Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

June 23rd: Sunday Speaker: Jim Richardson Wrestles with Three Intellectual Titans

A Catholic, an Atheist and an Anti-cleric provide three different answers to important moral questions and dilemmas.

Member and former history teacher for over forty years, Jim Richardson will consider the moral and political philosophy of three important North American thinkers: Charles Taylor, a Canadian, and two Americans, Richard Rorty and Ronald Dworkin.

Taylor is a practicing Roman Catholic who thinks that the characteristic philosophical approaches such as utilitarianism and neo-Kantianism, concentrate too exclusively on what we ought to do while ignoring what we should be and love. Thus, Taylor argues that we should be lovers of God. Although, as a Humanist, our speaker rejects this position, Taylor is included in the discussion because, as argued by John Stuart Mill and John Rawls, we must read the best proponents of ideas we oppose, not the most idiotic, as debaters are wont to do. ideas that are not tested soon become lifeless and routine.

An atheist, Ronald Dworkin looked to Kant and Rawls for ideas on how best to promote the dignity of all humans. Dworkin was a practicing lawyer, legal professor and philosopher before he published his magnum opus, Justice for Hedgehogs. Interestingly, in a small book published posthumously, Dworkin noted that he thought it possible to be a religious atheist.

Richard Rorty, who disliked militant atheism, considered himself more anticlerical than antireligious. Still, he did not want any attempt at religious influence on public policy. Rorty took his inspiration from the American Pragmatists, especially John Dewey, while also holding that each of us could pursue happiness in our own way, so long as that did not impair others' pursuits of happiness.

Wrestling with these three intellectual titans has kept Jim off the streets and out of the bars.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

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Date: 06/23/2019 (Sun.)

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am MDT

Location: Humanist Community Center

Created by:   Jennifer White
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Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder • Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breaker

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Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder • Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.


Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and

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Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.

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Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.


Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.


Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2) (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.


Shop for Food (Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.)

Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC

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