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470     Gene Hise Philosophical Society

The Philosophical Society continues its thirteenth year of exploring useful knowledge and the integration of the sciences.  In all previous semesters, presentations and stimulating discussions were held in areas of physical science, engineering, medical drawing of Owlscience, natural science, and social science. The Society has no fixed subject or topic.  Any topic in the sciences is fair game; however, we leave politics and theology to other classes.  The society has no permanent instructor.  Members and guest speakers who are knowledgeable in the topic for that session make presentations. It has been our experience that the presentations are well-prepared and intellectually stimulating, and the discussion periods (while not descending quite to anarchy) are equally stimulating and great fun.

Class moderator is Bob Olson.

Eleven sessions:  Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., February 12, 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

471    Religious Freedom: Principles, Problems, and Paradoxes

What is religious freedom?  Who says so?  Where does it come from?  Is it important?  Is it some sort of basic human right?  What do the world’s “great religions” have to say/suggest about religious freedom, and how have the followers of these hands and religious symbolsreligions responded?

Dr. Phil Hamlin is a native Tennessean.  He has taught a wide variety of courses at UTK since 1964.  His particular interests in philosophy include: the teaching of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the philosophy of religion, philosophy and narrative (literature and film), applied ethics.

Five sessions:  Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:40 p.m., February 10, 24, March 9, 30; April 20

101    Film Course:  Films with Outstanding Acting

Please see course description on page 3

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