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Philosophy Dialogue Series examines positives, negatives of corporations
Texas State University

October, 2011

The Philosophy Dialogue Series at Texas State University-San Marcos will focus on the good, the bad and the ugly sides of corporations as its discussion theme for the week of Oct. 24-28. All events are held in room 132 of the Psychology Building on campus unless otherwise noted. Events are free and open to the public. Presentations and discussions for the week will cover the following issues:


Monday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m.

Marx’s Critique of Capitalism

Craig Hanks (Philosophy)


Monday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.

Role Obligations at Work:  Seeking to Manage Role Conflicts in Self-Identity

Jim Summers (Health Administration)


Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.

Ethics of Employment

Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)


Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m.

Doing Good While Doing Well: Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship

Brian Deer, Ryan McGehee and Devan Reynolds (Dialogue students)


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m.

Invisible in the Fields: Corporate Trafficking

Parish Conkling (Philosophy)


Thursday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.

Corporate Structure and Function

Kyle Prunty (Philosophy student)


Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.

Corporate Personhood: What Kind of Person is a Corporation?

Kyla Hobbs-Darilek, Laurel Piety and Kathryn Slaughter (Dialogue students)


Friday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m.

Talk of the Times

Led by Phi Sigma Tau


Co-sponsors of the Philosophy Dialogue Series are American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Common Experience, Gina Weatherhead Dialogue Fund, New York Times, National Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Sigma Tau, University Seminar, University Honors Program, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs.

For additional information please contact the Department of Philosophy at (512) 245-2285, or via email at A complete schedule of discussion topics and presentations can be found at


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