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Philosophy Dialogue Series examines 'Abuses of rhetoric'
Texas State University

September, 2010

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will examine uses and abuses of rhetoric as its discussion topic for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1.  All events are held in Psychology 132, unless otherwise noted.  Presentations and discussions for the week will focus on the following issues:


Monday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.

Necessities and the Meaning of Life

Jean Kazez (Southern Methodist University, Philosophy)


Monday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.

Brave New Animal:  Advancing Ethics through Technology

Jean Kazez (Southern Methodist University, Philosophy)


Tuesday, Sept. 28, 12 p.m.

Rhetoric and Relativism

Sophists and Sages (Philosophy Dialogue class members)


Wednesday, Sept. 29, 12 p.m.

Gandhi and King on the Power of Truth

Linda Mackey (Philosophy)


Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.

The Challenges of Foreign Language Interpreting at the White House

Harry Obst, director of Language Services (retired), U.S. Department of State


Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m.

The Feminine Ethos of Wilderness Recreation Advertising

Nichole McNiel (Sociology graduate student) and Deborah Harris (Sociology)


Thursday, Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m.

Rhetorical Strategies: Rational Persuasion or Immoral Manipulation?

Sophists and Sages


Friday, Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m.

Talk of the Times

Open Forum

Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society



Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series include: American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, the New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

For additional information please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at 512-245-2285 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              512-245-2285      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or via email:  A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at


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