[Blueboard] Master's thesis defense in Philosophy

Mariel Ann P. Villanueva mpvillanueva at ateneo.edu
Mon Jan 16 10:15:47 PHT 2012


A thesis entitled

"THE END OF THE END OF THINKING: FOUR CRITIQUES ON THE LIMITS OF
CONCEPTUAL THOUGHT"

will be defended by

Eileen F. Tupaz

In fulfillment of the requirements
for a Masters in Philosophy

Friday, 20 January 2012
4:30 p.m.
Natividad Galang-Fajardo Conference Room
G/F, Dela Costa Hall


Few capabilities distinguish human beings from other beings as
thoroughly as the faculty for thought and few other capacities, if
any, are as indispensable to their existence. Human beings have used
thinking to not only address their requirements for survival, but to
also assuage their needs for certainty and meaning. The application of
thought to provide certainty can be broadly designated as the project
of technology, whereas the application of thought to provide meaning
can be broadly designated as the task of metaphysics. The
extraordinary success of thinking in addressing these various human
needs has understandably led to a widespread view of thought as an
unconditional good. Without denying the indispensability of thinking
or denigrating its contributions, this thesis questions its largely
unquestioned status as an unconditional good, drawing on the works of
four different "thinkers" of widely disparate backgrounds: Heidegger,
Marion, Nishitani and Levinas. Ultimately, the intention of this
thesis is simple: to delineate and honor the limits of thought?so that
one can better honor thought itself.

PANEL OF EXAMINERS:

Mr. Eduardo E. Calasanz
Mr. Marc Oliver G. Pasco
Dr. Agustin Martin G. Rodriguez

Adviser: Dr. Remmon E. Barbaza

The defense is open to the public.


Philosophy Department
Ateneo de Manila University
426-6001 loc.5360/61
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A thesis entitled

?THE END OF THE END OF THINKING: FOUR CRITIQUES ON THE LIMITS OF  
CONCEPTUAL THOUGHT?

will be defended by

Eileen F. Tupaz

In fulfillment of the requirements
for a Masters in Philosophy

Friday, 20 January 2012
4:30 p.m.
Natividad Galang-Fajardo Conference Room
G/F, Dela Costa Hall


Few capabilities distinguish human beings from other beings as  
thoroughly as the faculty for thought?and few other capacities, if  
any, are as indispensable to their existence. Human beings have used  
thinking to not only address their requirements for survival, but to  
also assuage their needs for certainty and meaning. The application of  
thought to provide certainty can be broadly designated as the project  
of technology, whereas the application of thought to provide meaning  
can be broadly designated as the task of metaphysics. The  
extraordinary success of thinking in addressing these various human  
needs has understandably led to a widespread view of thought as an  
unconditional good. Without denying the indispensability of thinking  
or denigrating its contributions, this thesis questions its largely  
unquestioned status as an unconditional good, drawing on the works of  
four different ?thinkers? of widely disparate backgrounds: Heidegger,  
Marion, Nishitani and Levinas. Ultimately, the intention of this  
thesis is simple: to delineate and honor the limits of thought?so that  
one can better honor thought itself.

PANEL OF EXAMINERS:

Mr. Eduardo E. Calasanz
Mr. Marc Oliver G. Pasco
Dr. Agustin Martin G. Rodriguez

Adviser: Dr. Remmon E. Barbaza


Mariel Ann P. Villanueva
Philosophy Department
Ateneo de Manila University
426-6001 loc.5360/61
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