Philosophers and humanists reveal findings

Philosophers and humanists reveal findings

by Boots Ruelos on March 7, 2012 - 11:25 am

CAS / IPE holds 8th and 9th Faculty Colloquia

To promote intellectual discovery and development among the faculty members through sharing of knowledge, the College of Arts and Sciences / Institute of Political Economy recently held the 8th and 9th Faculty Colloquia.

Last January 18, three faculty members of the Department of Philosophy presented the papers they delivered at the Universiyt of Santo Tomas at the confrerence “Manila Thomism and Asian Cultures: Celebrating 400 Years of Dialogue across Civilizations.”

Three other faculty members presented the papers they delivered last June at the “International Conference on Humanities 2011: Heritage, Knowledge, People and Nature” at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.

Eighth Faculty Colloquium

Dr. Corazon Toralba discussed her paper “The Response of Fides et Ratio to the Educational Task,” which showed that, in the face of contemporary man’s distrust in the power of reason to know with certainty, it is the role of educational institutions to confirm man’s ability to know the truth.

Ms. Ma. Asuncion Magsino talked about her paper “A Wittgenstein Reading of the Language of the Body,” an attempt to find ways to engage non-Catholic thinkers to discovering the reasonableness of Catholic teaching regarding sexuality, marriage and procreation. The paper concludes with a possible accord between John Paul II’s theology of the body and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s language game theory.

Mr. Guillermo Dionisio discussed his paper “Cyberspace and St. Thomas Aquinas: Some Philosophical, Anthropological, and Moral Considerations,” in which he argues that cyberspace is not a morally neutral environment. It is a deliberate expression of man’s rationality and, ultimately, his entire person–a human domain subject to the demands of the humanitas.

Ninth Faculty Colloquium

Dr. Ma. Lourdes Gonzalez of the MA Humanities Program talked about her paper “A Post-Colonial Perspective of Literary Narratives Created by Filipino Fictionists in a Language Which is Not their Own.” The paper explores the challenge posed to Filipino fictionists who have produced literary texts in a second tongue–a bicultural material rooted in an Asian heritage yet retaining a Filipino identity.

A look into the Filipino novels written in or translated into English by select writers shows that literature presents a window into our own history as a people, more so as a nation.

Mrs. Ma. Concepcion Lagos of the Department of Asia Pacific Studies, shared her paper “Autiobiographies as Postcolonial Commodities in the Philippines after the Second World War.” Her study demonstrates that autobiographies are vital sources of a social memory. The Filipinos’ reflections about their experiences, the dilemmas they faces, their sentiments, anxieties and fulfillments form a historical consciousness that brought about people’s ideas of the nation.

Dr. Leodivico Lacsamana, the Director of the MA Humanities Program,¬†talked¬†about “The Teaching of Filipino as a Humanistic Endeavor in UA&P.” Filipino is taught in the University but not for academic or professional reasons but for the transformation of the students into useful and productive citizens who will ultimately work for the betterment of the country.

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