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Philosophy Symposium Features Student Panel


By Alexander Lewis & Harsh Godhani
Head Social Media Editor and Staff Writer

The MCC Philosophy program, with the help of the Philosophy Club, will host the first-ever Community Colleges of New Jersey Philosophy Symposium (CCNJPS), which will feature a student panel, “Discovering Philosophy” in the College Center Art Gallery or Room 334 on April 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

According to the official itinerary of the event, the panel will feature “It’s in the Game: The Oppression of Women in Video Games” MCC student and Philosophy Club President Alexander Lewis, “The Lack of Realization and Its Ultimate Triumph” by MCC student Brandon Myers and “Philosophy Does Many Things, While Being Its Own Thing” by West Paterson University student Brian Kobylarz.

Lewis is also the vice president of the MCC Russian Club, covice president of Honors in Action of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society, head social media editor of Quo Vadis, the MCC student newspaper and a student representative member of the College Assembly.

Lewis said that his presentation will talk about how the nature of harassment and sexism in modern gaming culture oppresses women gamers and what we can do to help this culture change.

“From booth babes to big-budget games, women have either been depicted as sex objects or as weak and within the ranks of gamers they are either labeled and treated as outsiders or pushed into silence,” said Lewis.

Lewis said, “But despite these issue, women gamers comprise almost half of all video gamers and through an in-depth analysis of this issue, I believe we can change this culture for the better and making gaming a more-inclusive hobby for everyone than it currently is.”

Myers said that he is freshman at MCC, a member of the Philosophy Club and is studying computer science and planning to transfer to Rutgers University.

My piece will deal with animal cognition and how animals deal with the world around them said Myers.

It is established in a nihilistic approach, meaning there is no inherent meaning of life and animals don’t have the same problems that we do because they don’t have the cognition to actually think about it, said Myers.

“… we created the problem mostly for ourselves by being able to think about it,” said Myers, “Animals don’t have to deal with that basically.”

Myers said, “They can’t reason about their own existence; therefore, they never encounter that problem, they operate on base instinct.

“Rather than us simply avoiding the question, the inability kind of separates themes and they solve the problem for the reason of live itself by giving themselves a reason to live,” said Myers.

He said that he has been published before, in ‘Spoken Words,’ a publication of North Brunswick high school.

Myers said his passion in philosophy started after a foundation of reading the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and that he has taken an Ethics class here at MCC.

I am passionate about philosophy because of the doors it opens and the type of questions it asks, said Myers.

“The type of questions philosophy asks might make some people reevaluate their life and come to profound new insights about themselves and the world around them,” said Lewis.

Lewis said, “Philosophy has actually made me stop eating meat after I read a particularly enlightening philosophical paper analyzing the morality of eating meat.”

“Philosophy… is not just one face, it’s a many-faced monster,” said Myers, “There’s a lot of facets of philosophy that people don’t understand, how philosophy is not just some Greek guy standing up on a symposium preaching about good and evil [because] it can apply to literally everything.”

Myers said philosophy is not that hard and more accessible than people may think.

“It’s not some impenetrable wall people think it is,” said Myers, “It’s more accessible than that, it’s more about people trying to make their way in the world, trying to make sense of a lot of things they can’t understand, things that are either physical, metaphysical – there’s philosophies that can apply to almost anything.”

For more information about the symposium contact Giuseppe Rotolo at [email protected] or 732-548-6000 x3493.

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