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A classic problem in the history of philosophy in the Christian West has been the problem of evil, which arises because the existence of evil that we and others experience is seen to be incompatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God.  There would be no philosophical problem of evil, that is to say, if the existence of a perfect creator God had not been accepted.  In any exposition of this problem, therefore, the existence of such a God must be taken as a given.  The non-existence of such a God could be proposed as a solution to the problem of evil, as a conclusion of the discussion, but this cannot be a starting point for posing the problem.  By the same token, the existence of evil in the world, based on our experience of it, must be taken as a given in posing the problem, otherwise the problem itself disappears.  The evil we experience, of course, is something we think should not exist, but again, to show somehow that it does not really exist is not to pose the problem but rather to attempt to solve it.  In order to acknowledge the existence of experienced evil, and to know that it should not exist, however, we must employ some concept of the good that we have experienced in this world, the good, presumably, that we think there should be more of.  So it is essential in discussing the problem of evil that we acknowledge the existence of experienced good, and not just the alleged transcendent goodness of God, or God’s omnibenevolence.

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Quentin Tarantino’s
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What is the line between vengeance and justice?  Or, the difference between righteous anger and wrath?  Is there some catharsis to be had in the spectacle of public accountability and restitution?  Or, should we feel ashamed for the illicit pleasure we take in the punishment of ostensibly evil deeds?  Moreover, what is the purpose of such acts, is it truly to quell public outrage?  Or, is its purpose intended to dissuade future injustices by inspiring terror?  And, if it is the latter, what distinguishes such capital punishments from terrorism?  And, perhaps most importantly, why is the word Basterds spelled with the letter e in the title of this film?  Join us on September 15thto find out as we explore these questions and others with a screening and discussion of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.  Nominated for the Palm d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival as well as eight different Academy Awards, Inglorious Baterds tells the story of a fictional group of Jewish soldiers deployed behind enemy lines in Nazi occupied France to terrorize the enemy.  Starring Brad Pit as Lt. Aldo Raine and Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa, this film grabs the audience from its first tension filled moments and makes them, like the citizens of WWII Europe themselves, complicit in all of the violence that follows.  So join us for our inaugural screening in the Florida Southern College Film Series.   (Drew Dalton)


Wednesday, September 15th @ 7:00, Perini Hall

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Language: Time and Trust

September 17 · 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location Bradley House Lounge

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More Info Language: Time and Trust
Second guessing a conversation with a professor or a love-interest as you walk away... what if you could trust? Can you? Homo sapiens are creatures of tools, beauty, tomb stones, and language. When we speak we consecrate a moment which is unchangeable- the moment of true intention. At this coming Philosophy Club meeting we will discuss the experience of language and its implications for us.
A situation to think about:
You are put in prison with a non-English speaking cell mate. You have no communication with people other than with him. Eventually you come to be able to communicate in a language that is specific for the two of you. How did this ability come together. How can you discuss anything beyond the four walls in which you are 

Some Food for thought:

Imagine a World without Words

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Serena Parekh McGushin McGushin
University of Connecticut


"Hannah Arendt on Conscience, Judgment, and Human Rights"



Tuesday Septermber 21
Dana Center Conference Room


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