Humanities at the Hospital: Virtue Saves Lives

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Last spring I got a rare opportunity for an academic.  I got to share my ideas about medical ethics in “the real world” with a group of physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators.  I will confess.  I was intimidated. As a person who spends his life primarily with college students, I don’t interact regularly with medical professionals.  I see their vocation from a distance.  Every fall my course, “Ethical Issues in Health Care,” trots out exactly…

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Blonde Jokes and Hillary Clinton: Beauty and Worth

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This past Wednesday, I was able to attend Dr. Nichols’s presentation on the concept of beauty and worth in a contemporary setting. Going into the presentation, I had a few intuitions about the issues but at best my explanations of the subject would barely scratch the surface. It is almost odd to think that something as occurent and popular as “beauty” would have such deep, philosophical implications and yet we see scholars such as Dr.…

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Living Options

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I ran across Cassie Atchley, a Philosophy student in Dr. Panza’s Free Will course, and asked her who her favorite philosopher was. “I like a lot of philosophers but haven’t read enough of any of them to decide who is my favorite,” she said. I liked her answer. It suggested an openness to new ways of thinking, and a comfort level with uncertainty, but I suppose I admired it because it differed drastically from my…

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What’s In Your Anything?

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As college students, we are intrinsically compelled to market ourselves. This isn’t to imply we blather about our own achievements above the din of everyone else’s. Rather, we find niches and fill them. We discover and play to our strengths. Drury’s size is intimate enough for us to cross-pollinate, taking knowledge, skills, and individuals from one discipline to another. The way of the world is diversification. We’ve got that down pat. We’re not good at…

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