Monty Python skits to be topic talk Feb. 22

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A philosophical discussion about the funniest "Monty Python's Flying Circus" skits will take place Feb. 22 at Gettysburg College.

The 7 p.m. lecture, "Monty Python and Philosophy," will take place in Weidensall Hall, Room 301, located along North Washington Street. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Philosophy Professor Gary Hardcastle will use clips from some of Monty Python's best-known skits to illustrate and explain what philosophy is all about. As undergraduates at Cambridge and Oxford in the 1960s, members of the British comedy troupe Monty Python studied ideas that are at the heart of modern philosophical thinking, influencing most of their funniest sketches. This event is free and open to the public.

bookHardcastle is the author of "Bullshit and Philosophy: Guaranteed to Get Perfect Results Every Time," "Monty Python and Philosophy: Nudge Nudge, Think Think" and "Logical Empiricism in North America." In 2005, he received the Bloomsburg University College of Liberal Arts' Dean's Salute to Excellence Award. He is a member of the steering committee for the International Society of the History of the Philosophy of Science and executive secretary and treasurer of the Philosophy of Science Association. He received his bachelor's of science degree in psychology and history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburg and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego.

The talk is sponsored as the Norman E. Richardson Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the philosophy department in honor of a former professor and chair of the department.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 2/8/08

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010 

Posted: Fri, 8 Feb 2008

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