Thinking Out Loud: A Philosophical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Date: Apr 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bernardsville Library

The discussion topic this month in our philosophy series will be “Colin Kaepernick and the Role of Rituals in Secular Society.” In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began taking a knee during the national anthem as a way to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Many Americans strongly condemned him for this gesture, while many others passionately defended him. This talk explores why certain rituals have so much meaning for our society and why Kaepernick’s gesture provoked such strong reactions. The goal of this talk is not to condemn or defend Kaepernick’s action, but to step back and gain some perspective on the situation and see what it tells us about the meaning of public rituals and the role of athletes and celebrities in contemporary American society. Led by Bernardsville resident Philip Walsh, PhD, a faculty member of the philosophy department at Fordham University, we will learn how philosophy can help us think about ourselves, our relationships, and the contemporary world. Free. Advance sign-up is requested. Click here to sign up.