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Nov. 11 John Cleese event at Vanderbilt cancelled

Nov. 3, 2017—British writer, actor, comedian, and self-described "tall person" John Cleese will speak on "Thinking Creatively" at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema Nov. 11.

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A tale of two doctors

Jun. 21, 2017—When Michael Caruso walked across the Commencement stage and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1972, pursuing a Ph.D. seemed unlikely. Despite falling in love with philosophy after taking an introductory course with Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs his sophomore year and declaring it his major, he put his focus on philosophical studies...

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Lachs to lecture on death and self-importance

Apr. 10, 2017—This year's Berry Lecture is April 20 and features Vanderbilt philosopher John Lachs.

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View Reunion educational programs online

Jan. 25, 2016—What is driving Nashville’s growth? How does Coach Tim Corbin prepare his players for success in life off the field? Why do we meddle in the lives of others? What was it like to be the first African-American athlete in the SEC? These engaging topics, led by Vanderbilt faculty and alumni, were presented during the...

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John Lachs book signing is Oct. 22

Oct. 6, 2015—Vanderbilt philosopher John Lachs will speak and sign copies of his latest book Oct. 22 at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

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Social media partly to blame for busybody culture, says professor

Nov. 21, 2014—Philosophy professor John Lachs blames the explosion of social media, talking heads on the airwaves, and "helicopter" parents for a busybody culture in which too many individuals meddle in other people's lives.

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John Compton, charter faculty member of Vanderbilt philosophy department, has died

Jan. 21, 2014—John J. Compton, who taught philosophy at Vanderbilt University for more than four decades, died Jan. 18. He was 85.

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Alumni celebrate Reunion 2013

Oct. 8, 2013—This year, more than 3,000 alumni and guests gathered on campus Oct. 3­–5 for Reunion 2013.

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Saturday University at Vanderbilt offers answers to life’s big questions

Sep. 4, 2013—The fall 2013 edition of Saturday University at Vanderbilt will feature members of the philosophy department lecturing on “Life’s Big Questions and Philosophy’s Answers to Them” on four October Saturday mornings.

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Sign up for Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning spring term

Feb. 5, 2013—Important Supreme Court decisions, the Nashville Ballet, and a “behind-the-scenes” look at special law enforcement agents are among the varied topics offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt this spring.

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Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements

Jan. 22, 2013—Read about faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements.

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John Lachs: “Why Is Good Enough Not Good Enough for Us?”

Feb. 28, 2012—Watch video of Vanderbilt University Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs on Feb. 23 kick-off a new series of talks that aims to make philosophy accessible and relevant for the public. Lachs discussed “Why Is Good Enough Not Good Enough for Us?”, which addressed the human drive for perfection. “It is distressing to see that people are...

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