Philosopher’s Cafe, ‘Journeys,’ is Wednesday, Dec. 13

The next Philosopher’s Cafe is Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, from 7 to 8:30 at Titletown Brewery (2nd Floor) Downtown, Green Bay. “Humans love stories about traveling to distant realms and encountering the exotic, the scary, the fascinating. Join Stefan Hall (Humanities) for a discussion of some of his favorite journey-tales from the ancient, medieval and modern world such as Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Bilbo Baggins, ecetera.” Free and open to the public. Contact Christopher Martin with questions, martinc@uwgb.edu.

 

Philosopher’s Cafe is back with ‘human nature’ discussion, Wednesday

The Philosophers Café is back, Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aardvark Wine Lounge, 304 Pine St., Green Bay. “We kick the year off with some tasty philosophical questions about the reality of human nature and whether it is inclined toward moral good or harm. What is ‘human nature’, if there is such a thing? Does it incline toward good or bad behavior? Biologists and philosophers have wondered, explored and met with frustrations for centuries over whether there really is some loose set of traits that collectively define a human being. Whether we do in fact share a single commonality, and whether this has anything to do with how we treat ourselves and one another is, then, a pressing yet difficult question. Are bad people acting against the angels of their better nature, or are the rest of us suckers constantly falling prey to the machinations of conniving charlatans? At this year’s inaugural Philosophers Café we will decide — once and for all — whether there is a human nature and, if so, whether it inclines toward altruistic goodness or a struggle of all against that that renders life, as Thomas Hobbes once famously put it, ‘nasty, poor, brutish and short’. Please bring a thirst for conversation (and/or wine) and perhaps a companion whose nature you may or may not be happy about sharing.

Philosophers Café meets May 11

The Philosophers Café meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at St. Brendan’s Inn (234 S. Washington Street, Green Bay) to discuss “Does Reality come in Degrees.” Associate Prof. Christopher Martin (Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) will moderate the discussion. “Plato famously posited in addition to the ever-changing particulars that surround us a realm of eternal entities that are the true objects of knowledge and causes of particulars. Aristotle demurred, preferring to privilege the reality of objects around us and championing reality as something that is fundamentally basic and uniform. Are entities merely real or not real, or might reality come in degrees? What sense if any can we make of the notion that some things are ‘more real’ than others, and is there any benefit to how we understand the world in doing so?” Learn more about the upcoming event.

Philosophers Café meets April 13

The Philosophers Café meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Titletown Brewing Company (200 Dousman Street, Green Bay) to discuss Politics in an Age of Polarization. Assistant Prof. Weinschenk (Political Science & Public and Environmental Affairs) will moderate the discussion. Learn more about the upcoming event.

Tonight: 2017 Philosophers Café kicks-off with Provost Greg Davis

Maybe one of your New Year resolutions was to get out more, or find opportunities to chat with folks about different and odd but stimulating topics. Heck, maybe it was to finally unearth the governing dynamics of this brilliant universe of ours. Or maybe it was just to drink more coffee or beer in local establishments where sometimes heated conversations ensue… For any of the above, consider attending the Thursday, Jan.12, 2017 Philosophers Café. Provost Greg Davis will help pose and consider some deeply puzzling and important questions about the reality of mathematics. Do numbers just describe relationships that appear in mathematical structures — the formalists’ view — or are they real, as Plato argued?  Davis will help attendees think about some different number systems, different conceptions of infinity, and the so-called “butterfly effect.” The Café meets Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hinterland’s Second Floor Lounge (313 Dousman St., Green Bay). All are invited.

2017 Philosophers Café kicks-off with Provost Greg Davis (this Thursday)

Maybe one of your New Year resolutions was to get out more, or find opportunities to chat with folks about different and odd but stimulating topics. Heck, maybe it was to finally unearth the governing dynamics of this brilliant universe of ours. Or maybe it was just to drink more coffee or beer in local establishments where sometimes heated conversations ensue… For any of the above, consider attending Thursday, Jan.12, 2017 Philosophers Café. Provost Greg Davis will help pose and consider some deeply puzzling and important questions about the reality of mathematics. Do numbers just describe relationships that appear in mathematical structures — the formalists’ view — or are they real, as Plato argued?  Davis will help attendees think about some different number systems, different conceptions of infinity, and the so-called “butterfly effect.” The Café meets Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hinterland’s Second Floor Lounge (313 Dousman St., Green Bay). All are invited.

Dan Meinhardt returns to the Philosophers Café

The time Assoc. Prof. Dan Meinhardt (Human Biology & Women’s and Gender Studies) led a discussion at the Philosophers Café, attendees were left to ask family members and co-workers : “Do you really think gender —I mean the biological fact — could be nothing more than a social construct?  That’s crazy, isn’t it?”  Meinhardt promises to kick things up a notch with his return to the Café from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at St. Brendan’s Inn (234 S. Washington Street, Green Bay). “…We may be several years if not decades away from its implementation, but bring your favorite soon-to-be-defunct gender pronoun and help us begin to ask whether a true gender-appreciative society would have genders at all.”

State of Play at the Philosophers’ Café

The Philosophers Café will reconvene once again for its monthly meeting at 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jitter Bean on Thursday, Nov. 10. This month’s topic of discussion will be “The State of Play: Video Games and Modern Culture” and the group will discuss the impact video games have on the modern world, and such topics as if they accurately represent the world, how we can use them to learn about the world, teach our children and more. The moderator will be UWGB Assistant Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication & Information and Computer Systems). All are welcome to attend. View the full schedule of Philosophers Café meetings and topics.

Philosopher’s Café: An appreciation for differing opinions

The Philosopher’s Café was featured in a recent Green Bay Press Gazette article. The Café is a monthly informal discussion held in local coffee shops or pubs open to community members. The discussions are moderated by faculty from either St. Norbert College or UW-Green Bay. Topics range from gun control to transgender and free will issues. All ideas and opinions are respected.