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There will be no general meeting this week. Instead, we're encouraging everyone to go check out the showing of Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho"! (Information below). Next week (Oct.30) we will we will have a regular meeting where we will focus our discussion on politics and politicial philosophy. It is likely we will discuss some of the themse from "Marx in Soho", but we will also be discussing the ideas of Francis Fukuyama in preparation for his Castro Business Ethics Lecture: Political Order and Political Decay at GVSU Nov. 6 (information here:

Howard Zinn's "Marx in Soho"
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2263


Howard Zinn’s play “Marx in Soho” dramatizes the life behind the theories of one of the most compelling social thinkers of the nineteenth century, Karl Marx. In the play, Marx is resurrected from the dead and has come to New York City to galvanize the intellectual and social energies of everyday people, to inspire hope in the power of basic human decency, in our capacity to make our own histories, and to imagine the basis for a more just, equitable, and humanly sustainable society.

Please join us on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30-7 in Kirkhof 2263 to reflect upon the contemporary relevance of Marx’s ideas as Bob Weick of the Iron Age Theatre performs “Marx in Soho.” The show will last around an hour and, time permitting, will be followed by a short Q&A session.



The Philosophy Club's regular meetings for fall 2014 will be

Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 PM in MAK B1-118!



The Philosophical Society of Grand Valley State University is a student organization that meets weekly to discuss philosophy and issues related to philosophy. The meetings are informal and everyone is welcome to attend Philosophical Society meetings. No special background in philosophy is required and it’s OK to just come for part of a meeting if that’s all that your schedule allows.

During the fall 2014 semester the Philosophy Club will be holding its regular meetings on Thursdays beginning at 5:30pm in Mackinac Hall B1-118 on the Allendale Campus. When there is a reading for a meeting it will be available in the Philosophy Main Office: Mackinac Hall B3-105. When we have a guest speaker meetings will be held on Fridays from 10:30 – 11:50 AM in Mackinac Hall B1-128. For this fall, speakers include:

* David Danks of Carnegie Mellon University on “Ethics of Mass Surveillance in the Electronic Age”, Friday September 26.
* Rachel Zuckert of Northwestern University on Kant and Aesthetics, Friday October 3.

* Christopher Shields of Notre Dame on Ancient Philosophy, in particular Aristotle, Friday November 21.

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Philosophy Club Fall 2014: Tentative Meeting and Topic Schedule


11th, Thursday-Kick off meeting, Introductions

18th, Thursday- TBA

**26th Friday-

10:30-11:50 David Danks of Carnegie Mellon University meeting with the Philosophy Club
 3:00  Danks Colloquium- “Ethics of Mass Surveillance in the Electronic Age”,


**3rd, Friday-

10:30-11:50 Rachel Zuckert of Northwestern University meeting with the Philosophy Club

3:00 Zuckert Colloquium- Kant and Aesthetics

9th, Thursday- Aesthetics/ ArtPrize Night: GVSU Professors’ guest lectures

16th, Thursday- TBA

23rd, Thursday- attend GVSU sponsored performance of "Marx in Soho" by Howard Zinn.

30rd, Thursday- Philosophy and Political Science: Forerunner to Fukuyama lecture.


**6th, Thursday- Off campus: Francis Fukuyama Lecture 7:00 PM L.V. Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor, Pew Campus

**14th, Friday- TBA

10:30-11:50 Christopher Shields of Notre Dame meeting with the Philosophy Club
 3:00  Shields Colloquium- Ancient Philosophy, in particular Aristotle

20th, Thursday- Philosophy and Psychology

27th, Thursday- Thanksgiving Day, no meeting


4th, Thursday- Last Meeting before Christmas- Off-campus.

** denotes special meeting times. We will not meet at the regularly scheduled Thursday time on these weeks.


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