Philosophy Dialogue Series examines concept of ‘Open Society’

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
September 30, 2011

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will focus on the open society as its discussion theme for the week of Oct. 3-7. 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. 3, 2 p.m.
Mill’s “On Liberty”
Craig Hanks (Philosophy)

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Freedom of Speech in an Open Culture
Eric Bitner and Riley Inks (Dialogue students)

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
To Be or Not To Be (Tolerant): Meta-ethics and Paradox in Popper’s “The Open Society and Its Enemies”
Paul Wilson (Philosophy)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 12:30 p.m.
Patriotism, Community and Dissent
Kevin Abernethy, Anthony Megie and Annalisa Turner (Dialogue students)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.
The Role of a University in an Open Society
Jo Ann Carson (Philosophy)

Friday, Oct. 7, 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