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"Saying Doesn't Make It So... Or Does It?" Liberal Arts Discussion with Stephen Walker
Chicago, IL
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Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research, hosted at Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney.

All proceeds benefit the kibbitznest nonprofit, with a mission to encourage face-to-face communication, inspire conversation, and bring our community together to share insights and philosophies in a Socratic dialogue.


About the Discussion:

At first blush, it sounds ridiculous to claim that whatever anybody says is true. How are we supposed to make sense of communication at all, or even basic engagement with reality, if things are always as they're said to be? Tonight we'll explore the possibility that this understandable response has it exactly backwards: that it's easier, not harder, to explain communication and engagement if things are always as they're said to be.

The reason for this counterintuitive conclusion is that it's impossible to make sense of reality except under someone's description or other. As different descriptions pile up, we can compare them with each other but not with some description-free reality that they're all supposedly representing. An important implication of this view is that we don't actually use the truth or falsity of a statement to decide whether to accept or reject it, and always turn out to be using other criteria instead.

Sponsor: Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney

STEPHEN WALKER is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School studying philosophy and the history of philosophy across multiple traditions. His main research focuses on classical Chinese thought; his dissertation, Boundless Ways: Navigating Norms in the Zhuangzi, examines that text's pragmatic and pluralistic critique of value.

Registration is not necessary but appreciated due to space limitations.

kibbitznest is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and wifi-free zone dedicated to the preservation of quality face-to-face human communication.
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Kibbitznest (View)
2212 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Workshops
Social > Adult

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Feb 21, 2017
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