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Reimagination of Allegory of the Cave

A reimagination of Plato’s Allegory of the cave with a geo-political twist and a shade thrown against  fascism, way to go!

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This is a video presentation presented by Group 2 – Lim (Sebastian, Lim, Keiffer, Ralph, and David). This is our version of reimagination of Allegory of the Cave by Plato. We hope you enjoy the video. Thank you!

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Milestone of Love

My INTFILO students made this contemporary reimagining of the Allegory of the Cave. It’s thought-provoking and very much current.

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In class we were thought about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, and was told that the people nowadays find it hard to apply the story in the current setting. We were tasked to create just that and interpret it whichever way we want. Our group created such with a person belonging in the LGBT community as the protagonist, with the video link of our project below:

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For Valentine’s Day

Have you thought about a nice activity to do on Valentine’s Week?  Why don’t you come over and spread the love by supporting our campus cats:)

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PHILOPE Animal Masks Activity

This activity is always a hit:)

Guidelines for INTFILO Journal Entry

Go to Introduction to Philosophy page and download the guidelines for the 1st Journal entry.

Of Paradigm Shift and Resistance

A student shared that one of his takeaways from the lesson on paradigm shift is that he can transform his old worldview to something new after seeing things differently. and when one sees much more clearly, he or she cannot afford anymore to be just an observer or a fence-sitter when injustices are happening around them.  I truly admire this realization.

Yesterday, 500,000 women and men (and some children and animals)  took part in the Women’s March, a day after Trump’s inauguration.  And there were many more thousands of people around the world who joined them in solidarity. Trump is a bully, a misogynist, and a racist, but he has just been sworn in as the U.S. new president.  In his speech, he basically outlined his fascist regime.

But the people refuse and resist to allow Trump to get away with it.  Thus, the women’s march is much more than just refusing and resisting.  As my friend, Jason Craig Harris points out in his FB post:

People power. Dissent. Exercising democratic rights. Collective expression. Voice. Silent no more. Critical refusal. Awareness. Sustaining public consciousness. Vigilance. Advocacy. Intersectionality. Justice. Freedom.

Here are some pictures of the Women’s March from the New York Times.

To see differently; to acquire a higher consciousness; to transcend ultra-nationalism and become a citizen of the world—these are the challenges we are so ready to take on!

Philosophical ‘Drink’ for the Week: On Sexism and Gender Bias

My favorite feminist philosopher, Sally Haslanger shares her insight on the two words above.  Sexism and gender-bias are real because their effects are felt directly by those who have been untreated fairly just because they are women.  Some women are guilty of oppressing other women, too!  Dr. Haslanger helps out sort through some of the features, dynamics, and effects of sexism and gender bias:

On Sexism and Gender Bias:

Sally Haslanger
Ford Professor of Philosophy

“As long as ‘being presidential’ and ‘looking presidential’ are about being and looking masculine, we will be unable to address what is ripping us apart as a country.”

— Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy


Question
For the first time in history, a woman is a serious contender for the U.S. presidency. Based on your research, to what degree do you think gender bias and sexism have been factors in the 2016 election process? What is the single most important finding/perspective about gender attitudes that would be useful for an American voter to know?
It is hard to deny that some media outlets and news stories about the presidential election are sexist. That is to say, they unfairly devalue Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments, spread misinformation that is prejudicial, and hold her to different and higher standards than they hold Donald Trump, and do so because she is a woman. How might we support this claim? Must we show that particular journalists have sexist attitudes and these attitudes motivate their distortions? The quick answer is: No. Here’s some background to help identify the phenomenon of sexism and gender bias.

What is sexism?

“Sexism” is a term that applies to a set of practices, structures, institutions, or policies that unfairly or unjustly disadvantage women because they are women. They might exploit women’s labor, deprive women of power and autonomy, devalue women’s talents and abilities, or expose women to systematic violence, among other things. The practices need not be ones that target all women, but may target a subgroup, e.g., a sexist policy might specifically target poor women.

Sexism also takes different forms in different contexts and when aimed at different groups. Sexism toward women of color may involve policies designed to limit pregnancies, whereas sexism toward white women may involve policies encouraging them. “Sexist” applies to such practices, policies, and the like, and also to statements, ideas, and individuals who create, promote, or sustain sexism, whether intentionally or not. (See also Frye “Sexism,” 1983.)

So paying women less for comparable work is sexist because it exploits women’s labor. Advertising campaigns that represent women as interested primarily in what detergent brightens their whites are sexist because they misrepresent women’s interests and trivialize women’s abilities; they also assume, and so reinforce, what is often an unfair division of labor in the household according to which women are responsible for childcare, eldercare, and housework, and men are responsible for yard work and car repair. Comments or images that sexually objectify women are sexist because they sustain a culture in which sexual violence is normalized.

To read more, go to https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2016-election-insights-sally-haslanger-gender-bias

 

Happy New Year!

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May all your beautiful dreams come true!

Grades are Up!

For GENDERS students, please go to Introduction to Genders Page, click the blue link under 1st Term AY 2016-17 GENDERS Final Grade.  For PHILOPE students, please go to Introduction to Philosophy of the Person Page, click the blue link under 1st Term AY 2016-17 PHILOPE Final Grade.

Grade consultation tomorrow morning.  Please schedule below.

PHILOPE A54 20-Dec 0940-1000 M409 PERACULLO, JEANE
GENDERS V24 20-Dec 1000-1020 M409 PERACULLO, JEANE

Note that grade consultations will be about queries on grade computation and not on grade-begging.  Grade beggers will not be tolerated.

See you all tomorrow!

Excellent reflection on Philosophy of Work

Wonderful piece, Georgia Fernandez!

Philosophy of Work: Reflection Paper)

Just like Rihanna’s hit single, Work, this paper triumphed  in sending me back to reality – the verisimilitude of the academic life, the sober scent of papers and readings, the insomnolent nights and hence, the realm of legitimate “work”-  from the ostensible Utopia in Baler in which I, together with my colleagues, conducted a fieldwork for our majors class (Qualitative Political Analysis – QUALPOL / POLQUAL).

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Summary:

As Dr. Jeane Peracullo uttered in her opening remarks, the talk aims to celebrate the mundane everyday activity, specifically work, which is the core of being human. It transcends the values critical thinking and reflection not only in our academic life but also in everyday life as well. Three speakers from the philosophy department, Miss Hazel Biana, Mr. Ignacio Ver and Mr. Mark Dacela, spearheaded the big lecture.

For more, check out Georgia’s blog here.