Speaker will involve audience to explore Platonic philosophy

By CELESTE ORENDAIN

Pima Community College philosophy instructor Stewart Barr will discuss ethical relativism in the final Speakers’ Series talk for the Fall Semester.

The free lecture will be Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Community Board Room of the PCC District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

Barr’s talk will explore Platonic philosophy by using a series of exercises to get audience members to question what they know.

“We’re going to do philosophy, not just talk about it,” he said.

His goal is helping people to question assumptions.

“Sometimes I’ve been told that I’m controversial in presentations,” Barr said. “If controversy gets people to think, then I got my job done.”

Barr has taught humanities, philosophy and religion at PCC since 1986.

When he was a student at Pima, Barr was inspired by faculty members Larry McHalland, Ron Crabtree and Tony Pitucco.

He said he went into teaching because he likes working with students.

“My primary goal is to have students not only understand the material at the level I teach but, more importantly, prepare them to go to the next level,” he said.

Instructor Stewart Barr.
Photo courtesy of PCC.

 

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