Philosophy Quarterly LectureMonday, March 18, 4 p.m.Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons (Boeing Room) Burt Hopkins, chair and professor of philosophy, will deliver this lecture. It is uncontroversial in both the science of arithmetic and the philosophy of that science that arithmetic’s basic concept is number. Whether the concepts of arithmetic alone are capable of making this concept intelligible, or whether these concepts require philosophical clarification in order to render it intelligible, however, is controversial. Hopkins engages this controversy by arguing that Plato’s philosophy of arithmetic establishes that mathematics for all time, and thus, also modern mathematics, requires philosophical clarification in order for arithmetic’s most basic concept to become intelligible. He also argues that the problem Plato identified as standing in need of clarification regarding the intelligibility of number has yet to be clarified, and therefore, that modern arithmetic and its philosophy comes up short in this regard. An aspect of this argument is also related to the resolution of the great problem of Platonic philosophy, namely, that of “participation.” For more information, contact Kate Reynolds at email@example.com.
Spirituality on Tap: “Meant to Be? Imagine That – Personal Vocation and the Ignatian Call to Creative Imagination”Wednesday, March 20, 7-9 p.m.Casey Commons (500) Magis and the Ignatian Spirituality Center invite you to an evening of reflection and conversation with Brendan Busse, S.J., who will reflect on the role of imagination as a means of discovering and answering the call of our life in creation, relation and dedication. We will explore the idea of personal vocation in response to a deceptively simple question: How do we accept the great gift of our life, and what can we possibly give in return? This program is geared to young alumni, students in their 20s and 30s and friends. All faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcome. To RSVP, or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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