Promoting philosophical discourse, Marquette’s philosophy department hosts a series of Friday seminars on philosophy.
The Friday Philosophy Seminar Series is a weekly seminar where a graduate student, faculty member, or guest speaker presents their work. After the presentation, there is a question-and-answer session that lasts 30 to 45 minutes.
Jessica Wolfendale, director of the philosophy department and professor, said she runs the weekly seminars. Wolfendale said the purpose of the seminar series is to build community.
“The aim is to create a community among graduate students and faculty, to showcase the work of graduate students and faculty, and to enable faculty and students to hear the work of guest lecturers on various topics in philosophy.” , said Wolfendale.
Dustin Trampe, a third-year doctoral student at Marquette, said that through the seminar series, members of the department can support each other.
“For the lecturer, the space is an opportunity to test and refine a more or less approximate idea with a sympathetic audience. For listeners, this is a chance to get acquainted with the work that others are doing in the department that we may not be familiar with, and to engage in areas of philosophy that we are not so familiar with. familiar, ”Trampe said.
Trampe said the seminar series represents a philosophical discourse. Topics previously covered include torture in America, racism, Hegel’s theory of knowledge, poverty, and Marxism.
“Overall, it helps us in the department support each other, helps presenters improve their work, and allows listeners to consider new ideas. All of this is meant to embody the spirit of the philosophical discourse, ”Trampe said.
Javiera Perez Gomez, assistant professor of philosophy at Marquette, presented a series of seminars on microaggressions, epidemic injustice and self-doubt on November 5.
“The Friday Philosophy Seminar Series is important for several reasons. One is that it fosters a sense of community in the department, allowing participants to learn more about the work of their teachers, students or peers. It is also an opportunity for presenters to receive comments that could improve their articles before submitting them for publication, ”said Perez Gomez.
She discussed the experience of self-doubt regarding whether a microaggression took place.
A micro-aggression is an action which demonstrates an unconscious prejudice towards a marginalized group. “The standard view is that this self-doubt is unfair because it is misplaced: micro-abusers come to unfairly doubt something they shouldn’t doubt. I think it’s unfair because it’s rational: micro-aggression unfairly loses the knowledge that a micro-aggression has taken place, ”said Perez Gomez.
Perez Gomez said she hopes listeners will have a better understanding of current philosophical debates over microaggression.
“I also hope that my speech helps listeners see how difficult it can sometimes be for a person subjected to micro-aggression to know that a micro-aggression has taken place,” said Perez Gomez.
Perez Gomez said she wanted the discussion to allow listeners to learn about the importance of philosophy in understanding everyday phenomena.
Daniel Smith from the University of Memphis will present “A Critique of Royal Philosophy: Foucault on Political Historicism in the English Civil War” on November 12.
Sebastian Luft, professor of philosophy at Marquette, will present “Kant and Cassirer on language” on November 19.
“I really like when I can participate in the Friday philosophical discussions, and I encourage anyone who wants to broaden their perspective to join,” Trampe said.
This story was written by Hannah Hernandez. She can be reached at [email protected].