Dr. Jason Wirth
"Poison an
d the Great Health: Nietzsche and Hakuin"
Thursday, September 18, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Wirth is an associate professor of Philosophy and chair of the department at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. His many publications include works on aesthetics, comparative philosophy, and contemporary continental philosophy. His translation with an introduction, of Schelling's The Ages of the World (1815) is published by the State University of New York Press Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy (2000). His new book, The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling, is forthcoming from the State University of New York Press.
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Dr. Michael Smith
“Emmanuel Levinas’ Ethics of Responsibility”
Tuesday, October 7, 2003 – BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Smith is a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. His publications include: Entre Nous, a translation of short essays and conversations by Levinas, dating from 1951 to 1988, and a translation of Levinas’ Alterity and Transcendence.
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Dr. P.J. Ivanhoe

"Filial Piety in Chinese Thought as a Modern Virtue"

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Philip J. Ivanhoe (BA, MA, PhD Stanford University) has taught at Stanford University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is John Findlay Visiting Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, and Ethics at Boston University. He has special interest in Chinese religious and ethical thought. His work focuses on Chinese views on character, self-cultivation, virtue, agency, environmental philosophy, feminism, relativism, and skepticism. He is the author of Ethics in the Confucian Tradition: The Thought of Mengzi and Wang Yangming, revised second edition (Hackett, 2002) and Confucian Moral Self Cultivation, revised second edition (Hackett, 2000).He has translated, edited, co-authored, or co-edited many other books and has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews on East Asian and comparative philosophy and religion.
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Dr. Michael Papazian
"Stoics, Cynics, and Christians: Three 'Roman' Ways of Life"
Thursday, October 23, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Papazian is a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
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Tom Blue Wolf

"Eagle, Bear and Wolf: Reflections on Native American Ethics"

Tuesday, November 4, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Tom is a Native American Spiritual Guide, Tribal Ambassador, Peacemaker, and Faithkeeper. He is a musician, artist, herbalist, naturopath, environmentalist, author, and lecturer. Tom was born in Southern Alabama, raised and taught in the traditional ways by his Creek Grandparents. Tom has tribal affiliation with the Yífalla Band, Star Clan of the Eastern Lower Muscogee Creek Nation.
     Founder and Director of EarthKeepers & Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people of all ages on the importance of relationship with the earth and each other. He is a charter member of the World Council of Elders, The Indigenous Healers Association and travels the world teaching workshops, conducting ceremonies, and inspiring hearts with the message of peace and harmony with All Our Relations. He is a board member of several local, regional and national Environmental Organizations and active in many roles with youth Programs around the country. He has appeared on many radio and television programs,written hundreds of articles to present the views of the EarthKeepers Organization and has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work with EarthKeepers over the past 34 years. Tom is the husband of Debbie Goodman, the father of Blue and the grandfather of four.
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Dr. Gerrit Voogt
“Pointed Hats and Pointed Fingers: The Jew as the 'Other' in
Medieval Europe”

Thursday, November 13, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Voogt is an associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University. He has been with KSU for over 12 years. His publications include: Constraint on Trial: Dirk Volckertsz Coornhert and Religious Freedom (Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2000); Translation: Henk Bonger, Leven en werk van D.V. Coornhert (Rodopi Publishers, due out 2003); "Primacy of Individual “Freedom of Conscience or Primacy of the State? The Clash between Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert and Justus Lipsius", Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. XXVIII/4 (1997) 1231-1249; “Politique vs. Spiritualist Tolerance: Bodin’s Heptaplomeres and Coornhert’s Synod on the Freedom of Conscience” (article, forthcoming). Dr. Voogt is also the faculty advisor for the History of Ideas track, and he will be leading students this summer in Paris on a study abroad.
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Dr. Tom Kasulis
“Shinto: Japanese Naturalism or Japanese Nationalism?”
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - BB 151 @ 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Kasulis received his doctorate from Yale University. He is the former Chair of the Department of Comparative Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has written numerous books and scholarly articles on Japanese religious thought and Western philosophy, including Zen Action/Zen Person (University of Hawaii Press, 1989). He has co-edited for SUNY Press a three-volume series comparing Asian and Western ideas of self in different cultural arenas: Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (1993), Self as Person in Asian Theory and Practice (1994), and Self as Image in Asian Theory and Practice (1998), as well as The Recovery of Philosophy in America: Essays in Honor of John Edwin Smith (1997). He has just completed a book on a comparative cultural philosophy of relationship and is currently working on a short history of Japanese philosophy.