines the first
principles of Nazi anti-Semitism. It explores the question of
what the Nazis were trying to annihilate in the annihilation of the
Jews. It explains how the Nazi view of world and humanity is
diametrically opposite a Jewish view and why, according to the Nazi
worldview, total extermination was a logical necessity.
9-25-2018: The Woman Question
Nancy Barlow, MA, RN
In the United States, we know women
make about 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. Since the 1950s
and Betty Friedan, women have sought rights and equality…again.
Achieving the right to vote did not bring equity to women, nor has any
movement since. Philosophers have long asked “Why?” in response
to perplexing phenomena. This presentation will take a brief look
at “the woman question” through the ideas of Western thought to see if
our philosophical heritage sheds light on the ongoing struggle of
What philosophers since the
ancients have said about women and the effect of their words on women's
quest for equality even today.
10-9-2018: The Process Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead
David G. Drumm
In discussions about the
range of frameworks available to address philosophical problems, systems
of process philosophy deriving from Whitehead’s mid twentieth century
writing are often
overlooked. This is regrettable in that Whitehead’s system provides a
meaningful alternative to prevalent systems of linguistic analysis,
existentialism, structuralism, constructivism, and reductive scientism.
10-23-2018: The Changing Political Landscape
Bradley Carter, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at SMU
United States, as is true of the Western world at large, is
experiencing very real political changes, disconnects, and disruptions.
The way we have practiced politics since World Was II is being
questioned. The liberal order based on somewhat elitist democracy and
free market economics is being challenged, as are the political elites
that established and managed that world by various shades of Populism.
Even the importance of the “expert” is subject to questioning. How can
we understand this? How can we deal with it?
about politics and solving political problems requires describing
political realities and prescribing solutions, a complicated task. We
can never achieve a full understanding thus we can never craft the
perfect prescription. We will not fully diagnose the present crisis for
some time and thus we cannot offer a perfect prescription to bring
together populations divided by mistrust and myopia. But we already
have come to understand, in part, the alienation of those who believe
the liberal order unjust and on the basis of that understanding we may
possibly craft a prescription as to how to change that perception and
its causes. This will not be easy. The supporters of the present
order and their Populist opponents have different political
beliefs and goals and they adhere to very different prescriptions of
political realities. We are in for a bumpy ride.
11-13-2018: Emergence and the Science of Miracles
Paul Tobolowsky, M.D.
exist and enjoy the Dallas Philosophers Forum because lifeless atoms
clump together to form living, thinking organisms. The amazing leaps in
the organization of atoms that have created us are termed “Emergence,”
and we are proof that remarkable processes occur every moment of our
11-27-2018: The Nature, Use, and Abuse of Human Conceptual Systems
Win Galbraith, Ph.D.
will examine how human beings construct and use various systems of
organizing concepts, whether scientific, religious, or other. We
will explore how to distinguish different types of conceptual systems
and how to evaluate whether some are more useful or “better” than
12-11-2018: The Philosophy of Ancient India
Bill Bernstein, M.S.
is the underlying philosophy of the ancient works of India: the Vedas.
This talk will cover highlights of that philosophy and encompass that
tradition’s abstract concept of money. I’ll speak mainly about
the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, or non-dual Vedanta, formed hundreds
of years ago in India. The Vedas are the ancient scriptures underlying
Hinduism; “Vedanta” is often translated as meaning “The end of the
Vedas”. I spent twelve years in South India, studying this belief
system. I will add some of my philosophy about the fact that
money is a completely abstract concept. Money is representational: it
exists as a means for humans to function in society, and yet it has
come to be viewed as something of value on its own, as a goal
independent of its uses.