September 14, Do Guns Kill People?
New Location: Schmitt Hall, *Room 104*
Why is gun violence so common in the United States as compared with other advanced countries? One way to begin to think about this is to attempt to improve our understanding of the relationship between individuals and guns. By reading and discussing passages from Bruno Latour's Pandora's Hope, we will scrutinize two popular slogans. First: “Guns kill people” (the anti-gun activist slogan). Second, the NRA reply: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” Latour believes that both slogans are misleading. He argues that items of technology are not neutral, and persons do not have fixed intentions. This conversation will also give us a preview of Latour's view of technological mediation.
Thursdays - 11:45AM–12:45 PM
What is P4L?
Students and professors close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.
No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!
Should I bring anything?
Bring a beverage, and if you're hungry, bring your actual lunch.
Brought to you by the Department of Philosophy at Montclair State University
(The image is by Banksy)