2024 Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter’s 125th birthday with a discussion led by Professors Steve Nadler and Larry Shapiro: When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves. Friday, February 2, 2:30-3:45pm at Pyle Conference Center, Room 226. All members welcome! Free to student members; If so inclined, provide a GIFT that supports undergraduate students who are unable to pay required fees. RSVP here.
UW-Madison philosophers Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro consider how large masses of people can embrace crazy, even dangerous ideas and how this bad thinking drives bad acting, inspiring exceptionally bad behavior. Nadler and Shapiro offer a way forward: the best antidote for bad thinking and acting is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy.
Join us for an engaging talk through the basic principles of logic, argument, evidence, and probability; demonstrating how we can more readily spot and avoid flawed arguments and unreliable information; determine whether evidence supports or contradicts an idea; distinguish between merely believing something and knowing it; and much more.
Their recently published book, When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People, explores why philosophy’s millennia-old advice about how to lead a good, rational, and examined life is essential for escaping our current predicament.
Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is the director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities. His books include “Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die” and (with Ben Nadler) “Heretics!: The Wondrous and Dangerous Beginnings of Modern Philosophy” (both Princeton University Press).
Shapiro is the Berent Enç Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include “Zen and the Art of Running: The Path to Making Peace with Your Pace” and “The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural Is Unjustified.”