Semester's Final 'Philosophy Slam' Coming Up Tuesday

By Carter, John | The Florida Times Union, April 4, 2007 | Go to article overview

Semester's Final 'Philosophy Slam' Coming Up Tuesday


Carter, John, The Florida Times Union


Byline: JOHN CARTER

You could have a love-hate relationship with the topic of this philosophical discussion.

The philosophy department at Jacksonville University is wrapping up its last Philosophy Slam of the semester and throwing down with a hot topic from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fuel Coffeehouse, 1037 Park St.

Christopher Phillips will host the event. He is the author of the bestseller Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy, and facilitator of Socrates Cafes, philosophy discussion groups.

His topic: Can one person's love be another person's hate? The JU Bookstore will be there to offer Phillips' books for signing.

The Philosophy Slams, jointly hosted by JU and the University of North Florida Philosophy Club, offer a casual forum for discussions of philosophical issues in a playful, informal context. The slams have drawn standing-room-only crowds for the past several years.

Phillips, a frequent subject of National Public Radio interviews, says he likes to take critical thinking out of the lecture halls and bring it back to ordinary people in ordinary places. He and his wife travel to prisons, American Indian reservations and bookstores around the world to initiate discussions in the Greek philosopher's manner. …

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