Philosophy Dialogue Series examines First Amendment

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
September 20, 2011

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will focus on the First Amendment and its philosophical roots as its discussion theme for the week of Sept. 26-30. 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, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.
The Day Humpty Dumpty Fell: The Schleitheim Confessions as prelude to First Amendment Rights
Greg Moses (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m.
Freedom’s Ancient Origins
Sophists and Sages
Philosophy dialogue class members

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.
On Some Less Civil Libertarian Implications of Considering Pornography to be Speech
Bryan Register (Philosophy)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m.
Before the Founders: Philosophers on Free Thought and Expression
Chris Bernal, Patrick Moore and Jason Roberts (Dialogue students)

Friday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m.
Banning Books is Bull $*@#
Kandace Lytle (Literature student, Texas Christian University)

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