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Place of philosophy in PH society challenged

Place of philosophy in PH society challenged

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SCHOLARS CHALLENGED the role of philosophy as a tool in addressing societal issues in the contemporary Philippine context despite the absence of a concrete philosophical system from Filipinos in a forum titled “Dalumat 2015: Philosophy as a Catalyst in the Philippine Society” held Tuesday. Dr. Agustin Martin Rodriguez from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) highlighted the influence of western thought on the way Filipinos use philosophy as a response to social phenomena. While he admitted that the practices brought by western ideals are advantageous, the former Philosophy department chair at ADMU said they compromised the potential growth of local ideas. “Ang nangyayari sa ating bansa ay ang kanluranin ang nagiging batayan at naisantabi ang katutubo.” “Mayroon naman kasing
Artlets urged to pray for Maguindanao massacre victims

Artlets urged to pray for Maguindanao massacre victims

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ARTLETS WERE encouraged to pray for the pursuit of justice for the victims of Maguindanao massacre in a commemoration mass held Monday. "We pray [for the] justice in our society and at the same time, we pray for a love that would heal all the hurts [and] all the inequities that all of us would [continuously] suffer in this world," said Regent Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. In his homily, Aligan said the commemoration highlighted the injustices that should be addressed by the government. "Trabaho ng gobyerno na magbigay ng hustisya. Trabaho ng simbahan na hindi lang hustisya ang ipalaganap, kundi pagmamahal," he said. Aligan, citing the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, said, "Justice without charity is cruelty but charity also without justice is no justice at all." Yesterday mark...
Scholars discuss Ricoeur’s philosophical views in int’l convention

Scholars discuss Ricoeur’s philosophical views in int’l convention

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  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
Relevance of critical theory in society discussed in forum

Relevance of critical theory in society discussed in forum

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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 support Lumads in forum

Thomasians support Lumads in forum

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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
AB volleyball teams exit Goodwill

AB volleyball teams exit Goodwill

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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,
Relevance of mysticism in faith discussed in forum

Relevance of mysticism in faith discussed in forum

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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
Thomasian voters urged to elect worthy leaders

Thomasian voters urged to elect worthy leaders

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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
Peace negotiators urge Artlets to support BBL

Peace negotiators urge Artlets to support BBL

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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 launches official website

The Flame launches official website

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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