Two senior philosophy majors to speak at colloquium April 29

Two senior philosophy majors to speak at colloquium April 29

Two philosophy majors graduating in May with honors, Cassie Bonefas and John Skalko, will give presentations from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the auditorium, Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.

Bonefas' topic is "Berkeley's Argument for Immaterialism: 'To Be is to Be Perceived.' " Skalko will speak on "What Constitutes a Disorder? Psychology's Definition and Reflections from Aquinas."

The goal of Bonefas' presentation is to evaluate George Berkeley's "Master Argument" and study the implications that follow from his famous conclusion. Questions to be answered are: Can he allow these implications while retaining a logically consistent theory? If not, is he able to successfully defend against them?

Skalko will examine the following questions: Does mental disorder actually exist? If so, then what constitutes it? What makes something a mental disorder? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' (DSM) definition mostly is inadequate. So, what is a better definition? What does Aquinas have to say on disorder and order in general? Do his thoughts shed any light on this?

This event is part of the Philosophy Colloquium Series.