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Philosophy and Religion Events

APRIL 2014


Friday afternoon
April 11

3:00 - 4:30 PM

Stillwell 244

Visiting Lecturer

Rebekah Spera, from Emory University, will speak on "The Question Concerning Ideology: A Reconsideration of 'The Culture Industry' in the 21st Century."

Years ago, the philosopher Theodor Adorno argued that that technological shifts in the entertainment industry from telephone to radio to TV, together with a homogenized and commodified culture, have deadened our capacity for independent thought. Technology, he claimed, becomes increasingly undemocratic in its form as it develops under monopoly capitalism and places the individual into a position of greater passivity and receptivity to centralized authority.

But does the rise of the internet make his criticism obsolete? Is the internet is radically democratized space compared to TV or radio? Is the life of contemporary internet user active not passive?

Monday night
April 21

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Panel Discussion

Dr. Kevin Schilbrack, WCU Philosophy and Religion, is the author of a newly published book "Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto" and his colleagues are hosting a panel discussion about his ideas for 'a radical transformation of the discipline' -- this is a free event, open to the public.



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