SCHOLARS FROM around the world gathered in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to talk about the views and writings of late French philosopher Paul Ricoeur on politics, society, and religion in an international conference held Friday and Saturday.
Prof. Boyd Blundell from the Loyola University of the United States tackled the aspects of the self which Ricoeur once identified as ipse (identity understood as selfhood) and idem (identity understood as sameness) and Ricoeur’s reflection on detour and return.
“Detour is the life lived in concrete participation,” Blundell said, adding that in order to recognize one’s purpose, one must return from the abstract distance back to concrete participation.
Robert Savage from the University of California discussed exemplarity and ...
THE CONNECTION between critical theory and public sphere was discussed in a public lecture titled “Critical Theory and Philippine Society: Perspectives from Inside Out/Outside In” Friday, at the Martyr’s Hall, as a commemoration of this year’s World Philosophy Day.
Critical theory, as defined by Department of Philosophy Chair Dr. Paolo Bolaños, is the engagement to social reality, and “needs a certain public sphere in order to open its ideas.”
Bolaños also mentioned that one must be able to experience the wrong state of things in order to understand the said theory. “Hope is only possible if we recognize the hopeless,” said the editor in chief of Kritike, an online journal of Philosophy.
Meanwhile, Department of Media Studies chair Dr. Joyce Arriola said the critical theory co...
THOMASIANS SHOWED their support for the Lumads to fight for their rights and to end the killing of their fellow tribesmen in Mindanao in an advocacy forum and cultural presentation held Friday at the Benavides Auditorium.
Asst. Prof. Mark Anthony Abenir, community development director of UST Simbahayan, upheld the University’s support for the Lumads’ campaign for a society free from discrimination, violence, and development aggression as it is not different from the Catholic Church’s advocacy to protect the dignity of people and to attain a peaceful society.
“Napagkaisahan po natin na susuportahan ng pamantasan ang mga kapatid nating Lumad dahil [ang] kanilang adhikain ay atin ding adhikain bilang Katolikong pamantasan,” he said.
Moreover, Rev. Fr. Gallardo Bombase Jr. O.P., o...
THE TITLE hopes for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) are over after they lost in their do-or-die quarterfinal matches in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games.
Aiming for a season comeback, the AB Men’s team bowed and surrendered the ticket to the semifinals to the Graduate School after a 19-25, 25-23, 18-25, and 20-25 duel on Friday.
Jejomar Palma and Hencel Gumabay initially set the momentum for AB in the first set but the strong spikes of Grad School’s Mizhka Manalang marred AB, capped with their service errors and outside hits.
Firing up in the second set, AB gave the Grad School an intense fight with Russell Wilfred Estrada, Wayne Parulan, and Palma burying their spikes with Gumabay’s defensive blocks. AB won the frame, 25-23, ...
PHILOSOPHY MAJORS were encouraged to comprehend the relevance of mysticism in embracing one's faith by engaging in philosophical talks in a forum titled "Mysticism: A Challenge to Spiritual Intimacy" held Wednesday at the Engineering Conference Hall.
Mysticism, as defined by Assoc. Prof. Reynaldo Reyes, is an intimate experience with the absolute being and an aspect of philosophy which focuses on the recognition of the unseen but felt.
“What is essential is invisible to the eyes. Yet, at times, what are invisible to the senses are more real than what we see ─ beauty of truth, the sincerity of a person, [and] the love of a mother to a child are not themselves visible,” he said.
Reyes also likened mysticism to love because both cannot be understood by reason but can be realized ...
Thomasians were encouraged to cast “well-informed votes” in the 2016 national elections in a forum titled “Elect Protect: Making Your Vote Count” held Tuesday at the Martyr’s Hall of the Ecclesiastical Faculties.
Office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Legal Head Atty. Nesrin Cali, who spoke on behalf of Chairman Andres Bautista, said if youth voters would act together and participate in the electoral process actively, “you have it in your hands to choose the next leader of this country for the next six years.”
She also urged them to watch public debates of presidential and vice presidential candidates in order to select deserving leaders.
“During the debates, that’s where you’ll get information on the candidate. You will see how he or she responds to the issu...
The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the key to end conflict in Mindanao, said peace negotiators from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) yesterday in a forum titled “Usaping Bangsamoro sa Administrasyong Aquino” held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium.
Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chairman of the government’s panel and Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga, a member of the MILF panel, urged Artlets to support the BBL.
"A historical problem that has divided our country led to so many wars, so many deaths, [and] lost opportunities. That is why we urge you to [please] support this para naman tumakbo na ang kasaysayan natin [at] maayos na natin ang isang problema," Coronel-Ferrer said.
Coronel-Ferrer added that the promulgation of the BBL would be the begin...
THE FLAME, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB), took the challenge of adapting to today’s technological world as it launched its official website during the seminar titled “How Press Works 2.0: The Changing Landscape of Journalism” last Friday, Oct. 23, at the Faculty of Civil Law lobby.
The Flame Editor in Chief Arnel Arevalo instituted a milestone in the publication’s 51st anniversary with the launch of its official website: abtheflame.net.
“As we embark on this new journey, the challenge remains the same. The landscape may change but the rules should never be altered,” he said.
The website, created by Information Technology students Joel Louie Llorente and Maria Kristel Estrada, will deliver stories inside and ...
Asian Studies and Philosophy seniors celebrated the 27th Confucian Night held last Sept. 28 at the Oasis Hotel Manila, San Juan City, seeking to redefine the Confucian gentleman in the modern era.
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies chair Assoc. Prof Lino Baron said Confucius saw himself as a transmitter of tradition, “which is the reason why we have been celebrating Confucian Night for the last 27 years to remember with reverence the teachings left as a legacy by Master Kong.”
Baron also related some of Confucius’ teachings to the qualities of a gentleman which are not present in today’s leaders. “In the Philippines, we have a funny way of putting this: gawa, hindi ngawa. A gentleman would rather work silently and achieve something significant rather than issue press release...