Archive for January, 2009

SAT: Playing Ball with Objectivism: The Ethics of Sports

WHEN:
SATURDAY, January 17, 2009 7:00 PM

TITLE:
Playing Ball with Objectivism: The Ethics of Sports
Talk by Shawn Klein at the 2008 Summer Seminar
We will listen to the talk and view the slides.

ABSTRACT:
Sports have long been a part of human civilization, and they play a signifcant
role in the lives of most people. They also raise a wide range of important
ethical issues, and on many of these, Objectivism offers a unique and novel
perspective. In this session, Professor Klein discusses many of these
provocative issues, including good sportsmanship, fair play, and
performance-enhancing technologies. He also asks whether being a loyal fan of
one’s local sports club makes one a tribalist and whether the commercialism
of sports is a positive development.

OUTLINE:
I. INTRODUCTION
-Ethical issues in sport
- Sport as exemplifying Objectivist virtues and values
II. SPORTSMANSHIP AND FAIR PLAY
- Does sportsmanship and fair play require altruism?
III. PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING TECHNOLOGIES AND DRUGS
- Are bans of performance-enhancers objectivs?
- Are such bans part of an anti-technology bias?
IV. ETHICS OF FANDOM
- Are fans of teams engaging in tribalism?
- Does fandom lead to evny and hate?
V. COMMERCIALIZATION OF SPORT
- Does money corrupt sport?
VI. CONCLUSIONS

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation

TUES: Ten Philosophical Mistakes

WHEN:
TUESDAY, January 6, 2009 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
Chapter 1 Consciousness and Its Objects

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes is about basic errors in modern thought-how they
came about, their consequences, and how to avoid them. Each month, we will
discuss one of the ten mistakes, what it is and how it relates to
Objectivism. Does Objectivism make the mistake or solve the mistake?
The leader will summarize the chapter and lead the discussion.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation