Philosophy Dialogue Series considers 'Communities and Individuals'

By Judy Lynn Drazan
University News Service
October 4, 2012

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Philosophy presents a series of themed dialogue events taking place from Oct. 8-12. Unless otherwise noted, all dialogue events are held in the Dialogue Room 111 at Derrick Hall. All dialogues are free and open to the public.

The discussion topic for Week 3 of the Philosophy Dialogue Series is "Communities and Individuals."

October 8
Are You a Libertarian? If So, What Kind?
2 p.m., Riley Inks, philosophy

October 8
Animals and the Global Community: Impacts of Globalization on Animal Welfare
3:30 p.m., Theresa Hickey, philosophy
San Marcos Public Library

October 9
Debates within the Fair Trade Community
11 a.m., Kelley Russel-Duvarney, sociology graduate student

October 9
Individualism and Devotion to Community: Is There a Balance?
12:30 p.m., Ashley Brown and Thomas Kita, dialogue students

October 10
Teague Lecture: Reflections on Communities and Individuals
12:30 p.m., Joe Lopez, Austin trial attorney

October 11
Building a Community of Freedom
12:30 p.m., Ross Phillips and Coleen Watson, dialogue students

October 12
Talk of the Times (Moral Immigration, Pragmatism and Solidarity)
1 p.m., Justin Bell, philosophy (University of Houston-Victoria and Texas State Philosophy Alumnus)

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

For more information about this topic, please contact Beverly Pairett in the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285 or email at A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at