Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-11-221
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Volume 38, Number 15 4 . J- IL. -.m ..,.., . . - & , .--.i. ... , J J,r""'" 11 ' " i i . ' jtl'""""'"'"'""" - " f,s I run a..,-, i" 1 OVER YOUR HEAD? If the price of books seems too high, hold on; it might go up. Photo by Clyde Mueller Philosophy out of closet Philosophy has undergone significant transformation within the last decade, and many philosophers believe the profession has established a new conscience, relevancy and usefulness to society at large. Many also believe philosophy offers a new level of insight for students and professional persons from a variety of disciplines. "Philosophy is much more accessable to the intelligent layman than it has been before. The forbiding, unapproachable jargon and methodology is now much less apparent. Philosophy has changed it can be read and appreciated by everyone," states Dr. Ernest D. Partridge, of the Weber State College Philosophy faculty. The reason for this change, Partridge and others believe, is the profession's return to ethical and moral considerations; pursuits largely condemned as "out of touch" or "unfashionable" for much of this century. After World War I, the philosophy profession turned away from its traditional involvement in moral and political issues. The trend at the time was toward logic, semantics, and the philosophy of science. By turning its attention to the analysis of meaning and the scientific Weber method, the profession largely turned its back on moral and ethical issues because such issues seemed not to lend themselves easily to factual verification. "...while moral arguments may indeed be difficult to justify, they are by no means nonexistent." Only within the last decade have philosophers challenged that argument in substantial numbers. There are now many who agree that while moral arguments may indeed be difficult to justify, they are by no means nonexistent. Partridge believes the criticism of ethics during the last few decades may have been beneficial because it forced practicing philosophers to lay a more solid groundwork for their methods. "This is not merely a superficial or fashionable trend," he notes. "The fundamental objections in the 20th century caused many to discard ethical considerations, but those who criticized moral philosophy are now themselves being criticized. The theoretical ground has been State College Ogden, Utah -, - . . 4 cleared and made hospitable once again for the return of moral philosophy." The renewed interest in moral-ethical consideration may have been prompted, at least in part, by younger philosophers who were once involved in the student unrest of the sixties, and now have received their doctorates and hold teaching positions. "With the logical and conceptual obstacles to ethical thinking removed, many young philosophers have insisted that their profession has no further excuse to remain detached from the moral crises of our age and civilization," the professor states. Shift of influences Accompanying this change in direction has been a change of the centers of influence in the professional world of philosophy. While Oxford (in England) was traditionally considered the world's leader in the field, many believe the bulk of new, important philosophical work and publication is going on in the Northeastern United States, at institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell. This change of emphasis toward moral-ethical thinking has led to the involvement of philosophy in many issues now facing society. An example is the Book prices could go up by Nancy Bailey Staff Reporter To offset the rising costs of freight, the bookstore is considering raising the price of textbooks five 15 cents per book according to Mary McConaughy, a member of the bookstore committee. If the decision is made, the price increase may go into effect by spring or next fall quarter, said McConaughy. Scott Nickelson, Assistant Manager of the bookstore stressed the fact that no firm decision has been made yet. Nickelson said, "Anything is possible." And added, "It is not only Weber State considering the price increase." All the schools in the state are faced with the same problem and even some of those in southern California, he noted. "Booksales are a break-even operation," Nickelson said. "On some textbooks we are already losing moneyl" There are instances where the bookstore must pay shipping and freight charges for the books ordered, and in the case of a cancelled class or one with low enrollment, there is an additional cost for shipping the books back to the publisher if they don't sell. McConaughy explained that the bookstore is an Auxilliary Services operation. All expenses, including shipping, wages, and rent, come out of the bookstore's own budget. They're off once more Due to incorrect information supplied to the Signpost, the pre-registration schedule published controversy surrounding the "Right to die" issue, which has presented serious ethical questions to the legal and medical worlds. Organ transplants and medical situations such as the Karen Ann Quinlan case have necessitated answers to questions such as, "Is there a right to die? ' ' ; "When is a person legally dead?" and "What actions may doctors take (or fail to take) regarding terminally ill patients?" The profession became significantly involved with this issue when philosophers at the Hastings Center Institute of Society, Ethics and Life Sciences drafted a model statute. This statute, which said death occurs when a person's brain is continued on p. 3 Nov. 22, 1977 in Friday's paper was in error. The correct dates are: Juniors and Seniors Nov. 29 Sophomores Nov. 30 Freshmen Dec. 1 Anyone not registering on those days may register on Dec. 2. Registration all four days will be held in the north section of the Union Building Ballroom. Winter quarter packets and class schedules are available today to currently registered students. Packets may be picked up at the registration windows in the Administration Building. DEC to open The Dee Events Center will definitely be open for the Weber State Long Beach basketball game on Nov. 29, and the team was permitted into the building to have their first practice on the Center's court. The contractors "are allowing us to use the building," said Robert Folsom, director of campus planning. Although the building board has not accepted it as complete, it is finished enough to allow holding the game as scheduled. "I'm sure they will be working on punchlist items another thirty to sixty days," Folsom added. The Center will still be used for scheduled events, and a penalty late fee will be charged the contractors until they complete the building.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1977-11-22, Vol. 38, No. 15|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|