Philosophy Dialogue Series examines positives, negatives of corporations

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
October 20, 2011

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will focus on the good, the bad and the ugly sides of corporations as its discussion theme for the week of Oct. 24-28. All events are held in room 132 of the Psychology Building on campus unless otherwise noted. Events are free and open to the public. Presentations and discussions for the week will cover the following issues:

Monday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.
Marx’s Critique of Capitalism
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Monday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
Role Obligations at Work: Seeking to Manage Role Conflicts in Self-Identity
Jim Summers (Health Administration)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
Ethics of Employment
Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m.
Doing Good While Doing Well: Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship
Brian Deer, Ryan McGehee and Devan Reynolds (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m.
Invisible in the Fields: Corporate Trafficking
Parish Conkling (Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.
Corporate Structure and Function
Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)

Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.
Corporate Personhood: What Kind of Person is a Corporation?
Kyla Hobbs-Darilek, Laurel Piety and Kathryn Slaughter (Dialogue students)

Friday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m.
Talk of the Times
Led by Phi Sigma Tau

Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

For additional information please contact the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285, or via email at A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at