This week we are discussing Robert Nozick’s analysis of a phenomenon we see in our society today. In our society there is a trend of the Intellectual opposing Capitalism. Nozick claims that this trend is an “anomaly.” Further, he offers an account of why it is the case that the Intellectual opposes Capitalism. We are discussing his paper “Why do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?” this Friday.
We invite you to join us in our next meeting (where we will have Free Austin’s Pizza!):
Friday, September 17, 2010
Garrison Hall 0.128 (http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/gar.html)
Robert Nozick (1938-2002) was Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is considered one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. He is the author of “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” and “Philosophical Explanations.” Aside from being well known in political philosophy, Nozick is also known for the “Experience Machine,” the “Truth-Tracking Account” for knowledge, and many other important ideas.
Does Nozick’s account suffice as the right explanation? Is there a deeper reason why Intellectuals oppose Capitalism? What are the alternative explanations? We want to hear your thoughts.
Come join us in eating the product of someone else’s labor as we evaluate and discuss Nozick’s account!
-The Undergraduate Philosophy Association
Joel Ingram Dishman and Heather Wong will be giving concluding remarks.