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15th Annual World Philosophy Day

St. John Fisher College’s celebration of World Philosophy Day, “Philosophy Gone Wild,” is inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “Walking.”

Date: November 17, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Golisano Gateway Midlevel

World Philosophy Day is co-sponsored by the St. John Fisher College Department of Philosophy, Department of Religious Studies, the Catholic Heritage Program, and the William and Helen Cavanaugh Chair of Catholic Studies. 

Emrys Westacott

Emrys Westacott

All events are free and open to the public.

A keynote lecture, “The Wisdom of Frugality,” delivered by Alfred University professor, Dr. Emrys Westacott, will kick off the two-day event. The lecture begins at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Golisano Gateway Midlevel. Read more about Dr. Westacott

On Friday, Nov. 17, the following presentations will take place in Golisano Gateway Midlevel:

8 to 8:55 a.m.: Ethical Views on the Wild
Dr. Tim Madigan, Philosophy: “Environmental Ethics and Sustainability” and Fr. William Graf, Religious Studies: “Pope Francis’s Encylical Laudato Si”

9:05 to 10 a.m.: The Environment in Crisis
Dr. Linda MacCammon, Religious Studies: “The Ideology of the Plunderer: Understanding the Roots of Our Environmental Crisis”

10:10 to 11:05 a.m.: Challenges to Environmental Philosophy
Dr. James Moran, Philosophy, Daemen College: “Three Challenges for Environmental Philosophy”

11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.: Is Henry David Thoreau Still Relevant 200 Years After His Birth?
Dr. Rob Ruehl, Philosophy: “Henry David Thoreau’s Philosophy of Religion”

12:20 to 1:15 p.m.: Environmentalism and Eastern Thought
Dr. Roja Singh, International Studies: “Stern Satisfaction: Thoreau’s Love for Hinduism”