The USD Philosophy Symposium Lectures begin on Thursday, April 22 with philosophy student presentations at 6:30 p.m. by Joe VonHoltum (“A Curious Look at Epicurus”), Nathan Chicoine (“Utilitarian Ethics and the Carbon Tax”), and by Nolan Goetzinger (“Sartre on Bad Faith”). Assistant Professor Vaughn Huckfeldt, Ph.D., a member of the philosophy faculty at USD, will present his lecture, “Universality, Relativism and Supervenience,” at 7 p.m. followed by William Dodge, a graduate student at The U, who will conclude Thursday’s symposium with “The Cleft between Sacred and Profane” at 8 p.m.

USD’s Philosophy Symposium Lectures continue Friday with featured guest Dr. Taylor Carman, professor of philosophy at Barnard College in New York City. Carman’s 7 p.m. lecture at Farber Hall is entitled “Of Light and Correctness: Heidegger’s Reading of the Cave Allegory in Plato’s Republic.”

Sponsored by the Philosophy Program, Department of Languages, Linguistics and Philosophy at USD, the 2010 USD Philosophy Symposium Lectures are funded by a faculty teaching improvement grant from the USD Center for Teaching and Learning. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information about the symposium lectures or philosophy at USD, please visit the department’s Web site:

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